O LORD, you are my God;
I will exalt you and praise your name,
for in perfect faithfulness
you have done marvelous things,
things planned long ago. Isaiah 25:1
Elaine was born in Hull, Quebec, the second youngest of 5 children. The oldest was Gilbert, then came Celine, Julie, Elaine and Denis. Her parents were well known leaders in a Transcendental Meditation cult that had sprung up here in Quebec and had written a few books on the subject. Her dad also dabbled in the occult as well.
Her early years were chaotic as they moved around a lot and because of some kind of scam her parents got in trouble with the law. They were fugitives for a while travelling around the States. At one point they left their children in a transcendental meditation camp in Vermont. Eventually the parents were caught and Elaine and her siblings were put in a convent while their parents served time in jail for their offences. I never really found out what it was for as Monique never wanted to talk about those times and Elaine knew very little about what the reasons were. After they came out of prison and recovered their children, they declared bankruptcy and her dad got a job as a printer and her mom as a school teacher.
When she was about eight years old she was crossing the street and was hit by a city bus. She was thrown across the street and landing on top of another vehicle. She miraculously survived with a concussion and a leg injury. God’s hand protected her that day.
As a young teenager, Elaine would often get herself into trouble at school and often found her self at the principal’s office. But at the age of 14 she started having questions about her life and her future. She saw many of her friends turning to drugs and alcohol. One evening she was at a party with a guy who was much older than her and drugs were being passed around. She decided that evening that this was not the lifestyle she wanted and went home.
Unbeknownst to their parents, her two older sisters had been attending a church. One day they invited Elaine to come along. Elaine says she didn’t understand much of the message that was given that day, but when the altar call was made she responded and found herself up at the front. She kept hearing someone behind her saying "Touch her, touch her." As one of her sisters was standing directly in front of her, she assumed that the person was wanting Elaine to reach out and touch her sister. She didn’t realize at the time that the person was actually praying that God would touch Elaine. She closed her eyes and God’s spirit moved upon her. She saw a light and the light said to her; "Today you are my disciple." She didn’t even know what a disciple was and the whole idea of Christianity was foreign to her. Other than her contact with the nuns at the convent she knew nothing. She just knew that on that day something happened to her. She was changed and hungered to know more.
When her parents found out that she had accepted Christ as her Lord and that she and her sisters had been attending a church, they flipped. They forbade them to go back anymore. But that didn’t stop the Lord from reaching out to Elaine. The youth pastor from the church she had gone to would go and see her at her school and teach her about the bible. She began to grow and would spend hours in her room reading the bible. At school the changes were very significant as well and she went from being a trouble maker to someone who loved to witness about Jesus to her schoolmates. She won many of them to the Lord in her last year of High school. Unfortunately her sisters didn’t continue on with the Lord and chose to go back out into the world because the relationships with their boyfriends.
Her parent’s marriage began to fail and it was found out that her dad was seeing another woman. Monique, Elaine’s mom decided to separate from her husband and found a flat in LaSalle. Only Elaine and Denis were living at home at the time and they both moved with her. It was in the pain of betrayal by her husband that Elaine was able to reach out to her mom and Christ entered in. They decided that Trinity would be a good church for her to attend as it was close to home. Monique had a sister that was a nun who had a very sincere relationship with Christ. I believe that it was because of that woman’s prayers that Elaine and Monique came to the Lord.
In our New Beginnings class at church, Monique would often speak about her daughter and how Elaine was teaching her so much. How thankful she was to have a daughter like her. Elaine was attending a church in Terrebonne which is north east of Montreal, but was finding the travel hard. One day she felt God was telling her she needed to learn English and so eventually she joined her mom at Trinity. It was 1982. Elaine was 19 and I was 26 when we met. There was a 7 and a half year difference between us. Because of our street witnessing team, I got to talk to her often. One evening I got up the courage and decided to ask this beautiful woman out on a date. I was pleasantly surprised when she said yes. I went home that night walking on air.
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