Friday night at Cavill Avenue (Gold Coast, Australia), the team was strong in numbers, in comparison to recent weeks (That doesn't mean we don't need more labourers!) but it was a blessing to have so many around to be able to engage the public as they spent some time with the family on the Coast or to talk with the locals who were out for the night.
I first talked with Brendan, a young man who professed to be perfect, he claimed to never have broken God's law and that, though it is a rare that response does come out from time to time.
It is a scary thought to think someone is so proud they can't admit they have sinned. Please pray that Brendan will come to understand sin and the offense it is to God and therefore repent and believe the Gospel.
I talked to another you man who said he had talked to the team a few times but said it didn't bother him much, that he would suffer in Hell.
I begged with him to consider it tonight because I don't want him in Hell and he definitely doesn't want to be there and God has offered salvation, that payment for sin.
I also talked with Matthew and Natalie a young couple, one whom had gone to a "Christian" school and the other who had grown up in a "Christian" home.
But they both didn't really want to consider it, they said they had heard it all before but it wanted to live how they wanted to. I challenged them with the Eternity they were accepting if they continued in sin.
Please keep these two in prayer, that God may bring them to repentance and saving faith.
I talked with and older couple Ray and Marlene. Ray said he disbelieved God but was to old to change now, despite the apologetics I offered him and despite all of the evidence. He said he was too far gone and too old to change his ways now.
And Marlene was convinced she was saved, even though she was professing to be saved by works. She said she had done the right thing her whole life (except for the occasional sin) and was definitely going to Heaven. She to said she was to old to change now.
Please pray for Ray and Marlene that they may come to saving faith! May God change their hardness of heart, soften it and allow for the seed of the Gospel to grow!
I talked to Hannah and Yasmin two young ladies who were out looking for boys, it is more of a rare thing for young women to admit that but these two had no shame in admitting their sinfulness.
In fact they seemed proud of being deniers of God, even though they professed to be Christians and said they attended a local church.
Please pray for these two, may God use the sermons they hear, or the Bible, or any means possible including the conversation to spark the start of a life change, including surrender to Christ as Lord.
I also talked to Jesse, he said that he had thought about Eternity a little bit the questions I posed where much more real, much deeper than what he had been asked before
He said that he would have to consider where he is going when he dies and he would have to do it tonight!
It was a blessing to hear a young man having to ponder the eternal things.
Please pray for each and every one of those that interacted with the team, please pray for them that the seed which was sown will fall on the cultivated field of good soil, prepared by God and that many may desire to lay aside the life they are living and surrender to Christ a Lord.
Please keep all of the team in prayer, praising God for the opportunities we had and thanking Him for protecting us in what we have done and allowing us the freedom to share the Gospel.
May it all be to the praise of His glorious Grace!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Last night at the Gold Coast we got to speak to many Muslims about Christ. For it is the time of the year when they come from Middle Eastern countries to the Gold Coast for a holiday. It's great that even though most of them are from countries that are closed to Christian missionaries, they come to us and get to hear the gospel while on holiday!
I found that for most of the conversations last night with the Muslims, it started off with just a couple people in the conversation. But by the end of the conversation, it had grown to about 8, with the person's friends joining in to listen and ask questions.
In each of the conversations, they all seemed to present the same sort of faulty arguments - about the Bible being changed, about the Bible speaking of Muhammad coming, and about there being many different versions of the Bible.
The Muslims were fascinated to hear that I was 100% sure I was going to Heaven when I died. Not because of I'm good enough, but because Christ is perfect and has died for my sins. Grace appeared to be such a foreign concept to them, and so that is why I focused a lot of my time on that, as well as on the deity of Christ. The beauty of God's truth is that it never returns void!
I could tell that one of the Muslim men I spoke was intently listening, that even at the end of the conversation he said to me, "I am going to start reading the Bible."
Trevor and I also preached with the sketchboard last night and people stopped to listen to what was being said. Tom and George also took turns reading the Sermon on the Mount. Please pray for all those who heard the truth.
