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In describing the spiritual condition of the people of Quebec, where he has been overseeing church planting since January 2009, North American Mission Board church planter Jacques Avakian calls to mind the boat crew in the story of Jonah.

"People in Quebec are spiritual and they're seeking something, but they're not seeking the right spirit," he says. "The people Jonah met on the boat were spiritual but they didn't know the right God because no one was sharing the truth with them."

Avakian's desire to share God's truth with others developed early in his life. An Armenian born in Lebanon, he was a teenager when his family fled to Cyprus in 1978 because of war. Avakian grew up in the Armenian Orthodox faith but had attended Catholic and Maronite schools in Lebanon and at the age of seven, he received Christ as his Savior after attending a Child Evangelism Fello...