Jason, Markus, and I met under the Surfers' Paradise sign ready to proclaim God's Word at the Gold Coast right on noon. We firstly prayed, and then I got up to preach. A small crowd gathered and the people sitting on the all the various seats in hearing-range listened to the message being preached. However, there was no one who wanted to heckle. I called out to a young man that was listening whether he thought he was a good person, he said yes, however as soon as I mentioned some of the commandments, he ran away as the conviction of sin he did not like.
After expounding on the law and the gospel numerous times, I stepped down and tagged Jason in. He spoke about the temporality of this life and the fact that the judgment follows it for every single person. During this time a group of guys stood there intently listening. One even decided to record the message on his phone. A few of them tried to mock the message, but Jason reminded them that what you sow, you will also reap one day. The law and the gospel were also clearly explained to them, so I pray that God will grow the seed that has been planted in their hearts.
After Jason got down, I got up to preach and tried to engage this group of guys. One of them was willing to see if they were a good person, and he soon realised he wasn't. So I explained that the Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to take the punishment we deserve in Hell, He can take it on the cross for us. But we must repent and trust in Jesus' death to save us on the Day of Judgment to receive forgiveness of sins.
After I got down from preaching, Jason and I joined Markus handing out gospel tracts and witnessing to people one2one.
Jason had a good conversation with a person who was a Roman Catholic. Jason explained that contrary to the Roman Catholic teaching, the Bible actually says we are saved by grace through faith alone. No one is required to take part in any of the sacraments or other good works to be saved, they are simply a natural response to genuine faith. He also talked about the idolatry of Mary in the Vatican's teaching, and what the Bible says about it. The man seemed to understand what Jason was saying and he was very thankful for the conversation. He said he had never really heard that before and said that he would really investigate these things. Please pray that God will convert this man.
During this period of time, Jamie arrived at the Coast and joined in witnessing to people. He had a very extensive conversation with a person who was brought up Roman Catholic but now had his own religion. So Jamie presented the law and the gospel to Him, and I pray that God will convert this man from his work-righteous religious system.
To God be the glory!
Many people were out and about at Surfers today. Ryan and I handed out heaps of gospel tracts to people before we arrived at our preaching spot where we met Marcus. We were a team of 3. Over the course of the afternoon, each of us handed out hundreds of gospel tracts and people. Most people were responsive.
I chatted with 2 guys who hold to humanism. Unfortunately I didn't get to challenge them with the gospel, but they took and read the gospel tracts I gave them at least.
I did get to challenge 2 guys who hold to Islam. They were actually really friendly, great blokes to talk with. As I challenged them with what Jesus said - that he is the only way. They couldn't believe that Jesus was God or anyone more than just a prophet. May God 'grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth' (2 Timothy 2:25).
Ryan and I took turns preaching. We interacted with a few people in the crowd.
I had a group of younger guys and gals come in close while I was preaching and ask me a bunch of questions about what heaven will be like and whether there will be animals in heaven and whether or not we will eat in heaven. I tried to make the focus of my response about them making sure - first and foremost - that they were actually going to heaven. I then proceeded to provide some of the descriptions in the bible about heaven. One of the girls asked if there will be sex in heaven. I responded by quoting Jesus...
Mark 12:25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
...And then, much to the relief of one of the guys there, I said that this does not mean that we will be ghosts or a chubby babies in diapers playing harps for all eternity, but rather we are told that we will have real glorified bodies. One of the blokes asked if there will be death in heaven. I said that the bible tells us that every tear will be wiped from our eyes - there will be no suffering or death in heaven but we will be given glorified bodies that are imperishable.
To God be the glory!
Since it was Australia Day, I knew that it would definitely be busy down at Surfers Paradise. So Peter Webber and I made our way down to the coast. We noticed that many people were dressed up in national colours and a lot of people put flags outside the windows of their cars. So once we arrived, we started handing out gospel tracts to every one we met. Big Money and Million dollar notes worked very well because people saw it as a novelty note for Australia Day. So many people came back asking for more for their friends.
