One of the most memorable moments from the Desiring God 2006 Conference (which I am enjoying from afar via the free downloads) is found in the second Q&A session. Justin Taylor (who chaired the panel) has posted a transcript of John Piper and D.A. Carson's answers to a question about small church pastors who may come away from a big conference like DG 06 feeling inadequate and discouraged.
I listened to the audio of this panel this morning. Dr. Carson was moved to tears when he recounted his father's faithful ministry in Quebec.
I have the privilege of being a part of the Fellowship French Mission as our regional representative. Even younger second-generation pastors are thankful for the faithfulness of the pioneer Quebec missionaries of the 50s and 60s. Those who remain from that time are elderly, but their presence is felt and appreciated.
Today, there are still only about 0.6 % of French-speaking Canadians who would identify themselves as evangelical Christians. Quebec is a spiritual wasteland. Things are far better than they were 40 years ago, however, thanks to the faithful work of men like Tom Carson. Today, all of the Fellowship Baptist churches in Quebec have a Sunday attendance of over 8000 people. There is still much to be done. The work is still hard.
If you would like to learn more about this mission work on Canadian soil, take a look at www.frenchmissions.org . You’ll find a little history as well as missionary profiles on this site.
Hey, cool! I just went to the French Missions site and I see that our Project 2006 is over the top! Our Fellowship projects run from November to November in conjunction with our National Conventions. Praise the Lord for that good news!
I should blog more about this important ministry. Stay tuned for more in the future.