Battle Log

Gold Coast Team

Friday, 13 May, 2016

Posted by Posted 22 May 2016, 10:52 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a good size team for our outreach at the Gold Coast last night. Be encouraged as you watch the following 3 minute video from the night.


Friday, 6 May, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 4:54 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

At Surfers paradise in the mall, there were crowds of people to enjoy to musical entertainment and despite the noise and the intensity many Gospel conversations were had.

The first 'sketch' done on the board mentioned abortion and as a product a young couple came up and were quite upset that anyone would call it wrong. When posed with the question to finish the statement, "It is okay to murder a baby in the womb when..." the answer was given, it isn't a baby until birth.

The discussion went along for a little while, with the couple saying it is okay to say all other things are wrong but when it comes to abortion there is no room for commenting. An explanation was given that we must call sin, sin otherwise we are removing the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. The discussion didn't get much further as Dom and Sam were adamant that it was okay.

Surprisingly another pair, this time two ladies came up and had a similar discussion over the painting that was still on the board. They were very quick to defend their position saying simply, that their life and ability to live how they wanted shouldn't be impeded by a child's birth and so abortions aren't wrong.

Again the conversation was taken towards the Gospel in that, the team isn't out to proclaim personal Holiness or goodness but rather to proclaim the guilt of all and the salvation available in Jesus Christ.

Both of these conversations were immensely saddening and it is hard to know how better to address such scenarios. For sin is something we must talk about for the Cross of Jesus to make any sense.

Please pray for the conversations had tonight regarding abortion and the many others had regarding Jesus Christ and His power to save.

Please keep the team in prayer as they seek to find more loving, careful and sensitive ways to share the hard truth of the Gospel with the lost people of this world.

It would be a blessing to have you along to declare the goodness and mercy of God!


Friday, 29 April, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 2:19 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

You may have seen some of the witnessing clips, some of the different times of people sharing the Gospel and you may compare yourself to 'the team'. You may consider yourself to bad at speaking or not good enough at thinking on your feet. Let me reassure you, we as the team are not some super talkers, we are no world class intelligence.

We are full of normal humans, who are nothing special, we are unworthy servants, willing to be used by a Holy God!

May you take the opportunity to join us on an outreach to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified!

On Friday evening, the team headed into the Surfers Paradise Mall and as always began to share the Gospel, the team committed the evening to the Lord and then spread out and made it their goal to share the Gospel with anyone who would listen.

A sad but important conversation was with a man named Simon, he had spoken with the team almost a year ago (there is actually a video of the conversation on our page) and had heard the Gospel, he had acknowledged the way of salvation but his heart wasn't changed. I spoke with Him again tonight and we had a brief conversation but as we started to talk about sin, he got angry and said that we were all self-righteous and needed to lighten up.

Before I could explain he had marched off, please pray for Simon, a man who needs God's mercy just as desperately as the rest of us but just as I was; so lost that I didn't know I was lost.

Thank you for the prayer support for the team as they head out, please continue to keep the team members in prayer and continue to pray for those who hear the news of the salvation of Jesus Christ, that they may heed the message and turn to trust in Christ!

Soli Deo Gloria!


Friday, 15 April, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 1:42 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a great night of evangelism last night at the Gold Coast.

While one of team was preaching, it was wonderful seeing a young girl who had taken a gospel of John from the free Bibles table, go over to her dad, take his hand and then pull him towards where we were, saying, "You've got to listen to this dad!"

Also last night we had a large size team, which is a great answer to prayer, as the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. The team had some good conversations with atheists, agnostics, Jews and Muslims. In fact, our free Bibles in Arabic table (we have one in English too) had large groups of people from the Middle East around it for most of the night, with many people asking questions about the Bible and being happy to take one home.

Glory to God!

 

Surfers Paradise Evangelism Operation 513


Friday, 25 March, 2016

Posted by Posted 6 April 2016, 11:09 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was extraordinarily busy at the Gold Coast for our weekly Friday night outreach. And God brought along a good size team to share the good news about Good Friday with the people.

It was great to see quite a number of Muslims approach our free Bibles in Arabic table, and the team was able to share the gospel with them.

A common question that they asked was, "Where did Jesus say the exact phrase 'I am God, worship me'?" They erroneously think that unless that exact phrase is mentioned in the Bible, then Jesus mustn't be God. However, we see Jesus made claims to being God in John 8:58 and accepted worshipped from people numerous times (Matt. 28:9,17).

It is wonderful to see that even though it is hard for Christian missionaries to go to the Middle Eastern countries where these Muslims are from and share the gospel with them there, they come to us! God is good!

We had a variety of people on the team who preached, and at times God drew in a crowd to listen, with some who asked questions.

God's word has gone out and it never returns empty. Praise be to God for another wonderful night!

 

 

 


Friday, 19 February, 2016

Posted by Posted 14 March 2016, 9:47 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was a great night of evangelism yesterday at the Gold Coast. A good number of people on the team preached, including someone who has only preached in the open air once before.

God drew in people to listen to what was being said and some people stayed listening for the entire time.

At one stage, there was a man who called out that he didn't believe in God. So I gave him a simple apologetic - that just as we know builders have a builder, so must this universe have had a creator. He said that that made sense, and he quickly backed down from his atheism.

I asked him whether he was a good person and he said "Yes". So I started going through the commandments of God to see how good he really was. He admitted his sin but thought Hell was just going to be a party. I explained that the party in Hell has been cancelled due to fire.

By this time, quite a lot of people had gathered to hear the discussion going on. The man then had his friends drag him away, but I was able to keep the discussion going with someone else who was standing next to him listening and he was willing to interact.