After a few witnessing encounters, I stood up to preach and nearly instantly people started to heckle. Within minutes a crowd of about 100 people had started to gather as they listened to the preaching. I ran the good person test through a couple of most vocal hecklers, and they recognised their helplessness towards God. They knew they deserved Hell. I then preached the cross of Christ and how one can be forgiven of their sins. Since more and more people were joining the crowd, I made sure I went over the law and gospel again, elaborating on certain parts, to make sure the message stuck in their heads.
None of the hecklers had anything meaningful to say though. They were just amazed that someone would do stand up and preach like this. One guy decided to pick me up off the place where I was standing and move me 5 metres away, after which I simply went back and started preaching again.
At one stage, in order to drown out the preaching, a group of guys started saying "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie", at which the crowd joined in with "Oi, Oi, Oi". Then everyone proceeded to sing the national anthem, but instead of making the preaching stop, they simply attracted more people to find out what was going on. So that once they had finished singing, I simply resumed preaching saying that even though it is great to be an Australian, even Australians will die one day. And after that comes the judgment. I praise God for bringing in all these hecklers, as they attracted more people to hear the gospel message.
I had the usual things thrown at me, like beach balls and thongs, but this time I also had a blow-up kangaroo thrust into my face. I also got soked with Coca-Cola, which some guys thought would be funny to do. However, all it did was add more credibility to the message, because the people listening saw that I was willing to keep preaching this message, even when things like that were done to me. For Jesus' words ring out so clear: "Do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do." (Luke 12:4) All an unbeliever can do is kill the body, so there is no reason why we shouldn't share our faith.
After an hour of preaching, I stood down and had numerous people thank me for the message I was preaching. Even non-Christians came up to me saying, "Look, I don't believe your message, but man, do you have guts. I'm really going to think about what you said." Others who said, "Your message has changed my life." Praise God.
We then did some further one2ones and tracting with the people there. After my voice had recovered, I stood back up to preach and God again brought in a massive crowd to hear the gospel. This time, some of the hecklers had some questions, like "Where did God come from?", "How was the world made?" So I spent a little bit of time answering those questions.
There were a couple people drinking beer as they listened. They tried offering me a beer and a cigarette in order to distract the preaching, so I proclaimed to them that "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" (Matt. 16:26). I asked the whole crowd whether they had lied, stolen something, looking with lust. They all said they had. I pointed out that it makes them deserving of Hell. I then explained why our good works can't credit us salvation, and that salvation only comes through Jesus Christ.
At this stage I saw two policemen start to cross the road towards me. They stood in the crowds for a couple minutes, so I thought they were simply going be my protection if a heckler did something to me. But instead, they came up to me and said that because people were putting beer bottles and cigarettes in my face, they were going to have to move me on. I asked, "What don't you simply move along the people who are doing those acts, as they are the ones breaking the law?" They simply said no. So I said that we have permission from the council and from one of the members of Queensland Police. The officiers just said, "No you don't", and they didn't even want to check with the people who had given us permission. Then they gave me a move on order. However, even during the dialogue with the police, the crowd kept listening. It added further credibility to the message I was preaching, as they knew I would stand strong to the gospel message even though the police regularly moved us on.
But thankfully, when we got moved on was just about when I was finishing preaching anyway. So praise be to God that both Peter and I were able to spend many hours on Australia Day witnessing to the people of the Gold Coast. Please pray that God will convert the people who heard the gospel message.
Here is some more photos from the outreach:
To God be the glory!
Since I knew that I was unavailable to lead the Gold Coast team on Saturday, we decided to have it on Friday instead. It was very busy at the Gold Coast, even though it was a week day, which I suspected was because it was still school holidays.
