Battle Log

Australia
Bribie Island (QLD) TeamSaturday, 22 August, 2020
Brisbane (QLD) TeamFriday, 14 August, 2020
Capalaba (QLD) TeamMonday, 6 January, 2020
Dandenong (VIC) TeamWednesday, 1 July, 2020
Gold Coast (QLD) TeamFriday, 3 January, 2020
Melbourne (VIC) TeamSaturday, 4 July, 2020
Redcliffe (QLD) TeamSaturday, 5 September, 2020
Special OutreachesFriday, 24 January, 2020
Sunnybank (QLD) TeamWednesday, 23 September, 2020
Toowong (QLD) TeamTuesday, 22 September, 2020
Toowoomba (QLD) TeamSaturday, 8 August, 2020
Warwick (QLD) TeamWednesday, 13 November, 2019
Woodridge (QLD) TeamTuesday, 22 October, 2019
Myanmar
Myanmar (Burma) Short Term MissionsFriday, 21 February, 2020
New Zealand
Auckland (NZ) TeamSaturday, 17 August, 2019
Christchurch (NZ) TeamWednesday, 23 September, 2020
Timaru (NZ) TeamSaturday, 1 February, 2020
United Kingdom
South-East England (UK) TeamSaturday, 19 September, 2020
West Country (UK) TeamSaturday, 19 September, 2020
Worldwide
Online EvangelismFriday, 17 July, 2020

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.

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Christchurch (NZ) Team

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Posted by Posted 23 September 2020, 6:28 PM by Glen Richards. Permalink

I tried a new outreach location today: Hornby (pictured).  I never really felt it would be suitable - lots of car traffic, but not much in foot traffic in public locations.  Yet there will be people that I’ll never encounter if I don’t go to where they will be!  So it’s worth a try. :)

I did a lot of walking to really scout out the location.  And I was really surprised at the spots where I ended up having conversations with people.

First up was outside a stadium, there was an older gentleman in a mobility scooter - with a beer in his hand on a Tuesday morning!  I said a cheery hello and managed to strike up a conversation.  He gave me some good intel on the area.  I tried to switch the conversation to spiritual things, but sadly he closed up - he wanted to go to hell, where he thought he would drink beer forever.  He scootered off soon after.

I then discovered a big park area, with a BMX track in it.  Barely a person to be seen!  Yet, my best conversation of the morning occurred here.  A lady walked past and accepted a tract.  She hesitated, wondering what it was and I jumped at the opportunity to explain.  We ended up having a long gospel chat.

For the rest of the morning, I managed to strike up a few conversations which didn’t go far, and hand out a few tracts.

Yet I don’t feel like the excursion was wasted if not for that one long conversation.

After lunch I was online before heading to Riccarton with Roger.  I forgot my flip chart, which was a good thing, as I ended up wandering down to the bus stops and having some good conversations with various groups of people.  Roger seemed pretty busy and content on his flip chart as I approached people elsewhere.

I encountered plenty of high school kids and was able to challenge them with the gospel.  One kid was sitting on a bench and I was able to get a conversation going while I fished more tracts out of my pack.  The kid went to a Christian school and a local church, but was completely ignorant of the gospel.  I gently guided him to what I knew he knew but was completely missing.  Eventually he got it, but I was shocked at how glibly he talked about Jesus and what He did for us on the cross - and I hit him up about it.  He had to leave soon after, but I hope our conversation was a bit of a wake up call.  He left with a gospel tract.

I headed back to where Roger was, and noticed a couple of guys over in my usual flip chart spot.  I ended up getting into a decent gospel chat with them and another of their friends who arrived soon after.

On my second run down to the bus stops and ended up having a couple of good chats.  The first was with a couple of guys, one of whom went to a Christian school.  Encouragingly, he had a very good grasp of the gospel.  The second was with a very intellectual guy from Chile.  Evolution was a big issue for him and I felt I needed to address it.  He was very resistant to my argumentation, so I switched to two very clear and concrete examples to back up what I was saying (that evolution goes in the wrong direction - it can’t add information).  I was encouraged that these seemed to make him pause and think.  Sadly I wasn’t able to get to the gospel with him.

Wednesday brought some very hot weather!  Zack joined me for a couple of hours of outreach in the city, starting at the Square and finishing at Ara.  There was no shortage of gospel opportunity and conversations.

I encountered Bradly again!  He was the guy who walked up to me a couple of weeks ago and said “you made me believe in God”.  I was amazed to hear that he been out “sharing the gospel”.  He said he and some friends had bought food and were giving it away to people on the streets while telling them that Jesus loves them!  Probably not how I would go about it - but has a heart change occurred?  He is articulating the gospel well when I challenge him.  He is still reading the Bible on his phone, and is even attending a local church!  I told him to get in touch.  I hope to see him again (many more times) and, God willing, see him start to flourish.  Pray for him.

