By Pastor Rene Landry
Église Renaissance Trois-Rivières was founded in April 2013 as a result of a burden we had for the lost and hurting in our city.
We are a community of disciples who gather each week for teaching and to take the Lord’s Supper together. For us, the Lord’s Supper is a time where everyone can participate, where we share what the Lord is teaching us and encourage each other, all to the glory of our Lord. Our vision is to have small, organic communities, with a family atmosphere, which are actively multiplying.
Our attendance is presently 25-30 adults.
Our church is unique in that it is multilingual and multicultural. We have French, English, Chinese, Lebanese and Estonian attendees. The messages are given in French, with simultaneous English translation. We have several Chinese-only speakers and are currently searching for someone to do simultaneous Chinese translation also. We are the only evangelical English church within a radius of more than 100 km. The same is true for Chinese.
Our motto is Loved (by God)… to love (God & others)… Our goal is to be followers of God, who become examples to others, and who train new followers, to be followers of God.
The city of Trois-Rivières has a population of 135,000, with 96.9% who are native French-speakers. There are less than 2,000 born-again Christians in our city.
We are heavily involved in outreach. We get together every other week for supper during the week, and invite contacts to join us. We also have an English Bible Study with 10 ladies who attend regularly and organize teas as an outreach to the English community. We also organize several special events each year (pool party & BBQ, corn roasts, special Good Friday service, etc.) and quite a few unsaved people attend these events.
Recently, members of our church have organized an English Second Language youth group every other week, to serve both Christians and unsaved people in our community. At Christmas we make cookie baskets as a church and then pass them out to neighbours and contacts, giving us a good excuse to talk to them.
For community involvement, we organize an ESL day camp at the end of August. It is held the week before school starts, when city day camps are done and the parents don’t know what to do with their kids. We are also setting up, staffing and funding a Block Parents executive committee after several years’ absence in Trois-Rivières.
We have seen the Lord bless us and He has given us many new opportunities that we never dreamed of. Last year we had two people saved and baptized. We have several unsaved people who have been attending regularly for about 6 months and they are moving towards salvation. The ministries to the English and Chinese communities are exciting, but staggering at the same time.
I am the church planter, assisted by my wife, Janice. We are responsible for organization of the church, as well as pastoral work. We have men of God who come regularly to teach, freeing me from that responsibility.
Janice and I are parents of seven adult children. We are the proud grandparents of 15 (so far)! We praise the Lord that all of our children and their families are following Him and very involved in their local churches.
My wife and I both have full-time secular jobs. I am a city bus driver and Janice works full time as a freelance translator. This greatly reduces the time we have to spend on church responsibilities. We constantly struggle with priorities.
We ask for prayer for the following requests:
A couple who would join us to help with the responsibilities
Help with the Chinese-language responsibilities
Wisdom in our decisions and in setting our priorities
Strength to carry out what God has for us to do
A spiritual awakening among the people of Trois-Rivières