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Aug. 16, 2013 Update letter



Are Québecois students open to the gospel?

We sat down recently with an old friend of ours who came to Christ during our years at Carleton, and she asked us an excellent question. “Are there still people, like me, who are deciding to follow Jesus on campus? Are students in Québec open to the message of Jesus?”

We’ve recently put together a video that tries to answer that question!  Are Québecois students open to the gospel? The answer that we’ve found is that while they may be far from the gospel in their understanding and experience, they are indeed open to Jesus.  It just takes a longer time for them to understand and experience who Jesus is, because of the cultural baggage that they carry with them.

The video is done in documentary style, with the host interviewing a series of non-Christian students on campus.  The questions start fairly broadly, establishing some common ground, and focus in on the person of Jesus  towards the end.  What strikes you about the way that these students communicate their interest in the message of Jesus?

(Click the picture to open an external page with the video)


A few prayer requests :

– Our campuses in Quebec are getting ready to start up again, with students starting in classes as early as August 26!  Pray for us as we work with our various teams of staff and students to kick off another year of ministry on campuses across the province.

– Praise God for some new staff that have joined our team this fall!  We have 4 Québecois interns that are joining our team for this next year, along with another 2 new staff from outside of Quebec.

– Pray for a couple people in our life that are we are hoping to see come to Christ: for Mandy, Max, and Karl.  Pray that we would take initiative to share about Christ with them, and that they would connect with Jesus.

Thank you again for the vital role that you play in our ministry towards students in Québec!  Your prayers, support, and encouragement are of great value to us.

With hope for the student world,

Andy & Loni Smits

serving with Power to Change (Pouvoir de Changer) in Québec