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Saturday, 3 December, 2016

Posted by Posted 9 December 2016, 11:05 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The storm cleared just in time for the start of our outreach on Saturday night in Brisbane city. We were lighter on numbers, particularly at the start and so we prayed that God would bring in more labourers and he did - by the end we had at least 10 of us there.

Someone on the team preached with the sketchboard on the topic of guilty and innocent, contrasting how we are sinful and how Jesus is not, and yet it was the innocent that died for the guilty. There were some people listening as this was happening, in particular a few young men who said that they were Jehovah's Witnesses. They had just come back from one of their annual conventions earlier in the day.

These men said that only 144,000 people will go to Heaven. So we asked them, "What about the great crowd, the multitude clothed in white robes from all languages and tribes and nations which are also described in Revelation 7?" They said that this group wouldn't be going to heaven. We asked, "But how come it says that this group is also 'standing before the throne and before the Lamb', the very place where it says the 144,000 will be?"

They responded by saying that that is not what the Watchtower says. So we challenged them to check the Bible for themselves and not just blindly follow an organisation, which funnily enough, these young men admitted has been wrong in the past. We talked about the trinity, about salvation by grace through faith alone, the bodily resurrection of Jesus and about the existence of hell. One of the young men was more open than the rest, and he was busily noting down the Bible verses we were looking at to check them out later.

Please pray for them, and also everyone else who was witnessed to throughout the night. To God be the glory!


Saturday, 19 November, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 November 2016, 12:26 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Before we started our outreach last night in Brisbane city, we prayed that God would prepare people's hearts and bring in people to hear the gospel. And praise be to God, He answered that prayer numerous times throughout the night.

Usually we need to approach people to get a gospel conversation started, but last night, it was different. For not long after we arrived, two young men came up to us, as we were setting up the free Bibles table, and asked us, "Will you go to Heaven when you die?" We responded and then asked them the same question and they said they thought they were going to Hell, because of their sin. This provided a great opportunity to explain the news of the cross to them!

Not long later, a man from Vietnam came up to two of us on the team and asked for a gospel tract. We were able to explain the whole message to him and he was very receptive, saying at the end, "I want to trust in Jesus for my forgiveness today." We gave him a New Testament and also details for a local church.

As we were rejoicing about that last conversation, a young man approached and asked us what we are sharing. These conversations were all apart from all the other conversations that the rest of the team were having at the same time!

Later on in the night, our regular atheist heckler, Wayne, arrived and God used him to draw in a crowd as he discussed with the preacher in the open air on a variety of subjects. He has been heckling us in the city for over 8 years now and we are praying that God will save him soon.

To God be the glory!


Saturday, 5 November, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 November 2016, 12:22 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

"We don't want to read the Bible because we might get convinced of it."

We praise the Lord that His gospel went out to a lot of people on Saturday night in Brisbane city. We had 20 to 25 people on the team across the night including two new people who have never come out before. They both said they really enjoyed it.

One conversation that we had was with two Muslim ladies from Malaysia. They stayed talking with us for at least an hour, intrigued about what Christians believe. They thought that they might have to be sent to Hell for a while, but eventually they will be let into Heaven later on because they are Muslims. They said that is why they are doing their prayers and wearing special clothing to earn their forgiveness.

We shared with them that they won't be able to earn forgiveness since God is a just and holy God and he won't be bribed by any of our deeds. The good news is though that God Himself has provided the payment for our sins 2000 years ago on the cross, and we receive it as a free gift by placing our faith in Christ.

We then encouraged them to read the Bible, particularly because even the Qur'an says that the Bible is from God. After talking with each other in their language for a little bit, one of the ladies said, "We don't want to read the Bible because we might get convinced of it."

We responded, "But if it's the truth, wouldn't you want to be convinced of it?" They agreed and were both happy a take a New Testament from us to begin reading. We praise the Lord we had the exact right amount of Bibles with us on the night, as there were also quite a few other good conversations had where people wanted either a full Bible or a New Testament. Glory to God!


Saturday, 29 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 4 November 2016, 11:21 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We headed out on to the streets on Saturday night after being spurred on from the Re-Engage conference during the day, and it was a great night. We had a good size team and while someone on the team was preaching, God brought a crowd in to listen and ask questions - some in the crowd stayed for the whole hour and a half!

During this time, the rest of the team were handing out gospel tracts and getting into conversations with people either walking past or those who were walking off after listening to the preacher for a while. We'd simply ask, "What did you think of what he was saying? Do you think about your eternity much?" And that leads into a gospel conversation.

One such conversation was with two young ladies from Germany who are travelling in Australia at the moment. They were atheists, but after showing them how we know something like a building had a builder, so must this universe have had a creator - they began to backslide from their atheism. One said, "That actually makes a lot of sense."

So we went on to talk about sin and how we will all stand before God one day to give an account of our life. They expressed how they really love sin and don't really want to turn from it. So we pleaded with them about the serious consequence of our sin and how forgiveness is available only through Jesus, and also about how any of us could die at any moment. That's when they said, "Did you know that we were at Dreamworld on the very day when those 4 people died on that ride? And one day earlier, we were there again and were on that very ride."

That brought the message home to these ladies. Please pray for them, their names are Joyce & Laura. To God be the glory that His gospel is going out!


Wednesday, 26 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 October 2016, 2:22 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

“I won't need more than four hundred gospel tracts today”, someone on the team commented. But as the afternoon went on, he came over saying, I actually need more! Praise the Lord.

