canada / north america

Spiritual Climate

Christianity has influenced both government and the people of Canada. However, Christianity has seen a steady decline in numbers and has been far more absent in the public than previously. Quebec falls far below the country average for evangelical presence. In order to bring Quebec up to the average, there would need to be at least 3,000 more churches planted in the city. One of the greatest needs is for new, Bible-living churches to be planted across Canada.

Ground-Level Perspectives

We’re part of a movement of people transformed by Jesus Christ (churches), welling up in Montreal and spilling over to the rest of the French-Speaking world.
— Rob Karch

Generally, not only across Canada but the entire Western world, we're aware of a trend that says that institutionalized religion is not central to peoples' lives, as is individualized religion.
— Rev. Harry Oussoren

Please God, raise up a new generation of young people committed to raising families on the island as they live out the radical love of Jesus Christ for Your glory. Who will respond to this challenge?
— Rob Karch

In french-speaking Quebec, protestants are decidedly low in number and evangelical churches regarded as nearly cults.
— Operation World

More about Canada

A Couple Raw Facts

Church Planting

To bring Quebec up to par with the rest of Canada in the numbers of evangelical congregations, 3,000 more churches must be planted.

Country Illustration

Canada’s has an area of 9,970,610 sq km. The world’s second-largest country.


History & Future


WorldVenture History in Canada

WorldVenture's first arrival in Canada dates back to the early 2000s. Efforts have been made to establish a network of evangelical churches in Quebec.

Today &

Canada Team Goals

The WorldVenture team plans to establish partnerships with Bible-believing churches and form a network committed to fulfilling the Great Commission.

5 Global

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here



Eating Canadian is an exploration - the country is too big to have a single national cuisine. To paraphrase former prime minister Joe Clark, Canada has a cuisine of cuisines. Not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord.
— The Gazette (Montreal)

Granola bars, apples and bagels (plain). Not a big fan of granola bars but I ate hundreds of them.
— Arie Hoogerbrugge


The terms “born-again” and “evangelical” tend to carry negative weight, and there is a great gap in the public perception of “spirituality” as opposed to “religion”.
— Operation World



Trying to distill the climate of Canada into an easy-to-understand statement is impossible.



Having deliberately pursued a policy of immigration, Canada has the world’s highest rate of immigration and receives large numbers of refugees. Nearly 75% of immigrants live in the country’s three largest cities, and 95% in urban areas generally
— Operation World

Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

canada source:bbc - Google News
Canada 2015: England postpone France game after World Cup draw - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Canada 2015: England postpone France game after World Cup draw
BBC Sport
England's proposed friendly with France has been postponed after the two nations were both drawn in Group F for the Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada. The teams had been scheduled to face each other in April as part of their tournament preparations.

Monday, December 22, 2014 8:25:31 AM

Canada police 'can search phones' after arrest - BBC News

BBC News

Canada police 'can search phones' after arrest
BBC News
Canadian police can search the contents of a mobile phone after arrest, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled. In a 4-3 decision, the court said a warrant was not needed as long as the search is directly related to the suspected crime and records are kept.

Thursday, December 11, 2014 10:19:21 PM

Sony 'will not drop' North Korea film The Interview - BBC News

BBC News

Sony 'will not drop' North Korea film The Interview
BBC News
Sony Pictures says it is looking at different ways to release The Interview after scrapping its opening following a cyber-attack blamed on North Korea. It said it had only cancelled the film's Christmas Day release after cinemas pulled out. Sony said ...
North Korea proposes joint Sony hack inquiry with US

Saturday, December 20, 2014 8:14:10 PM

Denmark challenges Russia and Canada over North Pole - BBC News

BBC News

Denmark challenges Russia and Canada over North Pole
BBC News
... BBC. "By taking this step, Copenhagen is sending a signal [to Greenland]: 'Listen, we're on your team'." A Russian submarine planted a rust-proof titanium flag 4,200m (14,000ft) beneath the North Pole in 2007, provoking an angry response from Canada.

Monday, December 15, 2014 10:58:19 AM

Canada 2015: Prize money doubled for World Cup winners - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Canada 2015: Prize money doubled for World Cup winners
BBC Sport
A total of $15m will be on offer for the tournament in Canada, which runs from 6 June to 5 July, up from $10m four years ago. The 2014 men's World Cup offered $576m, with $35m to winners Germany. A recent BBC study found that 30% of sports reward men ...

Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:29:19 AM

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Missionary Team

Rob & Martine Karch

Planting French-speaking churches in Quebec, Canada

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.


Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .


Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.


People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.


Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.


People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.


Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.


Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.


Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.


Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.


Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.


Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.


TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.


"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.


Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.


National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.


National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.




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