The Battle Log is the place where reports from each of the Operation 513 evangelism teams are posted.
It gives you a brief idea about what occurred during the outreach and some of the highlights.
Even though there is not a report from each team on the Battle Log every week, all these teams do meet according to the schedule (usually weekly).
So please keep them in prayer and consider joining one if it is in your area.
As I write this, I’m sitting in Christchurch airport. It’s been a while since I’ve been in an airport I’m glad to say! And yet, I am looking forward to an evangelism change of scenery. I’m honoured to be involved in three weeks of mission across NZ. The first week will be in Auckland & Whangarei at the top of the North Island of NZ. Please keep the mission in your prayer - as always, I’ll be writing regular reports. Believe it or not, there are still international flights leaving Christchurch (pictured).
Anyway, this report covers Thursday and Friday.
The forecast for Thursday wasn’t good, and so I ended up spending the whole day online. So many gospel conversations! I talked to a Palistinian, and also a guy in Tunisia - I’ve now talked to people all across North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt. I thank God for all these gospel opportunities!
On Friday morning I was also online, and then I headed into Cathedral Square. It was very overcast, and there was some rain in the air. Sadly, there weren’t many people there. Other Christians started arriving: Mike, Andy, Marty, Roy, a Christian guy who had listened to Andy preach the week prior. Only Marty ended up preaching, the rest of us got into one to one conversations with the few that were around. Yet, in spite of the lack of people, I had some good gospel interactions.
I approached two late teen guys walking past the Cathedral, they were happy to stop and talk about the deepest question of life: what happens after? They heard the law and the gospel in an easy going conversation and were happy to take tracts as they left.
Next up a guy walked past, and I said “hello” as I offered him a tract. Suddenly I realised who it was. It was the guy I had to call the Police about at Eastgate (a long time ago now). I instantly closed my mouth to avoid provoking him further - he remembered me and instantly the finger pointing and abuse began. I started walking towards some of the other Christians - safety in numbers - he kept hurling abuse as I walked. My tactic worked, he decided to keep walking, but not before stopping, pointing, and yelling at me (with horrible language) about not being respectful of other religions (or something like that). Marty pointed out the irony of his deep disrespect of me.
I went back to my spot and was soon into another conversation. This time it was with a guy who had an openness to Christianity and yet was confused on what it meant to be a Christian. So we went through the law and gospel. His response was a blankness and doubt. He wanted to talk, so I listened. Soon he started touching on conspiracy theories, he wasn’t happy at how Christianity had been “corrupted”. I gently probed, and then slowly his anti-semitism started leaking out! :o I asked him directly if he hated Jews. He looked at me as though he had been caught in a sin, but he didn’t repent, he doubled down. The conversation ended soon after, with him rambling. I felt sad that I wasn’t able to reach him (through his confusion) with the clarity of the truth.
We headed to the hospital to bring the gospel to the issue of abortion. As I was getting to the hospital, I started feeling nauseous. I don’t think it was from nerves - I just needed to eat food. So before joining the outreach, I sat down to eat my sandwiches. Feeling better I joined the team. There were seven of us today. And it was a wonderful outreach! Fairly peaceful initially, but then I noticed a girl walking back and forth - I could tell she was recording us while she was also talking to someone on her phone. She left, but soon after a counter protester turned up, and then two others joined her. The counter protester was the same girl who had created a big scene about a month prior.
Well, thankfully, this time she was much more controlled. She wanted to talk, and I agreed - as long as the conversation stayed peaceful. I had a long conversation with the three of them. It was tiring, as I worked through all their arguments and kept coming back to: “how do we know what is right and wrong?” Eventually one of her friends asked: “So, how do you know what is right and wrong?” “Great question!” I exclaimed and moved the conversation to how we know God exists, and why God is the basis for right and wrong. I never really got to share the gospel, but I was able to touch on it a few times - one of the two key reasons we are there is to bring the hope of forgiveness of sin, and the complete removal of guilt because of Jesus.