I finished the outreach with a chat with a guy who goes to a local church but, without realising it, basically said he wants to be the God of his own life!  I was shocked.  He seemed completely blind to what he was saying.  And the gospel seemed pretty meaningless to him.  I felt sad as we parted ways.

I was pretty tired as I finished my day with some online outreach.  But I managed to have some wonderful conversations with some deep thinkers.  The last conversation was with a guy from Ethiopia.  His gentle resistance melted as he came to grasp the gospel.
 


Sunnybank (QLD) Team

Wednesday 23 September 2020

Posted by Posted 23 September 2020, 6:26 PM by Hung Kwan. Permalink

Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday Sept 23, 2020 from 1300 to 1500

Today only Johnny and I met to serve at Sunnybank. It was a very warm day as if it was like early Summer already. It was also the beginning of school holiday as such there was no student around. Johnny opined there should be more people coming out but it turned out a comparatively quiet day with half the carpark empty. Despite smaller flow of crowd, we still got many chances to share the Gospel to non-believers as well as Christians who in majority do not have assurance of salvation that deadly need clarification. We also had a lot of chat on theology abd biblical doctrine during the gap of street evangelism.

I recap below a few of my major divine appointments as follows: -

1) A Chinese lady took the tract and was willing to talk but it was too late as the bus was coming. I spent really only 30 seconds to share the nutshell of Gospel to her hoping she will read the tract at home.

2) Rory a local Aussie got past Johnny but I was moved to stop him for a chat which amazingly he changed his mind to stop. He is a strongly built big guy who really looks like a super hero upholding righteousness as such when asked if he knows he can go to heaven by being a good person, he proudly claimed yes as he deemed he has manged to do a lot of good thing. When I corrected his misunderstanding by sharing the gospel, emphasizing that unless he has no sin, he still should need Jesus as his savior to regain the lost heavenly citizenship, he then declared he knows all about this as he is a Christian. Then I realized he actually is only a nominal Christian that feels good about his own goodness instead of the redemptive grace fo Christ. Let's pray for God's intervention to turn him around to really trust in Christ and Christ alone for salvation.

3) A young lady from China Gloria passed by in great hurry, but she still willing took a tract and let me walk her across the foot bridge to listen to the gospel. I timed later that it took me 2 min 40 seconds to cross the bridge but was still good enough for me to compete sharing the nutshell of the Gospel. At the end, Gloria agreed the gospel is logical and sensible and showed willingness to accept Jesus as her saviour.

4) Tom a young man from Thailand who appeared very friendly and willing to listen to the gospel. Yet I only have 1.5 minutes to do so as the bus was coming and was in our sight. In both cases, God only let me have very short time frame but I believed His work and plan for Glory and Tom will be done.


Toowong (QLD) Team

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Posted by Posted 22 September 2020, 9:32 PM by Hung Kwan. Permalink

Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tuesday September 22, 2020 From 1330 to 1500

Gary came to joined us while Yan was not available. So we continued to serve at Toowong with a team of Four. The more we serve God in a street evangelism environment with so many uncontrollable factors, the more we experience the sovereign control of God throughout the whole course of our 1.5 hours ministry time. Without God's intervention, the normal response we get is blunt rejection. Many of our approach today faced initial rejection but once God intervened, we miraculously can get a conversation later at our 2nd approach with good result. Both Gary and Johnny now also would occasionally left their outreach outpost to walk with gospel targets to the Bus Station to continue with their conversation until finished or the arrival of the bus which ever happened first.

I have 6 conversations while Winnie had 8 as recap below: -

1) Emma an Indian girl was first approached by Winnie. She cheerfully declared she is a Christian. I felt it was the right time for me to interject and demonstrate to Winnie how to diagnosis and ensure if she has assurance of salvation. Not too surprise, she claimed she ony has 80 % assurance which however is stemmed from her good deeds. The 20 % uncertainty is the room she feels she might learn to love and trust Jesus more. So we had to correct her understanding that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone as it was Jesus who died as a perfect man to take our place for eternal death punishment in hell. Can only pray that God will humble here heart to take in this this opposite view about salvation.

2) Manijan is a Malaysian girl seemingly of Muslim background. But she appeared very friendly for a chat. She also was receptive to the gospel I shared just in time before the bus arrived. Pray for God follow up work in her heart.

3) Then God led me to talk with another Two Malaysian girls. They were chatting by themselves but did not feel offended by my interjection to ask for a chat to share the Gospel. The response was positive despite I did not have time to cross check their full understanding because of the arrival of the bus.

4) Jacky is from Quangdong 廣東 who rejected both Winnie first then me a short time later. But his bus had not yet come, so I approached him the 3rd time aiming at just handing him the tract. He reluctantly accepted it and query what was it all about. Then God re-opened the shut window for me to have a very throughout sharing of both my testimony and the core of gospel. His attitude turned more friendly and receptive when I found out he is from

Quangdong and can speak Cantonese. He even missed the bus because he wanted to finish hearing my sharing. So it was so obvious that God had soften his heart and turned him around to be one receptive person to the Gospel.

