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Thursday, 8 August, 2013
Today Essex OP513 team visited a town called Harlow. Historically Harlow has had a rough reputation with approximate rates of 10% unemployment along with 30% of its dwellings being council housing. I have often thought about preaching up there because low socio-economic communities can be impacted greatly by the Gospel. We found the shopping precinct and was met by Chuck Bosio. We prayed and I preached first. People listened and tracks were taken.
After my address a gentleman asked what my stance was on homosexuality. So I read Him 1 Cor 6:9 and Rom 1, he then said it was a refreshing to hear a person stand up and endorse the Biblical view, because he was a Christian who has had to leave a church which has begun to embrace homosexual conduct as permissible. Chuck preached while Josh and I handed out tracts.
Then Josh preached and began to get into conversations with few different gentlemen. Slowly the crowd built up until there were quite a number of people looking and listening. The crowd did get a bit raucous at times with various individuals screaming or being unreasonable to chat with.
Community Officers and Police arrived but none of them approached us or told us to stop. In fact a young girl in the crowd screamed out "Jesus is a pedophile" and Josh replied with "that is racial and religious hate speech". The Police in the crowd quickly pulled the girl aside and rebuked her for saying such blasphemy! It brought to mind the words of Jesus in Mark 9.40 "For the one who is not against us is for us" while perhaps my context is not accurate I was still praising God that the cops actually defended our cause!!
The crowd eventually dissipated and we finished up only to be approached by two Harlow council officers which began to give us grief. We debated with them about the right to preach whenever and wherever we wished on public land and they got very frustrated with us. I think a further follow up by our lawyers may be required. Over all the day was a success with the Gospel preached accurately and boldly. SDG
Wednesday, 31 July, 2013
Todays outreach in Romford high St consisted of Josh, Rob, Chuck and Myself. We set up out of the way of pedestrians and prayed that our message would be accurate and God would save sinners for His Glory!! I preached from Mark 7 on what defiles a person during which it rained a little on and off. Thankfully Josh had his waterproof Bible so my paper Bible did not get wet!! Josh proceeded to preach after me and as usual had much more of a reaction from the pedestrians with a "lady" screaming out that we needed to stop preaching etc.
After this episode, two members of Barclays bank came out and abused Josh and told Him to stop. Josh in turn proceeded to twitter on #barclays and commented on their staffs "christophobic" attitudes. This got an immediate response from Barclays on twitter and said they would investigate.
Rob preached next, during which the police arrived and went and had a meeting with the Barclays staff regarding us. The police chatted with the staff and promptly left the scene without even talking to us. My best guess is that they have a "heads up" about the "Tony Miano Arrest" and all the controversy it has started in the UK and are unwilling to stop Christian preachers till it has been resolved.
Chuck preached after Rob and I preached once more after him.
Chuck preaches and Josh talks to two girls about Jesus.
During my second address an accident had occurred in the neighboring Primark store which caused the emergency rescue teams to arrive. This in turn brought many hundreds more people into the area whilst I was preaching and a whole lot more people got to hear the Gospel!!
During this time a number of people told me to "shut up" but I reminded them that I had freedom of speech in this great nation because of the liberties instilled by a Judeo Christian Ethic!
There were also many tracts handed out when the crowds came for a gawk so we praise God that He can turn bad events into glorious opportunities to share His Gospel!! SDG
Wednesday, 17 July, 2013
Todays outreach was held in Chelmsford town centre. Myself, Josh, Rob and Chuck gathered at McDonalds and made our way up the high st. We set up under a large tree that provided shade from the sun and prayed. While this was happening Josh cornered some mormons and began to ask difficult questions about the veracity of the LDS church.
Josh and the Mormons
I preached from Mark 7 about what defiles a person.
Josh preached after me, then Rob and then Chuck.
All of us were distributing tracts during the event as well. Rob had a number of conversations with young people, as did I, plus I encountered two quite elderly people who listened to me about the Gospel. I find older people are much more self righteous than the youth, but these two where quite willing to listen, Praise God!!
An Anglican priest came over to us and was not happy about us "condemning" people by preaching Gods Law prior to the Gospel. Josh and Rob had a quite an in depth conversation with him which ended up with the priest explaining that he was gay and that his bishop had no problem with that orientation. Needless to say the man was not a Christian and this was explained in no uncertain terms.
An number of local Christians were greatly encouraged by our presence and one gentlemen generously went and purchased us a bottle of coke each. This was well received since the temperature was about 28 degrees celsius (normal for Australia but not Britain!)
After a few hours we had a small break for lunch, then we reconvened further down the high st and I preached again from Matt 19 in regards to how God designed marriage. Not long after I had started, a homosexual man began to heckle. Chuck and Josh began to talk with him only to find that he was not willing to have an honest dialogue. The whole afternoon was a excellent and the Gospel was proclaimed! SDG.
Saturday, 22 June, 2013
Today the OP513 team met in Romford. I was joined by Josh Williamson, Rob Hughes, James Ntensibe and Chuck Bosio. Myself, Josh, Rob and Chuck preached at differing times, one of the wonderful things about preaching the Gospel here, is that we can use amplification! Lots of tracts went out and we proclaimed Gods truths as bold and as accurately as we could. Rob had a very good conversation with a young man who was sitting on a public bench. I preached from Matthew 19 concerning the definition of marriage as it is undergoing a lot of revision in the House of Lords here in the UK. Overall it was a great afternoon of preaching the Goodnews!! SDG.
Rob chatting with Romford kids.