They finally tired of talking to me, and so they moved down the line and ended up having a chat with Jess. After that, they decided to move to another group protesting abortion across the road. We had a time of peace before they came back again and sat on the wall across from us talking among themselves.
Soon, more of their friends started arriving. They came over to me to engage in discussion - first with a couple of guys, and then with another couple of guys. The second set of guys were very open to discuss “how we know what is right and wrong” - the beginnings of a gospel conversation. Yet another guy approached me and wanted to give me a piece of his mind, but I told him I already have my hands full talking with others, would he mind going down and talking to Andy. He didn’t want that, he wanted to talk to us all, but the original guy I was talking to wanted to continue the conversation and so the interrupter had no choice but to talk to Andy.
Suddenly, one of the original counter protesters two friends grabbed the signs Marty was holding and ran off! He found a rubbish bin and started to try to stuff the signs in it. I was following him, and when he saw me coming, he took off with the signs again. I smiled, and calmly followed. He went round a corner, and when I turned it too, I saw him running out of an alleyway. I retrieved the signs and started heading back. I saw the original counter protester, and she said she had nothing to do with the taking of the signs, I was pleased to know her conscience was working. Just then, the two guys I had been talking to came past, I stopped them and offered them tracts: “Life is Precious”, and “Jesus shows us God”. They were happy to take them.
The outreach wrapped up with prayer - glory to God, we had many opportunities to engage with multiple people about the gospel and abortion! I was buzzing. As I left, Andy was still in a conversation with the guy I had passed to him earlier.
Oh Lord, have mercy!
Operation 513 Battle log for Sunnybank on Wednesday Feb 24, 2021 from 1330 to 1530
Today Johnny could not make it so I started solo first until Martin and Andrew joined me a little while later. We stayed at the Western side of Main Road near the Bus stop. Basically, God let us experience different sorts of rejection or at least initial resistance, but at the end, God did give us patience to turn around some of the unwilling heart to chat and later on passing over the gospel message in a subtle causal talk manner. Recap below are my Battle Log:
1) A curious guy initially engaged in chat with me even though he showed that he was not interested and did not need God as he opined he is a good enough person. Unfortunately he spotted Martin taking photo of us and become an angry person aborting our talk. We did feel sorry for this hiccup up, but could only learn to take photo more carefully not interrupting the chat while doing our job to capture needed photo for the battle Log leaving real record of this divine encounter and remember it in a prayer.
2) Then I approached a Chinese girl from Hang Zhou. She is the typical atheist reaction simply declining to let me share gospel. Nevertheless, the Spirit gave me a gentle heart to stop talking about the tract but sharing mutual experience of Hang Zhou where I visited many years ago. My friendship approach melted her icy heart and I can subtlely share my life salvation experience with her.
3) A Chinese Buddhist middle age lady was originally approached by Martin, but her limited English trigger my intervention to take over the chat. I miss heard her saying she is a Christian or she did say this to decline the approach of Martin. I anyhow was managed to share exactly to here that all religion including Buddhism advocate to live and act like a good persons but does not address the issue of sin and how it can be forgiven with us accountable for the punishment of our sin.
4) A man gave me initial reception to let me share with him the Gospel, but he suddenly left amidst our chat as if he suddenly remember he has some urgent errand to do.
5) Then God led me to speak to three Uni student Tarrant, Brant and Moses who denied they are Chinese but soon afterwards, I noticed they are actually all youngster from Hong Kong who have great concern about the freedom status of HKG. I identified with them as Hong Konger and led into gospel as the ultimate solution for removing sins from our life as well as from this crooked world.
6) Then I chatted with Yam 任 from HKG 香港 again. She is a Christian but without assurance of salvation. I was glad I can clarify her problem of misinterpretation of the Bible bute pointing her to fully understand we are all saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
7) Then I met again with another Mainlander Chinese from Canteon 廣東，He showed extreme open mind to listen to the Gospel till the bus came.
