Battle Log

Gold Coast Team

Friday, 20 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 8:19 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

On Friday at the Gold Coast, we expected it to rain as it was raining for almost the entire time driving there, and yet once we arrived at Surfers Paradise the ground was completely dry and it turned out to be a really busy night.

God raised up a team of about 10 to 15 of us and He saw fit to allow lots of people to hear the gospel. We used the sketchboard to preach a message on the way to Heaven - during which a crowd instantly formed.

This also led into some good conversations with people afterwards, some who only got to hear the last part of the message and so wanted to find out more about what we were saying. One man we spoke with was like this and he was very receptive. He began to see the urgency of what we were talking about after we said:

"Imagine if you were walking across the road tonight and a speeding car came straight towards you. You wouldn't just stand there, would you?" "No", he said. We continued, "The fear of getting hit by that car will make you run out of the way. So in the same way, in what you've heard tonight you now realize that if you died tonight you'd be sent to Hell forever and that should absolutely terrify you, but it should terrify you enough to do something about it - and that is, trust that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and so be saved."

He grasped that, and so we kept talking for a further 20 minutes answering his questions and explaining the gospel. He took a gospel of John from us to start reading.

God's word is sharper than any two edged sword, so please pray that God will use it to bring this man to himself.

The team prayed together at the end of the night and went home rejoicing that we were able to be used of God to communicate the good news of the gospel to those who are still in darkness. To God be the glory!


Friday, 30 March, 2018

Posted by Posted 3 April 2018, 8:21 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The team of about 15 were able to hand out plenty of gospel tracts throughout the night and have conversations with people. One person we spoke with named Moi said he had grown up sometimes going to a Catholic church but now was not sure if even God exists.

After being reminded about how things that get made must have a maker for them, he agreed, "There has to be someone that made it all." He also thought that he was a good person, good enough to get to heaven. But even after admitting that he has lied, stolen, lusted and so on, he said, "I think I'll still go to Heaven, those things are small."

So I said, "Let's say we sin only 5 times a day, if we multiply that out over our entire lifetime that is hundreds of thousands of sins that we'll do by the time we die. That's a lot! Even though we might think that the individual sins we do are small, collectively they're massive. Plus, God says even one sin is enough to make us fall short of the standard he requires." Moi began to see that he wasn't good enough.

The gospel was then explained to him. He pointed then to the sketchboard and asked what it meant. It was explained: "There were two criminals on either side of Jesus being crucified for their crimes. One in the last few moments of his life came to trust in Jesus that He was dying for his sin. As a result, Jesus said that he would then be in heaven with Him. While the other man continued to reject Jesus and so will have to face the consequences of his sin in hell forever."

So I asked Moi, "Which one will you be like?" He thanked us for the conversation and said he would think about it, and left with an Easter tract.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 12 January, 2018

Posted by Posted 24 January 2018, 10:29 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

On Friday night at the Gold Coast, God brought along both a large size team (over 20 people) and large crowds who were listening as the gospel was being presented.

During the preaching, we had few hecklers that were Muslim who started debating about Christianity and this drew large number of people to listen. As the preacher was answering their questions and responding with Bible verses to give a clear understanding of the gospel, we found the crowd attentively listening to the gospel message being preached. We praise God for a general openness towards the gospel.

The team also had many fruitful one to one conversations. One such was with a young girl about 12 named Ann, who asked for a gospel tract for her younger sister. When one of the team asked her if she has heard about Jesus, she replied with, "yes, from school". Upon being asked what she remembers about Jesus, she said, "he is so big and made everything". We then started to talk about sin and how every person must stand before God and that, sin separates us from God.

With simplicity, we also began to share how God has sent his Son Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin. She said she has heard about how Jesus paid for our sin. We told her about receiving salvation through faith, that she must trust in Christ completely for salvation, surrendering her life to him to be saved. We encouraged her to read the gospel tract at home and pray to God for salvation. She joyfully received the gospel before running off to her parents.

Please pray for this young girl so that she will put her trust on Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

Please also pray for the team and for the gospel to go forth until every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10,11). Amen.


Friday, 15 December, 2017

Posted by Posted 19 December 2017, 2:53 PM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

We had a team of 20 labourers gathered on Friday night at the Gold Coast for an outreach leading up to Christmas. Surfers Paradise was busy as usual with many visitors here for the holidays.

The night started with the team open-air preaching and inviting people from the crowd to take on the "Good Person test". A large number of crowd stopped to listen what the test was about and one young man from the crowd was willing to go through the test. So the preacher used the test flip chart to go through God's law and presented the gospel to the young man including the crowd that was listening attentively.

