Battle Log

Gold Coast Team

Friday, 11 November, 2016

Posted by Posted 27 November 2016, 12:23 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a great outreach at the Gold Coast Friday night last week. It was wonderful to see that all the gospels of John on our English free Bibles table ran out by the end of the night.

We also had an Arabic free Bibles table set up, and so people visiting from the Middle East were able to get a copy of the Bible in their own language.

One stand out conversation we had was with two men who approached the Arabic Bible table near the end of the night - one was from Saudi Arabia and the other from the USA. Martin was the second man's name.

He said he was an atheist until a few months ago when he became a Muslim. I asked what the reason was for changing his beliefs. He said he was worried about death and about what happens after, and he had some Muslim friends who told him what they think happens after death.

He asked us the question, "There are so many religions in the world, how can we know which one is right?" So we explained how there are only two kinds of religions in the world - one kind that says you need to earn your way to Heaven by doing more good deeds than bad, and this encompasses every religion besides Christianity. The other kind of religion, which is only Christianity, says the only way to Heaven is by having a perfect person who can take our punishment for us on our behalf.

We asked, "If a judge in a courtroom accepted a bribe and let the criminal go free on that basis, that would be corruption, right?" He agreed. "In the same way, if God just ignores our sin because of something we offer him (like a good deed), that would be him accepting a bribe and therefore would be corrupt." He said that makes sense, and that only that latter kind of religion would work.

He had never read the Bible before and so he was more than happy to take a New Testament. He had heard from his Muslim friends that the Bible has been corrupted, and so we addressed his concerns by explaining that we still manuscript copies of the Bible in the original languages today from thousands of years ago, and we can compare our Bible today to the ones from then and it says the same thing.

Please pray for Martin as he considers repenting and trusting in Jesus for his forgiveness.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 14 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 18 October 2016, 2:34 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Thank you for praying for our outreach last night at the Gold Coast. The Lord raised up about 14 labourers to be on the team, which was really encouraging to see.

The wind was blowing a gale at the beginning of the outreach, and so we were having trouble keeping the resources on the free Bibles table. But as the wind died down, it was great to see that the Bibles were still flying off the table, but this time because people were taking them.

One of the conversations we had last night was with a group of young men from Indonesia who said that they were Muslims. They didn't think that they were good people - they considered themselves to be 'bad boys'. But they thought they would go to heaven if they merely improved their lives, since God is most merciful.

So we got to share with them how since God is a just judge, He cannot simply overlook our sins. We said, "Imagine if an earthly judge had a murderer standing before him and he said to the murderer, 'I am a very merciful judge, so I am just going to let you go free without any punishment for the murder you've done.' That would be unjust of him, wouldn't it?" The men agreed.

We continued, "God is definitely not going to be like that. For God cannot show mercy at the expense of justice. That is why we need a perfect person who can pay the penalty for our sin, and as a result, God can show us mercy." These men were beginning to see how this made sense.

So it lead on to explaining about how Jesus is the one who has taken the punishment for our sin, if we trust only in what he has done for us, and as a result we will want to turn from our sin. These young men were clearly thinking it through, and also counting the cost, since all their family and friends are Muslims too.

They were happy to take a gospel of John each to start reading. Please pray for them. To God be the glory for a wonderful night!


Friday, 7 October, 2016

Posted by Posted 18 October 2016, 2:29 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was a wonderfully busy night last night at the Gold Coast. We had 12 of us on the team.

How exciting it is to see plenty of gospel tracts go out and see the team in many gospel conversations. To God be the glory!

 

 

 

 


Friday, 2 September, 2016

Posted by Posted 9 September 2016, 2:38 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had 12 of us on the team last night at the Gold Coast. It was a windy night and as the night went on, the wind got stronger and stronger. So much so that the resources we had on the free Bible tables, which we have in English and Arabic, repeatedly were flying away.

But that didn't stop the gospel going out at all. Three people on the team preached throughout the night, while God brought in people to listen to the message, some who were asking questions and interacting with the preacher.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team were handing out gospel tracts and getting into conversations with people. In fact, one conversation that the team had was with a Muslim couple who wanted to know more about Christianity and they continued talking for well over an hour! The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few.

We praise God that He is saving a people for Himself from all the nations! To God be the glory.


Friday, 19 August, 2016

Posted by Posted 29 August 2016, 1:01 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Friday evening the team was small. There was only three that made it out! Thankfully God works through faithfulness rather than large numbers.

There were a range of good conversations had, many tracts were handed out and some preaching was done.

Encouragingly many people were interested in the arabic table, which lead to some lengthy and encouraging discussions!

Please be praying for more labourers, that each week new people will be interested in joining the team! Please pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will bring along more people to talk with.

