|Bribie Island (QLD) Team||Saturday, 23 November, 2019|
|Brisbane (QLD) Team||Wednesday, 2 October, 2019|
|Capalaba (QLD) Team||Monday, 30 September, 2019|
|Gold Coast (QLD) Team||Friday, 30 August, 2019|
|Hobart (TAS) Team||Friday, 22 November, 2019|
|Melbourne (VIC) Team||Saturday, 7 December, 2019|
|Redcliffe (QLD) Team||Saturday, 7 December, 2019|
|Special Outreaches||Saturday, 23 November, 2019|
|Sunnybank (QLD) Team||Thursday, 10 October, 2019|
|Toowong (QLD) Team||Tuesday, 10 December, 2019|
|Toowoomba (QLD) Team||Saturday, 6 July, 2019|
|Warwick (QLD) Team||Wednesday, 13 November, 2019|
|Wellington Point (QLD) Team||Sunday, 8 December, 2019|
|Woodridge (QLD) Team||Tuesday, 22 October, 2019|
|Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions||Saturday, 21 September, 2019|
|Auckland (NZ) Team||Saturday, 17 August, 2019|
|Christchurch (NZ) Team||Sunday, 8 December, 2019|
|Timaru (NZ) Team||Saturday, 23 November, 2019|
|South-East England (UK) Team||Saturday, 7 December, 2019|
|West Country (UK) Team||Saturday, 5 October, 2019|
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.
Battle Log for Toowong Village : December 10, 2019 , 1330 -
Today we had four team members to join. Although it appeared a quieter week as it is UQ graduation week and last week of school term so there might be still plenty of opportunities but not anymore next weeks onward. Someone suggested we can break from next week onward and resume sometime in mid January ready for the new school term. But Col and Gary opined we should give it a go at least for one more week. Even there will be less UQ students but God's work is unfathomable. Actually, one of my divine encounter to day tells that God always has special work in people hearts beyond our comprehension that however need our obedience commitment to catch those divine kairos moment.
Today, all of us still have opportunity for reaching out. As for me, I had eight divine encounters on record as follows with 3 Chinese, 3 Aussie, 1 European, 1 Nepalese: -
1 & 2) One of the work here is to reconnect with people you had conversation before. So I reconnected with 王健明 of whom was talked up to by Winnie a month ago. I also reconnected with Joe the atheist. I believed these are part of the work of God to get them exposed to His work of grace through our ongoing contact with words of warm concern and encouragement.
3) Then I caught up with a first year UQ female student. She got a Christmas Message card from Col but did not stop to chat. Instead she kept walking to the Bus stop. I approached her with the Chinese tract which she willingly received and we started chatting. I was amazed to find out that this was the first time she received a tract on the street. She told me she actually saw me and other OPN 513 people both in Toowong and in Sunnybank. However, she had all along been determined enough to keep rejecting to accept any tract as she was afraid to talk about religion and and heavy issues about life. Yet, miraculously, God opened her heart this time to not only taking our tract for the first time, but entered into a conversation withe me at ease. I was able to share full gospel to her. But her initial question to me was that if we have got paid for doing this. I told here on the opposite, we have to pay buying tracts and volunteer our time to reach out to strangers on the street. I used it to demonstrate how a true faith will change our world view and value system to focus on eternal rather than temporal matters. I continued to share my own testimony how God changed my life objective guiding me to shift my priority from achievement of this world to accomplishment of God's work that would last in eternity. Our 15 -20 minutes chat was ended when her bus came.
4) Old Aussie man took my tract and was open to talk. Just only have time for a quick sharing of the nutshell of the gospel but our conversation was cut short by the arrival of the bus.
5) An European looked UQ student appeared humble to let me walk him to the bus stop and listen to the gospel but it was cut short by the bus.