The team also spoke with two Muslim men who were keen to talk about God. They shared their amazement at peoples unbelief in God. We shared how in all religions (apart from Christianity) a person's good works must in someway out way their bad. They started to agree and said that, the Koran teaches this idea that their good must outway their bad, to which we responded that the bible does not teach this and stands alone by declaring that none are good and all have fallen short of the Glory of God. 

We then shared about how Jesus Christ died on the cross as our Saviour, as we could not save ourselves. Moreover, only through faith in Jesus Christ can a person receive this free gift and that it cannot be earned through our good works.

We explained to them, when Abraham went to sacrifice his son Isaac, how Isaac asked him, "Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" (Gen 22:7). Abraham's response to Isaac was, "...God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering" (Gen 22:8). It was explained how God has provided for us a lamb, Jesus Christ, the sacrifice for our sins, our atonement and our Saviour.  

Please pray for Muhammad and Beliel as they were both open and challenged by the Gospel. They said they respected Jesus as a Prophet. Yet Jesus says "But who do they say that I am?" (Matt 16:15). May God pour out His grace that they would be among those that believe and say "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt 16:16). 

 

 


Friday, 8 December, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 December 2017, 11:33 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

Gold Coast Open air PreachingAt the Gold Coast on Friday night, God's power was demonstrated through the preaching of his word as many from the team open air preached to the crowds in Surfers Paradise. Multitudes of people stopped to listen as God drew them in and there was an openness towards the Gospel. Through the open air preaching, people heard of how they can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:19).

"... it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Cor 1:21).

God has not changed His ways. Through the preaching of God's word many come to hear about Jesus. God calls us to preach from the housetops the good news of Jesus Christ. Let all the world hear "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor 1:18).

The team spoke to a variety of people who showed interest in the gospel during one-to-one conversations. One such person was a backslider who expressed his desire to get right with God and was challenged to repent and rededicate his life to Christ (James 5:19-20). The team also spoke to many muslim people that heard how Jesus is our atonement (Rom. 5:11) and salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned, instead received only by faith and that salvation is only through the sacrifice that God accepts, his Son, Jesus Christ. The truth of the Gospel was also presented to a couple named Israel and Darsia. Darsia showed a genuine interest in the gospel and was even keen to go to church. She then exchanged her contact details to keep in touch and was directed by the team member to one of the local churches.

It was the grace of God that people from all walks of life, all who need Jesus heard the clarion call of the gospel, "...be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5:20).

We are thankful to God for holding off the rain and bringing together 14 labourers to proclaim the gospel. God is in control and he is in the business of drawing the lost to him. To him be all the Glory!

Evangelism in Australia Witnessing Gold Coast


Friday, 1 December, 2017

Posted by Posted 4 December 2017, 3:09 PM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

A team of 15 to 20 people gathered at the Gold Coast to proclaim the gospel on Friday night. When we arrived, we set up the "Good Person test" flip chart, which is a really simple and easy to use tool to use to go through the law of God and the gospel. As a result, many good gospel conversations took place with groups of people that were really keen to go through the test.

One such conversation was with a guy named Pat and his mate. Pat told us that he thinks he is a good person and just stopped by out of curiosity to take the test. After taking the test, when we got to the courtroom part, Pat saw that he was guilty and not a good person. When we started explaining to him that we all are guilty of sin therefore we deserve to go to hell, Pat quickly said, "I don't believe I am going there. I don't even think there is a hell". At this point of time, his mate was acting bit silly and was trying to distract Pat. But as the team member continued to share the reality of hell, Pat with a serious face said, "So I will be going to hell then and there is no hope for me!"

We told him about the "everlasting hope" that God wants to save sinners and has shown his love for us "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). There is hope in Christ if we repent and put our trust in him. Pat looked thoughtful and said, "I understand that". He then began asking a series of questions related to origin of sin, suffering and consequences of sin. After answering his questions, he asked, "So what is Heaven like? Is it like here?" He looked thoughtful after eternity in Heaven was explained to him. Before leaving, he asked for a gospel tract to take home to read. We reminded him to take this seriously and put his trust in Jesus.

Please be praying for the salvation of Pat and all other people who heard the gospel. Pray that God will cause the seeds to grow (1 Cor. 3:7).

May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified above all!


Friday, 10 November, 2017

Posted by Posted 14 November 2017, 9:47 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

Evangelising to MuslimsIt was a wet Friday night at the Gold Coast as we began our outreach there, and it continued raining on and off throughout the night. Despite all the rain, we had 17 labourers be part of the team.

As soon as the rain stopped, the team started handing out gospel tracts and were engrossed in various conversations. There was one man who refused to take the tract and said, "I don't mean any disrespect but this is not for me. I used to be a Catholic but now I am an agnostic/atheist and I don't believe in all these things anymore." We asked him whether he believes that there is a creator and his answer was "yes". He seemed quite confused about his own beliefs.