8) Lastly I chatted with Sarah the Korean who also rejected me initially. I still held a polite manner to share about my testimony instead of the tract and the gospel. But after a while when we were more or less connected as friend. I actually shared her the gospel that once saved and transformed my life. Praise yee to God.
A hot day in Christchurch on Tuesday. I started my day of outreach in Riccarton. Roger couldn’t join me, so I decided not to bring my flip chart and walk the streets instead. I had many opportunities to engage people with the gospel message.
I had a tract with me that I haven’t used for a while. It has a question on it: “What will matter to you in 150 years time?” I decided to make that question the basis of my approach to people. One lady said: “I want the planet to still be here” - and then she walked off. People grasp that the planet sustains life, but It fascinates me that people miss the deeper problem of death - a problem that has a solution!
I had to buy myself a cold drink, as the heat was surprisingly energy zapping. As I was sipping my drink I was handing out the tracts, and I had a guy stop and engage in conversation. He certainly grasped the deeper problem of death - we even talked about Cryonics for a few moments. He heard the law and the gospel - but didn’t seem convinced. He asked some good questions before we parted ways. He took the tract, and the more in depth one, “After Life”.
I had some good engagements around the bus stops.
I fell into a wonderful conversation with a guy waiting for his bus. He was a deep thinker, and was convinced there had to be a “higher power” before I had even talked to him. Sadly his bus came before I could share the gospel with him - but he left with an in depth tract as well.
Another chat was with a young man who wore a cross necklace (he showed it to me). He said his uncle was a Christian, but he was only half Christian! I had to probe a bit to understand what he meant. It turns out he still wasn’t convinced about the claims of Christ. So going from there, we had a great chat about the gospel. I could see the penny dropping - it was wonderful to watch. He seemed deeply grateful for the chat - he shook my hand multiple times before we departed ways.
On Tuesday and Wednesday I was also online.
One of those conversations was with a girl with a mask and a guitar. I was feeling very lethargic, but I stumbled through the law and the gospel with her (interrupted by her playing me a song). As I was sharing the gospel, I was suddenly interrupted by another voice that said, “that’s the best explanation I’ve ever heard”. The girl had a friend on her phone, and she lifted up her phone so I could see her. She asked if I was a priest! I proceeded with the conversation by asking checking questions, and suddenly the girl with the guitar started insisting she was a good person. Her friend on the phone said: “calm down” and then she disconnected.
The last two chats of Wednesday were intellectually stimulating. The first was a text chat who I suspect was a Muslim, who pretended to be a Christian? I think he was trying to waste my time, but in the process he ended up asking a truck load of wonderful questions and coming to learn so much about Christ. The second chat was with an intellectual guy who started arguing against the obvious reality of God. After a few minutes, I stepped back and asked, “could it be that you’ve been deeply hurt and you’ve wondered why God didn’t stop it?” He paused and agreed, and the conversation automatically shifted to why God allows evil. Sadly, he didn’t stick around. It’s fascinating: I’ve known people to go through immense suffering, and yet it draws them to God - not away. May God have mercy on this guy.
Operation 513 Battle Log of Toowong Village on Tuesday February 23, 2021 from 1330 to 1500
It was a super hot day. Possibly the hottest ever at Toowong. Standing under the sun for 5 minutes will get every inch of your skin on fire that you must seek shelter under the shade immediately. Because of the heat, Johnny also decided to move over to the bus stop. Despite we all crowded there but the chances of ministry were still ample to get us fully occupied. As normal the initial rejection phenomena was quite prominent. But we all learned and guided by the Holy Spirit to change the approach to start connecting with the target on day to day life topic. Once the tension was loosen, then we could still progress to share the gospel at the end. Recap below were the Battle Log of Hung and Winnie: -
1) Guilin a Korean girl, just had barely enough time to share the core of Gospel before the bus arrived.
2) Bright , a Filipino young UQ student who was open to the gospel. He has no professing religion but found salivation of Jesus very sensible and attractive.
