Quebec evangelist practices ministry by the kilometer
Beaudoin was reading a book on yoga in a Vancouver park when an evangelical group told him that Jesus was alive. Intrigued by the notion, he looked through the phone book for a church when he returned home to Quebec. The ad for the Church of Christ listed the home number for the minister, Jerrell Rowden. Beaudoin gave him a call because “he wasn’t afraid to put his phone number in the book.”
In 1974 — in the same church basement — Rowden taught him about the living Jesus. “It was like a card castle falling,” he said of his previous ideas about faith. He was baptized the same year.
“Most preachers think that people already know the Bible,” Beaudoin said. That’s a mistake. Though many were raised in church-going families, Quebecers “need a basic knowledge of the whole Bible.”
In Quebec, Inspiring evangelists come and go, and congregations rise and fall with them, Beaudoin said. In addition to ministry training, Quebecers need missionaries who are willing to make long-term commitments to work in the province.