Even though he initially rejected the gospel tract, he looked like he was quite open to having this conversation. After talking for a bit, we found out that his unbelief in God had been a result of him being sick and tired of performing rituals and religion during his days in Catholic church. So we began to share the gospel with him and stressed on the fact that, in order to go to heaven, he needs to repent and trust in Christ alone. No amount of good works or performing any sorts of rituals will get him to heaven. He looked very thoughtful.

Gold Coast evangelismTowards the end of the conversation, he said that his wife often reads Bible. Not long after, his wife who was at the shops came to join us. She had lots of questions from the Old Testament as she was taking things out of context and was questioning God's authority. We tried answering all her questions. Then just before leaving, the husband asked what church do we go to. So we happily handed him a gospel tract that had a local church address on the back of the tract.

Towards the end of the night, when the team was just about to leave, one of the team members started sharing the gospel with a group of Muslim men. We thank God for this team member who could fluently speak Arabic language. The group of men were listening attentively to the gospel being preached.

God is definitely at work. Please continue to pray for all the souls that have heard the gospel. Pray for the team and for gospel to go forth until every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10,11). Amen.


Friday, 27 October, 2017

Posted by Posted 6 November 2017, 11:31 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

It was a great outreach last Friday sharing the good news of the gospel at the Gold Coast. It was amazing to see God raised 17 labourers including 6 new labourers that joined us for the first time.

We had some great conversations with people from various backgrounds. One of the conversations we had was with a man who said, that he believes in evolution, although he is still not sure about the whole thing. Upon being asked the question, whether he will go to heaven or hell, he said that, "I don't know but I always think about death and every time I think about it, it freaks me out". After the gospel was explained to him, he said that he has not heard about Jesus in this way and that, there is a lot for him to think about.

One of the new labourers who was on her holidays from Brazil joined the team. At first, she was bit nervous as this was her first time sharing the gospel in Australia, and English wasn't her first language. She was hoping to find some Brazilians who she can share the gospel with in Portuguese and hand out tracts written in the Portuguese language. One of the team told her that this is when God does awesome things and as we rely upon Him, He uses us despite of having language barriers. By the end of the night, she handed out most of the gospel tracts she had in English. Praise God for the spirit of boldness that comes from Him.

It is a great reminder for us all that live in Australia, that we need to be out on the streets proclaiming the gospel while the doors for preaching the gospel are wide open. We are grateful to God for giving us this huge opportunity to share the gospel with as many as we can. What we are going to do with this opportunity is up to us. I encourage you all to prayerfully consider joining the local team: http://www.operation513.com/street-evangelism-teams/


Friday, 13 October, 2017

Posted by Posted 25 October 2017, 11:49 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

At the Gold Coast last night we found more of a general openness to the things of God compared to recent weeks. And it was great to see that God brought along about 15 people for the team.

A few people on the team did some sketchboard presentations explaining the gospel which attracted a crowd to stop and look on.

One conversation we had was with two young blokes who said they have not given much thought about whether they will go to heaven. After going through the law and the gospel with them, one of them said, "But to tell you the truth I only live for today, I don't plan for the future at all."

So I asked him, "Do you work?" He said, "Yes." I said, "You work so that at the end of the week you get your pay cheque so you buy things next week, right?" "Yep", he said. I continued, "So shouldn't you plan for where you will go when you die particularly because you could even die today?" His mate then said, "He got you there." The guy conceded and said, "True, I am going to have really consider what you have said."

To God be all the glory!


Friday, 6 October, 2017

Posted by Posted 9 October 2017, 11:41 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

On Friday night, we were thankful to God for raising up a team of labourers despite of heavy rain and thunderstorm that was forecasted for the Gold Coast. As we started preaching the gospel, there was no sign of rain but rather a packed crowd of young and old at Surfers Paradise.

While the team was handing out tracts, a 10 year old brother and sister stopped by to receive tracts and the brother started reading the tract out loud in a serious tone of voice, "Are you ready to face your Creator?". He then told his sister, "I don't think I am ready!" He continued to read the whole tract as they kept walking.

After some time, they returned back to the "Free Bibles and Resources" table and wanted to know whether they can have a Bible. Before leaving with the free Bible, they stopped by with their mother to hear the open-air preaching. There was another girl around similar age group, who was sitting on a bench nearby with her mother attentively listening to the gospel being preached. She too approached us and took a tract and a Bible to read.

We praise God for bringing along these children and let us continue to pray that God will do a deep work in these little ones hearts. May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified above all. Amen.


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