3) Wahu who is born here with parents from India. He was also open and receptive to the Gospel.
4) Abun an African UQ student, who was also open for a chat. Nutshell of the Gospel was shared in time before the bus arrival.
5) An Arrogant girl did not reject up right, but kept finding all excuses to avoid for a chat. i.e. need time to be sure she is at the right bus stop and I showed her all bus route on the electronic board, than she used another excuse to need to call her mum.
6) Then a Thailand girl took the tract and was ready to chat but cut awkwardly by the immediate arrival of the bus. She promised to ponder on the message of the tract.
7) Angus a young man from Townsville of Anglican school background. He adopted a care free attitude to chat and showed certain degree of understanding of the Bible but admitted he is still a non-believer. I asked if he find the gospel illogical or not sensible? He could not deny that Gospel message is all good except his heart is not open and soft enough yet for the free gift of eternal life.
8) Gemma a young office lady in pink who was in a hurry to catch the train. So I walked her to the Foot bridge and shared here the nutshell of the Gospel. She listened with heart and thanks me for the company and promised to read the tract.
9) A tall local Aussie man willingly engaged in conversation with a serious attitude. Gospel was shared and pray for God's follow up action.
10) The high light of today ministry was the chat with Nadi , a fallen back Christian. She did not reject to chat but claimed that she used to be a Christian. I asked the reason of the fallen back but found that it was simply the lack of environment for growth and experiencing the presence of God. I encouraged her to realize that we are still far from perfect upon receiving Christ. The grace of Jesus was enough to pardon all our sin so that we can reconciled with God right away becoming His child and people again. But it is the beginning of a life long journey of sanctification. So we must be patient to let God change our life through the work of the Holy Spirit. The key is we must remain connected with God to receive spiritual nourishment and strength to live our daily Christian life. The more we learn God through the Bible, the more we know and love Him and obey Him. A real born again world Christian will experience true freedom from any bondage of our old self under the control of Satan as such we will learn to love God more day by day while our life is on the upward path of sanctification. Nadi showed great appreciation for this short but meaning chat to ignite her heart for Christ.
感謝主 今天的带领，讓我遇上 13 人傳福音機會。
分别是 Ann, 及 Ellen, 中國來的 UQ 學生，她們都願意尋求教會，認識更多真理。
第三位是 Lucy, 澳洲女士，願意信靠主耶穌。
第四位，Luke,中國來的 UQ 學生，會想想宗教問题。
第五及第六位，Allan and Vic, 澳洲青年，他們説是基督徒，經過我查詢的問题，證明他們確實明白救恩。
第八位，澳洲青年 Kelly, 天主教徒，我與他談論基督教的信仰，講完巴士到達。
第十二位，Amy 中國來 UQ 學生，聽完福音後，她説會去教會。
On Sunday it was very encouraging to have a team of twelve in Cashel Mall in the afternoon. At least five churches were represented. There was a good balance of experienced and newbies too - and it seemed to be a very productive time, from what I could see.
Tracts were going out, walk up conversations were occurring. Flip charts were busy.
A group of about eight teen guys came down the mall, and Roger boldly engaged them, asking if they were good. They all pushed one of their friends forward and said: “he is good”. So Roger, standing in the middle of the foot path, with all these guys around him in a semicircle (blocking the footpath!) shared the law and gospel with all of them (pictured). It was great to watch.
I had a number of interesting conversations. A couple of Christians had great gospel answers and were super encouraged that we were out. One in particular seemed super keen to join us in the future, and received contact details.
I had a great chat with a young couple who were Catholic. Not surprisingly they said their good deeds would get them to heaven, but by the end of the conversation, they were articulating the gospel. They didn’t seem too interested, sadly, yet they have heard the gospel.
