Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… I just visited Quebec with 12 of our pastoral colleagues. Twice a year I’m taking a group of pastors and church leaders on a “Quebec Vision Tour” to introduce our churches to the possibility of partnering with a new French church plant.
We spend two days together traveling to eight or nine different church plants, chatting with the planters and church leaders. My prayer is to expose our English churches and French church plants to each other, in hopes of creating collaborative partnerships. These partnerships include committing to prayer, financial support and sharing of resources and missions teams for a seven year period.
Most of you know the Fellowship French Mission draws to an end on December 31, 2014; however, our mission to Francophone Canadians cannot end—with only 0.8% of French Canadians self-identifying as evangelical Christians. Our funding formula will move from English churches supporting French church planting missionaries to English churches supporting new French church plants—churches falling in love with churches! My dream is that every Fellowship church will be involved in a seven-year partnership, to support the birth and development of a new French church plant.
On my latest 48-hour Quebec Vision Tour, nine English Fellowship churches were represented, spanning from Airdrie, AB; Red Deer, AB; Great Village, NS; Hamilton, ON; Toronto, ON; Scarborough,ON; Westport, ON; Cobourg, ON; to Belleville, ON. We visited new and soon-to-be-launched French church plants in Montreal (three), Terrebonne-Mascouche, Saint-Jérôme, Saint-Eustache, Bécancour, Plessisville, and Sherbrooke.
Our English pastors remarked on the incredible quality of the young leaders planting these new churches, the passion of the believers, their amazing faith and willingness to incorporate new methods of outreach. In all cases, the French planters spoke English very well, so there was no language barrier. I am asking each Fellowship church across Canada to prayerfully consider creating a formal collaborative partnership with a French church plant.
Please seriously consider this request. Very few in the world are sending missionaries to Quebec, yet it remains one of the most significant mission fields in North America. In my opinion, it’s Canada’s God-given mission responsibility. Why not join the Fellowship Francophone mission team? Talk to me about creating a partnership. We are seeking seven partners (a church or individual supporter) to partner for seven years, to help launch one new French church plant.
You may want to join the next “Quebec Vision Tour”, June 1-3, 2015. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from their location to Montreal and then I take care of you for 48 hours (at my expense). If you are seriously considering this ministry opportunity, I would love to talk to you about the possibility of joining the next tour (there is a limit of 10 guests for each tour). Why not watch the brief video promoting this tour?
Have a blessed week,
Our 2015 Fellowship theme verse is:
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)