Schoolies is a week long time of celebration for thousands of school leavers who have just finished grade 12. The vast majority of them converge on Surfers Paradise where the government funds nightly dance parties on the beach.
Even though many want to come to schoolies in order to sin, schoolies provides a great opportunity for us to share the gospel with the school leavers, as they are at a crossroads in their life.
Here are some updates from the week:
The first night of Schoolies Outreach at the Gold Coast went well. It is such a great opportunity to talk to these teenagers about eternal matters.
A number of the schoolies came to understand the gospel, and so we encouraged them to count the cost first, but at the same time, to not delay in getting right with God.
Day 2 & 3
The third night of Schoolies outreach has just finished.
As the week rolls on, some of the Schoolies are becoming more and more dissatisfied with the partying and are very willing to stop and chat.
We have seen again tonight many who love their sin and want to keep going in it, but also some who are really considering the message of the gospel.
Please pray God will draw these Schoolies to Himself. Pray also for energy and strength for the team to continue faithfully making Christ known.
Day 4 of Schoolies outreach is complete.
We have been talking to heaps of different Schoolies each day, but it has been great talking to a number of the same schoolies each day, expanding on the message with them, answering their questions, and pleading with them to repent and believe.
We got to hand out a few gospel of John's tonight for those who were really interested. A couple people were even welling up with tears.
This afternoon, we happened to meet Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis who was walking through Surfers Paradise with his family.
It has been a very worthwhile outreach. But one of the saddest things we have been seeing is not the fact that many schoolies are drunk or taking drugs, but that there are a bunch of professing Christians that have been standing nearby us teaching the schoolies a man-centred love-only false gospel.
They would sometimes even interrupt our conversations with the schoolies to say that what we are saying is wrong. One of the them could not control his anger that he threatened to punch one of the team. The police quickly dealt with him, fining him for being a public nuisance and moved him on.
Thankfully, God is sovereign and His word never returns void. So for the hundreds of schoolies we spoke to today, they will never be the same - they have heard the gospel, and are accountable for what they do with it. Please pray that God would save many of them.
Day 5 & 6
This afternoon's outreach at Surfers Paradise was productive with a number of the schoolies being concerned where they are going when they die and are counting the cost of coming to trust in Christ for their salvation.
One sad thing to hear today was from one of the schoolies that we talked to last night who very open to the message and even took a gospel of John from us, after our conversation she was told by another "Christian" group to not listen to anything she heard from us and to not read the gospel of John because it is wrong.
But it was good seeing her today and being able to encourage her again to start reading God's word.
Last night the rain came down very heavily just before midnight, which meant most of the schoolies headed back to their apartments for cover.
Despite the rain, we still had many fruitful conversations. We leave the results in God's hands.
Schoolies outreach 2014 has come to a close. Thanks for your prayers.
10,000 gospel tracts were handed out this week. Praise God! We won't know their full effect until Heaven. We sow the seed but God gives the growth.
These school leavers have been eternally impacted. Whether they come to faith or not, they have been told the message and so they will be even more accountable on Judgement day.
Please pray for the thousands of people we spoke to and handed out tracts to, that God may draw them to Himself.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Easter Monday Outreach
There were 8 of us who hit the streets on the Easter Monday public holiday to get the message of Jesus' death and resurrection out to the thousands of people who were at the Gold Coast that day.
Australia Day Outreach Report
With so many heading down to the beaches to celebrate Australia Day, Operation 513 took the opportunity to make the most of the crowds. Most were out to seek joy in the beach, drinks, street entertainment and those wearing less then they should – but we were out to proclaim that true and lasting joy and happiness could only be found in one person – the Lord Jesus Christ.
The ‘Are you a Good Aussie?’ gospel tract worked like a treat that day, with much fewer rejections then normal. We would offer the tract and ask something like, ‘Did you get your Australia Day Card?’ or ‘Are you a good Aussie?’ – questions that at face value did not seem ‘religiously’ demanding - so many took the tracts and by God’s grace we pray that they read them and trusted in the message of the Gospel.
Many indeed stopped to listen and asked ‘what’s this all about?’ to which we responded with the beauty of God's gracious gospel. And because most – if not all – had a public holiday that day, very few where in a rush anywhere, which gave us many opportunities to elaborate on the Truth they desperately needed to hear.
The Gold Coast is a unique place where you get such a variety of cultures and tourists from all around the world. We were able to hand out 2,500 tracts (which were donated by Operation 513) to so many that we would not normally be able to hand them to. With our inability often to go to the nations, we are so blessed to be able to minister in a location where the nations come to us.
The authorities didn’t bother us all the 4 hours we were there, even though OP513 somewhat canvassed a large area at the bottom of Cavil Mall! Praise God for the current liberty we have to share His Word.
With Australia Day being the celebration of the first fleet arriving in Australia, our prayer is that the tuth would arrive in people's hearts and many would repent from their sins and trust in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the hundreds of gospel tracts that went out and the loads of people we were able to witness to. Only God knows the eternities that were affected for His Glory.
For the next 11 days I will be in Glasgow, Scotland, joining up with Jeremiah Cry Ministries — a ministry from the States. We will be sharing the gospel through open-air preaching and one-to-one witnessing.
The picture to the left sums up my first day. Our team was small in size but more have now arrived. All four of us preached yesterday, with some of us preaching twice. The Lord used brother Paul to bring in a large crowd with many hecklers; he preached for at least an hour. I preached after him with more hecklers, and then we got into some great one-to-ones. It was quite incredible to see the absurdity behind their arguments. But towards the end there were a few who really did begin to see how their worldview does not hold wait, and that what they believe fails to make sense of this world. This opened the door for the gospel!
During one particular conversation I spoke with a relativist about truth. I asked him to define it. The following is not made up:
Relativist chap: “Truth is what we come to learn over time. We once believed the world was flat, now we know the world is round.”
Rob: “Right. So before we came to see that the world is round, was the world round?”
Relativist chap: “No.”
Here's the thing: even if we didn't exist, truth would still exist. And it's absolute. Truth is that which conforms to the mind of God (see John 17:17). So why does the fool embrace absurdity? Because he has a worldview to protect? We must expose in the unbeliever his suppression of the truth (see Romans 1:18-22).
Although it was still only the first day, we did have an encounter with the Police. They were very friendly and cordial, but did warn us against unrest from people who may disagree with the Christian message (we discovered that later in the day, but we praise God that His Word went forth). Some people had apparently complained as we were preaching, and so they came to tell us that we ought to be careful what we say. We defended our right to speak and to share the gospel and they did agree to that. They also took our details and and asked us about the mission, i.e. where we would be and what we would be doing. The reason for this was not to stop us, but rather to let their colleagues know about us and what we would be doing.
Do pray for the team:
1. Please pray the Lord would give the team boldness, wisdom, patience, understanding and a deep love for the people.
2. Please pray that it would please the Lord to grant us favour with the authorities, as well as protection on the street.
3. Please pray the Lord would bind the team together, that there would be unity, and that He would protect us from the devil's schemes.
4. Please pray that God would raise up other Christians who would build upon the foundation that is laid through our witness.
5. Please pray that God's Word would do a mighty and powerful work in those who listen; that they would be saved.
Soli Deo Gloria!
On Monday, we had the privilege of being asked to evangelise at the Redlands Easter Family Festival. With about 20,000 people expected to be there, we knew it would be a great day to get gospel tracts out and speak to many people.
This is a 2 minute report from the festival:
To our faithful King!
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