5) Naja was an old lady from France. She also showed reluctance to have long chat as such she dismissed Winnie after a short conversation. But God made her bus not arriving for more than half and hour allowing me time to share the full gospel with her that she initially did not want to listen in depth.

6) Then I chatted with two UQ students fro China. One appeared more friendly and talkative. He indicated he has many Christian friends and has heard of the Gospel many times before including through meeting of the Power to Change. Then the bus arrived to cut our conversation short. I added only at the end that, he has already been locked up as a target in God's radar.

感謝主 今天的帶領,謝謝關牧師的教導,今天上到一課,確實得救的確據。今天,神 讓我遇上八人傳福音的機會。

第一位是上周遇到的香港青年,偉行。他是 UQ 學生。我問及他的信仰,再次講述我們的罪,耶穌基督的大愛。他説間中都有跟朋友上教會。我説大學都有一教會,可以到那裏主日崇拜。

第二位,Emma, 她説是基督徒,當我們講及信仰時,關牧師到來,問及她確實得到全部救恩。從中我便學到新的一課。

第三位是中国青年,會想想耶稣基督的大爱。

第四位是澳洲青年,不願意聽,我問及他認識耶穌基督嗎?他沒有回答,跟着我便傳福音给他。

第五位是印度男女朋友,Lesley,女培男朋友 Tom 來澳洲讀書。Lesley 願意信靠主耶穌,尋求更多真理。

第六位澳洲女士,講完福音,巴士到達。

第七位,我不清楚他是中国人或是混血兒,當我講完福音,他説是基督徒,我便引入關牧師的教導,測示他得救的確據。果然他信仰不清楚。我便解释给他。

第八位 Steve, 來自 California, 聽完福音後,願意抽時間去教會。

雖然每周我都需要 1.5 小時上 Brisbane 傳福音,但每次都學到不同的功課,感謝讚美主及關牧師的教導。ô


West Country (UK) Team

Saturday 19 September 2020

Posted by Posted 21 September 2020, 7:44 PM by Matthew Rolfe. Permalink

On Wednesday 16th I traveled down to Newquay with my Auntie, friend and her son for them to visit Newquay Zoo while I met with Josh and three others from his Church to do outreach from 12.30-2.30pm. It was great to see Josh again and hear about all the feedback he has been getting since the LGBT Cornwall Pride comments hit the media in a big way. It was tangibly  the signs and the tracts offered to them, and quite hard work to get anyone to take a tract or stop to chat. There were however some memorable conversations, with one man taking a million pound note tract, then coming back moments later asking if he could have a few more!

One especially good chat was with 3 lads from Cardiff University that had traveled down to Newquay to surf for a few days. They were interested in what the intelligence test questions were all about, which led to a really good conversation for about 15 minutes with them. They listened intently and apparently had not thought too much about what may happen to them after they died, but the Law was used to show them their desperate need for a Saviour. They were very enthused at the end and understood why they needed to be saved from hell, and why Jesus was the only person who could save them, and they gratefully took some gospel tracts and gave firm, positive handshakes and said they needed to think about this today.

I also managed to talk to a lady that stopped to read the sign who happened to be an NHS Nurse with her elderly parents and her Daughter who were out for the day, and we had a good conversation and they took some tracts and information about where Josh's Church Newquay Baptist was based. While this was going on, Josh and another member of his Church had been having a long conversation with man for an hour that had been against Josh and pro LGBT movement posting comments on Facebook, but later that day Josh said had reposted to say that his 'unfair perception of Josh had changed, and hopefully Josh's of him too, that had been spun and fueled by the media.' Josh had lots of people walk past refusing tracts as they said they knew who Josh was and therefore what he stood for, and so was really encouraging at least this man heard the truth of the gospel and what we stood for. 

While packing up and loading the car, a couple walked past in the car park, spotted the sign in the car boot and read it, asking questions about what it was. It turned out they too were Christians that lived in Bath, which led to a good conversation about Evangelism and what we had been out doing that day, and they took some tracts and websites to look at.

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Our team also traveled to Exeter on Saturday, with Simon, Laurie and me hoping to meet up with Steven the Pastor we had met in Plymouth and a couple of others he had been in contact with called Ron and Harry. The City Centre was very busy again, and as we were setting up the signs a young man had stopped to look at the signs. It turned out this man was 20 and called Damian, he said he was currently homeless, being forced to move down to Exeter with his Dad after a family break up, he had not seen his Mum in over 5 years and fairly recently had run away from Dads and was living in a tent. He wanted to do the good person test, and we had a really good chat and were able to listen to his sad and difficult story. We offered to get him something to eat at the end of the outreach but he never returned, but did take a Bible and some tracts to read.

