Missionaries Find Open Hearts in Québécois College Students

There are 8 million French Canadians, and only 40,000 believe in Jesus. For the most part, they have grown up without church, and most of them approach life from a secular perspective. But IMB missionaries say they believe if the people of Quebec could really hear the Gospel, they would respond. IMB photo

This year’s Week of Prayer for International Missions in the Southern Baptist Convention was Dec. 1-8, focusing on Revelation 7:9 (“I saw a great multitude from every nation and all tribes ….”) The theme undergirds the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. The offering, in tandem with Cooperative Program gifts from Southern Baptist churches, supports international workers in seeking to fulfill the Great Commission. Gifts to the Lottie Moon offering are received through local Southern Baptist churches or online at IMB.org/lmco, where there are resources to promote the offering. This year’s goal is $165 million.

QUEBEC, Canada (BP) — Jacques* had a head full of questions. He had wrestled with them his whole life, and when he joined the soccer team at his university, he brought them with him.

Robert Pinkston saw them — and he knew he had answers.

“Jacques told me that since he was a young child, he would always look at nature and the world and say, ‘There is no way this is here by accident,'” Pinkston, who volunteers as an assistant soccer coach at Jacques’s university, said. “He said that the evolution he was learning in school, he just couldn’t swallow it.”

So Pinkston began to talk with him during the pregame devotionals that he held for anyone who wanted to come. He began meeting up with Jacques for coffee, too, and talking with him about God and faith.

And then one day Jacques came to Robert’s church plant, and when it was time for communion, he got in line to receive it. When he picked up the bread and the cup, he came and stood in front of Robert.

“He said, ‘If I understand right, this represents the body of Christ that has been broken for me and the blood of Christ that has been shed for me.’ And then he said, ‘I accept,'” Pinkston recalled. “It was kind of his conversion moment.”

In the weeks and months that followed, Jacques became a strong leader in the church and campus ministry, always trying to be a light for Christ wherever he went.

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Source: Baptist Press