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Brisbane TeamWednesday, 13 May, 2015
Essex TeamSaturday, 1 November, 2014
Gold Coast TeamFriday, 1 May, 2015
Hobart TeamTuesday, 14 April, 2015
London TeamFriday, 15 May, 2015
Special OutreachesMonday, 6 April, 2015
Sunnybank TeamThursday, 14 May, 2015
Wellington Point TeamSunday, 8 February, 2015
Woodridge TeamTuesday, 28 April, 2015

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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London Team

Friday, 15 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:18 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

London Evangelism

Evangelism in Leicester Square was fantastic last night. We had a good size team out, which really supported the preaching of the gospel in the open-air.

A number of people stopped to listen, and some even engaged. The chap in photo (with his back to camera, on the left) asked a great question and after the preaching Regan was able to converse with him more thoroughly.

This is what I love! — a public proclamation of the gospel that spills into one-to-one conversations. God is so good!

Sunnybank Team

Thursday, 14 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:15 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Sunnybank bus stopIt was an interesting afternoon of evangelism at Sunnybank today. There were no Mormon missionaries about (they often hang around the bus stop), but one of the people I spoke to was a lady named Eva.

As I was explaining the gospel to her, she asked me what I thought of Mormonism. I thought she was wanting to make sure I wasn't a Mormon, but after I said "Mormonism is not Christian", she exclaimed, "What? Really?"

It turns out some Mormon missionaries have been speaking with her and so she has been reading the Book of Mormon and plus some of the Bible. They told her Mormonism is Christianity.

So she asked me what the main differences are. I explained the difference of salvation by grace alone through faith alone which the Bible teaches, compared to a salvation by works that Mormonism teaches. She was beginning to understand that.

I also spoke of how Mormons believe in many gods and that one day you can become a god of your own planet. She said, "They haven't told me that!"

So I encouraged her to visit to see some more of the differences between Christianity and Mormonism. I said, "Because like most cults, the Mormons won't reveal to you all the strange beliefs they have until they have gotten you into it." 

Then she asked, "There are so many religions around, how can I know which one is true?" I explained how the Mormons will say it's based on praying and waiting for a feeling. But I mentioned how feelings are not the way we find out if something is true or not, feelings will change based on whether we are hungry or full, healthy or sick. They are not a test of truth.

So instead I took her to Acts 17 where Paul commends the Jews in Berea for examining the Scriptures daily to see whether what Paul was saying was true. That is what I encouraged her to do. I said, "Everything you hear about God, check it with the Bible."

She was so thankful that I explained all this to her. She said she had no idea about this and said she is going to have to start reading the Bible a whole lot more. Please pray she doesn't get caught in the Mormon cult but instead will come to saving faith in Jesus.

Lots of gospel tracts were handed out today by the team, and we got to encourage a struggling Christian in her faith. 

To God alone be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Wednesday, 13 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:07 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Open air preaching Brisbane

Great day of outreach today in Brisbane city. We preached in the open air for almost 2 hours with constant crowds of 40-50 people listening throughout it. Some people were listening for the entire time too.

Lots of people were asking questions, while some people were trying to silence the message, but God's word went out to many people. And it will never return void!

At one stage, a young lady tried pushing the sketchboard over on top of me. But she didn't really succeed, and instead it allowed me to make the point that trying to silence the message doesn't get rid of the fact that it is the truth. It made a great illustration to the crowd.

One of the hecklers commented, "The preacher keeps going back to the same message" - yep, the gospel.

During this time, the rest of the team were having good one to one conversations with people who were around and handing out tracts. And almost all of the free Bibles we brought, people took.

If you have any time free on Wednesday afternoons to join us in Queen Street Mall sharing the good news of Christ, please contact us. We are always praying for more labourers.

To the King of Kings be the glory!

Sunnybank Team

Thursday, 7 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:06 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Sunnybank at night

Lots of gospel tracts went out yesterday at Sunnybank and some good conversations were had.

I spoke to a guy named Steven who goes to an international church in Kelvin Grove. He said that he would be going to Heaven because of some sacrifices he was about to make. 

He explained that money is basically evil and the way to heaven then is to give your money away (he called this sacrifices).

Despite this I witnessed to him normally - going through the law to bring the knowledge of sin, talking of the judgement to come, the cross, and repentance and faith - and he began to see why his idea of giving money away wouldn't save him. It turns out, he was very willing to reconsider his beliefs and seemed to come to understand the gospel. Please pray that he comes to saving faith.