Later in the afternoon, I was online with a team of at least twelve (as well). We paired up for training feedback. I was paired with Allie in the USA. It was so wonderful watching her engaging a group of people with the gospel. Her questions were excellent and appropriate for each stage of the conversation - I wrote many of them down so I could remember them for the future. They all came to solidly grasp the gospel. As they didn’t disconnect, Allie took them through her whole repertoire of analogies and checking questions until the connection froze. Glory to God alone, but I’m so encouraged by all these passionate young people being raised up to share the gospel. Lord protect them, and enable them to bring you glory by reaching many people with the gospel - for years to come!
On Saturday I was online with the team as well. I had some easy chats - a girl recognised me from Tik Tok and was so excited to be talking to me. She seemed to be a recent convert to Christianity. But I also had some hard chats - I talked to a lesbian who it turned out had been raped, had the child, but the father killed the child when just four years old. It was so tragic to hear, and I felt overwhelmed by the conversation - yet, with God’s help I persisted. She couldn’t stand the thought that the guy that had done that to her could possibly be forgiven and go to heaven. Without minimising the seriousness and wickedness of the crimes that had been committed against her - and emphasizing that perfect justice would be administered, I tried to relate to her that her (and my) sins were very serious in the light of the holiness of God, and that the only hope of forgiveness was Jesus. I think that was one of the hardest chats I’ve ever had.
Again, thank you for praying for the team as we reach out with the gospel.
On Thursday and Friday, the Christchurch (NZ) team were in Eastgate, outside the hospital, and in the city for outreaches.
The gospel + abortion outreach attracted a team of twelve, including a couple of newbies. Praise God, it was a peaceful outreach with multiple opportunities to engage people on the issue of abortion and with the gospel.
I’ve had some very difficult encounters so far this year, but during this outreach I had an extremely encouraging encounter. A young guy and girl approached me. He had a look on his face that suggested he knew me well, and he knew my name - I drew a blank. It turns out he had talked to me a number of times before about the gospel: in Riccarton and in the city. The girl said: “he talks about you all the time”. It’s very encouraging to know I have a positive impact on people sometimes. But sadly, he couldn’t remember the gospel - so, including the girl, we started going through it again. Unfortunately, they were on the way to class and couldn’t stay to finish the chat properly. But I gave them tracts each, and suggested they check out needGod.net on Tik Tok. Oh, that they would forget me, and see Christ! Lord, I leave them in your capable hands. I hope I have another opportunity to interact with this young man - to be able to sit down and really chat with him.
At Eastgate, I had two very memorable conversations.
I was passing out tracts at one of the bus shelters, when a guy and a lady walked past. I offered him a tract, he took it and stopped - she kept going. He wanted to chat, and so we did. He had grown up in an atheistic environment, but as he became a teenager, he rejected the notion that there is no God - “there must be a higher power”. And yet, he had headed down the path of astrology, and positive thinking. We talked simple apologetics for a while - he fought against it, but he said he loved talking about this stuff. Eventually I was able to move on to the law and the gospel - which is the main thing. He had to get going, because his friend had left him behind. It was a great chat.
Later, on the other side of the road, a bus stopped, and an older lady hopped off and walked past. I offered her a tract - she took it and wanted to know what it was. We fell into a good chat from there. She liked to talk, so the conversation went a bit slowly - but that was okay! Eventually I was able to take her through the law and the gospel. When she understood that Jesus died on the cross for our sin - her face changed to surprise and joy. Some of her comments: “that makes so much sense”, “others need to hear about this”, “keep up the good work”. Very encouraging! She took a tract like she was receiving treasure. I hope the seed is not plucked away, and I hope to hear from her again too. I leave her in the hands of the Lord who saves.
There was open air preaching in Cathedral Square, and other outreach in Cashel Mall / the Bridge of Remembrance.
I had a fascinating chat with a young man who had studied philosophy at University. He was very intense, and his intensity attracted another couple who joined the conversation for a while (and left with a tract). Eventually I was becoming very tired (sugar low) and the conversation had to end, but he accepted my email address and a tract - he said he would contact me to continue the conversation. I hope he does.
