It was an eventful day in Brisbane. Before we had even commenced the outreach, as we were setting up, an irate Atheist approached the literature table. He proceeded to pick up all the Bibles and materials then try to throw them in the bin.
We were able to stop him doing this, but he continued to increase in hostility. Eventually, we had to physically restrain him in order to stop him destroying Bibles.
A large crowd gathered to see what was happening, and it was encouraging to have businesses, and members of the public supporting us.
The Police were called and they issued the angry Atheist a move on order.
After that we were able to hand out over 1600 tracts, and numerous Bibles and books were taken by members of the public. We also were able to present the Gospel via the sketchboards in the open-air.
Sadly, as the day was coming to a close, a Brisbane City Council local law officer approached us. Previously, he stated that he wanted us banned from the Queen Street Mall as he personally objected to the message we preached (even though we have permits and are legally allowed to preach).
Today, he tried to ban us handing out tracts and then tried to stop the preaching. These efforts of his failed.
Please pray for all those who received the Gospel today, and also please pray that the Lord would thwart those who would seek to silence His Gospel.
It was a 'lively' day in Brisbane for the second day of our Christmas Campaign. The violent Atheist returned again, this time he destroyed more material and made Christophobic comments, he then fled. Unfortunately, the Police were not able to catch him, however, they have assured us that they will be increasing patrols in our area for tomorrow.
Once again we faced opposition from a Brisbane City Council local law officer. This officer has been engaging in religious vilification for many weeks now. Even though he has admitted (on audio) that we are not breaking the law, and that we have the legal right to preach in the Queen Street Mall, he keeps trying everything possible to shut us down.
Today, because some people objected to the Christmas message he threatened to fine us if we continued to share. He also called the Police who promptly told him that this is a civil matter and not a Police issue. We pointed out the law to the Council Officer, but he refused to submit to it, instead he declared himself to be the authority. As a result, we are now looking into what legal action we can take against him, as tyranny must be stopped.
We ignored the unjust and unlawful order from Council and continued to share the Gospel. In the end he walked away without fining us.
However, it must be said that with the increase of opposition more people are opening to the Gospel. Numerous tracts, and Bibles were given away today, and many great conversations were had. We even had a crowd gather for the open-air preaching.
Brethren, pray for us. Please pray that Christ will stop the plans of wicked men in trying to silence the Gospel, and that many will be saved.
We had an excellent day of outreach in Brisbane. Today, we had no opposition from the militant Atheist, nor from the Brisbane City Council Local Law Officer. Instead, we had a member of the Queensland Police affirm that we have the law on our side when it comes to the outreach.
We had a good problem today, in that we ran out of Gospel material. All the Bibles, books, tracts etc. that we had were snapped up by those in the Queen Street Mall. Over the past two weeks of Christmas outreach we have been able to distribute over 25,000 tracts, and over one hundred Bibles.
Please pray for all those who heard the Gospel via the preaching, and personal witness; also pray for those who received tracts. May Christ be exalted in the saving of souls.
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