Battle Log

Redcliffe (QLD) Team

Sunday, 24 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 24 February 2008, 5:00 PM by Daniel Kent. Permalink


What a perfect day out preaching there was a light breezes out 2day and the sun was shining bight.  I was running a little late but by the time I got there it was just Warren and myself out ready to preach the word of God.

So we prayed and got straight into it, so the sun beat down there were alot more than normal people taking the tracks but still not to many wanting to get involved in a 1-1 conversation.  Mike from the Redcliffe City Counsel was already there when we reached the end of the pier, and came straight up and asked how we were doing, so then watched us the whole time as he was patolling the pier waiting for the kids to come and jump.  He is quite happy with us out there preaching. AMEN

As we moved through the folk out for there quite walk in the sun we were able to give out near on 50+ tracts this week.

Then the dolphin watching boat arrived and they had a full load so Warren and I were able to tract the whole boat including the operator (again).

We then started to move off and head home continuing to hand out all the way back to the car.

Praise God for the Word of God to go forth in the field of Redcliffe.  And please Pray for more labors to work on the field.


Go Serve Your KING

Gold Coast (QLD) Team

Sunday, 17 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 February 2008, 5:54 PM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink


Word of thanks: I would like to personally proclaim thankfulness for the police officers of Surfers Paradise, who did a fine job of protecting the public from a man recently released from NSW prison. Unfortunately, I did not catch the officer’s names, but God knows who they are.

Here is a brief overview of events today:

God exalted, in the darkened minds of sinners who realised their great need for Christ.

Foreigner hears gospel for first time, and tears up during preaching.

Keith Rochford successfully exalted the knowledge of God, while debating a strong-willed atheist.

Large crowds gather to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ preached and defended.

Large numbers of public, enthusiastically shake hands with Christian gospel preacher.

A popular myth: “The Church is the place for Christian’s to preach”

Much Much more, but don’t have time to share it all with you.. J

The Report:

Today was an overcast day, but we risked the weather, trusting in God to provide the weather we needed to preach His gospel. It was windy, it was a little rainy, but despite what might have been deemed by some as “dreary”, people stayed and listened.

This has surprised me a lot lately, because most people seem to be really thirsty to hear the truth and logical reasoning of the Christian faith, even though they are getting wet in the rain. God is working curious things in the hearts of men. It is no surprise really, since the secular world is offering no particularly good answers to the great philosophical questions of life. And people want answers, they are not satisfied.  

It is no longer good enough, for them to hear claims such as: “There is no such thing as truth”, or “Millions and millions of years ago, the big bang..”. God appears to be waking people up, from the dreamy and impossible world of Atheistic Evolution, where no one is accountable for their actions.

Please pray that God will give us boldness to proclaim the truth, in humility and meekness of mind, that we might properly exalt the risen Lord Jesus to a lost and dying humanity. We need you praying beloved.

The first lady I had the delightful experience of speaking with Open Air, was a European visitor. She openly believed that she had a good heart, and that she believed it. Over and over again, we looked at her sin, and accountability to God, and then eventually the penny dropped. While approaching the gospel, she began to cover her eyes with sunglasses, and as I had the privilege of sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus with her, she began to wipe her eyes. I pray that God will grant her repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, that she may recover herself from the snare of the devil.

Keith Rochford, our new Surfers Paradise 2IC, was next up preaching. Keith did a fine job revealing the fraudulent claims of the Evolution theory. He instantly had a small gathering of the public that began dialoguing with him. This was the beginning of a large gathering of humanity, who were curious, and asking lots of really good and profound questions. Keith handled himself very well, thanks be to Christ who does in us His will and good pleasure. Many were contented to stay and listen.

Shortly, we were pleasantly engaged by a very vocal Atheist, who did his best to employ almost every common atheistic argument I have heard in my life. Keith handled them well, and showed the nice fellow the failure of Atheism as an intellectual position. That indeed Atheism, exalts itself against even the simplest of reasoning, and is really an attack on God’s very existence. This is always an interesting topic, because people, for some reason or another, seem to think that Atheists are the answer to the Christian message.

I stepped up to preach after Keith gracefully took a variety of questions, and responded to the best of his ability. One of the beautiful things, about having a preaching partner, is you get to catch the questions your partner missed and answer them. We do this for each other all the time.

I have noted over and over again, how a heckler will come in, and try to throw as many difficult questions in, not allowing time for response and then walk off. It makes some listeners, think the heckler was right and the speaker must answer those questions, so that damage is not done to the overall presentation. We of course, don’t mind the extra work, because it leaves a further opportunity to show the validity of the claims of Christianity.

After responding to some Muslims who said all religions are the same, and disproving that statement from the Koran’s own quotes against History. I moved on, to answer the remaining questions of the crowd. It was at this time we had an interesting fellow arrive.

Earlier on in afternoon, while Keith was preaching, I heard a strange hysterical laughter coming from one side of the crowd. It was a large Samoan man. I thought it strange, because there was absolutely no reason for the loud laughter.