It’s great watching Andy so confidently and respectfully approaching people to talk to them about Christ - he’s currently at another level! When I compare myself to him, I realise I’ve lost a lot of confidence of late. I think due to some of the difficult conversations I’ve had of late, I’m shying away a bit. A fear of man. Yet I will continue to persist in sharing the gospel, prayerful of where I’m at. Please continue to pray for the gospel work in Christchurch (including all those not directly connected to Operation 513 - there are so many diligently working to bring the gospel to those around them).
In addition to the street work, I was online for many hours over these two days. Twenty four recordings on my desktop. Glory to God alone that the gospel is being proclaimed!
Well the last few months certainly have been busy. We pressed on towards our goal of tracting as many suburbs as we could before the end of the year. At the end of 2020 we were able to share the Gospel in tract form in Rockville, Harlaxton, Drayton, Wilsonton, Newtown, Middle Ridge and Rangeville. I (Doug) would estimate that the Gospel went out to over 2000 homes during this time and we are incredibly thankful that God had given us the privilege of this unique ministry in extraordinary times.
By God's grace we have also been able to return to "regular" evangelism recently and we are looking forward to face to face conversations once more. Jesus is the Lord of Australia and His Kingdom is expanding as He continues to transform the lives of all sorts of people across our region.
We are excited about what God has in-store for our local area in the coming year. As always, please keep us in your prayers. Satan certainly opposes Christ's work in Toowoomba but we take hope and minister from the unshakable truth that "the Light [Christ] shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" -John 1:5 (ESV)
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday February 17, 2021 from 1300 -1500
It was another day of grace and manifestation of Mission power. We left home with fine weather but a rainy start when we , Johnny, Martin and Hung assembled around 1300. Because of rain, Johnny decided to move over to the West side to station at the under covered Bus stop. We did get many gospel sharing opportunities. Then rain stopped and Johnny moved back to our usual position in the East side. I stayed at the West to render mutual support with Martin until Andrew arrived after two O' clock. He was excited about his debut lecturing at the Evangelism course of BST with 11 students but only on is registered for doing credit and all else are doing audition including Andrew's Wife. So this special Evangelism class is officially called the Trio Andrew Class of Evangelism as both lecturers and the only official student are all called Andrew.
Comparatively there are more opportunity at the bus stop on the West side of the bridge. But we still serviced faithfully at our normal position after all four regular members of Sunnybank are all present.
Recap below were the fewer than usual divine appointments I had within a shorter working time of one hour 15 minutes .
1) Tim and Stanley looks like Chinese but actually they are English speaking people from Malaysia. They both had Christian schooling background and many Christian friends. Therefore my gospel sharing was not the first that they have heard so far. Their rational mind all agreed in the logic and design of the salvation mechanism by God, and they do not deny there is a God, yet they just still have not been touched and moves to realize the urgency of receiving this salvation. Pray that my sharing will add a bit weight on their thought to ponder what if they missed the chance to receive Christ to got saved.
2) A mun by the sure name Yang 楊with a daughter 有女 from Hunan湖南 were both happy to chat with me after knowing I was once a frequent visitor to Changsha and Hangyang. I did not waste much time in friendship building but jumped right into the Gospel. The mum showed rare receptive attitude toward Gospel and promised to have a deep thought at home after reading the tract.
3) Long a Vietnam young man of catholic school background showed rational good understanding of the gospel but not yet moved and ready to receive Christ. He still holds the view that God may not exist. I Challenge him to prove that any thing visible is not being created but get into existence by itself. He of course failed and was tone down a bit of his atheist uphold. It triggered my thought on the effectiveness of those Christians school in presenting a complete version of gospel to their students. As Andrew shared with me one of the student of the Evangelism class of Catholic background admitted she may not have been genuinely saved by grace through faith. And she has be enlightened by Andrew's explanation of the gospel that she is happy to make a new start to accept Jesus today properly after Andrew's sharing of the gospel.