After arriving to the coast, we spent a few minutes in prayer and Bible reading together. We then moved to our regular preaching spot and we noticed that there were a bunch of construction workers sitting underneath the tree next to where we preach. So I got up to preach and not long after I started preaching, a guy heckled me saying, "I can prove the Bible is wrong in 2 minutes." I wanted to find if this guy was religious at all, in order to know where he was coming from. However, he didn't want to answer any my questions. He just kept wanting to get his 'special' argument out, that apparently disproves the Bible. His argument when along the lines of "There are thousands of people who don't believe the Bible, therefore it is wrong." Obviously this argument is fallacious, as it's simply an appeal to popularity.
So I went onto talking about what the Bible says is to come after we die, and that is the judgment. The lad didn't like hearing about. I proceeded to ask the people in the crowd whether they had broken any of the 10 commandments. The common response came back that they all thought they were good people. So I went through some of the 10 commandments with them to order to bring the knowledge of sin. This lead into the gospel message about how we can be forgiven of our sin if we repent and trust in Christ's death alone to save us.
The construction workers and a lot of the crowd stayed for pretty much the whole time I was preaching. I pray that God will convert them using the seed that was planted in their hearts.
After I got down from preaching, David Strachan got up to preach. He did a great job making known to the people of the Gold Coast about Christ and Him crucified. I praise God for Dave's commitment on being a regular witnesser on the Gold Coast team.
We encouraged Rachel to also have a go preaching open-air. And after a little bit of deliberation, she was up there preaching the judgment to come and the wonderful news of the gospel. I think that was her second time preaching open-air ever, and she did a great job.
Many seeds of the gospel were planted today. Please pray God will convict those people of their sin and draw them onto Himself.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Ryan and I were a team of two today. It was a real privilege to proclaim the gospel to many lost soul's at Surfer's Paradise for the glory of God.
When we arrived, two young men opposite where we parked our car were doing some advertising for a night club. We went over and handed out gospel tracts to them. Ryan began sharing the gospel with them. One of the guys professed to be an Atheist and said that if someone is smart then they believe in science and in evolution. While Ryan was patiently sharing the gospel and answering the many objections that the young man had, his main argument was that he needed proof. He asked, "How can anyone believe in something they can't see?" Ryan answered that even though we did not see World War 2 occurring, we would be right in believing that it occurred, due to the evidence that supports its reality. Similarly, we have not seen Jesus, but there is good evidence backing up the things that He did.
The other young man had been raised in a Christian environment but had given it up when he had grown older. He said that the main reason was that he simply wanted to be himself and have fun and that he could never live up to all the rules of Christianity anyway. As Ryan reasoned with him and shared the gospel, he raised a number of objections which he felt quite strongly about. One was that (according to him) there is no way that God could save someone who sinned all their life and got saved on their deathbed. He said that a person who does many good things for God all their life should definitely get into heaven regardless of whether they believe the gospel. He also objected that we all really believe in the same God anyway. Ryan answered these questions succinctly and effectively, keeping the focus on the gospel. The second young man softened after a while. He even admitted that he was convinced that evolution is absurd, even though he had a degree in Zoology (much to his friend's displeasure it seemed).
We then left the two blokes and handed out lots of gospel tracts as we walked to our usual preaching spot.
When we arrived we spent some time praying. I then set the camera up and Ryan began preaching. Ryan soon had a crowd when some guys who were drinking and chilling on the beach together came over to listen. Ryan interacted with them for quite a while, answering their objections and proclaiming the gospel to them.
At the end of his preaching, Ryan encouraged people to pick up a bible and read it for themselves. He then thanked those listening and got down. Then when I was about to get up to preach, a policewoman and two Policemen came over and told us to move along. Apparently some people were offended at the message we were preaching. Seeing as though that is not a real law they can get us on, Ryan asked, "So if we can get moved along because someone was offended at us, can I not say: 'I am offended at all the scantily clothed women around here, so will you move them along as well?'" One of the officers replied, "Don't come to the Gold Coast if you don't want to see them." By the same token, could I not say: 'if someone doesn't want to hear preaching, they shouldn't come to the Gold Coast'? The officers saw their double standard and didn't want to continue chatting about it. One of the police officers asked, "Why do you do this, seeing as you're so young? If I was your age, I would be partying." We briefly explained our motivations and gave them gospel tracts.