We all prayed and was good to have 6 of us there that day, but it felt a hard slog, with many people wearing masks walking past and refusing to acknowledge us or take tracts. Laurie and Steven long chat with two 18 year olds called Jack who was an Atheist and Ben who was an Agnostic for quite a long time, as well as two new University theology students and a 65 year old Atheist for around 10 minutes. 

Later I preached on Boris Johnson's command to us all about 'Hands, Face, Space' that is being given out through the media at present. I preached on James 4- 'Wash your hands you sinners and purify your hearts... for your sins have separated you from God. Adam and Eve tried to distance them selves from God and cover themselves up, but God had to cover their sin, and why being religious or good works cant help us, but God must intervene in our lives. There were 3 unusual men that had stopped to listen that were sitting on a bench nearby- they were dressed as Women but were visibly men, and listened for a while before walking off.

Laurie and Ron also spoke to 4 teenagers dressed in make up and gothic clothes who had stopped to listen. They had quite a lot of hostility and anger, swearing, but underneath some searching questions, they were feeling judged by some of the scriptures on the boards, so in a way were already wrestling with the bad news (1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11), and Ron made sure they all understood they needed to be washed spiritually in order to begin to approach a Holy God, and spoke of the parable of the prodigal Son and the amazing Father with his hands outstretched waiting for the Son to return home.

Ron also spoke with a couple from Dorset took a tract, spoke to a Hindu man and his son how the God at the top of the mountain (to which all roads are said to lead) is not the God we know who is a loving heavenly father unlike many of the Hindu Gods and whose Son's life, death and resurrection are verifiable historic events (Unlike Mohammed's cave or the Buddha's Bo tree)

Near the end of outreach while Steven was preaching and we were starting to pack up, 2 Police officers came along and started asking questions about our 1 Corinthians 6 v 9-11 sign. This is the whole verse,

'Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were fsome of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

We said we were talking about all sins, and that Biblically marriage was between a man and a Woman and sex only right in this context. However the Police were picking out the bit that mentions 'Homosexuality' and trying to say why did we not have more loving signs that said everyone can go to Heaven?! Simon and I had a good chat with them for over 10 minutes, and they were trying to denounce what we were doing and one made a radio call to her Sergeant to see if the sign counted as hate speech. We said we were not picking out the verse about Homosexuality, but why were they? I said that if Drunkards were forgiven and stopped drinking, how much easier would their job be as Police officers and how much money the Police force spent on  this on Saturday nights?

They did not want to comment, but it was obvious they were trying to use their liberal opinions and not the law to shut us down- no one had complained, they just said most people are pro Homosexuality today, which we said was not true, and that why did they not ask Muslims opinions about Homosexuality as the Koran mentions this a lot, but again they did not like this. One of them said we were trying to pick and choose which verses we were following, as why did we wear mixed fibers today etc! He did not want to listen to the explanation about the OT and covenants for the Jews etc, but they eventually left but verified how intolerant the Police force has become and trying to shut people down that do not go along with their own views and values, while not breaking the law.

It was very sad they did not want to give us freedom of speech, and one man walked over and asked us what they had been saying. He was not a Christian but agreed we had a right to show this and not everyone is pro LGBT today. 

Laurie and Harry a 4th year student that had come along with Steven had been speaking to a young man called Tom who said he was an agnostic. He had a lovely dog, was asking lots of questions but was an antagonistic agnostic, having been brought upo with one parent a Roman Catholic and one an Atheist, and now he said both parents were Atheist, and that it was wrong for parents to try and force their religion on their children but they should be able to choose what they believe themselves. We talked to him about his worldview having to borrow from the Christian one to make any sense, he took some tracts but was very skeptical and hostile. 

It was a beautiful day, a bit windy blowing some of the signs down at times but a real encouragement to now have others in Exeter that are like minded and we can join up with and point to a good Church. Steven messaged me later that evening saying he had been called by young man called Edward after outreach asking questions for half an hour as to 'why does God do violence and allow suffering, why is the Bible not clear and have contradictions'. He asked about 'Matthew and the sermon on the mount vs Luke on a plain, and also don't many religions all worship the same God? Steven said he had a good chat with him and was great the young man felt convicted enough to call him from reading the details on the tract. We are planning to meet up again in a few weeks time and we prayed for the different conversations we had that day and hope we can stay for longer next time.


South-East England (UK) Team

Saturday 19 September 2020

Posted by Posted 21 September 2020, 5:29 AM by Chuck Bosio. Permalink

Saturday, September 19, the Essex team met at the Romford High Street for outreach.  We handed out tracts and Jacob had a number of conversations with people.  I didn't do any preaching as I don't have a strong voice do to an autoimmune issue. May God bless the tracts and the conversations from Saturday,  Chuck Bosio


Christchurch (NZ) Team

Sunday 20 September 2020

Posted by Posted 20 September 2020, 3:00 PM by Glen Richards. Permalink

Saturday was a devastating day for me.  I found out that Terrance had died.  Cancer.  With all the evangelism I do in the central city, I get to know the regulars.  Terrance was one of them.  Over the last year and a half, I’ve tried to share the gospel with him a lot.  He wasn’t interested.  And now he’s going to hell (unless he repented since the last time I saw him).  I’m devastated.

