Battle Log

Gold Coast Team

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.


Friday, 29 September, 2017

Posted by Posted 9 October 2017, 11:28 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

The team was blessed as God brought many labourers last night to proclaim the good news of the gospel at the Gold Coast. The first preacher of the night used a flip-chart to go through the law of God to bring the knowledge of sin and then the gospel, encouraging the packed crowd at Surfers to repent and believe in Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-31).

As the preaching went on for a while, the team had some interesting conversations with people that were listening to the preaching. One such conversation was with a young woman, who started weeping bitterly when she was confronted with the question, "if you were to die tonight, where do you think you will go - Heaven or Hell?"

She began to express her grief and said that, she is feeling grieved for all the sins she has committed and she realises that she is on her way to hell. She then continued to weep and said, she is amazed by how she is a sinner yet Christ died for her and loves her so much. She said that, she is worried about all these countless souls in surfers are hell-bound as many are not stopping by to listen to the preaching. She wanted to know what can she do to make them stop.

As we shared the gospel with her, we explained to her that we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Rom. 3:23), and that before we can share the gospel with others, we ourselves must first repent and believe. We gave her a New Testament Bible to take home with her. She received it with much appreciation and said that, she is going to read it and sort her life out then make sure to share the gospel with everyone.

Please pray for everyone that have received the gospel tracts and have heard the preaching tonight, to come to repentance and accept the gift of salvation as Spirit of God continues to work in their hearts. All glory to God alone. Amen.


Friday, 15 September, 2017

Posted by Posted 9 October 2017, 11:20 AM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

"And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14). On Friday night, it was a very cold night at the Gold Coast as the team gathered to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As one of the team started open-air preaching, tracts were handed out to people who were sitting near by and were listening attentively to the gospel message being preached.

And the team also began getting into conversations, including one with two men from India who could not speak English. But God is amazing, on the team member we had someone who could speak their language - Hindi! One of these men said that he has heard about Jesus and believes in Him, however he also believes in salvation by works and that all roads lead to heaven.

So it was explained to them that, Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and that no man can enter heaven but through Jesus Christ alone. In John 14:6, Jesus said that, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." The team member stressed the point that no one can earn their way to heaven. Salvation is not by works but rather only by the pure grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).

They said that, this is something that they haven't heard before and were thankful to receive Hindi tracts and said that, they are going to have a read.

Just when we thought that the night has ended, on our way back to the car park, a young man came up to us and thanked us for preaching the gospel at Surfers. He then started confessing secret sins - sexual addiction in his life and asked us, "What can I do to be free from this particular addiction and any advise that you guys can give?"

We then shared the Gospel with him and told him that, it is only Jesus Christ who can forgive us and set us free from our sins. We then handed him a Gospel tract that had a local church's address on it and prayed together for him before we departed.

Please pray that many will be convicted of their sins and come to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, as they come to realization that, only He can free us from the bondages of sin.

"Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God..." (Revelation 19:1).


Friday, 25 August, 2017

Posted by Posted 30 August 2017, 3:27 PM by Preeti Francis. Permalink

God is definitely at work at the Gold Coast and all glory goes to Him alone.

Last night, it was really encouraging for the team to see children being interested in hearing the Gospel. Two such children were 12 years old Jake and 11 years old Hunter, who belonged to a Mormon family. They had stopped by along with their family, to hear the Gospel being preached.

Jake approached one of our team members and began questioning about the Ten Commandments. He and Hunter, who joined in the conversation, attentively listened to all the answers being explained to them. They then asked the team member if they can get a Bible so they can take home to read. Upon receiving the Bible, both of them thanked us and left.

Another interesting conversation we had was with a group of Mormons, who were around 25 years old. As one of our team members approached them, the group said that, they were religious and absolutely certain that they will be going to Heaven. Upon being asked the reason for their beliefs, their answer was that, "Jesus loves us even when we are sinners and continue to sin. Therefore, out of that love for us sinners, He will save us and send us to Heaven."

One of the girls even went on to say that, "Jesus too have committed sins like us, therefore He sympathizes with us sinners." It was really sad to see that, they did not know the truth that will set them free.

So the truth of the Gospel was explained to them that, "Jesus committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth but he bore our sins in his own body on the cross, so that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." It was further explained to them that, we all have sinned and no sinner can enter heaven but when we truly repent from all our sins and believe in Jesus as the atonement for our sins, then we are saved and forgiven.

After the Gospel had been explained to them, the young man in the group admitted of being homosexual and had lots of questions. As the team member was attempting to answer his questions, the two girls in the group dragged him away and left. Please pray that, Holy Spirit will work in their hearts as the Gospel has been explained to them.

All Glory to God for his mercies that are everlasting and His grace remains for the lost so they can be brought into the light of the Gospel.


Friday, 11 August, 2017

Posted by Posted 14 August 2017, 12:51 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was encouraging to see that during our outreach last night at the Gold Coast, the team were so engrossed in various gospel conversations, that it meant we finished half an hour later than we usually do. We had 15 labourers on the team.