Praise God for the Gospel which is 'the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes' (Romans 1:16).
Saturday, 13th December, 2008
The sun was high in the sky and the temperature was soaring. Another beautiful sunny, hot and humid Australian day. What more could we expect, it is summer and the people were out and about.
We arrived at our usual place of witnessing on the Gold Coast, and to no ones surprise Ryan was already off running around handing out tracts to people and having conversations about the gospel. Seriously, this bloke is an evangelist with way too much energy, he puts everyone else to shame! ;)
Dave Strachan was the first preacher up for the day, he stood to preach in the blazing sun, and began to expound on who God is. Dave has written out some notes for him to preach from, so he went through those a few times. The crowd seemed a bit slow today, I would put this down to the heat. But it was good to see a few people stop to listen to the gospel.
After Dave finished preaching, it was my turn to stand up and preach. I started off by talking about Christmas, and how many people love the idea of having a day off, but they don’t stop to think about why we celebrate. This then launched into a sermon about why Jesus had to come to earth 2000 or so years ago. While I was preaching this man walked by, he had no shirt on and he was really well built. He had so many muscles that his muscles had muscles. He was a tank. This man was furious at what I was saying, so he turned to me and pointed at me. As he pointed he began to yell, “It is because of **** people like you that other **** people don’t believe in **** God!” He then turned and began to walk off, so I challenged him, I called out after him, “Sir, do you believe in God?” The man once again began to curse, and then affirmed his belief in deity. So I asked another question, “Are you a Christian?” The man began to seethe in anger, he turned to me and his face was red. “**** you! **** you! **** because of you people don’t believe!” Again, I repeated my question, “Are you a Christian?” To this the man began to swear and say that he was a Christian. I then turned to him, and declared, “It is not because of preachers that people aren’t Christians, it is because of hypocrites like yourself that people hate Jesus Christ. You say one thing, but your actions show you are not a Christian!” At this all the mans veins began to stand out on his neck, and his friend had to restrain him, the man yelled, “**** YOU! I AM GOING TO PUNCH YOUR **** FACE IN!” A few people stopped to watch, so I said, “Go ahead, punch my face in, show everyone how much of a Christian you are, show people the love of Christ as you beat down a preacher.” The man turned and stormed off. From there I began to preach on how one becomes a Christian, and how we cannot just give God lip service.
After I finished preaching I was able to have some great one to one conversations. One encounter was really good, but the problem was the man I was speaking to only spoke Farsi, so I witnessed to him via his translator. At the end of the conversation the translator declared herself to be a Muslim, and stated that Australia will belong to Islam one day.
Overall the day went quite well, many heard the gospel.
Friday - Saturday, December 5th - 6th, 2008
For the past couple of weeks the local news has been carrying stories about all that was happening on the sunny Gold Coast. It was that time of the year again when all the students who graduated from high school converge on the Gold Coast for a week of parties, sin and regrets. We had already run some smaller outreaches during the Schoolies celebrations, but tonight was going to be our big night, the night in which we arrived at 6pm and left in the early hours AM.
Ryan and I arrived at the Surfers Paradise to prepare for the outreach, and as we began to walk up Cavill Avenue, the heavens open ed up and the rain began to fall. At first it wasn’t that heavy, but it gradually became heavier. We quickly took shelter, and we were a bit concerned to see that the streets were empty. “This is the famed Schoolies festival, where are all the Schoolies?” I thought, and inside of me I began to wonder if tonight was going to be a waste of time and energy.
Since it was so quiet we decided that now would be a great time to go and grab some dinner, and then hopefully, after we finished eating the mall would be a whole lot more busy. As we sat and munched on our chilli chicken burgers we noticed that a few more people started to come into the mall, and most of them were Schoolies. So quickly after finishing our dinner we grabbed some tracts and began to hand them out and talk to people.