I can now think of three people that I’ve shared the gospel with in the central city, and they are now in eternity having rejected the good news of Jesus.  This job is impossible.  And yet, the impossible is possible for God.  I might not see any change in anyone, but God has told us to GO.  We have to trust him with the results.  And I do.  I’m just motivated more to tell as many people as I can about Jesus.

I had a number of good gospel conversations in front of the Bridge of Remembrance on Saturday morning, including with three army soldiers.  A guy in a wheelchair, and a guy (with a praying mother) struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

I joined the online team in the afternoon, and I was still feeling the deviation of the news earlier in the day.  I think it bubbled out of me in my conversations online.  Life is not a joke, it’s serious.  God is real, justice is real, and mercy is available while we have breath and know the gospel.

I spoke with a guy smoking marijuana in his car.  He was shocked to be paired with me for a chat - but he became very sober as I pleaded with him about his eternity.  He was able to articulate the gospel before we parted ways.

Two kids from Aussie (if I remember right) from a Christian school taking the questions I was asking lightly.  They thought they would be good enough to get to heaven.  The picture shows them looking a bit more thoughtful by the end of the conversation.

I then was paired with some teen guys from the States (I’m pretty sure).  By the end of the conversation, all three of them were staring at me as I pleaded with them to stop fooling around with their souls.

On Sunday there was a team of six out in the afternoon.  I had a busy outreach.  The conversation that stands out was another follow up with a guy I wrote about a few Friday’s ago (on that Friday he came up to me and said: “you made me believe in God”).  Well he’s not yet trusting that Jesus died for his sins.  So I went over the gospel with him again and another girl friend.  The girl seemed to grasp the gospel well and was challenged to count the cost of trusting Christ.

Please, don’t stop sharing the gospel - it’s the power of God for salvation!
 


Christchurch (NZ) Team

Friday 18 September 2020

Posted by Posted 19 September 2020, 6:02 PM by Glen Richards. Permalink

I have a lot to write about the outreaches over Thursday and Friday.

I started with online outreach Thursday morning.  My first conversation was with a young lady who didn’t know who Adolf Hitler was! :(  She heard about the serious nature of sin as I explained the law of God to her.  But she wasn’t taking the conversation seriously.  I didn’t share the gospel with her.

For the afternoon, Andy and I were at Northlands and then Eastgate bus stops.

At Northlands I had a guy walk past who responded to my opening question by staring at me for a while.  I couldn’t read him.  He finally said something very intellectual.  He was very resistant, but he wanted to talk - so we had a long conversation.  Early on, one of his friends joined the conversation.  I persisted with the conversation because the friend was not as resistant - he even helped his friend understand the logic he was so resistant to.  When the conversation finally wound down, after I’d been able to take them through the law and the gospel - they accepted tracts as we parted ways.

Friday started with the gospel + abortion outreach which you can read about here.

After that, as we were walking past the Bridge of Remembrance on the way to Cathedral Square, a guy biked past who suddenly slammed on his brakes!  It turns out it was a guy I had talked to at the Northlands bus stops a month or so earlier.  He had been thinking deeply about the gospel conversation we had had - which was very encouraging.  The conversation became quite pastoral, as we talked about why we can have an assurance of salvation, and why we should take drastic measures to flee from sin!  He said our meeting again had been an answer to prayer, and he said he would see me again in heaven!  I certainly hope I see him again before then!  I encouraged him to join an outreach team.  He knows how to get in touch.

There was the unusual gathering of preachers and hecklers in Cathedral Square.  The lone ranger preacher was preaching when we turned up.  At one point, he had two hecklers getting stuck into him.  To the shock of everyone, a third guy walked past and pulled the preacher off the statue he was standing on!  He crashed to the ground on his back!  He was very startled, but he quickly jumped back up and continued preaching.  He wasn’t himself initially - he became very defensive.  After a few minutes, our eyes met - I mouthed: “are you ok?”  He smiled back - thank God he was okay!  Sadly, one of the hecklers continued heckling him in a nasty way.  The guy who committed the assault left the scene so fast, everyone was trying to work out what had happened.  We will be extra careful in the future.

Marty and Andy preached.  I spent my time in one to one conversations.  Last week I wrote about a man who completely lost it when I told him: “the root of change is in Jesus”.  Well, he turned up again today, and he came over to me to apologise.  It was very good to see him in a more sound state.

Later in the afternoon a team of five were at the Bridge of Remembrance for one to one gospel conversations.  Roger seemed to have a busy time on his flip chart (pictured).  I went roaming and managed to have a number of wonderful conversations.

