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MISSION TRIP TO MONTREAL CANADAA brother in Canada got me a plane ticket to come to Montreal Canada and spend some time with him in fellowship and outreach. He’s been watching my YouTube videos for a couple years and just started street preaching himself. I found out that he’s been preaching all summer long in the streets of Montreal and even raised up a team of friends to do it with him. When I was going through the border crossing I had to go through extra screening because I am in their system as a preacher who has gone to Pride events in Canada to preach repentance. I had to spend 3-4 hours at customs answering lots of questions. They searched my phone, my computer, and all my bags. They asked if I was going to a Pride event and I said no. And I told them that I have NEVER been arrested in Canada though I have visited Canada once or even twice a year for over a decade. They asked if I was going to be doing any preaching while in Canada and I told them, “That’s just who I am. I talk to people about Jesus everywhere I go. If I stay here too long, I’ll start talking to you guys about Jesus too.” They even asked me, “What is your message?” And I got to talk to the border agents about sin, hell, Jesus, repentance, salvation, etc. They said, “That doesn’t sound so bad.” Praise God they eventually let me in to Canada and I was able to spend a blessed time with the Christian brothers and sisters in that country.
Prayer Walking the CityThe first thing we did was walk around the city for some prayer walking and seeing the sites. Montreal is a very old city with some beautiful architecture and gorgeous churches. Here are some of the photographs I took of the City: These Churches are the remnant of days gone by – times of the past when the community was full of church goers. These beautiful buildings were built by generations of faithful givers to the church. It’s sad that many of these gorgeous churches are relatively empty today. Throughout Europe there are gorgeous old cathedrals which reflect the faith of past generations, which are now being turned into night clubs! A church that isn’t growing is dying.
Montreal City Metro
Our first outreach was to the busy city metro. Crowds of people come and go to catch the buses and subways, plus the park has lots of people that just seem to hang around. This is the type of place where I first started my ministry back in Connecticut 20 years ago. It brought back good memories!
Pastor Andrew is a local friend and contact that I have in the area. He came to Montreal to join us at this metro station with members of his church. It was wonderful to arrive at the park and find that he was already busy open-air preaching! I wish every Pastor would preach on the street with his congregation! When I started preaching I was able to get the attention of a crowd of young inner city kids. Preaching about gangster rap music, puffing on blunts and sipping on Gin and Juice always does that. Once I started talking their language, they were all ears. This girl was one of my best hecklers at the park. She loved the attention and the camera. She was loud and boisterous, had a filthy mouth and played tough, but I could tell she was really listening and absorbing what I was saying. She wasn’t violent or disrespectful. I shared my testimony with everyone and it planted many seeds.
St. Catherine NightlifeThis is a busy section of downtown in front of a church with a very large sidewalk that is perfect for street preaching. The metro system drops and picks people up right here. Many corners in Montreal have busy foot traffic but this is one of the best places for street preaching.
The team had a nice speaker and microphone that my host had been using for his outreaches.
The advantage of a speaker system is not only that you can be heard despite all the inner city noise, but you can also speak softly into the microphone at opportune times.Once a nice crowd was gathered, I was able to do some street apologetics. Asking questions like, “Who wrote the genetic code?” and “What is the meaning of life?” are great conversation starts for street apologetics. This is the best part of street preaching – praying with lost souls! This woman heard our preaching and felt the conviction of her conscience. She said her life was a real mess and asked us for prayer. Please pray for her! Pray that she’ll repent of any and all sin in her life, trust in Christ and live holy, and that God will bless her abundantly and give her the life He always intended for her to live!
McGill UniversityMcGill is a university in the city that has this perfect city sidewalk to street preach on. I don’t think anyone has ever preached here to this campus before! We stirred up the campus with our hell-fire preaching. I gathered a nice little crowd of students and engaged them in dialog back and forth. After maybe an hour and a half of preaching I turned the crowd over to some other brothers on the team. We had one female heckler who really didn’t like our message of repentance. She thought we were being intolerant and so she called the Cops on us – which of course was her being intolerant of our practice of religion! When the Police showed up, they got some information from her and from us and realized that we were fine and within our rights. The Police spent most of their time talking to the woman who called, just trying to calm her down. I’ve always had a pretty good experience with the Canadian Police, with only a few exceptions.
St Catherine Day timeWhen we arrived to preach outside of St Catherines during the day time, we found that there were already multiple street preaching groups out there from other churches! That is always a nice thing to happen. Usually street corners are empty and bare and in need of a street preacher. Occasionally, in certain locations at certain times, there aren’t enough street corners for everyone! That’s a good problem to have! While other groups were preaching at the busy street corners, I went in front of the church and began preaching towards the staircase. I always like preaching towards a large staircase because it offers a crowd a nice place to sit and get comfortable. If you can get a large crowd to sit down in front of you, you really have their attention and they will stay for a while. This man came up to talk to me and was very serious about the things of God. He was under conviction. He confessed to me some horrible sins he has done. I was able to pray for him. Say a prayer for him if you can.
Sunday Morning & Evening Church ServicePastor Andrew invited me to speak to his church for the morning and evening service. I went through Romans 7 verse by verse and explained it’s true meaning – that the law aggravates sin and doesn’t set us free from sin, but the gospel does. The Gospel accomplishes what the law cannot. Romans 7 is not the Christian life but taken in context with Romans 8, outlines the experience of being convicted by the law in order to be set free by the Gospel. In between the morning and evening service, the church got together for a fellowship dinner! Breaking bread with the brethren! This is how church is supposed to be!
Bible Study outside City SkylineI’m blessed to be able to travel and bring the gospel all over the world. As I travel, I visit some pretty cool and beautiful places. A few years ago it dawned on me, I can take advantage of these scenic locations to start filming Bible Studies for my Youtube channel! My friend took me to a park that had a great skyline view of the city of Montreal. In this Bible Study I went through 1 John, which is a great refutation to Gnosticism. Unfortunately, a lot of people misuse verses in 1 John because they ignore both the immediate context of those verse and the historical context in which they were written. You can watch this Bible Study on my YouTube channel.
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