A fascinating series of gospel chats on Thursday morning:
The gospel + abortion outreach went well. A team of three. Again, no counter protesters, and this gave us many opportunities to engage other people with abortion apologetics and the gospel. The stand out conversation was with a kid who agreed with our stand. He seemed to have a good grasp of the gospel, and so I asked him which church he went to. It turns out he had recently stopped going to church and was now in a Bible study. Sadly with the JW’s! I was able to warn him away. I gave him multiple tracts, and a card for my church.
Back online, the highlight chat was with a guy sitting in a Chick-fil-A drive through! He hears the gospel between placing and receiving his order. The great thing was that his wife (sitting next to him, but I couldn’t see her) became engaged, and started helping him with the checking questions I was giving him. He had heard the gospel by the time he started driving out of the drive through. I told him not to use his phone while he was driving and disconnected.
On Friday morning I was online, before heading into the city. The online chats were difficult, lots of resistance. It took me thirty minutes, and lots of false starts before I was able to share the gospel with my first person - and that person wasn’t interested. I also had a fascinating chat with a Muslim who said he lied when he said he believed in God!
Andy preached in the city, there was a homeless guy on a bike who stopped to listen for a long time. I was able to talk to him briefly, and later Andy must've handed him a tract, because at the very end of the outreach (hours later) we walked past him lying on the pavement reading the tract (pictured).
A team of five were in Cashel Mall - Bridge of Remembrance end. Many good opportunities to engage people with the gospel. But much resistance, sadly.
To end the day, I had a couple more chats online. The first one was hard, and I gave up on it - I was tired. But then, my last gospel chat of the day was one of the best I’ve had in a very, very long time. It was a real divine appointment with a lady in a call center in the Philippines. She came to tears as she slowly realised there was hope for forgiveness for a sinner like her. The conversation went for 30 minutes as I was able to encourage her, answer her questions, point her to the Bible and a church. What an honour to be able to bring such good news! Thank you Jesus - you are amazing - all glory to you alone.
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.