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Brisbane TeamSaturday, 27 September, 2014
Essex TeamSaturday, 5 April, 2014
Gold Coast TeamFriday, 17 October, 2014
London TeamFriday, 18 July, 2014
Plymouth TeamSaturday, 4 October, 2014
ScotlandSaturday, 7 June, 2014
Special OutreachesMonday, 21 April, 2014
Sunshine CoastWednesday, 13 November, 2013
Woodridge TeamTuesday, 14 October, 2014

The Battle Log is the place where weekly reports from each of the Operation 513 evangelism teams are posted.

It gives you a brief idea about what occurred during the outreach and some of the highlights.

Even though there is not a report from each team on the Battle Log every week, all these teams do meet weekly. So please keep them in prayer and consider joining one if it is in your area.


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Woodridge Team

Tuesday, 14 October, 2014

Posted by Posted 18 October 2014, 7:02 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

An encouraging outreach at Woodridge today.

Three weeks ago, one of the team spoke to a young lady named Demmi. She initially refused a tract and said she was Buddhist. By the end of the conversation she was questioning Buddhism but said she couldn't become a Christian because her Dad said that that is not allowed. So she was going to count the cost.

Today, she returned saying she has left Buddhism and is now a Christian, and so is her Dad! Her Dad is now trying to evangelise to his sister. Praise God for all that He does!


Gold Coast Team

Friday, 17 October, 2014

Posted by Posted 18 October 2014, 6:49 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Gold Coast EvangelismIt is always a joy and a privilege to share the gospel, and doing so at the Gold Coast last night was no exception.

As we were walking back to the car, a young guy who I handed a tract to said "You have spoken to me before." So I asked whether he has been thinking about what I said.

He responded by saying he is now converted, trusting only in Jesus for his forgiveness and is fighting against his sin. He has been praying daily and attending a local church. But he didn't have a Bible, so I was able to give him one and encouraged him to start reading it daily.

He was very thankful to receive one. His name is Liam. Please pray for him.

Praise God for saving a people for His name!

Plymouth Team

Saturday, 4 October, 2014

Posted by Posted 5 October 2014, 5:45 AM by Matthew Rolfe. Permalink

Plymouth started very wet today and I was unsure if outreach would be able to go ahead, but after attending a Men's breakfast at a Church, it cleared up and enabled my friend Phil and I to head into the city centre of Plymouth for a couple of hours.

When we set up there a man almost imediately approached me and explained that he was a Scientologist and wanted my opinion if you could be a Scientologist and still belong to another religion, as he claimed there were Buddhists, Muslims and Christians in the Scientology faith who believed that both could work along side each other.


I asked him what he believed scientology taught about morality, and he said that man was basically good, needed to be rid of 'thetans' in us that made us bad, and that we were reincarnated and therefore could learn from our past mistakes in life.

He confirmed L.Ron Hubbards science fiction writing and belief in starting a religion to make money, but that the sale of the books to people was because of all the research and study he had done about the life of man.

He listened intently when I explained that we only had one life and chance on this earth to hear and respond to the gospel, as per Hebrews 9 v 27, and that Jesus said he was the only way we could be saved, that he was the only gate, door and Shepherd of the sheep, and if we tried to get to God any other way we were called a thief and a robber. I also tried to speak about original sin and how we all sinned because we were born sinners, and that we didnt have 'thetans' but needed forgiveness from God for our sins committed against him. 

He took a tract at the end but was an interesting first conversation for the day.


Another gentleman approached us later on who said he attended Church but was a backsliddeen Christian who was a heroine and alcohol addict, that he attended a Church group and that he had lived away from home since the age of 14 because of his substance abuse and distress caused to his family. We talked lots and Phil and I tried to listen to his story, and gently probed about how he says he became a Christian and if he thought he was Born again. I gave him a Gideons New Testament and some tracts to read, and pointed to the front pages about where to read when he was going through hard times.  He was a nice guy who obviously had a lot of issues to deal with and he wished us well.


After giving out tracts to the various people who stopped to take the intelligence test, a lady walked past and asked me to read some passages of scripture to her because she was unable to (either because of sight problems or I think because she had been drinking a little too much). So I chose John 3 to read to her about the need to be born again, and she listened, before taking a tract, which again she wanted me to read to her which was great. She took the tract and was seemingly happy we chatted. 

Some kids took some of the Bibles, and while I was wary as to why they wanted them, it led to a good chat about my appendix coming out last week, what vestigual organs were (or are not) and about why I had become a Christian and why we were out on the streets giving away tracts and Bibles. They put the testaments in their bags and said they would look at them.


Lastly for the day, 3 servicemen from the army stopped to take the intelligence test, which led on to them taking the good person test. Two of the guys were very open, whereas one guy said he didnt believe in Hell. I tried to show him that in the New Testament, the one who actually spoke most about Hell was in fact Jesus, because he didnt want anyone going there, but that because our sins were primarily against God and it was him we had firstly offended in our actions and thoughts, it was him we needed forgiveness from. They understood what was said and listened to the good news of the gospel and how someone could be forgiven, and two of the guys took the tracts at the end and shook hands, but the other guy walked off and refused to take a tract. Maybe he was convicted or had a loved one that had died suddenly, but either way all three of them listened to all that was said.

