Battle Log

Sunday 10 December 2023

Posted by Posted 10 December 2023, 1:32 PM by Glen Richards. Permalink

Okay, this is a place gap report between the Schoolies outreach and my first full week back in NZ.  My family joined me in Aussie after Schoolies and we had a holiday.  I got back Wednesday morning, and I’ve done 1 street outreach since then: Friday in the city.  But, before I left Aussie, I joined Ryan, Paul, and the team for the Sunday evening outreach in King George Square (pictured).

My whole family took part in the outreach.  And I paired up with my beautiful wife: Ruth.  We had a number of false starts (although no chat is in vain!) before getting into a good chat with a young man from the Philippines.  This young man didn’t seem to have any concept of sin, he talked about sin like it was normal, and then wondered why things were going wrong in his life.  So, through the chat, I had to labour on the law to try to resuscitate his conscience.  By the end of the chat, I think he was understanding the gospel.  And he seemed to really appreciate it.  So much so that he was willing to take a copy of the gospel of John and start reading it.  He also left with a tract.

It was so good to be with the Aussie team!  But, it was very good to be home again.  I got straight back to work on Wednesday, and my focus for the week was trying to catch up on TikTok direct messages.  There are way too many messages for me to be able to get to them all.  At this stage I’m ignoring new requests.  Instead, what I’m trying to do is focus on completing on going gospel chats.  Some of which have had no response, probably since the Philippines trip or even before.

But I’ve also been having Ome and Monkey chats online.  1 very special one was with a young man in the Solomon Islands, it was even on live stream.  He had a click moment during the chat, and said “my mind is blown” as he grasped the gospel.  This was part way through the check questions.

It was great to be back on the streets with the usual crew on Friday at the Bridge of Remembrance.  Andy, Roger, Greg, and John were all with me.

I was paired up with Greg initially.  We had a chat with 2 young ladies.  They went to a Christian school, but articulated works for salvation.  I went through the law and the gospel with them.  It wasn’t a long chat.  But about 15 minutes later they came back and wanted to ask about “LGBT”.  And so we discussed that with them.

We had a number of other chats before wrapping up the outreach.  Roger and I had a good catch up over coffee / hot choc afterwards.

Christmas is in the air, and I'm looking forward to distributing Christmas tracts over the next few weeks!  Thank you so much for keeping the Christchurch Operation 513 team in prayer.

View previous Christchurch (NZ) report (17 November 2023)


Christchurch (NZ) Team

Weekly outreaches:
Tue 3:30pm - 5:30pm - Riccarton (corner of Riccarton Rd and Rotherham St)
Fri 1:30pm - 3:30pm - City (Bridge of Remembrance)
Sat 11am - 1pm - Riccarton (corner of Riccarton Rd and Rotherham St)
Sun 1:30pm - 3:30pm - City (corner of Colombo St and Cashel St).

Contact Glen Richards or Andy Barlow for more information.