Ask God that he will prepare the hearts and minds of people, readying them for the Gospel and leading them to the different outreaches we have!

Soli Deo Gloria!


Friday, 12 August, 2016

Posted by Posted 29 August 2016, 12:49 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The gospel went out to many again last night at the Gold Coast. It was great seeing lots of the team in conversations throughout the night.

Now at this time of year there are a lot of Muslims from the Middle East who holiday at the Gold Coast. That is why we have a free Bible table set up in English and Arabic.

Near the end of the night, one person on the team was witnessing to a Muslim who was so surprised to see his own language in Australia, and he was especially surprised that it was about the Bible.

So he straight away called up a friend of his who is a senior Muslim cleric in Sydney and said, "You need to get here and explain this to me." This Muslim man then began reading out aloud to the cleric on the phone the content of the Arabic signs we had set up which had a verse of the Bible on it.

Praise the Lord!


Friday, 5 August, 2016

Posted by Posted 11 August 2016, 2:39 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was another great night at Cavill Avenue Gold Coast last Friday night. Our wonderful God has supplied the blessing of committed workers willing to come and share the glorious Gospel! What a privilege! And we praise His Holy Name for we know that He has prepared hearts of the people and does all the work in their lives and ours. As we give ourselves to Him and share the message of Salvation in Jesus Name He is Glorified.

Before we began we gathered for prayer, our prayer was that the Lord prepare our hearts and to give us more thankfulness for His Mercy and Grace, also to help us to know and love Him more and to give us the words to speak to the people with encounter.

First up to preach Trevor brought the message that God is good in contrast of us...we are not. The message of who God is and who we are was explained, the words turn...trust...Jesus... were highlighted and the cross was the centre of the message and the love of Christ Jesus was clear for the people walking past or stopping to hear and see the solution to our sin problem.

One of our team members that preaches open air in Brisbane City came to the Gold Coast for the first time, he soon was in conversation with some young Muslims it wasn’t long after a older man joined in and he had a large group and was in conversation with them for some time. He then got up to preach and it was wonderful to hear him preaching scripture and declaring the fact that we must be born again.

This same team member had the group of Muslims gather very tight around him the group of young men grew more in numbers to the point of them taking the preacher and engaging again in a long discussion, we pray for all his efforts to explain the message of the only way to God through Jesus.

There were a lot of conversations with Muslims and Arabic Bibles and literature given out on the night. Lots of tracts and one on ones were happening and a good number of team members had opportunities to plant seeds of Gods Word to those who stopped and were asked the big questions of life...Why do we die? What happens when we die? Are you a good person? Will you be good enough for heaven? Why would God let you in to Heaven? All have answers that Jesus explains clearly through the instruction manual Gods Word the Bible.

All Glory to God.


Friday, 29 July, 2016

Posted by Posted 5 August 2016, 10:33 AM by Glenda Barnard. Permalink

It was another great night at Cavill Avenue Gold Coast on Friday night. Our wonderful God has supplied the blessing of committed workers willing to come and share the glorious Gospel! What a privilege! And we praise His Holy Name for we know that He has prepared hearts of the people and does all the work in their lives and ours.  As we give ourselves to Him and share the message of Salvation in Jesus Name He is Glorified. 

Before we began we gathered for prayer, our prayer was that the Lord prepare our hearts and to give us more thankfulness for His Mercy and Grace, also to help us to know and love Him more and to give us the words to speak to the people with encounter.

First up to preach Trevor brought the message that God is good in contrast of us...we are not. The message of who God is and who we are was explained, the words turn...trust...Jesus... were highlighted and the cross was the centre of the message and the love of Christ Jesus was clear for the people walking past or stopping to hear and see the solution to our sin problem.

One of our team members that preaches open air in Brisbane City came to the Gold Coast for the first time, he soon was in conversation with some young Muslims it wasn’t long after a older man joined in and he had a large group and was in conversation with them for some time. He then got up to preach and it was wonderful to hear him preaching scripture and declaring the fact that we must be born again.

This same team member had the group of Muslims gather very tight around him the group of young men grew more in numbers to the point of them taking the preacher and engaging again in a long discussion, we pray for all his efforts to explain the message of the only way to God through Jesus.

There were a lot of conversations with Muslims and Arabic Bibles and literature given out on the night. Lots of tracts and one on ones were happening and a good number of team members had opportunities to plant seeds of Gods Word to those who stopped and were asked the big questions of life...Why do we die?  What happens when we die? Are you a good person? Will you be good enough for heaven? Why would God let you in to Heaven? All have answers that  Jesus explains clearly through the instruction manual Gods Word the Bible. 