4) Ben a Vietnamese young man growing up in Hong Kong 香港越南人but now has migrated to Australia. Without knowing the details, Ben revealed to me he has mental health issue but he was completely open for the gospel.. 有精神病,但開放. I walked him across the bridge and share the full gospel to him until he reached the restaurant he planned to go. He showed eagerness to accept Jesus to be saved and hopefully in future when Jesus come , God will make him perfect again without any more illnesses or troubles in his life.
On Tuesday afternoon I was back in Riccarton as usual. I had a fascinating conversation. A young lady went past who smiled and stopped. She said that I had talked to her last year sometime - she had been in a larger group (I didn’t remember her). So, I checked to see if she understood the gospel by asking what she had to do to go to heaven. I was encouraged when she said: “nothing, it’s because Jesus died on the cross for our sin”. I clarified that we would have to accept the gift by trusting that Jesus had done that for us. So I asked if she was trusting that Jesus had paid her hell fine. She started giving weak excuses as to why she hadn’t. Soon she started arguing that she would want to take the responsibility for her own actions. I worked through two analogies to demonstrate the problems with her thinking - but she just doubled down. I was confused, so I figuratively stepped back and decided to ask: “is there another reason why you are rejecting this? Could it be that you’ve been deeply hurt by someone, and you don’t like the idea that that person could receive God’s mercy?” To my surprise, she agreed. Key lesson: if someone is fighting against logic, it's possible there is a deeper issue why, other than the logic. It was great that the issue was on the table, so it could at least be addressed. So, again, I tried to highlight the problems with her thinking. I tried to reason with her about the serious nature of her sin - while trying not to minimise the sin that had been done to her (we talked about the fact that all sin is not the same). We talked about the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35). But, sadly, she was resistant. We parted ways soon after. She took a gospel tract.
Before and after being in Riccarton, I was online.
I talked to a guy who had been in a car wreck a month prior. He was stuck at home with a broken leg. He was thinking deeply about life and death, and we had a great chat. He really appreciated it, as he came to understand the gospel. I could tell he was wrestling with the cost (in this life) of the gift (of eternal life) - he didn’t give me any details, but I challenged him on this, pleading with him to respond in faith no matter the cost.
A chat with a girl who had a giant dog that kept walking in front of the camera! She didn’t seem too interested, but she stayed to hear the gospel before she bailed on me.
On Wednesday I was given the opportunity to do some training. It’s so encouraging getting an insight into all the Christians that are actively learning to share their faith online - it’s such a good environment to learn! I spent an hour and a half with a guy from the USA - I answered his questions, and gave him feedback on the two gospel chats he had. I was very encouraged.
I also had a number of my own chats.
I connected briefly with a guy from Saudi Arabia - his battery on his laptop was nearly gone, but he received a link to needGod.net before we disconnected - he said he would take a look.
My last chat was with a couple of girls who gained some much needed clarity on the gospel. They were looking to prayer and baptism to save them :O. It was a great chat - glory to God.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tuesday February 16, 2021 from 1330 to 1500
God's promise to be with us whenever we work with Him to share the Gospel to People of All Nations really has been honoured time and again. Today it was all raining everywhere from my home and enroute on the Pacific freeway along all the way to Toowong. But Once we arrived at Toowong and finished our commissioning opening prayer, God stop the rain for us and turn around the weather status to a bright blue sunny sky. We even had to hide behind the shade of the Bus stop during short interval with people all gone on to the bus.
As normal there were rejections or initial reluctance from many of our gospel target, but The Holy Spirit would keep urging us to make a second attempt with success. So in overall, the success rate for a chat to share the gospel was quite high. All the three of us were almost fully occupied non-stop at the bus stop where Johnny finally decided to join Hung and Winnie there to be a fisherman of men. All glory and praises be to God alone.
Recap below were my divine encounters: -
1) Matt an angry fallen back Christian of Catholic background. He recognized my fish sign T shirt but rejected the tract and declined to chat. But I did not give up keep chatting as a friend to uncover the cause of his rejection of the faith possibly because of bad experience with church and clergy. Pray for God's healing and restoration of faith in His time.