Soli Deo Gloria!
It is the time of year when thousands of people from the Middle East travel to the Gold Coast for a holiday. That is why last night for the first time, alongside our normal free Bibles table, we also set up a table for giving out Bibles in Arabic. It was great to see many Muslims coming up and taking a Bible in their own language.
Last night, the team took turns either reading the Bible out loud or preaching. I also preached using the sketchboard and God saw fit to bring in a crowd to listen for quite a long time. There were a few people heckling and asking questions, such as: "Is every other religion false?", "Why is Jesus true?", "What about those who have never heard?", "What about homosexuality?"
It was great being able to address their questions, knowing that I was not just speaking to the questioner, but also to everyone else who was listening. That meant I kept going back to the message of the gospel many times. During this time, the team was busy in conversations and handing out gospel tracts.
Please pray for all those who heard the gospel.
Glory to God!
Thank-you to all those who were praying for our outreach in Surfers Paradise tonight.
Over the past few weeks we have face opposition from the Gold Coast City Council in relation to our ministry. Even though we have permits to preach, some elements within the council has been seeking to silence the Gospel.
Tonight, we weren't sure what would happen so we had many people praying. By God's grace nothing happened. Council didn't come near us, and God blessed us with large crowds which gathered to listen to the preaching.
Throughout the night many Bibles, and tracts were distributed. Also, many one to one conversations were had. Please pray that the Lord would transform the lives of all those who shared with.
On Friday night at the Gold Coast, we spoke to an Indian lady who over the past year or two has been working at McDonald's nearby where we preach.
Each Friday and Saturday night she would make sure to clean the outside dining tables as often as she could so that she could hear the preaching of the gospel.
She told us that God used that to save her and she is now part of a local church. Glory to God!
This provided a great opportunity for evangelism. We used the sketchboard to preach a couple messages explaining what Easter is all about, and handed out lots of our 'Happy Easter' gospel tract.
We also had a 77 year old man join us for the outreach and he loved it and is keen to return. So for those of you who may be thinking, 'I am too old to evangelise', you're not. I hope this is an encouragement to you to make the most of the time that you have left on this Earth.
After I finished preaching a message on 'The Way to Heaven' - how being good, simply stopping sin, or saying sorry won't save us, and how instead it is only by Jesus taking the punishment for our sin on our behalf that we can be saved - I had a conversation with two young people, Matt & Britney. They were just walking by and didn't hear my preaching, so I asked them whether they would go to Heaven.
They responded by saying "Yes, because we are good people". So I went through some of the commandments and they began to realise their sin, but said, "We will stop doing our sin." I explained how that wouldn't get rid of any of the history of their sin.
They said, "Ok, but I will say sorry to God." I explained how in a court of law, if a criminal said sorry, we would still be guilty. Similarly, it doesn't matter how many times we say sorry to God, he wouldn't be able to simply overlook our sin.
It was really interesting to me that their ideas of how to get to Heaven were the very things I had just preached about not being the way. I find that those three things are what most people think will save them.
That is why these days before I explain the news of the cross, I will spend some time trying to dispel any false ideas out of their mind regarding the way to Heaven, so that once they've come to the point of, "Well there is nothing I can do then!" then I find they come to grasp the gospel better. For there really is nothing we can do to earn our way to Heaven, it is instead completely the work of Christ on the cross that saves us, which is received by repentance and faith.
Matt and Britney came to understand the gospel and said they were going to count the cost. They were happy to receive a gospel of John. Please pray for them.
Please also pray for Partarna who belongs to a Buddhist family. He heard the gospel and took a gospel of John.
There were many other conversations had as well on Friday. To God alone be the glory!
It was a busy night at the Gold Coast on 20th March 2015. We used the sketchboard to present the gospel a couple of times, open air preached and handed out gospel tracts.
Here is a short video from the night:
Comic book gospel tracts are available here: http://www.operation513.com/comics
Glory to God!
As I was driving to the Gold Coast on Friday evening, I noticed dark rain clouds over the area. I suspected that it may be another rainy night. But I prayed that God would not allow it to rain until the outreach was over.