Within seconds of handing out his first tract Ryan was engaged in a one to three conversation with some young guys. The guys he was talking to seem genuinely interested in all that Ryan was saying, and after listening for awhile they asked a few questions. Ryan answered the questions of these young men, and after some time they parted company. As the group left I couldn’t help but notice that none of them were offended, in fact it was the complete opposite, these guys were thankful that Ryan took the time to explain the gospel to them, and as they walked past me I could hear them still discussing amongst themselves about forgiveness of sin.
During this time I was just handing out tracts and having the occasional one to one conversation with people. It was still slow during this time so we were only able to hand out a few hundred tracts. But, during this time of tract work I was approached by two men, as I observed them coming towards me I knew they weren’t Schoolies, and by the way they were dressed I could tell they were Gold Coast City Council officers. One of them stopped me and asked what I was handing out, I replied that I was handing out gospel tracts that explain how we can be forgiven of all our sin. The man looked at me, and said “I have spoken to you before haven’t I?” When he said that I remembered that two years ago during Gold Coast Indy, he had stopped me for preaching, but when he checked the law he found that we had legal right to preach and witness. We spoke for a bit about what I was doing, and he told me that there had been another group of “preachers” in Cavill Avenue who had been causing trouble by abusing people and using a PA to scream “hate” at people. Then this local law officer said something quite interesting, he said: “The problem with Christians is that they don’t read their Book, and they certainly don’t live by it!” To which I sadly had to agree with him. It is such a major stain on Christianity, when those who profess to be followers of Jesus Christ fail to read God’s Word, and if they do read it many of them refuse to live by the standards laid out in the Bible.
After speaking for awhile both council officers took gospel tracts and then left. I continued to talk and witness to people. Not long after speaking to council I noticed this man standing in the middle of Cavill Avenue with no shirt on, but with a red bandana on his head. I recognized this as one of the gang colours from not far from where I live, so I approached him and said “G’day”. The man was friendly enough and it turned out that he was from New Zealand originally, I spoke to him a bit about life, death and life in a gang. He was fairly open and wanted to talk, and he was especially interested in the words of Jesus Christ. So I began to witness to him and explain the gospel, when I got to repentance he didn’t like the idea of him having to turn from his sin, so I stressed to him from the Bible, that Jesus said “Unless you repent you will perish” (Luke 13:3). As far as this man was concerned the conversation was over, he wanted forgiveness of sin, but he wanted that forgiveness to give him license to sin all he wants. It was then that another group of young men approached all wearing the same red bandana. This man’s gang had arrived, and it was then that I found out that I was speaking to the gang leader. As his gang assembled around me, I quickly handed out tracts to all of them, and greeted them all. These guys were quite shocked as I wasn’t scared of them, but rather I was being friendly to them.
The gang leader said to his gang “This guy is a preacher, he is talking about heaven, hell and all that Jesus stuff.” The gang looked at me, so I asked them, “Alright guys, if you were to do die tonight where do you think you would go? Heaven or Hell?” The gang leader turned to me and said, “These are my guys you don’t talk to them!” To which I replied, “Mate, be quiet, you think you tough, but one day you will face God and give an account for all your sins. And on that day if you die without Christ you will end up in hell.” The leader seemed stunned, the gang seemed stunned, so I continued, “Now, you have heard the gospel and rejected it, so I am now going to explain it to your boys, and you will not interrupt, understand?” The gang leader at this stage was in shock, I doubt if he had ever had someone speak to him like that before. As I spoke thoughts began running through my mind, “Josh, you idiot! You just angered a gang leader, RUN before they STAB you!”
The leader turned to his gang and said, “Preacher is right, listen to what he says!” So all the gang turned to me and asked, “What is heaven about, how do I get there?” This opened up a door for me to present the glorious gospel of Christ to those who may never have heard it. While they looked tough, they turned out to be just like everyone else, in that they had done wrong, and they needed a Saviour.