We met in Queen Street Mall again today to first of all pray, before finding a place to witness. The council has really stepped up their opposition to us sharing the gospel there recently (despite us having permission under a State law). When we arrived last week, there were three council workers and six police officers waiting for us to see if we would approach anyone to talk about the gospel, and if so, they would fine or arrest us. But last week, we had already decided beforehand that we would go to somewhere outside the Mall to witness, and it went really well.

Today, when we arrived the council workers were already there waiting for us again, and this time with four police officers, staring us down. That didn't deter us - we prayed together as we planned to and then found a place to witness outside the Mall. The council officers followed us and remained staring at us across the road from the Mall for a long while, before possibly finding something more important to do.

We had a lovely afternoon of evangelism chatting to various people - from a guy named Carrey who thought of himself as a god, to a young man from Brazil named Jerome who was very open to hearing the gospel and is going to now seriously consider repenting and trusting in Christ. Please pray for all those who heard the gospel today or took a gospel tract.

Glory to God alone!


Saturday, 22 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 October 2016, 2:21 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Be encouraged as you watch this video from last night's outreach in Brisbane city.


Wednesday, 19 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 October 2016, 2:18 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Today we had five of us on the team in Brisbane City. We decided to evangelise in a different spot and it went really well. Hundreds of gospel tracts went out and the team got into several good witnessing conversations.

While some may try and silence the word (eg: the events of last week), ultimately God's word can never be silenced. For God is saving a people for His name from all the nations. Glory to God!


Saturday, 15 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 18 October 2016, 2:35 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The gospel went out last night in Brisbane city. There were a variety of different gospel conversations that were had. One was with a Muslim man who received a gospel tract earlier in the night and then came back later on because he wanted to ask questions and find out more.

We also had a long chat with a man who is part of a 'church' which denies the Trinity and instead holds to Modalism (the belief that God does not exist in three distinct persons, but that he just takes different modes at different times - currently God is only the Holy Spirit, and thus the Father and Jesus currently don't exist). We got to point him to Scriptures where Jesus prays to His Father, and also where Jesus said "The Father is greater than I".

We then asked what he thinks he needs to do to get to Heaven, and he said it was about following the commandments. We asked whether he has done it perfectly and he said yes. But when we asked about specific ones, he in essence, dismissed them. He then also explained that water baptism was necessary to forgive your sins.

We got to share with him about how salvation is a free gift, not something you can earn by keeping the commandments - because ultimately, we have not done it perfectly at all. Nor is it about getting baptised. We receive salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Good works will simply follow as a result of having salvation.

But this man then went on to explain how only people part of his 'church' will be saved. We asked when his church started. He said 1964. He went on to explain that no one at all was saved prior to 1964, because they were not part of his 'church'.

The craziness didn't stop there, he then explained that the Messiah they are waiting for is not Jesus, but a South Korean man who died in the 1980s. And he said that currently there is a second god that they worship called "The Mother" - a South Korean woman who is alive today. He tried to back up all these beliefs with the Bible, by doing a bit of twisting here and a bit of twisting there.

Please pray for this man, his name is Eugene. Pray that he comes to understand what the Bible actually says and comes to salvation. Glory to God that His gospel went out!


Wednesday, 7 September, 2016

Posted by Posted 9 September 2016, 2:42 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We praise the Lord that many great gospel conversations were had today with people in Brisbane city. We had a smaller than usual team, but today we found people were more willing and open to talk about the things of God than usual.

During the outreach, it was great to see Jason again, a man who has come to faith in Christ because of our outreach there in the city just earlier in the year. He has been attending a local church and has been getting involved in a Bible study and prayer group there.

It's wonderful seeing his hunger to find out more about God's word, asking us a bunch of questions about it. He even helped us hand out gospel tracts today. Praise the Lord!

Across the team today, we spoke to a variety of people - Sikhs, Atheists, Catholics and others. Even some who were raised as Christians who today for the first time came to understand the gospel.

We also had our free Bibles table set up and the gospels of John that we had on there seemed to be going like hot cakes. We had to keep re-stocking the table as people wanted a copy of God's word to take home and read.

Glory to the Lord of all!


Saturday, 27 August, 2016

Posted by Posted 29 August 2016, 1:11 PM by Josh Williamson. Permalink

It was a quieter night in Brisbane, but despite that we were still able to share the gospel with many people. It was encouraging to see so many people from different churches coming out to evangelise the lost.

As the night began I managed to grab a conversation with two young men from Papua New Guinea. I asked them, "Why do you think God would let you into Heaven?" They both smiled and said, "We'd go to Heaven because we come from a Christian country and do good for people." Well, this was the beginning of an excellent conversation. We spoke at length about the fallenness of humanity and the need for Jesus to rescue us. Both of the men at the end of the conversation took an in-depth tract and said they'd like to attend church.

Shortly after this conversation it came time for me to preach. Tonight, I decided to preach in an 'old-school' manner, that is, with no sketchboard, and just a Bible in hand. My text for the night was Luke 18:9-14, my topic was, "How to be made right with God." A few people stopped to listen as I spoke about how our works and efforts will never bring about forgiveness of sins and how Jesus is the only way we can know God.

The rest of the night was fairly quiet, however, at the end of the evening I managed to get into an apologetic discussion with a Scottish atheist. His arguments were basic, but very typical of those whom I encountered when I lived in Scotland. His objections were answered and eventually he literally turned and rushed away before I could answer another of his questions. He embodied the man who wasn't interested in truth but rather was seeking to justify his unbelief.

Overall, it was a productive evening. Please pray for all those we encountered.

SDG!


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