6) I have another long chat with Joy from Main Land China. She first received a tract from Col and walked on to cross the road for bus to the city. I handed her Chinese Tract and successfully started a conversation. She listened to my gospel sharing with interest. Then she told me she became a half Christian through a Taiwanese Pastor in the campus just falling short of a Baptism. So this was obviously an incorrect understanding that needs more clarification but than the bus came and I had to spent time to help her to clarify with the bus driver the way to connect her to Sunnybank as such our conversation had to end. I pray that her faith in Christ will be straightened soon by the grace of God.
7) Lisa an UQ student from Nepal. She was very polite to accept my tract and was cooperative to let me share with her the gospel. Again the bus came just too quick that I could only manage to share the nutshell of the gospel.
8) An Aussie girl took the tract and read it right away before the bus came.
God gave us a very warm day at Redcliffe for outreach but we were able to find a shady tree on the footpath and a breeze off the water helped a lot.
We had 4 team members Richard, Hannah Andrew and Col. After prayer it did not take long before the team was involved in many gospel conversations.
Redcliffe is a friendly place to witness and every time we go out God is softening the hearts of those he is drawing to himself.
Everyone was very encouraged by the end of our outreach and all praise and honour to our Lord Jesus who gave us the opportunity to proclaim the gospel.
Please pray for the many we spoke to, that all will consider their eternal peril and put their trust in Christ.
Why didn't I think of this: Jesus ascension was necessary to prove that our human nature was now fit to abide in God's presence?? Because T. V. Moore had already published this insight in 1858. Praise God for the insights He gives to various leaders at various times.
We had a willing team of 6 today. There seemed to be more Buddhists around than usual but none of the contacts seemed to lead to serious questions. Only one couple did the whole flip chart . He reckoned he would get into heaven even though he admitted to lying and lusting. Anyways they heard about the Substitutionary Atonement and know they need to trust the Lord Jesus Christ alone. Others were more open to learning more about God but showed no urgency in the matter.
There was M., a R.C. man from Portugal who heard the Good News but seemed to be stuck in self-love and pride about his own goodness.
There was D. who had been praying to god and when he parted company, he had a Bible and was excited.
There was P., a Greek Orthodox man, who would only say that at death one is buried. However, after refusing to take anything from Ryan or myself, he freely chatted with Paul as they strolled away for quite some time.
There was 2 'first-timer' J.W. young ladies who were well trained in causing confusion but they were challenged enough by the truth presented to them so as to close off the chat with our 2 ladies.
Fynn also had a long chat but as always we have to leave all these contacts in God's prayerful keeping.
It was a wonderful time of teamwork and we give God all the glory knowing that no labor in the Lord is in vain. Yes! We went home rejoicing.
This Saturday, the weather was great and pleasant. There were many people out in the Melbourne city to enjoy the weather and the Christmas decorations in the city.
As usual we gathered at Starbucks and shared the word and prayed together before the evangelism. By God’s grace seven of us came out for evangelism.
There were many interesting conversations. We met with three teenage boys; they claimed themselves to be atheist and do not believe in GOD. So, we asked simple apologetic questions like 'how we know that there are builders for the buildings and painter for the painting etc.', and surprisingly they responded positively to the questions and started to show interest in the conversation. The Gospel was shared and they understood the need of saviour for their sinful and dead state. One of the guys seemed quite offended and did not like the truth that we are sinful man heading to hell. However, it was quite clear that he was convinced and started to struggle whether this Gospel is ‘real’.
We also had exciting conversations with Muslims. One of them was Sam. Sam was from Iran and he came to Melbourne with a working holiday visa. We started by telling him how Jesus in the Quran and Jesus in the Bible seems like similar person, but it is very different in essence, and we shared about the necessity of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection and deity of Christ Jesus. Although some Muslims looked uncomfortable with idea Jesus being ‘GOD’ they seemed challenged with the message of good news.
Lastly, there was a person who seemed bit drunk or drug affected. When we approached him and started the conversation he said that he is a really bad person and that it seems like he will never be able to go to heaven. It seemed like he was really broken inside and did not see any hope for his sinful state so we shared that Jesus came for who came for the sick who sees the need for the doctor, that Jesus came to call the sinners not those who thinks they are righteous (Mark 2:17). We forgot his name but please remember him in prayer.