As I was explaining the gospel to them, members from the Queensland Police came and surrounded us, I presume they were getting a bit nervous with having a gang assembled in the middle of the mall. The police formed around the group I was speaking to, and then they all took the tracts off the gang members, the police wanted to know what was going on, so they all read the tracts. The gang didn’t seem to mind as they were all still listening to me present the gospel. The police officers read the tracts and then gave them back to the gang, and for the next few minutes a group of police stood with a group of gang members and listened to the gospel also. This was such an awesome opportunity to have law enforcers and law breakers standing together at the foot of the cross, and hearing about Jesus Christ who died in the place of sinners. The police moved on at the end of the gospel, but a few of the gang members stayed behind and thanked me for telling them about Christ. Please pray for the gang and also for the police. May God grant them repentance and bring them to the knowledge of the truth.
The rest of the outreach was spent in handing out tracts and having many great conversations, the Schoolies were very open to discussing the things of God, and also many of them seemed to want to debate Christianity. This was good because as we provided apologetic answers to their questions many more seemed open to hearing the gospel.
Tonight was a great night with many hearing the gospel, and many thousands getting gospel tracts. All Praise to the Author and Finisher of the Faith!
Ryan and I travelled down from Brisbane to the Gold Coast for evangelism. It was just the two of us today. Schoolies was on so we were glad to have the opportunity to share the Gospel with many who had just finished high school.
We had travelled down during the week on Wednesday and Thursday (joined by Ben Smith) and were able to share the gospel with many Schoolies. They seemed quite receptive. At Caville ave mall we spent most of our time handing out lots of Gospel tracts (each of us handing out somewhere up to 1000 tracts – perhaps more - per day).
Today we were limited by the number of gospel tracts that we had. We probably handed out 600 or so each. Ryan and I had many good conversations. We challenged many with the reality of the Gospel.
We also came across quite a number of Christians and professing Christians. Some of them were very happy to see what we were doing. We encouraged them to share the Gospel.
We stopped at lunch time for some McDonalds and a bit of a break.
Soon, we were back on our feet. We decided to walk along the boardwalk hoping to preach the same place that we did last week. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough people along the path. So we kept handing out Gospel tracts and sharing the Gospel with people.
It was quite amazing to see, yet again, the weather hold off until we pretty much just got in our car and started to drive back to Brisbane.
All in all, it was a very profitable day. The Gospel went forth. We pray that God will be pleased to save many Schoolies (and people from all walks of life) for His great glory.
Saturday, 22 November, 2008
New time, new day, but same old gospel. Today was the first day that we went out and witnessed on the Gold Coast on a Saturday afternoon.
It was good to have a six man team join us today, and it was really good to have a friend from the United States of America come out witnessing with the team. Terry Berg is in country for a couple of weeks with work, but he made time to come out and hit the streets with us. For that we are very grateful, it was good to labour alongside this brother who has such a passion for the lost.
Where we normally preach was shut down today due to the fact that Schoolies was beginning. Each year all year 12 graduates converge on the Gold Coast for a week of sex, booze and drugs. Since, it was the first day it was overly busy.
After arriving I approached two members of the Gold Coast police and asked them where we could preach since our normal area was sealed off, they were very kind, and pointed us in the direction of a location which they believed to be ideal for open air evangelism.
So we headed down to where we were to preach and found it to be very quiet with few people standing around. Ryan preached for a few minutes, and while he was preaching I spotted another location which would probably be better. The new area was located opposite to the Schoolies registration line, which meant that all the Schoolies had to line up where we were preaching, if they wished to get into the parties.
Once set up I preached first, and since this was a high walk through traffic area no one stopped, but those in the lines got to hear a gospel message. I spoke about how Schoolies is all about living it up in sin, but then reminded those who heard that God will call them to give an account for the actions they do in the coming week.