Firstly, I approached a group of kids on the grass and managed to get a good conversation going (pictured).  Many of them were “Christian”, sadly, none of them knew the gospel which I attempted to remedy before they had to go.

But the stand out conversation was with an elderly couple (pictured).  I approached them in my usual manner completely expecting them to reject me.  But to my surprise, the gentleman was open enough to allow me to continue, and continued to open up as the conversation progressed.  Just before I was going to share the gospel, he switched the conversation from spiritual matters to natural matters (where are you from, what do you do, etc).  I followed his lead, but gently kept trying to get the conversation back to the gospel.  Eventually I was direct, and asked if he wanted to hear the good news.  He did!  He accepted a follow up gospel tract too.  I was overjoyed.

Mike and I headed out for the Friday night outreach in the central city.  One of Mike’s conversations is pictured.

But before Mike arrived, I had a number of opportunities to talk to people (3 in fact) - all of whom heard the bad news, but didn’t want the good news!  One of the guys, just suddenly turned and ran off!  He ran straight into a pole, which he dodged at the last minute, and then ran down the street!  Welcome to my life!  I gave a tract to his mate (who had a bemused smile on his face), and asked him to give it to him.

The evening finished with conversations with some of the “punks” (for want of a better word) who were getting drunk.  I was able to finish a gospel conversation with one of them that I had started two weeks earlier!  Glory to God.


 


Sunnybank (QLD) Team

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Posted by Posted 16 September 2020, 7:30 PM by Hung Kwan. Permalink

Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday Sept 16, 2020 from 1300 -1500

It was a day of grace that I received heavenly rewards by meeting with many ex-Gospel conversation targets who recognized me and showed their appreciation and encouragement.

As usual , we worked as a team with the regular team mates Johnny and Gary. God made us work seamlessly supplementing each other to get those initial rejective people turning to receptive on our 2nd approach by another team mates. We all had almost non-stop opportunities to chat. Recap below was my personal battle log of 12 persons/groups: -

1) A Chinese young girl who claimed to be non religious not willing to enter into a conversation, but God still opened her a bit to let me just touch base on the Gospel before the bus came.

2) After seeing that Girl off, I noticed a lady in mask looked at me with a grin smile. Actually she took initiative to greet me and said we met before. With so many people met every week, I asked if it was last week or last month. She laughingly said it was two years ago in 2018 and prompted me that we had a long chat on matter about mission. Then my vague memory came back that it was Moon Suk a Korean Christian Girl who are curious in mission work and admire our persistence to do street evangelism every week. She said she actually had been watching out during the past two years and noticed we are the rare Asians amongst the local Westerners to preach Gospel to people of all nations on the street competing with the Mormon who are active here. She said she is a member of the Korea Presbyterian Church in Sunnybank. We parted with blessing for each other to continuously serving our Lord as led by Him. (Johnny later told me, Moon Suk declined to take tract and did not stop. So he was a bit curious how come she was willing to talk to me)

3) An elderly man from Sichuan called Luo Tsang. 老曾四川信徒 He was not keen to take tract or chat but when I noticed his accent of Sichuan, and associated with him by my 3.5 year Earth quake relief work from 2008 to 2011, he then opened up to admit he is a Christian. It was a pity there was not enough time for me to diagnosis on his assurance of salvation, which I can only give him the Benefit of the doubt. and pray that he would not remain stagnant on his spiritual growth.

4) Ellen and another HKG girl both were not very keen initially but showed more interest when we found that we are from Hongkong. They have no religious belief. They came here as working holiday and had done hard yard at Bundaberg which gave me another affiliation with them. I shared the gospel to them in brief before the bus arrived. Hope the message and the tract will do the job.

5) David Wu, an ex-GCCCC now a SIC member, also took initiative to greet me. I was at a loss to recall who he is. Finally I came to the knowledge that he was the Kairos graduate at GCCCC in 2015 and had removed up to Brisbane in 2017 to buy up the Physiotherapy clinic from Alice Poon. Pray that his sense of Bottom Line blessing to reach out to people of other nations will be carried out through his work practice at Time Square.

6) Sebastian from Arlee beach near Townsville but moved to Brisbane 7 years ago. He answered my diagnosis question correctly to prove that he is a fair dinkum Christian. I encouraged him to do likewise to share the gospel to more people around.

7) Victoria a mum with two kids who is local Aussie but with Italian and British parents. So she is adaptative to cross cultural relationship building. She is non- religious, but found the gospel sensible and logical to take heed of the salvation offered by Jesus. I encourage her to read the tract and make the decision as guided by the Spirit first so that she can help her two children to get saved as well.

8) A young lady from Canton China who was on a rush to work.鍾廣州來很久沒信仰感謝 She allowed me to walk across the Pedestrian foot bridge with her so as to share the gospel in this short time gap. She thanked me at the end and promised to give a heavy thought of the salvation of Jesus.