This fellow came into the crowd, and began to yell profanity at me, and express his emotions about religions very loudly. I requested that he not swear because of ladies and children that were present. I am often compelled to pity for people, when they do this, because we never know that these people have not suffered from some kind of abuse at a young age, by the hands of people posing as Christian. I have heard many cases of the damage done by hypocrites in the modern church, wolves in sheep’s clothing. While I understand all humanity is in sin, I also know that sinful men have abused others. That abuse has caused deep long-lasting wounds that only Christ can heal, through repentance to God and trust in Jesus for salvation, against God’s wrath at sin.

I paused for a long time, to let this man get his emotion off his chest, but for some reason he kept on pacing and was unreasonable and didn’t want to talk to me. I addressed the crowd with the answer to the question, using greater volume, for their benefit, since the fellow kept on yelling profanity.

It was at this moment that the two members of the Surfers Paradise Police entered and one distracted the drunken Samoan, and one asked me to come away and have a chat.

Shortly after, the team disbanded to go home, since we had reached our decided finished time of 3:45PM. I was very encouraged by the large numbers of men who came up to me and quietly thanked me for sharing my piece and shook my hand and asked me to keep up the good work.

If only they understand, that it is not I that am good, but Christ who lives in me.

I must answer one objection that the church is the proper place for Christians to preach. Quite, the contrary, all Christians are commanded by their master Jesus, to preach the gospel to every creature, and teach them all things that he has commanded.

It is a common misconception, that the exercise of the Christian faith is bound to a church building. This is simply not so. The Christian religion is exercised most properly in obedience to Christ, through public preaching of the gospel. I quote the Lord Jesus from the bible:

“Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

“Matthew 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” {Emphasis mine}

So readership, I thank you for your prayers, and pray to God, that he will raise up more labourers for His work.

Eternally Christ’s,

For Christ and His Covenant,

For the glory of God,

josh mitchell, overseer
Gold Coast, Operation 513 Team Leader

Sheffield Team

Saturday, 16 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 17 February 2008, 7:22 PM by David Gee. Permalink

We found Fargate full of people when we arrived this week to witness to Christ, again some sort of carnival was happening. We bumped in to Cedric, a lovely faithful witness who is out working the streets of Sheffield more often than not and a great encouragement to us. This 86 year old gent was out witnessing for the first time this week, it had taken a severe bout of illness and a couple of days in bed to stop him from coming out! May we be like Ced in our old age, even in our current age!

After a period handing out tracts in Fargate we headed up to the peace gardens to witness to the Goths and emos who gather there. This week we spoke with Sid, Olivia, Sophy, Tamara and friends, pray for them as they hear the gospel week after week that God would free them from their slavery to sin.

As we were headed back to Fargate we spoke for a long period to a group of young girls who proved that there is no age limit on hardness of heart and willful unbelief in the face of evidence. These girls believe that there is no God and despite the moral, teleological, historical and logical evidences that we put forward they ended our discussion with them saying there was no God and that we had given no proof of Him. Yet it is written:

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalms 19:1b-4a)

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity; there is none who does good. God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one. Have those who work evil no knowledge, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God? There they are, in great terror, where there is no terror! For God scatters the bones of him who encamps against you; you put them to shame, for God has rejected them. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores the fortunes of his people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad. (Psalms 53:1b-6)

We went down to the mall and preached there of God's greatness and our great sinfulness and the great and only saviour Jesus Christ. At the end of the preaching Aaron and his girlfriend stopped and Aaron who we had spoken to before invited his girlfriend to do the good person test. While Anna was talking with her, Aaron spoke to me and I again gave the gospel to him and showed him his great sin. Aaron's friends arrived shortly and again the pattern repeated itself. Please pray for Aaron, Lamhal, Danni and their friends that God would work the miracle of new life in these who are spiritually dead.



Manchester Wednesday 30th

Wednesday started in Manchester with the fellowship and fine food of Kevin’s house, he had kindly invited Josh and myself to brunch and we were very well fed! Thank you for you hospitality Kevin.

In town we met up with Dale and Allan from up north and David (a local of Manchester). The main area we focused on was Market Street where there is a constant flow of traffic throughout the day. We began with tracting the people passing through the tram stop area at the top of Market Street, there were many tracts going out but not as easily as in Newcastle. A couple of one-to-ones were happening but as they finished we moved down the mall to preach in the central section where would be able to reach as many people as possible.

Open air mission is a group that have been preaching in the streets of England for some time and they were preaching in the mall as we passed through. While some of the team continued to tract the area some of us stopped and encouraged them in their work and gathered around to hear the gospel preached. Along with these men we also saw a few men from the local Brethren church also preaching later in the day. God be praised that in this land there is a tradition of street preachers and that there are people still willing to risk public scorn for the honour God gives. Pray that the other street preachers of Britain would be bold in their proclamation and faithful to the word of God.

