Battle Log

Brisbane Team

Saturday, 5 August, 2017

Posted by Posted 14 August 2017, 12:44 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The gospel was proclaimed on Saturday night in Brisbane city by the team of about 10 people that showed up. Through the preaching, listeners were asked whether they thought they were a good person, but unfortunately no one is since we have all sinned, and therefore that is why we all need the forgiveness available only through faith in Christ.

It was great to see the team engage in many gospel conversations, including two new people on the team who have never evangelised on the street before. They stepped out of their comfort zones to share the gospel with people.

I think this principle holds true: The amount a person will enjoy coming out evangelising will depend on how much they are prepared to step out of their comfort zone. If a person doesn't really want to do that, they'll find evangelising maybe a bit boring. But when we ask God for courage and then step out of our comfort zone to approach people and strike up a conversation about eternal matters, it won't be long before we are in a gospel conversation with someone, and it is so exciting! We will go home rejoicing at the end of the day!

And even for those of us who have evangelised for years, we still need to each time ask God for help for boldness. And when we step out in faith, God blesses our efforts for His glory.

We encourage you to come along to one of our outreach teams, details are listed here: www.operation513.com/street-evangelism-teams


Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Posted by Posted 14 August 2017, 12:39 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a great outreach this afternoon in Brisbane city. God allowed many to hear the truth today, through the gospel tracts that went out and the conversations had.

One person the team spoke with was named Rad. He grew up Buddhist and is now searching to find which religion is the truth, since he knows that logically they all can't be true at the same time. He listened intently as he heard the gospel and was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading.

Another person later on in the afternoon came up to one person on the team and said he had some questions about God. His name was Tyson and he said he knows there is a God, as there is no way to deny that a creator made the universe. But he said he didn't know who exactly that God is and wanted to find out.

So we took him through the law of God, he saw his sinfulness and deservedness of Hell, but he wasn't sure how to be forgiven. We explained about Jesus, being God in human flesh, died to take our punishment for us. He had a bunch of questions about the trinity, about the Bible, food laws in the Old Testament, and about certain people in the Bible - because he said that he hasn't read much of the Bible at all.

He seems to be searching and was grateful to take a gospel of John to start reading. He even wanted our contact details so he can ask any further questions that he has. Please pray for him and all the others who heard the gospel today.

To God be the glory that His word went out and accomplishes what He wants it to!


Saturday, 15 July, 2017

Posted by Posted 21 July 2017, 2:07 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The rain came pouring down for the first half of the outreach last night in Brisbane city. But thanks be to God that there was an awning we could find shelter under, which happened to be where all the people walking by also were.

For a lot of the people we encounter on a Saturday night, they will never ever just rock up at a church, and that is why it is so important that the church goes out to the world with the gospel.

Last night, a prime example of these kinds of people were two Aussie blokes who were brothers and had never been to church in their life nor heard much about Jesus. They initially were not sure if there was a God, but after being shown that just as a builder must have had a builder, so must the universe have had a creator, they said, "That makes sense." We went on to run them through the good person test, which they flunked (as we all have!). And once they knew they deserved hell, one of them asked, "What can we do then?"

We went on to explain the news of Christ's death and resurrection, taking our hell punishment for us, and they said that that made sense. They wanted to find out more, so we also gave them a gospel of John each to take home and start reading. They are going to count the cost of trusting in Christ. Please pray that God brings them to repentance and faith in Christ alone.

Every conversation had and every gospel tract that went out will never return void! To God be the glory!


Saturday, 8 July, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:49 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

On Saturday night for our Brisbane city outreach, we were blessed to be joined by students from a local Bible college who wanted to get a bit of experience doing evangelism. We encouraged them each to tag along with a more experienced team member, so they could get a bit of feel for how it is done. And it was great to see a good number of them throughout the night get out of their comfort zone to share the gospel with the lost.

During the open air preaching, God drew in people to listen and watch as the gospel was also illustrated on the sketchboard. This also lead to a bit of interaction with a number of people in the crowd, as they were run through the good person test. And once the preaching concluded, it was a joy to see lots of gospel conversations being had with some of the people who had been listening.

One conversation the team had was with a man named Leo who had no idea on how to get to Heaven, but after hearing about sin, the coming Judgement and the cross, he said, "Oh that makes sense!" He said that he wanted to that day trust in Christ. Please pray he counts the cost.

To God be all the glory!


Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:40 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

God saw fit to use the team that gathered for the outreach today in Brisbane city. It was school holidays which meant more people were about. That excited us.

When we arrived, the first chat that one of us had was with a young lady who came to Australia six years ago. She was not sure about how to get to Heaven. She listened intently as the gospel was explained to her, and she said that she doesn't have a Bible. At that point, I realised that we had left all the gospels of John in the car. So I went back to the car to get them and then gave her one.

