Our team on Friday evening was made up of Wainaina, Waithera, Kwabena, Kwadwo, Joram, James and myself. After a time of Bible study and fellowship at the cafe we hit the streets. It was good to be out together to share the Gospel!
While I was preaching a man came passed who expressed a lot of an anger and rage at seeing me standing on a ladder preaching from the Bible. He wanted to know what gave me the right to stand there and "tell others what they should do." I explained that I was simply declaring the message of the Gospel and that I did have have the freedom to stand on a ladder and preach. He wouldn't let it go so I calmly said, "Sir, I tell you what, if you want to get a ladder and come set up next to me and preach that will be totally fine by me." This helped to calm him down, which was good! I decided to build on the theme of freedom and addressed the crowd (that my angry heckler friend had so wonderfully helped to bring in) concerning this, explaining that we enjoyed many freedoms in our country because of Christianity. At one point I said, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is still a free country," to which many clapped and cheered and said, "Hear, hear." It was brilliant to then preach the whole Gospel to the crowd as they stood and listened.
After I finished preaching I noticed our angry heckler had calmed down a lot and was talking with the rest of the team. He came up to me and said, "Mate, I apologise, I had you all wrong." Wow. It turned out he had heard open air preaching before elsewhere in London and said that all he heard was that he shouldn't do this and he shouldn't do that. We talked for quite a while after this and I was able to share the Gospel with him more adequately. He had some interesting ideas of his own and I spent quite a bit of time adressing these and then bringing it back to the Gospel. He left with some tracts and much to think about. Please pray for him.
The team all got into a number of conversation, which was so encouraging. As there are now a number of new people on the team I decided it would be good to have a time of feedback and an opportunity to ask questions. We settled in Burger King and had a good time sharing some of the challenges we had all experienced. Many in the team expressed how they realised they had so much to learn. I can certainly relate to that. We are so fortunate in our day and age to have such an abundance of resources available to us so that we can indeed be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give a reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15).
Soli Deo Gloria!