Dale preached a little further down the mall and did an excellent job of dealing with his heckler and not distracted at all proceeded to preach the gospel to all in earshot. Those who heard included two young emos that David spoke with, after their discussion these two young men took tracts and one of them a bible promising to read it. Also there were two charity workers who spoke with Kevin and myself, Natasha spoke with me and was visibly shaken by the prospect of hell and judgement, she took a tract and promised me that she would read the bible she had at home and seek the Lord.

We escaped the cold wind of the mall to get some lunch and warm up in a local book shop/cafe. Kevin took us after lunch to see P52, the oldest known fragment of the new testament extant. I was utterly flabbergasted to see such a thing, God is so amazing in the way that He gives proof after proof to doubtful and sinful mankind and we largely ignore them.

Kevin was the first preacher up after lunch and again I had the privilege of listening as the gospel of my Lord sounded forth to the world that needs it so badly (especially me). After this Josh was to preach and then last of all I would, God had other plans. As Josh preached a few people gathered and listened and some came and went at first but soon there was a large crowd of 50 or more people standing and listening to the gospel. I watched from the back of the crowd the numbers swell further as one heckler then 3 and 4 hecklers at once began to yell questions. As the preaching continued I ran out of one type of tracks and began with another and by the end was wondering if I would have enough! Josh fielded questions from atheists, Muslims, drunks, quasi-scientists, and Jews. Praise God that his voice held for the hour and a half of preaching, praise God that so many gathered to hear of the saviour! May they take the gospel of the saviour with them and cleave to Him only.

The preaching was not without opposition though, a complaint was made during it that Josh was preaching an anti-Semitic message. The council officers that came to check the complaint not only didn't find anything that was a problem with the preaching but they also took tracts! May God draw them to salvation.

The other consequence was that a couple of Christians came to listen and were greatly encouraged. We were able to encourage them further and give them information on how to witness biblically. If you are wanting to know more yourself check

We ended the day on this high note and went home rejoicing in the great work of the Lord and the great saviour we trust in. Pray that this would be only the smallest of beginnings in the work of the Lord in our time, pray earnestly that the Lord of the harvest would raise up labourers, pray that the great name of God would be glorified!

Soli Deo Gloria!



Newcastle (Jordy Land) January 28th

With a carload of evangelists I drove the up the scenic A1 to Newcastle, with me was Josh, Peter and John (a sheffield mate from our church). We went first to meet Jim Mcmaster of Living Waters Europe (the Godly man who supplies our tracts) and a couple of other local evangelists.


At the Living Waters office we met Allan, Dale and Joyce who live in northern England who had come to join our micro-outreach. After a short time of fellowship and stocking up on tracts we headed to witness in the center of town. In town it appears that there are a network of pedestrianised streets that are constantly busy and also the monument, a large column that acts as a loitering area especially on saturday and sunday.

Today our focus was to be the main mall rather than the monument as the mall was full of people. When we had gotten into town we set about tracting the constant stream of people, as we did so many one-to-ones where happening. I almost immediately had a group of college age girls ask what the tracts were about, from this a 30 minute conversation followed in which they heard both the law and the gospel given as clearly as I could. As always there were objections and I answered from God's word as best I could but it became clear that while they were concerned about sin and it's consequences they were clinging to it. They left for college and I pray that they have time to read the tracts I gave them and that God would do a work of regeneration in them. The conversations were going on all around me as I saw the team at work, the Jordies were very friendly when compared to Londoners.

First up to preach today was Dale who witnesses in Workington and Carlisle, he is relatively new to open air preaching but despite this did a solid job of preaching the gospel of hope. Peter and I also preached and though the interactions with people were few there were some who stayed to listened to what was said and wanted to talk to team members afterwards.

After a lunch break in the much appreciated warmth of a fast food joint we went at it again and it was amazing to see how many tracts were given out in such a short time. God be praised that He opened the way for the gospel to get into these people's hands!

Josh preached nearby a British army recruitment stand and a reasonable sized crowd gathered to hear him speak. While Josh preached I gave one of the local touters a tract and then was occupied reasoning with this nominal Catholic about his faith and his need for a saviour not the good works that he was currently trusting. We parted on good terms and he promised me that he would consider carefully what we had talked about. As I came back to listening to the gospel again Josh was just closing and as the one-to-ones started with the crowd I chatted with Josh. To my alarm he told me that he was tasting blood in his mouth as he finished preaching! I told him that he must rest his voice for the next couple of days, otherwise there might be permanent damage done.

John was next up to preach and did a fantastic job presenting the gospel loud and clear. Towards the end there were two hecklers that started to have a go at him, one denouncing him and Christianity and the other demanding proof for God. John tagged me into the preaching and I called out Nathe', to discuss with him the proofs for God and the bible being his word. This did not satisfy Nathe' and so a discussion of evil and God's ability to do any thing about it followed. A crowd gathered to hear this appologetic discussion and so I tried to give the gospel as part of the discussion. It became clear that Nathe' loved his sin and that was why he would not and could not even acknowledge God. In the end I pointed him to the saviour and pleaded with him to flee from the wrath of God, otherwise the consequence of his personal evils would be God's condemnation of him. I stepped down to speak with him further after encouraging the crowd to speak with the team. While this was going on Josh had grabbed the other heckler and engaged her also endeavoured to answer her questions and give her the gospel again. The rest of the team where all hard at it in one-to-one's and some great conversations were happening.