Overall, all seven of us had really good encounters. Praise Jesus for using unworthy servants like us! Please pray for those people who heard the gospel so that they may repent and put their trust in Jesus Christ. And please join us for evangelism as it is Christmas season, such a good season to start up the conversation about Jesus Christ.
Friday night, I was dreaming about evangelism. So I woke up feeling like I had been working all night! But I had to get up to head out on outreach. It was raining on Saturday too.
I set up my flip chart under the shelter of the tree at the southern entrance to Cathedral Square and I determined to take it easy. The early part of the outreach I handed out tracts to the few people that passed and prayed.
Thankfully the rain eased and eventually two guys were intrigued enough by my “after life” question, that they turned back to talk. They were keen to try the good person test. One of them was an atheist/agnostic, but seemed to be impacted by the logic of the law and gospel presentation. He asked thoughtful questions - it was an enjoyable conversation.
Another conversation I had was with a group of tourists from the UK who had come off a cruise ship and were exploring Christchurch for the day. They were Christians, and one of them gave me a very encouraging testimony. Years ago, he was about to walk into a pub to get drunk, when two men stopped him to share the gospel with him… one of those men became his father ‘n’ law - as he placed his faith in Christ and joined the church.
Sunday was warm and the Santa parade was on, so there were lots of people in the city. A team of four set up flip charts at the corner of Cashel and Colombo, and we had a busy time in gospel conversations and handing out tracts.
One lady walked up to the flip chart without any prompting and was very keen to give it a try. When I got to the “road rage” page, she paused me and wanted to know where Jesus had said Anger was murder of the heart. I told her it was Matthew chapter 5 verses 21 and 22. And she made me wait while she took note of that in her phone to look up later. Once she was finally ready, I quoted the verses to her. She seemed upset by it. I continued on with the presentation and asked her how she would go if she was to be judged by the standard of perfection - would she deserve heaven or hell? She became very defensive, insisting that she was a good person and that she didn’t believe in hell. I thought she was going to bolt. But I gently pleaded with her to hear me out - as I had good news of hope to share. She eventually let me share the good news of the sacrifice of Jesus for sin and his resurrection defeating death and hell - by grace, through faith in Him. I’m not sure if she understood, as she was keen to get going. I offered her a tract - but she said she already had one! She had been given it a few days earlier. She accepted a different kind of tract before making tracks.
Another interesting conversation was with two high school aged young men - one who thought the way to heaven was “loving God with all your heart and loving your neighbour as yourself” - which I pointed out that I failed to do - and his friend was an atheist. I was able to use some light apologetics to provoke the atheist into a debate, and then explain the law and the gospel to both of them. Neither of them seemed too happy by the end of the conversation, but the atheist took a follow up tract.
Two of my daughters were on the team today, and it’s so encouraging seeing them grow in confidence in reaching out with the gospel. Julia did a wonderful job of politely handing out tracts. And Dani helped me with some of the flip chart presentations. Well done girls!
Looking forward to a rest on Monday. God bless you as you take the opportunities that come your way to share the love of Christ this week. All glory to God!
Operation 513 was out in Romford on the Highstreet this afternoon for outreach. The weather was mild with some sunshine breaking through. The crowds were pretty good and the Salvation Army played Christmas songs in front of the M&S until 3:30. A conservative politician was also looking for votes for the upcoming election on the 12th. A Japanese journalist asked me what I thought about the vote, but I told him that I can't vote. He and his crew did take a tracts at least.
I started preaching from Luke 2 once the Salvation army left. There are many rich topics in this text, beginning with the Roman census and the great assize that will take place at the end of time before God's throne to there being no room in the Inn for Jesus and how there is no room in our hearts for Jesus. Jacob handed out tracts and had conversations with people passing by. He had a lengthy conversation with the fellow shown in one photo, in particular. Jacob's son Israel had a bad cough so he couldn't join us this time.
On Friday there was a team of four for the gospel + abortion outreach in the morning, two for the afternoon outreach in the city, and three for the evening outreach. The outreaches were characterised by a few long conversations rather than lots of short ones.