It was fine weather when I arrived and continued that way for the entire outreach! And as soon as 10pm rolled around (we had already packed up), then the rain started.
Praise be to God for answering that prayer. For the fine weather meant that there were lots of people around to witness to.
We used the sketchboards and good size crowds gathered to listen and observe as we preached while illustrating the message with paint.
While this was happening, the rest of the team were having conversations with people or handing out tracts. A few of the conversations that were had were with Muslims (such as the one on this photo).
Most of the Muslims we talk to are tourists from Middle Eastern countries where it would be very hard for us to go and preach there (it would be illegal), but the good news is that they all come to us, in a country where we can preach to them. They then can take the message and tracts back to the countries where they come from. It is great how God works.
Please pray for all who heard the gospel. To God be the glory for a wonderful night!
I had an hour long conversation with three young people - Jeffrey & Lulela & Emma. Jeffrey initially said that all logic shows that God doesn't exist. So I was expecting to hear some arguments against God. I asked him give me one. He said that he doesn't have any and instead asked me for arguments for God's existence, saying that he doesn't know whether God exists or not. I pointed out to him that he really is simply an agnostic. He conceded the point.
After giving them the builder building analogy for God's existence two of them came to acknowledge God's existence. When we talked about sin, they kept trying to justify their sin, saying that God needs to get up with the times.
They had many questions about the Bible and stated very confidently that the Bible has contradictions. I asked them to name one, but they said they've never actually read the Bible before.
After explaining the gospel and answering more of their questions, Jeffrey and Lulela were clearly thinking about the message and they were willing to take gospels of John.
Emma on the other hand, said after hearing everything, "I will never believe in God no matter what, because I want to live my life my way and not God's way. I just want to enjoy this life and make a difference."
I pointed that if there is no afterlife, she couldn't actually make any sort of eternal difference, but if she comes to saving faith she can actually do things of eternal value. I gave an analogy: Imagine if you are on a conveyor belt that is heading towards a furnace, you first jump off the conveyor belt and then you tell everyone else who is still on the conveyor belt to jump off as well. So that is the situation you are in, heading towards Hell, that is why you need to trust in Christ to be saved and then you'll want to tell others how to be saved as well. By doing that, you'll be making an eternal difference. Lulela said "That makes perfect sense."
Please also pray for:
• Xavier - the Chinese man Rick and Glenda was speaking with in the photo. Talked for over an hour, he was a Mormon. He didn't like the God of the Bible and said he would rather be in Hell than spend forever with Him.
By the end, he came to realise it was his pride that was making him hold on to Mormonism and his self-righteousness. We encouraged him to read the book of Romans. He said he would go home and do that.
• Eugene - he thought he was a bad person, had religious background, willing to listen.
• Imagin & Emma - receptive, gave them gospels of John.
All glory to God!
So we decided to find an uncover spot where we could move to and set up the sketchboard there. During this time, gospel tracts were still being handed out by the team.
Once we found an uncover spot, I used the sketchboard to preach a message on 'The Way to Heaven'. A small crowd gathered to listen. In particular there were three young ladies on holidays from overseas who listened to the whole message.
So I began interacting with them, asking whether they thought they would go to Heaven. They said, "Yes, because we are good people." By this time, I had already put on the board a few common false ideas of things people trust in to get themselves to Heaven, and trying to be good was one of them. I explained that in reality we are just not good enough.
I then pointed the ladies to the big red cross I had painted on the board and what word the cross was resting on. It seemed to click in their mind. They said that they need to trust in Jesus for their forgiveness. So I made sure they understood grace with the use of a few analogies to explain it, I then told them about repentance, and pleaded with them to come to Christ.
We left the sketchboard up with the message on it for the rest of the night so that people walking past could read it. The team had a few good conversations with people, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified.
Whenever the gospel goes out, it is always a success! To God be the glory!
Photo: Loren is sharing the gospel with three young guys who were headed to some clubs.