As it was now getting colder (it was already freezing!!) we headed home giving out tracts as we went. Praise God that He got the gospel into so many hands today and pray that He would work to convert the souls of the Jordies that received it.


Saturday 26th The Trip Home

On saturday we headed north by train and it was a welcome break to be able to stop for a period and read or just chat and joke about nothing much. On the way home the train was delayed and we changed at Derby, a minor frustration that bore an interesting fruit.

Charlotte had been on the same train as us and struck up a conversation with us as we changed. She continued to chat with Anna and I as we got on the next train and so Anna took the opportunity to ask what her religious background was. Charlotte came from a catholic background and had left that due to the hypocrisy that she saw and what she saw as unjust judgement of people. She now was of no fixed faith and took a little from everyone of them to suit her desires. Anna asked her if she would mind if she (who was also from a catholic background but Christian) could explain to her what the bible says. Charlotte accepted and so Anna showed her that the only one who has a right to judge the sins of the world is God and from this opened up the law of God and its demands on us all. It was clear to me that Charlotte could see her sin was an offence to God but she continued to listen and Anna then pointed her to the only hope which is the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God at sin. Anna told her also of our hope with God in Jesus who rose again and lives standing to be our advocate in heaven. At this Charlotte abruptly left and we prayed and continue to pray that she would be saved in and through Jesus.

We got back home safely with our two guests, a big thank you to all those who were involved in the London outreach. God bless you and make you fruitful in the work He gives you.


Redcliffe (QLD) Team

Sunday, 17 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 17 February 2008, 5:00 PM by Daniel Kent. Permalink


Wow what a windy day.  Arriving out there at the pier, Chris and I had Warren Beethem join us for the first time which was a blessing as he has been out on the City team ( for a few years so he has the experience. Great to have you working with us Warren. 

So after our pray we made our way out to the pier and tracting anyone that made there way out there and try to engage in a conservation, and showing Warren the ropes. It was a very quite day out there so we talked of a few spot where we might be able to start open airing now that we are able.

At about 3:30 the Dolphin watching boat came in maybe because it was so ruff out on the bay, so we were able to tract the people as they step off the boat, even the guides love having grabbing them to have a read.

After the they had al left the pier was near on empty there was hardly anyone around, so i decided to call it a day and move on. It was a great day and I'm loving the fact that we are able to work for God in caring out the Great Commission, wow what a privilege.

Thanks guys for the hard work even through we are all tried, great working with you all.

God Bless


Gold Coast (QLD) Team

Sunday, 10 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 14 February 2008, 9:29 PM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink

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Date: Sunday, 10th February 2007
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM GMT+10
Location: Corner of The Esplanade & Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD
Preachers: Keith Rochford & Josh Mitchell


Police interference temporarily at rest for the time being. God is sovereign.

Large crowds of gather to hear the words of the living Creator.

Young lads make fun of women whose child was abused sexually.

Preacher strongly rebukes young lads for making fun of sorrow-filled woman.

Athiests, re-shown the existence of God through reason and creation.

Preachers humbled, by knowledge that God was working despite fear and trembling in his people.

Psalms 3:8 Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

For Christ and His Covenant,

For the glory of God,

josh mitchell, pastor of Hallelujah Baptist Mission


Special Outreaches

Sunday, 10 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 11 February 2008, 3:24 AM by David Gee. Permalink

Saturday - Monday (the prologue)

Many things that happened on this outreach will not be included in these reports, apologies beforehand if I forget names or details. I believe that Josh Williamson and Kevin Williams have also got reports going up soon.

On Saturday morning we arrived in south London after a long trip down from Sheffield. We spent some time catching up with Robert, Peter and Josh at Robert's house (he was kind enough to allow us to stay at his house over the weekend). From there we all headed back into London to do some site seeing and witnessing. On the tube to Wesley's chapel Josh preached to the people riding the tube, it had to be short because of the distance between stops. Afterwards almost everyone took tracts and we had to scoot out of the train as it was our station.

We found much to our disappointment that the chapel and house of John Wesley were closed for the afternoon and also the graveyard bunhills field was also closed. What is a greater disappointment to us is the fact that the Methodist church, that Wesley and other Godly men began, is currently ordaining homosexual men and women to preach. This goes directly against what Wesley believed and more importantly against what the bible teaches us.

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?
(1 Timothy 3:2-5)

How can a homosexual of any gender be the husband of one wife and above reproach (before man or God)?