9) An Indian boy was happy to listen to the Gospel but was cut short by the arrival of the bus. Pray that he will read the tract and we can meet in future.

10) Teresa a Taiwanese student coming here to study but uses her spare time to do bulk purpose for shipping back to Taiwan. I met here last week. She was first approached by Johnny, but quickly we recognized each other and continued on chatting along. She showed great interest in Gospel and asked me to have her more tracts to hand out to her friend. She bided me good bye and looking forwards to meeting me same time next week.

11) Two Japanese couples took the tract but did not stop to chat

12) A Vietnamese girl I chatted last week or so stopped to greet. Just had a few words to encourage her to keep pursuing for eternal life.


Christchurch (NZ) Team

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Posted by Posted 16 September 2020, 7:11 PM by Glen Richards. Permalink

On Tuesday, to get myself going, I started with an online text chat, and it didn’t start well:

You: In the same way, we know there is a universe maker, that had no maker that made this universe
Stranger: <bleep> and stop spreading that <bleep>
You: It is hope
You: Because God is so rich in mercy
Stranger: no it is <bleep>
You: Why the anger and hate?
Stranger: because you are trying to force me to believe in something i don't
You: Impossible
You: I can't force anything on you.

I ignored the toys being thrown out of the cot and persisted, and surprisingly the person calmed down a bit:

Stranger: wait time out can i ask a question

Amazingly, I was able to share the gospel!  Yet they were still very resistant.  Eventually they opened up about suicide - and I was able to speak words of hope before they disconnected on me.

I then switched to video chat and had a number of conversations.  The final one went long.  I was talking to a guy from India early in the conversation he asked me about “batting”.  I instantly knew he liked cricket - something I enjoy myself!  Instantly the conversation became very warm.  We talked about cricket players from New Zealand and India for a while.  But I brought the conversation back to spiritual matters.  He heard the gospel.  But the concept of justification by faith alone was so foreign to this guy, that I would explain it to him, and then ask him to explain it back, and he would instantly revert to his goodness as why he would be justified!  He was open, and so I took the time to labour with him.

Later, there was a team of four in Riccarton - Roger had two friends with him.  We had a good time sharing the gospel with a number of people.

The highlight conversation for me was with an older guy who had been with the Jehovah’s Witnesses for three years - but he “couldn’t hack the pace”.  He was very aware of the fact that he wasn’t a good person, so I was able to focus on the good news of the gospel, and labour with him on it.  He came to understand (checking questions confirming) and really appreciated the chat.  I gave him follow up contact details - oh Lord, change his heart!

Wednesday was sunny, but there was a strong wind.  I’m glad I didn’t have my flip chart!

I started in Cathedral Square.  I approached all the construction workers.  A lot of them said they had already received tracts and weren’t interested in talking.  But I persisted and one of the Phillipino guys opened up to a chat.  I didn’t have long with him, as he had to go to work, but I was able to share the gospel.

I started to move towards Cashel Mall when I encountered a fellow evangelist, and we ended up sitting down for a brief chat of encouragement.  In the middle of the conversation three people walked past, and I suddenly decided to engage them.  One was not interested, another so so, but the third decided to take me on.  It was quite a fiery conversation - he was very resistant to the logic I was presenting.  I soon discovered why.  He had been a Christian for ten years, and it hadn’t worked out for him.  I instantly asked him what Christianity was about - specifically, what you have to do to go to heaven.  Unsurprisingly he explained how you need to go to church, and be a good person, and maybe you would go to heaven.  I told him he had never understood what Christianity was.  His comeback was, “I was taught by good Southern Baptists”.  Inwardly I sighed.  He’d had enough and decided to disengage.  We parted on good terms and with hand shakes.  To my surprise, he accepted a gospel tract!

From there I started walking towards Ara.  At the basketball court on Manchester street, I saw a guy with a camera and decided to approach.  We fell into an easy conversation.  It turns out he was American and worked with the Antarctic program.  He heard the gospel, but he wasn’t interested.

To finish the day, I was back online with the Aussie team.  I had two highlight conversations:

The first was with a guy from South America.  Using Google Translate, he came to understand the gospel.  But then he asked: And what if I am bisexual?  A very good question, I was honest yet loving in how I answered.  Sadly he disconnected.

The other one was with someone who didn’t show their video and only typed in reply to what I was saying.  He heard the gospel, and then I started working through the checking questions, explaining repentance, and the cost of trusting Jesus died for our sin.

I started talking as though Jesus had died for his sin.  I asked him when he had done that, his response: 5 mins ago.  So I pointed him to a Bible and to a local church: 9marks.org/church-search/  He is from Toronto in Canada.

He then started asking questions, e.g.:
Stranger: i don't wanna be rude but are u from new zealand or australia?
Stranger: does it cost money to go to church?
Stranger: are u at a church right now?

