It’s Sunday afternoon. I’m slipping into holiday mode, I have a bit of a headache, and I’m leading my daughters on outreach again - which is great! - but is more work. So, admittedly dragging my feet a little, we headed out to share the gospel in Cashel Mall.
And then we met up with Willem (Operation 513 Team Leader in Timaru) - I forgot he was joining us today - and so I was encouraged by that. And then Jermaine turned up with his children! So it ended up being a team of eight. Praise the Lord. So there were three flip charts running, and heaps of kids handing out tracts. I was also very encouraged to see Willem and Jermaine into gospel conversations quickly.
For me, it was a little harder than usual to get gospel conversations started. I’m wondering if the new front page of my flip chart is too direct: “What happens after life?” - I guess a lot of people don’t like thinking about the afterlife.
But an old man did approach me. One of the kids had given him a "good person" tract, and he wanted to talk about it. It turns out he was a seventh day adventist, so he wanted to talk about the fourth commandment. I had to be patient and listen a lot. Eventually, I cut to the chase and asked him what he had to do to go to heaven. His answer was: “Love the Lord and follow His commandments”, and so this was my opportunity to explain that it was impossible for us to follow His commandments - we needed a saviour and we are saved only by faith in His sacrifice!
My last conversation of the outreach started without the assistance of the flip chart, I ended up talking with two English tourists about the gospel. It was a short conversation, but they took tracts as a follow up.
So things don’t always go the way you hope, but Jesus has given the command to go. And I want to obey out of my love for Him - no matter how I’m feeling or the results. And He is a wonderful master and is worthy to be served. I’m grateful for the rest I am able to have over this holiday period!
Christchurch (NZ) Team
Heads out on to the streets of Christchurch usually 6 days a week to various locations.
Including Fridays in Cathedral Square from 12:30pm and in Cashel Mall after that till 3:30pm. Also Sundays in Cashel Mall 1:30pm till 3:30pm.