One conversation we had was with a man holidaying from Dubai who is in the police force over there. He said that Dubai is such a city of sin, worse than the Gold Coast. He was raised in a Muslim family, but he has been living life his own way and so when he was asked if he will go to Heaven when he dies, he responded, "No I think I will go to Hell."

He said, "After I spent a night out in Dubai, I feel guilty for the things I've done and it worries me where I am going to go after I die. But I think if I just say sorry to God and clean up my life I think I'll maybe spend 40 years in Hell and then go to Heaven afterwards."

I explained to him that that is not how it is going to work. Because Jesus told a story in the Bible about a rich man who went to Hell and a poor man who went to Heaven, and when the rich man wanted someone to come down to him to cool his tongue because the anguish he was in, Jesus describes that there is a great chasm between Heaven and Hell so that no one can pass between the two places. That means, where you go after you die, you are there forever.

Moreover, I explained, imagine a criminal stood before a judge and said, "Judge, yesterday I murdered that person, but today I am really sorry and I won't do it again. So please let me go. Would that work?" He replied, "Of course not."

"That is why the only way is if we have a perfect person who can pay our fine for us, which will satisfy God's justice on our behalf and therefore allow us to enter Heaven. That is, Jesus - who is God, and died and rose for our forgiveness. As he was hearing this, this man was beginning to grasp the gospel and asked a number of good questions. He was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. He asked, "Will you be here next week so that I can come back and talk further?" "Yes definitely", I said.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 30 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:47 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

For our outreach at the Gold Coast we had over 15 people on the team. It was chilly, but still there were plenty of people walking around.

We talked with all sorts, from those who subscribe to reincarnation, to those who admit they love their sin, and even to those who think that whatever anyone believes is true for them. We also got to speak to a Christadelphian family who were not aware that the Bible speaks of salvation by grace through faith alone (rather than through baptism), the deity of Christ, the reality of Hell and personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit.

As they were shown the verses in the Bible about these things, they understood what it said and so had no rebuttal. They said they would read about these things in the Bible when they got home.

Please pray for all who heard the gospel tonight - through the hundreds of gospel tracts that went out, through the one to one conversations and through the preaching of the gospel in the open air. To God be all the glory!


Friday, 9 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 13 June 2017, 3:32 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It is amazing to see God prepare people's hearts to hear the gospel. Last night at the Gold Coast, as one person on the team was preaching with many listening in, others were handing out gospel tracts or getting into converations. 

One conversation that started was with a man named David. He was asked whether he thought he'd go to Heaven and he said, "I don't think I will. I constantly think about this day and night, about where I am going to go when I die. I try my best each day but I know I fail every time. I don't know what to do, I think I'll be sent to Hell."

What he said, called to mind the words of Jesus when He said, "Come to me all who labour and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28) So the team member explained the gospel to David and it was as if a light bulb went on in his mind, and he said, "Oh I get it now!"

David was also encouraged to make sure he counts the cost of following Jesus first before he sets out to, because it would be worse for him to put his hand to the plow and look back. He was very thankful for that chat and said he would get into the Bible that evening.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 19 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 May 2017, 12:29 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was wet last night at the Gold Coast for our weekly outreach there. It was also very quiet. But still God provided enough people to be walking by, so a good number of tracts went out and some gospel conversations were had.

Please pray for Isaac and Jordan who, in separate conversations, both were listening intently as they heard the gospel. After hearing about trusting in Christ and turning from sin, they said "I need to do that today".

We thank the Lord that He uses unworthy servants like us in His Great Commission. To God be the glory!

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Friday, 14 April, 2017

Posted by Posted 20 April 2017, 4:27 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was a wonderful outreach last night for Good Friday at the Gold Coast. It was extraordinarily busy and we got to share with people about why Good Friday is actually good.

We had a team of about 15 of us, handing out tracts and chatting to people, and a few preaching. God drew in people to listen to the preaching and it sparked curiosity in the things of God. It was also great seeing the gospels of John were flying off the free Bibles table.

In fact, one lady came up to the person on the team who just finished preaching with the sketchboard and said, "I'm from India and don't know much about Christianity at all. But just earlier in the day I thought I want to get a Bible, and then when you mentioned about taking a Bible I saw this as a confirmation. I would love to have one, I want to read it for myself."

Glory to God that His word went out!


Friday, 7 April, 2017

Posted by Posted 10 April 2017, 10:35 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We praise the Lord for last night's outreach at the Gold Coast. We had about 15 people on the team. It was lightly raining at times throughout the night, but it didn't keep the people away.

Amongst the dozens of gospel conversations that were had, one stand out conversation was with a man from Colombia. He is studying English here for 3 more months. He had a Catholic upbringing and thought he was going to Heaven simply because his Catholic priest told him he would.

He had had never heard the message of grace, and thought his deeds had something to do with saving him. After talking a while, he came to grasp the gospel and was very happy to take a Bible to start reading. We also got his number to pass onto a local pastor in the area who will follow him up. Please pray for Andres.

To God be the glory that His Word is going out!


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