I explained the gospel to the crowd and then this man started bringing up objections like "How can I believe in something I can't see?" I asked him, "Did you see World War 1?" He said "No, but we have accounts of those who did." I said, "Exactly, in the same way we have the historical accounts of those who saw Jesus." He conceded the point.

After a couple more of his objections, I asked him, "Is the real reason you don't want to repent and trust in Jesus because you want to keep on sinning?" He said, "Yes." This didn't really surprise me as Jesus says in John 3 that people love darkness rather than light.

So I explained the futility and foolishness of living in sin to him. I also said, "What good is cup of pleasure in exchange for an ocean of pain?"

You could tell he was thinking about what was being said. He said he didn't have a Bible. So I encouraged him to go over to the Bible table and take one. He then did so. Please pray for this man.

Over the past few weeks whenever we have had our Gold Coast outreach there has been showers of rain. We prayed that for tonight it would not rain till we finished our outreach for the night at 10pm.

And there wasn't a drop of rain until exactly as the clock struck 10pm, then it started pouring down rain. Praise God for his answer to prayer, which meant a lot of people could hear the gospel.


Friday, 22 January, 2016

Posted by Posted 26 January 2016, 10:24 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Being a long weekend, it was especially busy at the Gold Coast last night for our weekly outreach. Even once 10pm rolled around, when we usually finish up, the mall was still buzzing with people. So we decided to stick around a bit longer sharing the gospel with people.

Throughout the night, when we were preaching with and without the sketchboard, a good number of people were listening, some for extensive periods of time. This led into some good conversations with them afterwards.

One conversation we had was with a guy named John. He was a student from China who had been studying in Australia for the past year.

When I asked him whether he was going to Heaven, he responded, "No, I am too busy with study." After enquiring more about his current beliefs, I established that he didn't really have any religious background but has attended church once in Australia and has a grandmother who is a Christian.

So I explained how we have sinned against God and deserve His wrath forever, and how the only way to be saved from that wrath is through what Jesus has done in dying on the cross for our sins. After talking about the need to repent and believe in Jesus, he said to me, "Can I do that now?"

To ensure he knew what it really means, I then went on to reiterate that Jesus shouldn't just be an add-on to our life, He should be the centre. Jesus should be our number one, not study. He said he understood that.

He was very open, and knew of a Chinese church he wants to start attending. He even has a Chinese Bible. Please pray for John that he will truly repent and believe the gospel. And praise God that the fields are ripe for harvest!

Gold Coast sharing the gospel Reading Bible on the phone


Friday, 15 January, 2016

Posted by Posted 26 January 2016, 10:17 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

As the team was heading to the Gold Coast for our weekly Friday night outreach, we noticed dark clouds rolling over and we thought it might rain. We prayed that God would keep the rain away and He did.

Cavill Mall was packed full of people, lots of families who were on holidays from out of state and those from other countries too. 

We had an English Bible table set up, with dozens of Bibles given out throughout the night, and an Arabic Bible table, along with a whiteboard displaying a Bible verse in Arabic and English. 

We met an Iranian Christian couple from Melbourne who were praying earlier that night that there would be Christians here sharing the gospel to all the people and then they stumbled upon us. They were so excited and praising God and were kind enough to also write the verse on the whiteboard in Farsii as well. With the Gold Coast being an international tourist destination it is really handy having resources in various different languages.

A couple people on the team preached and the rest were handing out tracts and talking to people. Overall it was a fruitful night. To God be the glory!


Friday, 1 January, 2016

Posted by Posted 26 January 2016, 10:09 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Surfers Paradise street evangelismIt was extraordinarily busy at the Gold Coast last night for our weekly Friday night outreach. We did a number of sketchboard presentations to present the gospel and God saw fit to draw in large crowds to listen to the message.

Even though we were light on team numbers, a good number of gospel tracts went out and some great gospel conversations were had.

Please pray that God would raise up more labourers and also pray for those who heard the message. To God be the glory!


Friday, 6 November, 2015

Posted by Posted 11 November 2015, 2:03 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Friday night our Gold Coast outreach we had a small team, howeve, the Gospel still was proclaimed. Cavil Avenue seems to be extra busy this afternoon and this evening. This was great for us as it meant there were more people to witness to. 

We had a wonderful chat with Jessica. She professed to be a Christian but was deep into 'new age' spiritualism. She professed  to be going to Heaven because she stays 'true to herself', and doesn't conform to what other people want her to do. It was pointed out to her that in reality, especially in relation to God, this is just pride and sin, because God has given us laws and standards and by following ourselves we will always be led into sin.

She said that sort of made sense but talked about the god she believes in being happy with someone being, "true to themselves." She also professed to be a good person before God. However, when she was compared to the law of God she admitted to sin;she said she had definitely broken God's law but said it was all okay because she was trying her best.

Sadly when sharing the Gospel, all she wanted to do was argue. She said she believed it, but was then very quick to disagree witht the message. She did take a Gospel of John and a tract. Please pray that she considers eternal things. Pray that God will open her eyes to the truth.

Late in the night two young men stopped by for a chat, they both professed to be Christians, claiming to know the way to Heaven. Travis (one of the men), said the way to Heaven was by being pretty good; living up to God's standard (which he thought was about 70% goodness) and Lachlan said he wasn't sure but definitely said there was a way to Heaven.

Discussion was had about, what is sin and its punishmenet. We also discussed if humanity could somehow fix themselves up. After explaining that no one can save themselves, we were able to share the good news, that Jesus Christ has paid for the sins of all those who would believe. It is only through Jesus that we can go to Heaven. 

This is a shocking message, but a very loving one. The boys said they hadn't heard it put that way before and it gave new light on the need for Jesus. Please pray for these two young men.

Soli Deo Gloria!


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