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Woodridge Team

Tuesday, 19 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 5 June 2015, 10:33 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Handing out gospel tracts in Logan, QueenslandOne of the most encouraging things from Tuesday's outreach at Woodridge was that one of people who has become a Christian because of our ministry there (and has been attending a local church for past 6 months) was keen to help us hand out gospel tracts. He joined us for several hours.

Praise be to God!


Hobart Team

Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Posted by Posted 2 June 2015, 11:38 AM by David Gee. Permalink

I have been away for the last fortnight and today it was wonderful to be back into sharing the gospel with the people of Hobart. Apparently our absence has been noticed, lots of people have come up and commented that they haven't seen us for a while. I pray that God would use our presence as a visible reminder to people of who we preach and stand for. May God bring to mind all the gospel people know when ever they see us in the street!

We started the day with the bible table and chatting to people who came to the table. One of these was Ruben who had questions about the bible and believed some things that were obviously contradicting the bible. We talked for a period but he left insisting that we/I were scaremongering. Later in the afternoon during the preaching he returned and had a long conversation with Karl which was excellent. 

I praise God that He has raised up all sorts of different people to be part of our team here in hobart. There are so many people that other members of the team can reach who I cannot. Never think dear friends that you are unable to evangelise because "I am not like person x who is gifted in evangelism...", there are people in your town that only you will be able to reach. God has gifted you with the life and experience that you have so that you can share His glory and gospel with particular people. Trust God and go share your faith with those around you, they need you to bring it to them and your Lord commands that you do.

Samuel our regular heckler has also taken a different approach recently as I have written previously. This week Samuel set up a table also in the mall seeking to engage with people about cults, psychics and clairvoyants. He is also seeking to encourage atheism and draw people away from religions of all types. While there is obviously major differences/disagreements between us I praise God for the opportunity that this creates. His work brings many atheists to our area of the mall and we are then able to share the gospel with them. Please pray that we will be able to boldly and wisely share the gospel with these people and encounter their world view in a way that changes them for Christ.

May God's Name be praised!

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!


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