Mar18WedMarch 18, 2020
Last week we talked about what unreached people groups are and why we at TWR Canada care so much about them. When you think of unreached people groups, who do you think of? You might think of people who live in rural and remote areas in countries around the world, but did you know that the people of Quebec are considered ‘unreached’? The province of Quebec has the largest people group in North America unreached by the gospel – less than one per cent of its population would consider themselves as Christians.
Religious attendance in Quebec has been in steep decline since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, when the Catholic Church lost much of its power over education, health care and social services. This era drastically altered the religious landscape of Quebec as it has transitioned to a more secular society.
For 15 years, TWR Canada has been working with Aujourd’hui l’Espoir, reaching out to the people of Quebec with a message of hope. The ministry in Quebec is challenging, but we have seen how media is effective in sharing the gospel in a non-confrontational way. Many people will not walk through the door of a church, but they will listen to a radio program, download a Christian program off the internet or watch a television program because it can all be done in privacy. This has opened a door, making media a very powerful tool for communicating to people who have a spiritual void in their lives.
In addition to media programs, we have the privilege of connecting churches and pastors with listeners and viewers who are open to Christianity. Through these home visits, the people of Quebec are receiving Christian materials and committing their lives to Christ. The following testimonies are from recent home visits:
“The first time I visited one of our listeners, she wanted the book, Final Destination, but she didn't want a visit. I respected this desire. The second time she called, she wanted to have a second copy of the book for her son. I took it to her and we had a nice meeting, and she had several questions. We answered her questions with the Word. This lady has a very strong Catholic background, but she seems really open to the gospel.”
“I met an 81-year-old gentleman, who is very alert and searching for spirituality. He is very interested in the program The Living Word and likes it very much. He downloads the programs and listens to them offline. He is a person with a very strong Catholic background and had been a member of a Catholic order. We had a great time and I answered his questions with the Word of God in hand.”
“I was very well received. I presented her with the plan of salvation for 20 minutes. I told her that I didn't want to disturb her for too long, but she insisted that I continue. She said that I didn't bother her at all, and that she had plenty of time. She showed me that she already had a New Testament and the devotional book Our Daily Bread. At the end, I asked her if she was ready to pray for forgiveness of all her sins through Jesus, and she said ‘yes’ without hesitation. We prayed together and she said, ‘Today, November 19, I ask you, Jesus, to take all my past, present and future sins and thank you for carrying them for me on the cross.’”
Praise God for the ministry in Quebec! We pray for the pastors and churches across Quebec that are connecting with and visiting viewers and listeners. We pray that the people of Quebec will be open to hearing the good news of Christ and accepting him into their hearts.