One of the least evangelized areas of the world is found right in North America. It is strange considering that most of North America seems to be overly saturated with the Gospel, and yet only approximately 2.0% of the population of 7,700,000 knows Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. Included in that number only 0.5% is made up of French evangelicals. It is a province where the Roman Catholic Church dominated all that went on here up until the Quiet Revolution of the 60’s and 70’s when the population turned en mass against the Catholic Religion. The Quiet Revolution was a period of dramatic social and political change that saw the decline of Anglo supremacy in the Quebec economy, the decline of the Roman Catholic Church’s influence, the nationalization of hydro-electric companies under Hydro-Québec and the emergence of a pro-sovereignty movement under former Liberal minister René Lévesque.
It was very much religion that had hold of this province and it had little or nothing to do with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The Bible was kept from the population and you could be excommunicated for reading it. The church also determined who you could and couldn’t marry. My dad who was a Catholic was excommunicated for marrying a Protestant, my mom. My dad’s family cut off all contact with him and we his children were considered bastards by the Catholics. We were not allowed to go to a French school and because of this we attended an English school, thus I am an Anglephone with a French name, Desjardins.
Because of these things and much more many Quebecois have turned their backs on Catholicism and put any form of Christianity in the same boat. At a time when much of Africa and South America are finding Christ, Quebec has become one of the darkest places on the face of the earth.
Quebec has been the most rapidly secularized society in North America. The religious and moral decline that took three generations in English Canada happened in one dizzying generation in Quebec. The toppling of the church’s domination by the Quiet Revolution left a huge moral vacuum.
According to figures from Statistics Canada, the province has the highest percentages for child poverty, divorce, abortion and out-of-wedlock births in Canada. The birth rate is the lowest. Attitudes towards pornography, homosexuality and casual sex are "avant-garde."
Quebec’s suicide rate ranks not only as the highest in Canada, but one of the highest in the industrialized world. The rate of teenage suicides especially continues to rise. New statistics reveal that three times more teenagers are seeing psychiatrists for major depression and mental illness than was the case 10 years ago.
Quebec society is fertile soil for cults, New Age spirituality and interest in psychic phenomena. Several new sects–from belief in Eastern prophets to aliens–have found a home here. One Christian student told me recently that some of her friends, after searching for truth in the Catholic and evangelical church, rejected both and became Muslims. They said the Jesus of the Christians was too weak–they wanted a God who meant business. (Christian Week)(1)
I get discouraged at the number of evangelical groups who will tour Canada and yet completely bypass Quebec. The last time an actual crusade was held in the province was in the 1980’s. At this time the evangelical church has stopped growing and what we see mostly are people migrating from one church to another.
Will you take time to pray for this great area of Canada? Just a few minutes a day is all I am asking. Pray for the churches and the workers here. There are some very strong spirits over this place and things need to change. I know prayer works. Nothing is impossible with God and even in the darkest area a light can burn brightly.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:2