Battle Log

Gold Coast Team

Sunday, 6 January, 2008

Posted by Posted 15 January 2008, 12:52 AM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink


Adversity has a funny way of sharpening your mind for the task at hand. I just watched a TV show called War Lords. It commented on how after Pearl Harbour was attacked, that President Roosevelt became very clear in his determination to see his nation protected from the Nazi and Japanese war forces. Previously he appeared to be vague and not wanting to go to war, but in one day his resolve had changed.

Today was our first week anniversary, since getting arrested by some angry QLD policemen. I got up prepared to preach in first in case they came back, and God used it to get glory for Himself.

A reasonably large crowd came in, and by God's grace alone I was able to preach for a very long time, answering many questions. I can't remember everything that went down, but a great portion of the dialogue with the intrigued crowd was over evolution and its claim to be truth.

I made some mistakes, which my collegue Josh Williamson corrected me afterwards. For which I am very appreciative. The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

I had made the comment that Genesis only makes allowance for incest as the solution to "Where Cain got his wife".. but that if one believed the big bang and evolution of the species.. then beastiality was the actuallity for them. The problem was that the heckler asked me if we came from beastiality, to which I responded, yes. Of course I didn't even notice that I had mishead his question. The crowd seemed lightly humoured, but the truth seemed to have sunk down deep in thier eyes.

It was a good day, and we had Glen Dibben (pastor of Australia and Filipino Bible Baptist Church, MORAYFIELD) visiting and also David Lazenby from Nerang Baptist Church. We enjoyed thier company, and since the weather was bad, we headed for cover and fellowshipped the afternoon in.

Please pray that God will bring Surfers Paradise to life, and that it might become a place of holiness where his name is known.

To God by the glory,

josh mitchell


Sunday, 30 December, 2007

Posted by Posted 5 January 2008, 9:57 AM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink

 

Preacher forced to knees, and marched off by QLD Police

Wow what a day. It was raining on the Gold Coast and the surf was in turmoil. Waves, rips, loads of sand being thrown up in the waves. Gale force winds were approaching and the water was the highest on the beach, it had been for a long time. Considering it was wet weather, the beach front, because of its unusual nature, was bringing heaps of people out to watch. Which made our preaching job easier.

I jumped up to preach first, and had a few breif discussions with some interesting people. One family man accussed christians of being paedofiles, to which I responded that Christ taught: Mat 18:6  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

He also made the claim there was no God, but could not support his claim. I responded with proof of the existence of God. One lady who came into the crowd after this came in, and told me to be quiet. Saying I had shouldn't tell people what to think. Which I though (privately), was both hypocritical and an attempt to take away the civil freedoms we have in this great nation of Australia to speak freely in a public space.

QLD Coat of Arms - God, and my rightThe Australian Constitution in Chapter Five, Section 116 says: "Commonwealth not to legislate in respect of religion.The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth." {Emphasis mine}

I love that phrase "Dieu et - mon droit", french for "God, and my right"

I stepped down, and Ryan Hemelaar got up to preach. He preached for a good bit, but the rain was coming down hard, and I could see no observers except Josh Williamson. So Ryan jumped up and I sent the team to cover, and to move to Phase Two of wet weather Evangelism.

Leaving bags with one man, Ryan and I took off to hand tracts out down the mall, and as soon as it was dry, we headed back to the preaching spot. The other boys were already bringing our bags, which was fantastic. We decided to stay, even if it rained this time.

Josh Williamson was first up this time, and he also did a fine job preaching. After he finished his sermon on humanities absolute end: death. He passed the baton to me, to preach the gospel in. I always love preaching with Josh Williamson, since he reads a lot, and this gives him a good share of knowledge and answers for the public's "questions for", and "objections to" Jesus Christ as the only Saviour from God's wrath at man's sin.

By God's grace I preached the gospel, and then proceeded to dialogue with a few people. At this point it had been raining for about ten minutes, and some young men I was talking too, had stayed in the rain, as they must have found the subject interesting. It was at this time that two officers of the Queensland Police, arrived and commanded me to step down, and as I did so, they forced me to my knees, and held and locked my arms out 90 degrees to my body. I will release the details of what ensued, after we have completed our official media release, and we are aware that the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission are working on the incident.

What I can say, is that David Lazenby and Tania Shliahov was able to hand out many many tracts, simply because the police treated me the way they did. To God be the glory, great things he hath done. I bow to Jesus Christ, who has all power in heaven and in earth. David Lazenby is a local member of the our Gold Coast team, and he is a member of the local independant baptist church "Nerang Baptist Church".

For the glory of God alone,

May the Lamb that was slain, recieve the reward of His suffering,

josh mitchell

 


Sunday, 9 December, 2007

Posted by Posted 30 December 2007, 8:15 PM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink

This week was truly interesting. Josh Williamson kindly drove me to the Gold Coast, as my car was losing about 3Ltrs of Water an hour, which is rather frustrating.

It turned out to be just Josh and I today, and as we find the normal area blocked off by people filming the bike race, we decided to take some lunch at the local Red Rooster and chat for a bit until the speakers were turned off and we could evangelise properly.

We headed out shortly after and handed out tracts, and then by God's grace were able to start preaching. It started off with Josh and I, tagging each other in while we kept doing short preaching bursts, waiting for God to send a heckler to build a crowd for the hearing of His gospel and its defense.

By the time Josh Williamson was about the fourth of sixth time, he had a live heckler. From there God brought about an average of about 90 people to listen, with the crowd fluctuating and shrinking here and there. It was exciting to watch the Lord use Josh witness to so many people, and see them openly consider thier sin and the God who is out there.

I got to speak to a middle aged gentelman who was an arabic Muslim. We had a good chat about sin and judgment, and while he kept throwing out many rabbit trails, by God's grace I kept pressing him about his own salvation. He took at tract, and I pray the Lord will save him for His glory.

It was a great afternoon, and fantastic opportunity to witness to a portion of the australian culture which is heavily athiestic or roman catholic in its thinking.

To God be the glory!


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