So a wonderful couple of days filled with gospel conversations.  The gospel is so wonderful, and I’m blessed to listen to it time and again as I try to explain it to people.  Thank you for your support of this work in Christchurch (NZ).
 


Toowong (QLD) Team

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Posted by Posted 15 September 2020, 8:43 PM by Hung Kwan. Permalink

Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tuesday September 14, 2020 from 1330 to 1500

It was a sunny Spring afternoon that was perfect for street Evangelism with the four of us like last week, i.e. Johnny, Winnie, Yan and Hung serving again as a team. God did again teach us a good lesson of team work that we supplemented each others unknowingly under the directorship of God to make no one escape His pre-destine election.

I was able to watch the trace of God's work as a sideline- observer because I managed to let Winnie take up most of the available opportunities. For at least four occasions, God moved Winnie to approach the 2nd time with success for those either having rejected the initial approach by the Johnny and Yan team at the Traffic light outpost, or those who even had rejected Winnie first approach. I believed it is not done in flesh as normally we will give up when rejected once. But because it is the work of God, so as His obedient servants, we will be sensitive to God's direction against our human reaction in flesh. As a result, Winnie had got an amazing count of nine divine appointments occasion to share the gospel. Both Johnny and I had our chance though lesser in number. For example I only had 6 chances. But all of them served the purpose of God to either doing follow up with people we contacted before or getting chance to learn the mind set of Muslim which may be helpful for my future handling of Muslim background non-believers.

1) Jerrod reminded me he met me before. He still had the tract in his back pack that he had not yet read. Then I recalled I did not have enough time to finish the gospel last time. So it was perfect for me to pick up from where we left off last time and finished the gospel sharing this time. So it was God who made our 2nd encounter happen to serve His purpose to save Jerrod.

2) Then I approached Lily she alo said she had chatted with Winnie last week. I did the needed follow up to make sure she fully understood her need for Jesus as her saviour.

3) Then I talked to a Caribbean girl just in time before the bus came. She took the tract which I was determined to give her to make sure that the message I shared will be reinforced by the tract.

4) A South American lady took the tract but had to rush away to avoid further chat.

5) Another Chinese girl could only take the tract as the bus came that ended our conversation right away.

6) Finally, I saw a Middle East look person who took the tract from Johnny but did not stop for a chat. Instead he started reading the tract when he walked to the bus stop. He read the tract seriously so I waited until he finished. Instead of letting me to evangelize him, Jiam declared he is a Muslim and taking the initiative to elaborate on the differences of doctrine between Islam and Christianity. I opined that this was again God's design to let me know from a Muslim perspective about their faith so that I can find a better angle to evangelize Muslim in the future.

Basically Muslims deem that Allah God have the full power to forgive sin. As long as human admit we are sinner, simply ask for direct forgiveness from God should be enough. Noticed here that Muslim has no sense of the need for taking punishment of our sin. God's verbal approval is good enough for anyone one's sins be waived. Also in Muslim belief, God only cares about major sin that we have really acted them out. For all other trivial sins especially those that remain as thought but no real act of crime. They will not be counted. So this mind set would fit best in the Good person scenario. The more good work we have done the better chance we can earn forgiveness from God on major sins. I will never learn this Muslim mindset if not prompted by God to let this friendly Muslim guy to tell it to me.

感謝主今天的带领,讓我可以傳福音给十人。,

第一位是中国少女, Lisa 願意想想耶穌基督的愛。(*)

(*) She declined the approach by Yan but was intercepted by Winnie not knowing she had rejected to even taking the tract.

第二位是香港來的青年,偉行。初時不願意接受單章,當他們坐下,我行過去問他們是否認識耶穌基督。他的朋友不願意聽,行開了,而他願意留下聽我講的,願意接受免费禮物,到教會尋求更多真理。

第三位,澳洲女士,Anne從 Darwin來的。明白救恩,願意去教會尋求真理。

第四位,中国少女。Mary, 當我講完福音给她,巴士到達。

第五位,中国青年,古賓,聽完福音後,需要時間想想。

第六位,澳洲女士,Lilian. 初時不願意聽,後來當她停下查看巴士時間,我便行過去,問她是否認識耶穌基督,當我講完福音後,她説她是基督徒,每周都去教會,每天都有禱告。我問她願意傳福音给其他人,她説可以,我便给她單章。

第七位是印度女士推着婴儿车,初時亦不肯聽福音,當她坐下,我便問及她是否認識耶稣基督,跟着傳福音给她。

第八位,是印度夫婦,當我講完福音,巴士到達。

第九位是澳洲老人,我也是問及他是否認識耶稣基督,他説不認識。我便傳福音给他。

感謝主的教導,今天我所學到的功課,就是如果他們不接受單章,當他們停下來時,如果不反對,便可以馬上傳福音给他們。 感謝讚美主🙏🙏🙏

 


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