During the weekend I was with the team in Brissie for online outreach.
My first chat was with a Catholic guy. It was an odd conversation - he seemed to be following along with the logic of the gospel, but he didn’t seem to be taking it seriously. Early on he picked up on what I was doing, and mentioned Ray Comfort of Living Waters. He was distracted, and he would start asking me about my family. I ended up ending the conversation.
A couple of conversions later and I was connected to a young man from Egypt. His English wasn’t the best, so we ended up switching to Arabic - me via Google Translate. It took me some time to get him engaged. What did the trick was asking him if he believed in God. He was shocked and offended that I would ask the question at all. It turns out he is Muslim. I continued to work through explaining the law and the gospel. He would read everything I said to his Mum (which was great) - I could listen to them talking to each other to formulate responses. The guy started getting more and more agitated, but I decided not to back down - he needed the truth. The conversation ended with me saying I loved him and wanted God’s mercy for him, while he was telling me he hated me!
I was beamed into a stationary car with two Catholic lads. I was able to work through the law and the gospel quickly. I was explaining grace, when one of them smirked and disconnected.
Next God brought me to a guy who was getting drunk. He had friends with him. They heard the gospel.
Next up I was beamed into the bedroom of a kid who was slow in grasping what I was explaining. I was determined to slow down and labour with him. He eventually came to an understanding of the gospel. He was going through some struggles, I pointed him to the Bible and a local church. It was a great chat.
On Sunday I was paired with Ryan again. So good to be sharpened by his feedback, and to listen to his gospel conversations.
Andy was online on Friday, and he was telling me about an hour long conversation he had on Friday. After the first checking question her answer was: good work. After the second checking question it was: trust Jesus, but you have to pay him back. After the third checking question it was: trust Jesus, it’s too good to be true! :) Andy pointed her to the scriptures to verify what he was saying. She said, “it’s all right, you have convinced me, but I will look up the scriptures”. Praise God, Lord save her.
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.