We left this sad scene of decay and went to Tower Hill, the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge. At the top of Tower Hill Robert preached, people stopped to chat and again the people present took tracts gladly (and politely!). As Josh took photos of the tower and the bridge we stopped beside the entrance to the tower and I began to preach on the traitors of mankind in their duty to mankind. I was interrupted by one of the beefeater guards who informed me that I was preaching on private land and must stop. I wrapped up quickly and stepped down as we didn't know if we were on private land or not. After a little more tracting we headed home for dinner and rest.

Sunday morning came around bright and mild (surprising to say the least in winter!), Josh and Peter went to the Metropolitan Tabernacle and with Rob's younger brother James we headed to Trinity Road Chapel. The Chapel is in Tooting and had offered us the privilege of staying at their church hall for the week's outreach, a very generous offer we gladly accepted. At the church we met the pastor Doug McMasters and many others and were very warmly welcomed into the church. During the service I made a small presentation of what we were doing during the week and thanking the church for their support. I also asked for their prayers and support, something we always have need of (please take note if you're reading this!!!).

After an excellent sermon we had a fellowship lunch with the church family, meeting many friendly faces. From this time another member was added to the team for part of the week. Joe approached me after the service and asked to join us for the start of each day and I gladly agreed.

We traveled from here to speakers corner in Hyde park to have a look at the preachers that gather their each week to give the Gospel. When we arrived there were many preachers, some giving the gospel of Christ, a couple of muslim apologists, others atheistic speaches, and others just having a rant. We just mingled with the crowd for a while but pretty soon Rob, James and I were all drawn into debates with muslims. I debated far too long and too loud against the assertion (with only the qu'ran and man's faulty logic to back it) that Jesus could not be God and that the incarnation is a lie. Yet it is written:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'") And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
(John 1:14-18)



Day One Tuesday 22nd

Tuesday began with everyone full of enthusiasm and ready to witness so after devotions and breakfast we trooped off to the local tube station and headed to Leister square. On the way many of the team where able to witness to people on the train and going to the train many tracts were given to the locals, this became the standard approach for the team for the entire outreach.

There were relatively few people in the square when we arrived, so we began tracting the people passing through. During this time one-to-ones began to start as people wanted to know about the tracts. Anna began a discussion with one of the local law officers who didn't want us to stop but rather wanted to discuss his eternal destination. Rob H, Barnabas, and myself also had good conversations with people and the gospel was proclaimed in written and verbal form as the team worked down through the square.

At the ticket booth for discount tickets there was a line of people waiting and so Rob H and Josh both preached to the staff and their customers. As often is the case one of the listeners didn't like the conviction of their sinfulness, and so a member of staff yelled abuse while the preachers out of love told of Christ's work to save him if he would turn from his sin and have faith.

We walked the short distance into Trafalgar square, intending to witness to the crowds in the square. While the team was tracting all of the passing people and many one-to-ones where going on, Josh and I set up a preaching post at the base of the wall for the National gallery. Josh preached and while no-one stopped for long a camera crew working the area heard God's righteous demands and of their sinfulness and of the risen saviour Jesus Christ. As Josh finished the team continued to tract the area and offered them to the film crew also.

After a break in the warmth of the gallery we moved the preaching post to facing the gallery hoping to preach to those going there. Rob began to preach and was doing excellently until his voice showed the strain of his recent flu  and he was forced to stop, another preacher down and out for the day! Josh tagged into the preaching and engaged a young American Jew named Simon. He went through the law with Simon revealing his sin before God, and gave him the glorious gospel showing God's great mercy and grace.

Afterwards a catholic man came wanting to discuss the preaching with Rob and Josh, so while this was happening Kevin got up and preached further to the crowds. He did an excellent job and the team were giving out tracts at a rate of knots. The team continued to tract and one-to-one in the square until lunch, during this time I was able to engage a group of four youth and share with them the good news, please pray for Sam, Kim, Jack and Joe and the many other people who heard the word s of eternal life.

After lunch at marble arch we all headed for Paddington, but due to many delays and a stop to get supplies we were at the tube station exactly when Josh was due to do phone fishing for Way of the Master Radio. We split the team and some headed to Tower hill and some staying for phone fishing.

During the interviews for the radio show a man begged David for some cash as he was on the street, responding to his greater need David began to witness to him. When the conversation was over the man was in tears repenting of his sin!! Praise God that He works in the hearts of men and brings new life to those dead in sin! Pray that he will continue on in the faith and find a good church where he will be built up and taught well.

Meanwhile the other part of the team arrived at tower hill at exactly the right time to have Peter preach to the “Jack the Ripper” tour group before they left for their tour. After the preaching almost every team member had a cluster of people around them asking questions as they again proclaimed the gospel. Praise God that many took tracts and a couple even took bibles. Pray that God will use these and the preaching of His word to convict of sin and call the lost to the saviour.



Day Two Wednesday 23rd

Today’s focus was on the Tooting area and we planned to preach at Robert’s local preaching point and do door to door witnessing around the church.

First stop of the day was Tooting Broadway tube station where we proclaimed the word to those passing and Peter preached the gospel clearly to the crowds as they went to work. During this time the team ensured that many tracts were given out and I saw some one-to-ones happening and the gospel going out to the many who are on the broad way to distruction.