I’m going to highlight three of those conversations from the afternoon outreach. They were all special in their own way.
The first started as a result of Andy’s open air preaching. As per the picture, there were quite a lot of people around, and the crowd grew as Andy spoke - many listening for long periods.
A young man on a scooter came a listened near the end of the preaching, and I had an opportunity to talk to him afterwards. A high school student, who’s holidays had just started, he had the time to chat - but he was quite reserved. I asked him what he thought of the preaching - he said it was great, which was interesting. He believed in heaven - but not hell. He then said that he had been going to church for two weeks. Some friends from school had invited him. I asked what he thought, and he said it was pretty weird - with people holding up their hands when singing.
He wasn’t clear on what the way to heaven, so I took him through the law. When asked if he would be innocent or guilty if God was to judge him by that standard, he said he would be guilty. But he still thought he would be going to heaven. I asked why, and he said that his good deeds would make up for his wrong. So I spent some time explaining why good deeds won’t solve our guilt problem.
But he still thought he would be going to heaven. So again I asked why, and this time he said that it was because he had admitted his guilt. So I spent the time explaining why admitting our wrong, or even being sorry for it, won’t take away our guilt.
He had run out of options, and now realised his predicament. He wanted to know what the good news was, and it was my pleasure to explain it. He took some follow up literature before we parted ways with a handshake.
The second conversation started as Andy and I were leaving Cathedral Square to head to Cashel Mall. I bumped into an old workmate! We had both changed jobs within the last two years, so we spent some time catching up. When he asked what job I had moved to - it was a wonderful opportunity to talk about the gospel: my new job is that I’m a street evangelist! I asked if he wanted to talk about the gospel - but he refused. So we kept talking about other stuff for a while. There were multiple opportunities for the conversation to end naturally, but he wasn’t taking them. So I decided to gently shift the conversation towards the important questions of life, and it turns out he was open to chat. In a roundabout way, I was able to share the law and the gospel with him. There was potential for the conversation to get quite heated - but it didn’t go nuclear, which was great. Early in the conversation, he had taken a tract, and it went with him as we parted ways.
But the best conversation was the third one. I approached a couple that were looking pretty relaxed sitting on a seat next to a tram stop. And a very natural conversation got underway. And it was a very refreshing conversation in the sense that this guy was being so honest in dealing with the concepts of the gospel. Near the end of the conversation, he wanted to talk about the “loopholes” in the gospel (e.g., if we are saved by faith, then what’s stopping us from just sinning all the more?), which just goes to show that he was truly grasping the grace of the message we were sharing - and yet he kinda already knew that there weren’t any loopholes: if we understand the amazing grace of Jesus, why would we want to sin more? And yet he wasn’t ready to accept the gospel, he even mentioned a party he would be going to on Saturday night. But at the same time I could see that he was deeply challenged by the gospel. He took my last gospel booklet and promised he would read it.
It was hot on Thursday during the Nortlands and Eastgate bus stop outreaches. But I’ve run out of time to write about them.
Thank you for continued prayer for the Christchurch (NZ) team.
Warm and windy weather in Christchurch (NZ) on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Roger and I were in Riccarton in the late afternoon of Tuesday. Roger was straight into a gospel conversation with a group of four (pictured), while things started a little slowly for me. I was wondering if this would be another of those outreaches where nobody would stop to talk, but it wasn’t long before I was into conversations as well and the outreach got better as time passed. It became so good, in fact, that the outreach went over by half an hour. Two of those last conversations I’ll document:
The first started with a young man stopping and being keen to try the good person test (flip chart). I had made it up to the “road rage” page when I notice another guy was watching the conversation from a short distance. After a minute, to my surprise, this new guy asked if he could join in! So with permission of the first guy, I rolled back and started the flip chart again. I had just made it to “road rage” page again, when another three young people went passed and stopped wondering what was going on. I offered these newbies tracts - which they accepted - but they were curious enough to want to do the flip chart as well… and then yet another guy stopped! So all of a sudden I had six people keen to do the flip chart. With permission of the first two guys, I rolled back and started again.
