The Église réformée St-Marc (St. Marc’s Reformed Church) in Québec City would be glad to welcome a group to do evangelism in the parks or malls near our church by hosting a “Café anglais” (English café).
Only three percent of the population of Québec City are anglophones (people whose mother tongue is English), and many of them are senior citizens. Many francophones (people whose mother tongue is French) like to practice the bit of English they know with real Anglophones.
Participation in this mission project involves setting up 1-3 tables for the English Café in a local coffee shop. Through newspaper ads, posters or verbal invites, you will invite passers-by to stop, buy a coffee, and sit down and begin chatting in English about most any topic. As opportunities arise, you can share openly about the Reformed church and the Gospel.
The bonus to this mission project is that Québec City is a great tourist destination. The summers are beautiful, mild and sunny. The winters are excellent for skiing and snowboarding. In addition to the evangelism, you can fill the week with many sight-seeing and educational activities. Click here for vacation options in Quebec City.
Short-Term Mission Vision:
The goal of the English Café is to discuss the Gospel and the Reformed faith in a natural setting through meeting the common need of many francophones in Quebec — practice speaking Engish. You may begin by talking about simple topics or by introducing yourself; keeping in mind that for the other person, English is a second language. You’ll want to practice speaking slowly and clearly, and avoid using conjunctions (can’t, don’t, gonna, gotta, etc.)!
During the conversation you may have opportunities to talk about the Christian faith, the Protestant religion, and to give your personal testimony. For instance, a Québecer may ask why you came to Québec to help him practice his English. The door is open to say that you came with a group from a Christian Protestant church in order to help St-Marc’s Reformed Church in Québec City. The Québecer will most likely be interested to learn more, particularly since few know much about the Protestant church, and the Reformed or Presbyterian church is almost completely unheard of. You can also offer the business card of Pastor Ben Westerveld so that the visitor leaves with the basic information about St-Marc’s. Members of St-Marc’s will help take care of follow-up if the person shows further interest.
Requirements to Participate in the English Café:
- A love for the Lord and for those who are still strangers to the Kingdom of God.
- Member of an Orthodox Presbyterian congregation or of a sister denomination. (Please submit a letter of reference from your pastor or an elder of your session.)
- 18 years and older. (Since the target group is mature adults, we require young adult and adult participants who are mature, sensitive to cultural differences and able to give a clear gospel witness. Lord willing, we will develop another project for teen and young people participants.)
- At ease giving a Christian testimony and/or some experience in one-on-one evangelism.
- Ideally, a group of 3–8 individuals.
Consider coming during an American holiday: Thanksgiving Day weekend, a part of Christmas/New Year’s break, during a January session off from college, or spring break.
- Travel to and from Québec City: Québec City is located nearly 3 hours northeast of Montréal, Canada, 12 hours northeast of Detroit, Michigan, or 12 hours north of New York City.
- Lodging in Québec City: Unfortunately we do not have the facilities necessary nor a sufficient number of church families to host a mission group. Click here for housing options in Québec City, including student residence (dormitories), various hotels and campgrounds.
- Transportation while staying in Québec City: If you have a car or van, it would be most convenient. However, city buses do connect Laval University and locations for many cafés (cost: $3.00 per bus ticket).
- Food costs: Laval University has common kitchens so that you can cook your own meals; there are also many restaurants in the area (estimated cost of a meal: $10–15).
- Advertising the English Café in newspapers, flyers, etc.: We ask that each group contribute $200 per group to help cover advertising costs. Please note that all costs are estimates and given in Canadian funds.
All participants must complete our “Application for Québec Short-Term Mission Program.” Click here for a printable copy.
For more information or to organize a group, please contact:
Rev. Ben Westerveld
Pastor, St-Marc’s Reformed Church
Click here to read about “English for Kids” Bible Camp, another opportunity for short-term mission service in Québec.