We packed up after the morning rush and headed back to Trinity road to knock on doors around the church. We had with us packs holding literature and bibles supplied generously by the Trinitarian Bible Society, information about the church and of course a gospel tract. Most    people welcomed these packs and by the time we had done only a couple of streets around the church we had almost exausted our supply. During this time Anna had quite a few good conversations, she was able to speak with a lady who's husband goes to the church cafe. David had someone invite him back to chat some more the following day. Kevin also talked for quite some time with a muslim man in the drycleaners across from the church and he wants to speak further with people from the church.

After lunch we headed back down to Tooting Broadway where Robert preached (praise God his voice appeared to be improving!) to the passing crowds. Josh again had Way of the Master Radio phone fishing and I heard that there were some great interviews done.

For the rest of the evening the team handed out tracts and talking with the locals. As always I never see all the encounters that happen and there are more one-to-ones than I think, but I saw Josh reasoning with some Jehovah’s witnesses, David discussing eternity with some teens, and Anna bravely giving the gospel of hope to Deeno, a Muslim man who left convicted but clinging to the justification of Islam. I had the privileged of speaking with Rafique a French Muslim who unfortunately believes that he will be justified before God because of his good deeds and moral stance. I struggled to show him his danger before almighty God who will not be corrupt and ignore sin but rather will punish wickedness wherever He finds it.

The end of the evening was possibly the most encouraging of the day. We had one of the local police officers come up and say that they (the local police) need us to preach the gospel in the streets of Tooting more! Officer Hurley also asked us to pray for the police department of Tooting, that they would have more resources for their work. This coming from a non-Christian was encouraging to say the least; pray that the message she heard preached would convict and renew her heart by the Holy Spirit’s sovereign work.


Day Three Thursday 24th

This morning we headed to Tower Hill and planned to have the morning spent preaching to the tourists that gather to see the Tower and the nearby bridge. Unfortunately as soon as we arrived and began to witness to people the local manager of the area came and told us that we were not welcome and as it is private land we had to leave. So in accordance with Romans 13 we left and began witnessing at Tower Hill for the next hour.

From here we travelled over to Buckingham Palace to witness to the many people that gather there to take photographs. In front of the palace we had some excellent one-to-one conversations, amusingly Josh and Anna (both Aussies) both kept bumping into Australians. Josh began one conversation with a couple only to find that they were Christian religious education teachers from Perth! David had the rare opportunity of witnessing to a friend that had been a soldier in Iraq and was now open to hear the gospel after having seen so much death. I spoke with a young Swedish couple for half an hour showing them their sin under the microscope of God’s law that reveals all our sin. God be praised by the end of the conversation their mouths were stopped and they heard the glorious good news of the work of Jesus to save sinners. They took tracts and a bible as they left for their plane home. Pray for these young people, that God would sovereignly change and save them. Anna also spoke to an asian man named Minh who heard the whole gospel and left with a bible.

Kevin then preached on the steps of the monument in front of the palace and loudly proclaimed the sovereignty of God over all of us, exulting the great name of God the king over all kings. During the preaching the many tourists in the area sat or stood watching and listening to the message of hope, we praise God that he made it possible for them to hear and pray they would receive the preached word and flee to the saviour.

After Kevin finished preaching the team gave tracts to the gathered people and again many one-to-ones started. At this point the police arrived to ask what we were preaching in front of the palace, on hearing the message they said there was no problem with us preaching there and then gave us permission to preach in Westminster if we wished. The only request the officers made was that we give them notice the next time we intend to preach and that we stop for today, which was fine as we were about to head home anyway.

After a long break in the afternoon the team headed to Leister square to preach to the crowds that gather for a night of west-end entertainment. Joining us for the evening was Allan and a friend from his church, it is always an encouragement to have others with us and we were grateful for them coming. Rob was first up preaching and while he proclaimed the law of God and the gospel a crowd gathered to hear him. Engaging one of the listeners Rob went through the good person test with them giving a solid defence for the gospel against the objections and again his voice held as he preached (praise be to God!). After the preaching many one-to-ones began and one interaction that was interesting was between Rob and a member of a well-known heavy metal band. Though not a Christian, this guy was happy to hear the gospel preached and encouraged Rob to continue preaching in Leister.

After the one-to-ones finished Josh preached, beginning with the stalker that we all have – death. While speaking of our uncertain position in this world and the judgement to follow, a man named Dave heckled Josh. This began a long series of hecklers and a crowd gathered around for most of the preaching many taking tracts as they left, may God use what they all heard of the gospel even if in part only. The objections raised were mostly the standard ones: ‘there is no God’, ‘science and evolution disproves the bible’, ‘what about suffering and other religions?’ etc.

