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Far North The Need of Our Cities By Eric Léveillé This past week we were out giving the Gospel when we met yet another orthodox Jewish man. He spoke to us in English and wanted to know more about Jesus Christ being the long- awaited Messiah. He was about as friendly as the Muslim man to whom I had given Gospel literature thirty seconds earlier. Up next was a Hindu lady who eyed me suspiciously as I approached her and her children. In the next half hour, we would meet Buddhists, Catholics, atheists, and people from every continent. A few were angry, others were uninterested, and some were receptive. Everyday we meet people from just about every continent and major world religion. We pass mosques, synagogues, Scientologist reading rooms, Mormon temples, Kingdom Halls— all in a city that has over 300 Roman Catholic churches, including three major cathedrals. Some of these people are rich, others are very poor. Some are trying to build their wealth while others are trying to get off to a good start in a new country. We serve through evangelizing, discipling, preaching, feeding, helping with immigration paperwork, and more. We are preparing to paint an apartment for a lady moving here from France. We hope it will be an open door with her. Welcome to missions work in a major western city! 4 The Lord has called our family to serve Him in Montréal, Canada. For a long time, it was the world's second largest French-speaking city in the world, second to Paris. Now, it appears that it is third behind Kinshasa. No matter the size, one can find the same opportunities and challenges in almost every metropolis in the western world—perhaps in the entire world. Last summer we completed deputation and settled in our favorite city. It is our favorite city because it is the one to which God sent us. We love its people dearly, but not as much as God loves them. We are privileged to serve Him here! There is a dearth of Gospel preaching in cities. Here in Canada, cities like Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Québec City, and others are spiritual dark holes. According to Statistics Canada, 1 less than 0.5% of the residents of Montreal claim to be evangelical Christians of any stripe. Of those, how many attend a good Bible-preaching church? Oh, so few. The needs are staggering. The same dramatic need is true of London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, or any other major city one can name. Ask pastors in New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how many churches need to be started in