All Glory to God.


Friday, 15 July, 2016

Posted by Posted 4 August 2016, 12:17 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Friday evening together under the banner of Operation 513 members from local churches hit the Surfers Paradise Mall in the heart of Gold Coast. As usual the mall was fairly busy, there was a decent sized team out and the public had the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

A few sketches were done which drew quite a crowd, which was exciting to see but as the evening progressed and temperatures dropped less people gathered around to see the preaching. Despite the dwindling numbers there were some absolute highlights in Gospel conversations during the night and a great one coming right at the end with a man named Michael.

Michael professed to start with of being a Catholic. He went to a catholic school, his family christened him catholic and similar ideas. Though that was a while in the past Michael said that he was fairly sure he'd get to Heaven because he was a decent guy. After seeing the core of his belief it was time to pose some questions, see where he really placed his trust and what he believed about God.

He acknowledged that God is good and loving and said that meant overall everyone should be able to get into Heaven. When challenged on whether or not a good God must judge, whether justice must be served Michael conceeded the point and said that God must have a standard. When taken a little further things started to get a little worrying for Michael. At first being quite sure that he was going to Heaven but after 15 minutes of conversation there was no assurance based on his works.

Michael admitted he was a lying, theif a blasphemer and adulterer at heart and on that judgement by God He said there was no way he was going to Heaven. As a late-twenty year old Michael started to get emotional and asked, "Does that mean I have no hope?"

When asked if he had any way of fixing it Michael was lost for answers and basically gave up defeated, not having an answer and being quite worried about it. Then asked, "Why are you hear then? Surely you have an answer?"

It was a great pleasure to be able to share the Good News of Salvation that despite our spiritual bankruptcy and despite our inability to save ourselves, God displayed His love, His mercy and grace in that whilst we were sinners, Christ died for us. Michael couldn't listen more intently and said he was interested and excited and took a bible. He said he would have to take a read and consider trust in Jesus Christ!

Please be keeping the teams in prayer as they head out, in their personal lives as well as on organised times. Please pray for Michael and many others who were faced with the Gospel and challenged by the call to surrender to Jesus Christ! Please thank God for bringing along people to hear His Gospel!

Soli Deo Gloria!


Friday, 8 July, 2016

Posted by Posted 15 July 2016, 11:41 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had very productive evening of outreach on Friday night at the Gold Coast. At this time of year the culture of Cavill Avenue changes as many Muslims from the Middle-East come here for holidays. As such, we spend much time engaged in Islamic apologetics and also distributing material in Arabic.

The night began off with an 'interesting' conversation. Upon arrival, we noticed that two of the team members were already engaged in discussion with two Australians. Eventually, I found myself in the midst of the dialogue dealing with a man who was very much into the Hebrew Names Cult. This cult believes that we must call Jesus, Yeshua, as they believe the name Jesus comes from Zeus. We spoke about this for sometime, it was clear that the man we were speaking to had no idea about history, theology or the Bible.

He also believed in a flat-earth, denied the Trinity, believed that Christianity was only invented 400 years ago, and that I was a Mason who is enslaved to science. We tried our best to answer his objections to present the gospel to him, however, both he and his wife were beyond irrational. It is times like this that I am very thankful that the salvation of human souls does not depend on me, as nothing I said seemed to penetrate the deception they willingly embraced. However, I take hope that the seed of truth was sown, and I pray the Holy Spirit waters that seed and brings this couple to true freedom in Jesus.

During this time, Ryan was preaching using the sketchboard and a good size crowd had gathered. There seemed to be a general interest in the preaching tonight with all preachers having crowds stop the listen.

After Ryan finished preaching I set up my sketch, and prepared the chemical cross for my presentation. Tonight, I tried a new sketch which focused on the purpose of life and the futility of life without God. A crowd gathered, and the gospel was proclaimed. The chemical cross was used at the end of the message to illustrate the work of Jesus, and people seemed to be attentive to that object lesson.

Towards the end of the night, we were engaged in discussion by a Muslim man, and a couple of his mates. This Muslim man lives and works on the Gold Coast. He was friendly, but very passionate about Islam. He hated the Jews, but didn't seem to mind Christians. He claimed to be an expert in the Bible, but he didn't understand it. He thought the Bible only had 37 books in it, and that the Bible teaches there are three gods. We tried our best to answer him, but he was very hardened towards the gospel. Yet, he did take a tract which is aimed at Muslims. Please pray the Lord would soften this mans heart and bring him to Christ.

Friday night really marked the beginning of our main Islamic outreach for the year. Please pray for us over the coming weeks as we seek the reach the Muslim world while they are holidaying on the Gold Coast.

SDG!


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