The Experience Magazine 50th Year Edition

Sherbrooke, Quebec Amélie Rodier

In 1992, Word of Life Canada was given a French Bible School and Camp in Sherbrooke, Quebec, by another ministry. This gift allowed Word of Life to fulfill a God-given dream of presenting francophone youth with the gospel of Jesus Christ and training them in ministry. In 1994, the first year of the actual Bible program, Mr. Ken Beach accepted the position of general director for the francophone ministry of WOL Canada in Quebec. Ken and his wife also accepted leadership of the Bible Institute, Sherbrooke’s French-English language school, the francophone Bible club ministry, and camps. In 2001, Mark Strout, who served as the Bible Institute director, became the general director after the Beach’s retirement. A few years later, in 2009, Martin Jalbert took up the mantle of director when Mark Strout was called to serve with Word of Life in New York. To this day, Martin and his team still passionately lead both the Bible Institute and Word of Life’s ministry in Quebec. God has blessed the ministry of Parole de Vie by allowing it to reach thousands of Quebecois young people with the gospel of Jesus Christ through French Bible Study programs, both winter and summer camps, Folies Lunaires (Reverbs), and many other incredible ministries – all of which are staffed by Bible Institute students. WOLBI Quebec’s influence is also felt in the far corners of the earth through the countless missionaries who went through the French language school and now serve around the globe.

The Quebec campus became an accredited WOLBI teaching site in 2015.

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