It was a great day and the sunshine came out which was great, Phil enjoyed learning more about evangelism and how to witness to people in taking someone through the Law before showing them the good news of the gospel, and we pray God would continue to work in those peoples lives that stopped to talk today.

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 27 September, 2014

Posted by Posted 2 October 2014, 1:43 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Riverfire is one of the busiest night of the year in Brisbane where thousands flock to the city to watch fireworks. Operation 513 provided all the gospel tracts for free to be handed out at the event. We can only do this thanks to generous supporters of this ministry.

All praise be to God!

Plymouth Team

Saturday, 20 September, 2014

Posted by Posted 22 September 2014, 6:15 AM by Matthew Rolfe. Permalink

Today was a beautiful sunny day here in Plymouth, and my friend Phil and I managed to meet around 1pm and set up the outreach for the first time in quite a few weeks. There were hundreds of people in the city today, partly due to a big science fiction comic event that a former Dr Who actor was signing books for, and so there were plenty of people to witness to. My amp for preaching had died and so we were unable to preach, but managed to have many great conversations with people, largely due to the Intelligence test board again drawing peoples attention. I had also updated our scripture board with some website links etc which quite a few people stopped to read or glance at. The 'Are You Ready' cross with Hebrews 9 v 23 underneath was pushed over after someone read it, another person walking past sticking their middle finger up at it, so Gods word was doing its job, being an offence to those that are currently spiritually blind!


The first people to stop and do the intelligence test were two students studying biological science at Plymouth University, and were very amicable to stop and go through the good person test after they had gotten most of the questions wrong. They both seemed quite convicted and seemingly acknowledged they had broken the commandments, the 7th one pricking their conscience the most in how they reacted. They were very open and didn't once try and debate evolution or atheism, but just nodded when I tried to explain that it was peoples love of sin that pushed them away from acknowledging Gods existence, not for lack of knowledge or evidence, to which they both gave me full eye contact and were silent about, amazingly. They gratefully took a Gideon's new testament each and some tracts and after explaining the good news of the gospel to them and how someone could appropriate what Jesus had done to themselves, a firm handshake and thanks was great to hear for a change instead of opposition.


Several other groups came along, including 3 teenage girls called Abbey, Dion and Ebony who were interested through the intelligence test questions, and even at a young age seemed to realise how they had sinned and that they knew God existed through what he had made. They were keen to take tracts and a Gideon's new testament. David, a messianic Jew stopped to chat and explained how he had become a Christian but only realised later on in his life that he had Jewish roots and so now met with other Messianic Jews in Plymouth to fellowship. 3 students Thomas, Claire and Liam stopped by to chat and interact, and again were very open to talk and didn't once try and refute any arguments about God's existence, evolution or the Bible but listened intently to what was said. All our Bibles went that day and my friend Phil had his first chat with some people about the gospel while I went to the toilet, and so he was encouraged as well as he continues to learn about sharing the gospel with others.


The pictures below show the updated sign and a glimpse of how many people were in the city that day, and God was clearly already working in peoples hearts and minds with how intently people listened and interacted with us today, but more importantly we pray that gospel seeds were sown in fertile hearts and that the Holy Spirit would convict people and they would turn to God that day in repentance and faith.


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 13 September, 2014

Posted by Posted 20 September 2014, 6:37 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

People will go to great lengths to conjure up arguments against the God they know exists. This Saturday night was a prime example of that, with someone claiming that because she doesn't have a footprint of Jesus therefore He didn't exist.

To God be the glory!

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 6 September, 2014

Posted by Posted 12 September 2014, 3:51 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

"The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few" was especially evident on Saturday night in Brisbane city. We had a very low number of team members and yet God brought in lots of people to hear the preaching.

To God be the glory!

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 9 August, 2014

Posted by Posted 18 August 2014, 2:01 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Another glorious night of sharing the gospel in Brisbane city.

We've seen in the Bible how God spoke through a donkey, now we've seen God speak through an Atheist. Watch the following video from the night:

Here is another video from the outreach, where Balazs recounts a conversation he had with two young ladies:

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 26 July, 2014

Posted by Posted 1 August 2014, 4:04 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Listen how God brought along some encouragement for a Christian sharing their faith after dealing with a bunch of Atheists going off their nut.

May the following video from the night encourage and challenge you to go and share your faith.

To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 19 July, 2014

Posted by Posted 24 July 2014, 12:01 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It sure was an interesting evening tonight with lots of people trying to stop the gospel going out, but it simply drew in a larger crowd. Watch an evolutionist support his belief in evolution, see a universalist argue against Scripture, but ultimately rejoice because Christ is proclaimed!

Watch the following 4 and a half minute entertaining video report from the night.

All glory to God!

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