Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… I’m spending much of this week traveling around Québec with a couple of van loads of Fellowship pastors. Twice annually (October and June) I take leaders from our churches (from across Canada) on an exposure tour of one of the most spiritually-needy places in North America!
Those who self-identify as evangelical Christians in Canada is approximately 7.7%. However, of the 7.3 million French Canadians, only 0.8% self-identify as evangelical. There are approximately 80,000 evangelicals in a province of over six million. The spiritual needs are staggering. We must go to countries like Pakistan (0.6%), Japan (0.6%), and Poland (0.4%) to find similar statistics. We have Fellowship International missionaries serving in each of these nations.
However, very few countries are sending missionaries to Québec. I believe in a theology of proximity. You are more responsible to reach your neighbour than I am. And I am more responsible to reach my neighbour than you are. For English Canada, French Canada is our neighbour.
In the last year, over 100 Fellowship churches and individual donors have committed to this very Canadian “mission field”. These donors have committed financial and ministry resources for a seven year partnership. The formula is simple:
The math is bad, but the formula is working. Seven churches or individuals partner for seven years to create and establish one French church plant. Our AÉBÉQ (Québec) region is currently involved in a dozen church plants and I am looking for partners for many of them.
My hope is that most of the leaders on my “Québec Vision Tour” (QVT) this week will be guided by the Spirit as they consider a partnership with a young French church plant.
My prayer is you will prayerfully consider your partnership in the advancement of the Gospel among French Canadians. Click HERE to watch a brief video clip on what to expect on a QVT.
Contact me if you have any questions or want to join a Québec Vision Tour in 2016.
Have a blessed week,