It was a day when quite a number of people we spoke with were happy to take a gospel of John to start reading after being shared the gospel, including Jason (from a Christian home but didn't know the gospel), Tivia (grew up Buddhist), John & Harris (secular) and Kat & Talia (never considered about eternity).

A Chinese lady named Summer also asked us if she could learn more about Christianity and the Bible and so we passed her details on to a local church in the area.

Every Christian is to be part of the Great Commission, and we praise God that we had the privilege of being part of it yesterday in Brisbane city. Please pray for those who heard. To God be all the glory!


Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:33 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Last night in Brisbane city we had a massive 22 people on the team, including 3 first timers! This provided an exciting opportunity to engage in many gospel conversations. The team even split up and covered other areas of the Brisbane CBD.

The many conversations engaged, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and general western soceity, "unbelievers".

One team member said that during a conversation with a young lady, who originally professed to be an atheist, went from being hard and closed to being open and interested in learning more!

A lengthy conversation was had with a man named Rob, who professed to be a Christian but was trying to mix his "Christianity" with ideas of enlightenment and postmodernism. He said God was love and only love. He rejected the idea of God's wrath or judgement. It was pointed out that God's love displayed in salvation makes no sense, unless we're being saved from something. He said he understood but was happy to declare that the "god" he worshiped would never punish anyone.

Please pray for the team that each would keep having the desire to step out of our their comfort zone and share their faith. Please pray for those who heard and received the words of eternal life tonight, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth!

And if you have the opportunity please join us in declaring this great salvation!


Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 June 2017, 10:51 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was wonderful to see God bring along 10 labourers on the team yesterday for the outreach in Brisbane city. This was a big surprise as I thought we wouldn't have many at all since a couple of the usual team members couldn't make it.

Across the afternoon, the team were greatly encouraged by the conversations they were having with the lost, with people being quite receptive and listening. Over a dozen gospel of Johns went out.

We also had the Good Person test flip chart set up, which is something we haven't set up before for our Wednesday afternoon outreach. But we found that it worked well, with individuals and even groups of people stopping to have a look and listening as they were run through the good person test, which leads into the gospel. Please pray for all those who heard.

"What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord..." (2 Cor. 4:5). So to God be all the glory! 


Saturday, 17 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 21 June 2017, 1:25 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Last night God brought in a great sized team for evangelism in Brisbane city. It rained a few times, but that didn't stop the gospel conversations happening.

It was really exciting seeing some new preachers getting out of their comfort zone to proclaim the glorious gospel in the open air for the first time.

From atheists and agnostics to Buddhists and Muslims, last night they were spoken with and got to hear the good news of Christ. Please pray that God will save many. To God be the glory!


Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 13 June 2017, 3:29 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Over a thousand gospel tracts went out yesterday during our outreach in Brisbane city, and we spoke with about two dozen people. There were 4 of us on the team.

One long chat we had was with a man named Jacob who subscribed to the idea that our life is happening on an infinite number of worlds in a multiverse, and the one we are in is the one that will give us the longest life. He had no evidence for it, but just liked the idea.

He hopes that there is no afterlife, in essence so that there are no consequences later on for his actions done here. But he still thought if God judged him, he would be good enough for Heaven.

The gospel was explained to him and he really appreciated the conversation and said, "If nothing else, this has made me want to read the Bible."

Please also pray for a man named Sunni from Nepal. He said he has a brother-in-law in Korea who is a Christian who keeps reminding him about finding God, but he hasn't done anything about it yet. He came to grasp the gospel and was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading.

To God be all the glory!


Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 6 June 2017, 12:34 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

As we began our outreach in Brisbane city yesterday, we noticed plenty of people in Maroon or Blue for the State of Origin. By God's grace, we were able to have some extensive gospel conversations with some of them, and hand out plenty of gospel tracts.

One man we spoke with was named David. He said he has been heavily involved in secret societies in the past and it appealed to him because it supposedly explained everything beyond all religions. But we were able to explain to him how Christianity is completely to different every other religion.

For all other religions are attempting to reach their god or the good place by doing more good than bad, but the problem is, that is not how justice works. No good judge could let a criminal go free based on how many good deeds the person has done compared to their crimes. Christianity is different in that the only way we can get to Heaven is by having a perfect person take our punishment for us - which satisfies God's justice so He can then show us mercy.

For David though, he expressed how even though God may be true, He doesn't like that God would direct people to live a certain way. He likened God to a dictator, not realising that God has been so abundantly kind to us all, giving us life, food, rain and sunshine, different seasons, sunsets, an immune system, and so on. And being our maker, He obviously has the right to say to us how we should live. And yet even though we have all been rebelling against Him, how amazingly patient has He been in not wiping us out the moment we sin?

Please pray for David, we spoke with him for over an hour. Pray also that God would save many through the word that went out yesterday.


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