And something special happened: this group became captivated by the gospel. It seemed to make sense, and some - by reading their facial expressions and body language - seemed quite impacted. One of the guys even asked me to pray, and took his cap off (something I don’t normally get asked to do by people who have just heard the gospel)! It was at this point, that the original two guys decided it was time to move on - one accepted a follow up tract, while the other refused. But the other four stayed. I said I don’t normally pray - but I normal plead with people not to delay in responding to the gospel. But it seemed right, so I prayed with them. There was a follow up question or two before they moved on as well.
But it didn’t end there. Another group of four came past - and they were keen to give the flip chart a try - no convincing required. This usually happens when they know what it’s all about and want to pick an apologetical fight. But, yet again, the group became captivated by the gospel. It was like they had been disarmed and lost all will to fight, and just started drinking in the truth of the wonderful grace of Christ in paying the terrible fine for sin. Twice I asked checking questions, and both times, I got a clear response back showing that they were understanding.
Things were quiet for a moment, and I wasn’t sure what to do - I guess I was enjoying the wonders of the gospel myself, when - slowly but surely - the spell was broken. One of the girls asked a question about tattoos. And then the guy asked about drugs. And then all their justification of sin, and reasons to question the existence of God came flooding out! By this stage Roger had joined me, and we fielded some of their questions - but I knew it was time to disengage. They had heard and understood the gospel, and - for now - they were clearly rejecting it. But they all took tracts, and I hope - while they are alone - the Lord will cause them to think back to the conversation and start convicting them of their sin. May they be saved for the Lord’s glory - they are in His hands.
On Wednesday I was in the city: Cashel Mall and Cathedral Square. For some reason, I was feeling a little disheartened - struggling with a feeling that all I’m doing is annoying people out on the streets with a message that they don’t want to hear. Which I know is true - but yet God has asked us to go to them with this amazing message of good news in spite of the offence it will bring, for the few that will see it as the pearl that it is.
And I had some wonderful and relaxed conversations with people: a retired couple (he went to the same high school as me which really warmed up the conversation), a teacher between jobs, a lady who worked for the city mission. And after lunch, the stand out conversation was with some construction workers - one of whom had a Christian background but zero comprehension of the gospel. I had to labour with him for a while to get him to understand the way to heaven. I’m confident that he understood the paradox that it’s a gift with a cost. He was very reflective as he walked back to work.
Today is the first anniversary of Operation 513 starting to support me so I can be out on the streets sharing the gospel of Jesus six days a week. I’m amazed that I’ve survived this long. I have no idea why God would want an introverted person like me, who hates conflict, to be in a role like this. And yet, I hope the few of you who have read this far are encouraged by that. If I can do this, so can you - seriously. I know I have strengths that compliment my many weaknesses. And I know you have strengths and weaknesses too - different from mine. Together, and with God’s help, we can reach thousands with the amazing gospel of Jesus. Join me. All glory to King Jesus!
Battle Log for Toowong Village : Dec 3rd , 2019 1330-1500
Without Johnny, God called Col and Gary to rejoin me and Winnie. It was a windy and scorching hot afternoon but God grace was still sufficient for us to find chances to share His words to elected individuals, many of them were their repeated 2nd or 3rd encounter proving that God has their lives for salvation on His divine radar.
Winnie initially found it hard to share with anyone at her old position under the footpath bridge. She changed to mid way between the bridge and the traffic light crossing still without much result. Eventually, I suggested her to station at the Bus stop then she could get two full gospel sharing opportunities with first Lily an local Aussie lady office worker and later Yurie an UQ student from China. She made many approach with mixed results but her faithfulness and determination to serve the Lord was evidenced.
Col was fairing very well, with many successful approaches. I had team work with him making follow up chat with some ones from China. It was really a very fruitful afternoon full of grace.