After I finished preaching, Terry Berg got up and preached on “What is Love” , a handful of people stopped but it was a very quiet crowd. He spoke for some time about love being God sending Christ Jesus to die in the place of sinners. It was a good message, and I enjoyed listening to it. No doubt, I will still some of his lines, or perhaps even the whole sermon.
After Terry preached we spent some time handing out tracts and witnessing one to one. Ryan was machine in this time, he would run from person to person, and nearly with everyone he gave tracts to, he ended up in a one to one.
At about 2pm, David open air preached, and did a good job. I really think he should focus a lot more on open air preaching, because the more he does it the more he will develop. Then, it was time for Ben Smith to break the sound barrier, his first time open air preaching. He started off a little slow, but then he kicked into preacher mode, and he did a great job for a first time preacher.
It was now time for Ryan to preach again, as the trend with all other preachers for the day, a crowd did not form, but a few people got to hear the gospel. While Ryan was preaching they closed down the registration line in front of us, and moved it around to the beach. This was still in range of our voices, so once Ryan finished preaching I got up and began to speak.
I spoke on the reality of death and dying, and how each year people will die at schoolies. Not long into my preaching a security guard came over and ordered me to move, I told him that I was busy and would speak to him when I finished preaching, he didn’t like that, so he told me he would get the police, which is something I encouraged him to do since the police had already been past once and had no issues with our preaching.
God was good to us, and He drew a small crowd in. A couple of men who stood to listen are Muslims, and they thanked me for my preaching and said they wanted to learn more. They left with a couple of Arabic tracts and also a tract looking at who Jesus Christ is.
After this we had a quick time of prayer then made our way home.
God be praised for His great grace!
Ryan picked me up from Church and we drove to the Gold Coast, picking up Josh Williamson on the way. It was great to relax and chat with each other as we drove together.
As we approached our destination, storm clouds began to dominate the sky. We soon arrived at our usual place for bible reading and prayer and were joined by Tim and the guys from Helensvale Baptist church. The lifeguard on his megaphone sounded-out a warning for everyone swimming to get out of the water as dangerous weather conditions were imminent. As we finished our time of fellowship, we walked over to our usual preaching site in the hope of preaching for as long as the weather would hold off, but it started raining. I put my camera away and we walked over to the mall together undercover. I was personally disappointed, as I really enjoy watching the Word of God being preached out loud to a crowd of lost people.
Anyway, Josh directed us to take cover from the rain in the mall where we handed out gospel tracts and engaged in one-to-one gospel conversations.
I talked with some young people from Switzerland. While sharing the gospel with them, two of them (a guy and a girl) laughed/giggled. For some reason the gospel seemed embarrassing to them. I kept on sharing the gospel with them and stressed that the gospel is the most important message in the world (all we can do is be faithful and leave the results to God). Another young lady who was listening said that she was a protestant.
I talked with two young men on holidays from Ireland who had a Roman Catholic background (in general, one of my first questions upfront is asking if a person has any religious background at all). While sharing the gospel with them, I initially stressed the judgment of God and ironically at that exact point in time a lightning bolt seemed to hit pretty much right near us. We had a bit of a laugh for a while, but then I said something to the effect that being struck by lightning is nothing compared with facing a just and holy God in judgment.
I talked with an older-middle aged man from China who said that he has some sort of Buddhism background. He seemed to be giving careful attention to the gospel as I shared it with him. I spent quite a while with him as he really seemed interested, and I got to share really thoroughly with him.
I also shared the gospel fairly thoroughly with an older-middle aged guy who said he went to a church which was part of some sort of orthodox tradition. He told me that he didn’t think it was right that we were telling people of other religions that they need to become Christians. I said that if we are to be faithful in following Jesus then we must follow his example in doing so (John 14:6). Those who are without Christ are without hope and so it is love that compels us to point people to the one who is our only hope, so that we might be truly saved.
After some time, we regrouped, and after Ryan had purchased some pizza we headed back to our car. As we drove back home along the highway rain conditions were heavy and there were a number of accidents on the road.