Col was able to witness to an elderly man who a couple months back, fell over. At that time, Col helped him back up. This man returned to Col yesterday and was able to hear the gospel.

He ended up getting a lift home from Col as well, enabling him to hear more of the message. Pray that God would make this elderly gentleman understand grace.

To the God of all be the glory!

Gold Coast Team

Friday, 1 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:03 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

On Friday night at the Gold Coast, we spoke to an Indian lady who over the past year or two has been working at McDonald's nearby where we preach.

Each Friday and Saturday night she would make sure to clean the outside dining tables as often as she could so that she could hear the preaching of the gospel.

She told us that God used that to save her and she is now part of a local church. Glory to God!

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 2 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:03 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Brisbane city evangelism

What a night in Brisbane city last night! Our prayer for receptive people that we prayed at the start of night, God answered.

Many people were open to talk about eternal matters and quite a number of came to the Bible table for a Bible. Praise be to God!

Please pray for:

• Vincent - Asian young man, no religion, didn't believe in God. Came to realise God exists after showing him how creation must have had a creator. Went through the message of sin, law, judgment, Heaven and Hell, and the cross with him.

He wanted to know why Christianity is true as opposed to all the other religions. Gave him the argument for the resurrection of Jesus, he said it made sense. Was happy to take a Bible. I got his contact details because he wants to find out more.

Steven & Lisa - both were professing Christians, but thought their works would save them. By the end of the conversation, they appeared to grasp the gospel message and said they going to count the cost.

Tanya & Emma - very open, asked, "how do we know God exists?" Came to acknowledge God's existence. "I am a good person" they thought. Went through whole message with them. They love sin so they said they would have to seriously count the cost. They have a Bible but have never read it yet. 

Photo: Wilter is talking to a man who only speaks French. Thankfully Wilter mentioned to me earlier in the night that he is also able to speak French, and so I was able to call him over to speak with this man who was open to the gospel.

Queen Street Mall at nightOn Saturday night I also spoke to a man named Ally from Iran. He used to be a Muslim. 

When I asked him whether he is going to Heaven, he said he didn't believe in an afterlife and only believed in God. But he said he didn't know who God is.

I asked him whether God is good. He said, "Yes". So I said, "If God is good, that means he can't overlook the atrocities that people do in this world and who never get brought to justice. So if God is good, there must be a place of punishment, which we call Hell, and also a place of no punishment, which we call Heaven".

He said, "That makes sense". I asked him then, "Are you a good person?" He thought so, and so I took him through some of the commandments and he began to realise his sin. I explained how we need a perfect person who can take our Hell punishment for us on our behalf, and that Jesus is the only perfect person who has ever lived.

But then he said, "Every religion says that their main figure is the best and perfect. Like Muslims say Mohammad is perfect." I pointed out that even Muslims would agree that Mohammed was an idolater before Allah spoke to him, and looking at his history, he also murdered people.

However, Jesus is the only one who has lived completely perfectly his whole life, and we have the eyewitness testimony of the Gospel writers who attest this, and who also recorded the fact that Jesus rose from the dead - which verifies Jesus' claim of being God. He said, "How do we know they were speaking the truth?"

I explained, "The disciples were Jews, and the Jews did not believe in a dying, much less rising, Messiah. So you need to ask the question: How did these Jews come to believe in something so unJewish, and then be willing to be put to death for saying that Jesus rose from the dead?

For no one dies for what they know is false. Many people may die for what they believe to be true, but no one dies for what they know to be false. And since these disciples of Jesus were the first ones to say that Jesus rose from the dead, they either: A) made it up and therefore they know they are lying, or B) did really see Jesus alive from the dead.

But the fact that they were willing to be put to death for saying that Jesus rose from the dead, the best explanation for that is that they really did see Jesus alive from the dead and they were simply bearing witness to the truth that they saw."

He said, "That makes sense." Then I asked him, "So when are you going to trust Christ alone for your forgiveness?" He said, "I need something big."

I said, "When you say that, do you simply mean you aren't prepared to turn from your lifestyle of sin?" He said, "That is what it is."

Please pray for Ally. He took a gospel tract and has heard the gospel clearly.

Woodridge Team

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

Posted by Posted 18 May 2015, 10:01 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Woodridge train station

Praise be to God for a good outreach at Woodridge yesterday. We had a good size team which meant lots of gospel tracts went out.

At one stage I offered a tract to a young couple and the man refused it. But a few minutes later he returned and said he wanted to ask a question. His name was Ben.

