When most people think of Christians serving abroad, they think of committed Christians who find themselves as missionaries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia or South America. Serving in Canada may not be something most imagine, but for Luke Bert ’13, serving in Quebec has been part of God’s plan all along.
“Quebec is definitely a post-Christian culture,” said Bert, who currently serves as a professor of Old Testament at a seminary in Quebec. “Until the 1960s, the province was over 90% Catholic!”
During the 1960s, there was a movement in French-speaking Quebec, La Revolution Tranqulle – The Quiet Revolution. The Catholic majority controlled many aspects of life, including politics and education. But the Quiet Revolution pushed for a removal of the church from positions of authority.
“From a spiritual perspective, it was a culture’s rejection of God,” added Bert. “Now religious terms are more likely to be curse words than expression of faith and Christian ideas are often described as “what we used to believe and do.”
Today, less than 0.5% of the population are Bible believing Christians.
“Christians in Quebec feel isolated and forgotten. It is difficult to get Christian resources or even Bibles in French. But Christians here love God and love his church. They are proof that God always preserves his people, even if it is only s small remnant.”
After his time at Belhaven, Bert attended Reformed Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America.
“Belhaven taught me that all of my skills are kingdom skills,” said Bert. “I was able to find a place in the world where my skills were needed and to serve God there. Maybe it is in Jackson or maybe it it is in Quebec or on the other side of the world.”
Luke and his family serve as missionaries through the PCA’s Mission to North America. If you wish to partner with him, you can partner with him through MNA or contact him directly at Lukeb.email@example.com