As for myself, I earned many of my conversation by walking with the gospel targets to their destination whether to the Bus stop, their apartment, work place near by or even to the Shopping mall. Recap here below are my divine appointments:
1) Jack a local Aussie and student of Qut. He was in a hurry so I walked him to the shopping centre. He was wise to know that unless people are faultless, no one can go to heaven. So my gospel message was spot on to verify with his personal view on human eternal destination. Pray that it would lead him a big step closer to ultimate salvation.
2) I then wen to look for chance at the bus stop and chatted with two Indonesian ladies. They were receptive to the gospel especially about sin and punishment. The timing was just too good to finish my sharing when the bus arrived.
3) Jude got off the bus heading for an appointment. I walked him to the address and again just finished in time upon locating the location of the office that he was to have an appointment.
4) An UQ student by the name of Mou牟 first was stopped by Col. HE told Col, he don't even know what will happen to him tomorrow so it is fertile to talk about eternity. He anyway declined to talk more but want to leave. He actually wanted to do shopping at Toowong Village. Col signaled me to have follow up chat with Mou. To my surprised, he said he recognized me at Sunnybank whom I had a brief chat. More importantly, he had a long chat over an hour with Ryan at Sunnybank. So, it proves that he is a deep thinker but perhaps still a bit too rational. He told me he has favoritism over Christianity because his nanny was a Christians. Pray that God's life long pursue after him will bring him closer to his ultimate salvation.
5) Enoch is from HKG. He quickly declared to me he is a Christian attending hope Church. He is from a Christian family in HKG but only got baptized at Hope Church after he came over for Uni study. His faith is firm but still a bit vague in assurance of salvation. I walked him to his work place to clarify the right concept of 100% assurance only by means of trusting in Jesus alone to regain him with the heavenly citizenship. But it is only the beginning of his life long journey of sanctification back to perfection to be responsible and guaranteed by God through the work of the Holy Spirit. I urged him to set this assurance of salvation right with his peer Christian friends.
6) William a Catholic background Christian from China. He holds radical view again Protestant Christian initially. But after a long chat, he realized and admitted that Protestant Christian has a more holistic understanding on Bible teaching and promised to study the bible harder to lift up his spiritual life.
Praise God for His faithfulness who has enabled the Melbourne team to officially start evangelising again !!.
We gathered at Starbucks near Bourke St. Melbourne CBD and started the evangelism with prayer and by taking some time to get to know each other.
We were very thankful as the weather was really good and pleasant, as Melbourne weather can change and shift very rapidly.
We started by sharing the gospel tracts and soon after, we were engaged in conversations with people who were sitting down and enjoying the good weather.
I encountered a couple and asked if I could ask them a question and they respectfully said "yes". I asked them "what do you think happens when you die?" They were surprised with the question and said "maybe heaven?". I asked, "If there is a God who is holy, righteous and perfect and He made heaven and hell, do you think you are good enough to go to heaven?"The couple laughed and said, "yes I think so, we are pretty good people".
So I asked them questions about lying, stealing, lust, and hating people,and they realised that they weren’t good enough according to God’s standard. Then the good news was displayed about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the couple started to see the need to believe in Jesus Christ. Although the couple did not say that they will believe in Jesus, they responded positively saying that they will think about what was discussed.
Apparently there are a lot of men waiting for their wives to finish shopping outside of the shopping mall in Bourke St, and it is a great opportunity for us to evangelise to those men as they are often bored waiting. We approached a man who was patiently waiting for his wife. At first he denied to talk with us, but when we asked him about his thoughts on the after life, he started to show interest and engaged in conversation. After the law and gospel was shared, he responded well by seeing the need for a Saviour and sacrifice for our sin if God is truly just and loving at the same time. We urged him to believe as soon as possible as we do not know when we are going to die.
Overall, by God’s grace there were so many good conversations on Saturday, not many oppositions, but rather positive responses to the gospel. Please pray for Melbourne team as we have just begun. Pray for unity and for more labourers, but all in all, let this evangelism glorify God and make His name known in the city of Melbourne ! Let His name be great among the nations.
To God be the Glory who uses unworthy servants like us !! Amen !!