Chuck chatting with a Muslim
Rob having a great conversation with a young man
Saturday, 11 May, 2013
The Essex team had a blessed day of ministry on Saturday 11th May in Romford. The gospel was proclaimed by Rob, Andrew and Chuck in the open-air, with many hearing the truth of God's Word. There were also some very encouraging one-to-one conversations, with two people taking a Bible. Although there was much indifference, we praise God that the gospel went forth. To God alone be the glory!
Watch the following 7 minute video evangelism report from the day:
Click here to listen to the open-air message from Rob Hughes.
All praise to the name of the Lord!
Saturday, 10 March, 2012
Today the team consisted of Rob Hughes and myself. We made our way to Brentwood High St and prayed. I managed to hand out loads of tracts and I had one very long conversation with a gentleman called 'John'. Our discussion began with Him claiming he had never broken any of Gods Laws; ever... So I continued with the proposition of either Him being God himself ie - perfect, or He's calling God a liar since Gods Word says that he has sinned.
John eventually realised that he was calling God a liar and back tracked on his initial statements. He had quite a lot of Biblical knowledge but was using it to justify his rebellion against God. We eventually got to the Gospel and I tried to expound upon it a little so He didn't miss the point. I gave him a good person tract and we eventually parted. He seemed to understand what his predicament was by the end of our talk. I pray he repents and gets saved. SDG
Andrew chatting to 'John' courtesy of Rob Hughes
Saturday, 3 March, 2012
Today the team consisted of Roman, John, Michaela and Myself. We headed for the High St, and after prayer began to hand out tracts. I entered into a conversation with an elderly man and his wife. They both seemed quite happy to talk about these important issues. I began to ask if the gentleman who's name is William, had stolen things or lied etc. He was very open and honest in agreeing he had. His wife later showed up and joined the discussion, so I kept talking about the requirements of Gods Law and repenting and putting faith in Christ. They took tracts and left with much to consider.
My only other conversation was with 3 teenage boys who were very rude at times but still seemed to want to talk. One of them decided to try "the Bible is false because evolution is proven" card and after pushing on his conscience with the Law, he decided that he didn't care that he was going to be accountable to God (whom a moment ago he said didn't exist). I kept pressing the Law and repentance and eventually they seemed to understand. They were very distracted and quite crude but they are Gods creatures and never out of reach of His Irresistible Grace. They took tracts and we all shook hands amiably. May God grant them repentance. SDG
Saturday, 14 January, 2012
Roman talking to a lady sitting on the benches.
Saturday was cold this morning, but shoppers were quite active even in this chill. Perfect opportunity to share the Gospel! The team consisted of myself, Roman and a gentleman from another church named Ola. This was his first time out doing evangelism in Brentwood, and he was very excited to be able to come along. We all handed out quite a number of million £ notes, but because of the cold few people were stopping to chat. The best conversation I had was with a bunch of young boys who I use to teach music to at Doddinghurst Public School. They all took tracts and listened intently so I hope seeds were sown into their lives this day.
Andrew chatting with some young kids.
Ola enjoyed himself and said he would return when his family commitments allow. Hopefully this will be the beginnings of regular combined church evangelism in Brentwood! SDG
Saturday, 24 December, 2011
As it was Christmas Eve today, I didn't want to miss the opportunity to hand out tracts to the manic shoppers of Brentwood. Steve Smith and myself arrived early afternoon, armed with a mountain of million pound notes and red Santa hats, we began to distribute the Gospel in written form to a multitude of frenzied pedestrians.
We were later joined by Elyske and continued to hand out tracts in various parts of the high st.
I had only one conversation with a young woman named Holly. She enquired about the tracts we were handing out and I began to share about Gods righteous requirements and judgement upon sin. This led into the Gospel and discussing the only solution provided by God for mans sin - Jesus Christ. She appeared to understand, and she went away with a handful tracts and a head full of Gospel. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to share the Gospel in this community - SDG and Merry Christmas
Saturday, 26 November, 2011
Brentwood High St had a special event this Saturday. The council had partitioned off the road for the "switching on" of the Christmas Lights. Naturally this means more people to share the Gospel with! As well as regular stalls with food and drink, the churches in Brentwood worked together to give away warm mince pies and put on some live carol singing for the public.
The OP513 team consisted of Rob, Roman, and Myself and were later joined by Elyske and Ingrid. We began handing out tracts and soon enough I came across a gentleman who said "heaven was a myth". I gently began by asking him how he 'knows' heaven is a myth. This started destroying his naturalistic worldview and as you would expect, he didn't appreciate it. When it came time for him to explain how non material things such as "laws of logic" can exist in his purely material worldview he became frustrated and decided to end our conversation. He did take a tract as he walked off and I pray he would think about our conversation and how his worldview comes up short.
My next most interesting conversation was with a young Catholic man. We began conversing on the street and eventually decided to go have a coffee and talk. I asked various questions about the Roman Catholic understanding of salvation, works and mariology. Since I didn't have a working knowledge of Catholic theology I decided to keep asking questions and let him talk. Eventually I challenged him about a few issues and he quoted some scriptures that were quite out of context. We agreed to continue the discussion and I took his email.
This is Me talking with Sean the Catholic
Later we decided to get some lunch and went to a cafe. Rob began handing out tracts to the staff and engaged them in conversation.
Rob and I also met a Christian from a different Brentwood Church who is very interested in sharing the Gospel with people. I'm praying this will be the beginnings of Christians from different churches uniting together in Brentwood towards consistent evangelism! SDG