Sunday afternoon was hot, Andy & I found a shaded spot to set up the flip chart on Cashel Mall. There weren't as many people out as had been on Friday, and my “Merry Christmas” while handing out Christmas tracts didn’t work as well as it had on Friday - oh well. Andy and I took turns on the flip chart, while the other would venture out into the sunshine to start conversations with passers by.
As the pictures testify to, we had a busy outreach. I had many conversations. Some were resistant, some were informed - all heard the gospel.
My favourite conversation was probably the last one, it was with two guys from a prestigious high school with a Christian background. They believed in heaven… and hell, but they were good people so they would be ok… or so they thought! They heard the law and the gospel. Their thinking was tinged post modern (“It’s okay, my standards are different”) - so I was able to address that with them. I challenged them to read John 3, and Romans 3, 4, & 5 - and they both left with Christmas tracts.
I mentioned a follow up conversation I had, during the gospel + abortion outreach on Friday, with a guy I’ve been talking to for over two years who now has cancer. I saw him again today. He is still resistant to the gospel. Today I noticed him focusing on himself in everything he said, so I decided to challenge him on this - “It’s not about you or me, it’s about God”. I also checked to see if he could still articulate the gospel - he could, but it hasn’t clicked. I’ll keep praying for him, and leave him in God's hands. God, give me wisdom if you allow me to talk to him again!
On Saturday, I was with the Aussie team for three hours of online outreach. I had about fifteen conversations, some longer, some shorter. Glory to God.
Thank you for praying for Operation 513 and the outreach teams. We need God’s help desperately.
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.