2) Jerry from 昆明 China declared himself a Christian attending Citipointe Christian School after a short time of sharing the Gospel. The bus came too fast that I did not have time to check for assurance of salvation.
3) Mitis is an UQ student from Sadi Arabia with family of wife and a baby. He politely listen to my sharing of the Gospel and admitted that we are all sinners but he did not agree that we need to be punished suffering in Hell as there is forgiveness from God. I clarified that forgiveness without upholding the judgment and punishment is not fair and righteous. The only different of God's mercy way is to let a perfect God incarnated as a perfect man to take our place for punishment that our sin is pardon by the atonement of Jesus sacrificial death on the cross. Pray that this new enlightenment will draw Mitis and family closer to the faith of salvation by grace of Jesus.
4) Dominic and his friend initially did not want to chat and claimed that there is not heaven and hell as well as God. I used the analogy of the building that it must have a builder though we did not see the process it was built. His attitude was softened and took a tract to read when our conversation and to stop because of the arriving bus.
5) George and Alanna were a local Aussie couple doing study at UQ. They showed courtesy to let me share the gospel but appeared only listening to it half heartedly. Nevertheless, they also could not find reason to reject the Gospel so pray for God's follow up work.
6) An old Indian lady appeared very suborn to reject the message. I nevertheless keep the chat to go on in a friendly way.
7) Fatima an Aussie girl of Indian origin. She was receptive to the gospel and I gave her the power to change card for contact.
8) Rejected by an Asian looking lady of fair skin though I still managed to share with her the nutshell of the gospel.
9) Another Malaysian girl got the tract though showing no initial interest. Instead I shared with her my testimony of salvation.
10) Cindy an UQ student from Columbia who not only listened to my gospel but kept asking thoughtful question. I nevertheless still focused on sharing the nutshell of the Gospel to her before the conversation was cut by the arriving bus.
11) A group of three African girls got off from the bus. One was caught up remaining on the bus. I made us of this gap to quickly give away a tract and quick words of the gospel to the 2 girls waiting for their friends to leave the bus.
Battle Log of Johnny:
Thanks God let us have chance to preaching gospel at Toowong
Bus station , may God bless who heard gospel ,repent and trust Jesus Christ. 下午在 Toowong 的福音事工有許多人聽到了福音，有印度、新加坡、印尼、澳洲本地、中國等昆大的學生，祈求上帝拯救他們。
Battle Log of Winnie:
感謝主！在駕車上 Toowong 傳福音途中，非常大雨，我便禱告 求神 给我們平安底達，順利將神的愛傳揚。感恩今天有12人聽到福音。
第三位中國年青人，Lee,問及天主教及基督教的問题。為何基督教那麽多不同的教會。我與他詳談直到巴士到來。我對他説，天主教要經過神父 才能對神認罪悔改，馬利亞也當作神。但基督教是三位一體的神，聖父，聖子，聖靈。認罪悔改 直着禱告可以與神構通，罪得赦免。
第四位 中國 UQ 學生，Willy, 聽完福音，會想想。
第六位 Loren, 澳洲少女，會细心想想信仰問题。
第七位，Jimmy, 中國青年，不接受耶穌基督，後來 Johnny 來到，再次與他傾談。
第八位，中國青年 Sunny, 明白主耶穌的救恩，會想清楚。
第九位是澳洲女士，彈着结它，自弹自唱。我给她單張，及講述福音，她説她不會信主。她説如果神愛世人，為何讓 這麽多人反罪。我解释给她，神给我們生活自由，信仰自由，如果我們信靠祂，我們的罪 便得赦免。主的靈會住在我們心裏，會提醒我們什麽是對與錯。
第10，及11 位是一起的中國年青人，Mary & Brain. 聽完福音後，會想想信仰問題，將來會到那裏。
感謝讚美主 今天的带领，願神 賜福给今天聽到福音人仕，認罪悔改，打開心門，接受耶穌基督為救世主。阿們！