The rest of the team was busy working through the crowd to give out as many tracts as possible and talk with those on the fringes. I had three interesting encounters, one encouraging and two not so encouraging. The discouraging encounters were with ‘Christians’, one deneighs the bible and God even though studying theology at Eaton. His knowledge had puffed him up with pride and the gospel was not welcome in his life and sadly he left scoffing. The other was the sadder encounter was with a young man who openly admitted to drunkenness, promiscuity, drug abuse and blasphemed God’s Holy name as we spoke. Despite this he claimed to be a Christian because he had been taught this from the pulpit and by the people of a well known charismatic church. In an attempt to show him that he was deceived I reasoned with him from the bible taking him to:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)



Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:8-10)


All of this he laughed off or jeered at and le ft as he informed me that the team and I were not Christians. I could not help but think of the responsibility of those who had taught this young man to embrace sin and formalism, surely he will curse his pastors for not giving him the truth if his end is eternal punishment.....

Encouragingly I also saw a homosexual couple standing near me as the preaching was happening, one partner was trying to pull the other away but he would not leave wanting to stay and hear the gospel. As they left I gave the man wanting to stay a tract and the look on his face was of deep conviction, he immediately began to read. God is sovereign and will call who He will!

Anna spoke to one of the local sign holders who was nearby, I think that he must have gotten the gospel from almost every member of the team! During the preaching she also spoke with two young muslim men Esam and Ash, both of them were under heavy conviction of sin after hearing the gospel. Anna had offered them both bibles and though at first they did not want them, after about half an hour these same young men came back wanting the Word of God! Not only that but they took the details of Trinity Road Chapel. Pray that they would come to trust in the true saviour.

Two police officers also were walking throughout the crowd and listening during the preaching, I later found out that they were chasing pickpocket’s (God be praised for the authorities He has given us for our protection!). When Josh stepped down the officers approached him, and again I heard a street preacher commended by the law for his preaching. Not only this one of the officers wanted to know what he must do in order to be saved, Josh joyfully gave him the gospel again. As he left the officers was saying he would think on the matter and get right with God!

There were many other interactions that went on throughout the night but space does not permit them all. Needless to say the team went home rejoicing to have seen the Lord moving in Leister Square that night!


Day Four Friday 25th

The last day of the outreach is often the hardest with little energy left in anyone, but this day we again saw the Lord move to display His strength in our weakness.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)


First stop for the day was Westminster abbey where we met Rian, Dolph and Dolph’s two friends. In the area of the abbey we handed out tracts and discussed the gospel with all who passed. Dolph got into a conversation so in depth that he ended up walking several blocks with the people involved. Many tracts were given and I also saw Rian and David in conversations proclaiming the gospel. May God use the tracts and burn the message of sin, righteousness, and judgement onto the hearts of those who received tracts or who we spoke with.

The team travelled from Westminster to Covent Gardens, there a gain to speak the gospel and watch God gloriously work in the hearts of men and women. Halfway to the gardens Josh, Peter and my self were stopped by people wanting to know what the tracks were about. The man who stopped me had picked up one I didn’t even know I’d dropped! Michael asserted that there was no God and that the bible was outmoded when we began, by the end though it became clear through the law of God that he didn’t want to believe the evidence before him because he loved his sin. I gave him the gospel though he did not want to hear it, I hope and pray that God the Spirit will hound him until he submits to the Almighty One.

The rest of the team had gone onto the gardens and when we arrived they were already busy engaging in one-to-ones and handing out tracts. Anna was speaking with a young man from a charity organisation about the million pound question, would he go to heaven? Their conversation lasted some time and Anna contended for the faith and gave him the truth about himself and pointed him to the only saviour of sinners Jesus Christ. While this was happening a lady and her son who wanted to know more about the tracts stopped me. They were Christians and so I encouraged them to witness wherever they are and look for opportunities. The young man took a handful of tracts to give to his schoolmates, may God use him to witness in his school mightily!

Further into the gardens we set up a preaching point and Rob was up to preach first and as always gave a solid declaration of God’s word to this lost and darkened world. After Rob finished and the crowd dispersed I got up to preach for the first time in the outreach, I felt like Paul bringing no clever arguments and being nothing exciting as a speaker. I began to preach on evolution and how it makes a monkey of all who will swallow this fairy story masquerading as scientific fact. From this I began to speak on the law on our hearts and God’s just demands, enter Felix and his friends. Catching his gaze I called to Felix ‘YOU sir, are you right and good in the eyes of God?’, from here I poured out my heart to this young man. I spoke of the law, showing him his sinfulness and great danger before the Holy Judge, of his danger in death and of his uncertainty when that would be. He listened carefully as I spoke of the risen saviour that he must flee to for cleansing and forgiveness. He took the tracts I offered him and his friends and he left with a serious look on his face and a promise that he would seek God in prayer and in the bible. Exulting that God should use one as unworthy as me I closed and stepped down.

