Date: 24th February 2008
Time: 2PM - 4:30PM
Reader, if you are a Christian, and therefore Love and Obey the Lord, please listen to my request.
Please pray for a young man named Ash.
Ash is a young man
He has been returning back to the Open Air preaching site over and over again, during the last 14-15 months that I have been preaching at Surfers Paradise. His heart seems to be hardened against the gospel, and his soul seems to be filled with bitterness and hate towards other human beings. I don't want to say too much about him, so that I don't embarrass him, but please take me at my word, that this young man needs a lot of prayer. Please pray for his salvation.
Young Ladies need prayer
The young ladies of Australia, seem to be consumed with sexuality, dressing perversely for the lustful eye, and seeking the affection of those around them, while spurning the audience of those, that they take no pleasure in. Please pray for the young ladies of Australia. I met with a young lady in the Open Air Preaching, and she was very frustrated by the law of God. When the law enters, people get upset. Please pray for this young lady and her friends, who laughed off the presentation of the gospel.
QUOTE: "It is our duty to pray for all who trouble us; to desire the salvation of all men." [John Calvin]
God in my perception, was doing something special this Sunday
There has been a lot of hard ground being broken up, by preaching week after week in Surfers Paradise, and today we saw the softening of many peoples hearts. A lot of people seemed to be really open to the gospel of Christ, and its defense as the only logical world view that lines up with reality. Please continue to pray for the people passing through Surfers Paradise on Sunday afternoon. It is exciting to watch God's Spirit move obviously to us, during the evangelism efforts of His people. Often I suspect we do not know of His work, and it is precious to observe Him working when he lets us perceive the work he is doing in people's hearts.
An Unfortunate Scene
Unfortunately, while preaching to a small gathering, a man of about 28 removed his shorts and mooned me for about 10 seconds. He seemed to have no shame doing this in front of little children, which was a real pity. I cautioned him, that his actions were criminal, and that the police could arrest him for indecent exposure in front of children. Please pray that these sorts of incidents would be prevented by God, for at least the children's sake.
A Little Child
There was a young girl of about four or five, who wandered around taking bibles and disappearing. I have no idea what she was doing, but I suspect she might have been binning them, since I found one bible on the ground later with a page ripped out. This is disrespectful, but not uncommon amongst people, who are intolerant of others, and seem only to respond immaturely by bring force to bear to silence a person they disagree with, or destroy property to express their annoyance. The little children learn quickly, and find it fun to copy-cat.
Workers for Christ's Glory
Ryan Hemelaar, and Keith Rochford, both preached today; and Nate tracted the area.
It is good to see men, who are faithful to evangelism under authority, and will do their utmost for the glory of God in a team environment. Please pray for us, that we might have humility of heart, and opportunity to present the gospel and defend it freely at Surfers Paradise. Please pray that God will bind us together in love, that we might be known as true disciples of Christ Jesus.
If I may offer a final prayer request, please pray that we might be guided by God, to present solid common-sense gospel introductions and presentations, that the people will understand and be willing to listen to. We are men, we fail, we need God's help unquestionably. Without Him, we can do nothing.
Faithfully, for the Salvation of the people who visit and live in Surfers Paradise each Sunday,
For Christ and His Covenant,
For the glory of God,
Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.