He asked about why do bad things happen in this world. I told him about how God created the world and it was good, but then humanity said to God that they didn't want to live His way. So God basically said: "Ok, but there will be consequences. People will die, get sick, be in pain, etc. So in essence, humanity's to blame for the bad things happening in the world. Ben said, "That makes a lot of sense."

He then went on to say how he was released from prison just last week and wants to improve his life from now and was wondering whether going to church would do that for him. I explained how improving his life wouldn't get him to Heaven because God looks at our whole life and if we have sinned even once, we deserve Hell. He asked, "Is it too late then?"

I went on to explain the cross, how Jesus was so gracious to take our Hell punishment for us on the cross, and that the way we receive this is not by going to church, not by praying or improving our life, but by trusting only in what Jesus has done for us on the cross for our forgiveness. I then talked about how once we trust in Jesus, we of course want to turn from our sin because we love Jesus.

I asked a few checking questions to make sure he really did now understand the gospel, and it seemed he did. Please pray for Ben as he counts the cost of trusting in Christ.

We spoke to quite a number of other people during our outreach as well. It's never a waste of time when God's word goes out to people, regardless of their responses. Glory to God!

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 25 April, 2015

Posted by Posted 26 April 2015, 1:11 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Christian Evangelism on ANZAC DayIt was another great outreach in Brisbane city last night. Since it was ANZAC Day, there were a number of people still in their military uniforms or wearing medals from the marches earlier in the day. We were able to share the gospel with some of them.

Please pray for all who heard the gospel message, including a man named Adam - he is from Papua New Guinea and is in Australia for a rugby tournament, but leaving to go home the very next day.

He was very receptive and came to understand the gospel. Pray that God grants him repentance and faith.

The results are in God's hands. So to Him alone be the glory!


Special Outreaches

Monday, 6 April, 2015

Posted by Posted 16 April 2015, 11:56 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Redlands Easter Family Festival

It was a great day of evangelising at the Redlands Easter Family Festival today. We handed out 5,000 gospel tracts, over 200 Bibles, and many good gospel conversations were had.

Here is a short video from the day:

Please pray for all who heard the gospel. To God be the glory!

Redlands Easter Family Festival Evangelising in Redland City

Gold Coast Team

Friday, 3 April, 2015

Posted by Posted 16 April 2015, 11:51 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Surfers Paradise evangelismIt was very busy on Friday night at our weekly Gold Coast outreach. It was the start of the Easter weekend and clearly many people had flocked to Surfers Paradise for a holiday.

This provided a great opportunity for evangelism. We used the sketchboard to preach a couple messages explaining what Easter is all about, and handed out lots of our 'Happy Easter' gospel tract.

We also had a 77 year old man join us for the outreach and he loved it and is keen to return. So for those of you who may be thinking, 'I am too old to evangelise', you're not. I hope this is an encouragement to you to make the most of the time that you have left on this Earth.

After I finished preaching a message on 'The Way to Heaven' - how being good, simply stopping sin, or saying sorry won't save us, and how instead it is only by Jesus taking the punishment for our sin on our behalf that we can be saved - I had a conversation with two young people, Matt & Britney. They were just walking by and didn't hear my preaching, so I asked them whether they would go to Heaven.

They responded by saying "Yes, because we are good people". So I went through some of the commandments and they began to realise their sin, but said, "We will stop doing our sin." I explained how that wouldn't get rid of any of the history of their sin. 

They said, "Ok, but I will say sorry to God." I explained how in a court of law, if a criminal said sorry, we would still be guilty. Similarly, it doesn't matter how many times we say sorry to God, he wouldn't be able to simply overlook our sin.

It was really interesting to me that their ideas of how to get to Heaven were the very things I had just preached about not being the way. I find that those three things are what most people think will save them.

That is why these days before I explain the news of the cross, I will spend some time trying to dispel any false ideas out of their mind regarding the way to Heaven, so that once they've come to the point of, "Well there is nothing I can do then!" then I find they come to grasp the gospel better. For there really is nothing we can do to earn our way to Heaven, it is instead completely the work of Christ on the cross that saves us, which is received by repentance and faith.

Matt and Britney came to understand the gospel and said they were going to count the cost. They were happy to receive a gospel of John. Please pray for them.

Please also pray for Partarna who belongs to a Buddhist family. He heard the gospel and took a gospel of John. 

There were many other conversations had as well on Friday. To God alone be the glory!

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