Josh got up to preach next and he spoke to the people Covent Garden of the stalker of death and the certainty of God’s just judgement of our every word, deed and idle word. A couple of people gathered around to hear the preaching and Josh challenged one man to give his perspective on the preaching. The man was a Muslim and so deneighed the deity of Jesus and accused Josh of preaching from a corrupted book. Josh pointed him to a greater problem he had, the book he sees as holy – the Qu’ran contradicts history. This is seen in Sura 4:157 where it is claimed that Jesus Christ was not crucified. This is a blatant contradiction of history, even the non-Christian historians Tacitus, Pliney, and Josephus agree with the claims of the bible that Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and rose from the dead three days later. Josh then questioned him, which would he believe a book written at the time of a major world event or one written 600yrs later? The man agreed that common sense demands you trust the eyewitness account and not the later account. Lastly Josh confronted him with the comparison between Jesus and Muhammad; Jesus walked on water Muhammad road a camel, Jesus said love your enemies Muhammad said kill the infidel (Sura 9:5), Jesus made blind men see Muhammad made seeing men blind, Jesus made lame men walk Muhammad made sound men lame, Jesus said bless the little children Muhammad slept with a nine year old (Eyisha whom he married when she was six and took sexually at nine according to the Ahadith).

At this point the preaching was interrupted by security guards who were concerned that the man gladly shaking the preacher’s hand was getting offended. So in accordance with Romans 13 Josh stopped preaching further but we made sure that the crowd all got tracts and spoke further with those who would.

We finished the outreach at this point, encouraged and exulting in what God had done but tired we made our way back to Trinity Road for one last night of fellowship before we all went our seperate ways home. Truly it has been written:

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

Redcliffe (QLD) Team

Sunday, 10 February, 2008

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Great day out today, Chris and I met at 2pm as the norm, prayed and started soul fishing.  Even though the council and been out and warned people for 'Jetty Jumping' and that there would be a fine of $150, there were still the same group of kids jumping.  So while tracting the people standing around I went and had a chat to afew of the guys that were jumping and warned them what was going on. there reply was "stuff them all I'm jumping".  So with no respect for the law I thought I'd ring the council and let them know that there were still kids here. As we continued to spread the gospel of Christ no one had turned up from the council.  It was 3pm and Chris had to leave early but I still hung around and was able to have a chat with a few people.

At about 4:30 i noticed that there was 2 police officers coming down the pier, then one of the kids saw then aswell, and yelled out to his mate that the police are coming.  I have never seen kids move so fast as that day trying to dry themselves and get a shirt on before the police made it to the end. They all got dressed just in time even though they were in seeing distance for the police. The police went straight to them and started to question them and then let them off with another warning.

By now because the police had come out and cleared the 'Jetty Jumpers' there was no one out there but me. So I started to make my way back in and handing out any tracks that I could.

Hey come join us out there and be involved in The great commission  

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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God Bless

Go Serve Your King.

Dan Kent

Gold Coast (QLD) Team

Sunday, 3 February, 2008

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Evangelism Report: 03/02/2008 Sunday Afternoon 1PM - 4PM
Beach Side, of Cavill Ave/The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD

Thankyou to all those who came out to share the gospel of Christ, even though the police of late, have been taking away our freedom of speech.

I commend you for your bravery, for even the gentlest spirits will find they have powerful adversity, when they stand to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. And bravery is required, that men might turn from thier hardened ways of lying, stealing, raping, murder, hatred, lust, back-biting, and turn to the one living God who can change their hearts and desires for the glory of His great name, through the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary 2000 years ago.

Hard rain, and an uncertainty hung over us. We arrived and were drenched making our way to fellowship, and so quickly decided to break off to hand out gospel tracts, and planned to meet again. Keith pressed me to make a call regarding preaching, and I decided to give it a crack, hoping in God for good weather. Thanks be to God, we got it!

Standing to preach, a young man and his young lady friend held each other while he engaged me and asked questions. It is a pleasure to talk with so many polite, and easy going people on Surfers Paradise. There is always the odd few, who scream abuse for some unknown reason, or who belittle the preachers, but we must remain compassionate.

Why do some do this? It could well be that these same people may have been abused as children, by persons pretending to be christians, and so have intense dislike for those called by the name of Christ. For this reason, we are compelled by the love of Christ, to love these people and seek their betterment and the increase of their wealth.

Again there is a great many who have been decieved by ignorant teachers in High School, and lecturers at University, into thinking that christianity is not a viable intellectual option, but rather a distasteful thing, to be hated and ridiculed.. that christians might come into line with their way of thinking. From personal experience, this is a common attitude I encounter.

The only response I have found, is to treat each person with dignity, and teach them using reason, factual knowledge and logic, that the christian position (in reality), IS the only viable acceptable intellectual option when it comes to the big questions and answers in life.

It is sometimes difficult to treat another person who is insulting you, with compassion, but we are compelled to combat them with love and truth.. for the scriptures say and experience reveals, that men's minds are darkened, and they have been decieved. Therefore their attitudes and knowledge is all they have learned to know, and can only produce a defiant attitude, to the truth.. especially when the root cause of thier unbelief is gently exposed.. and it is always sin.

The one reason, a human being rejects the living God, is because he or she wants to rule thier own lives. They want to choose the amount of morality they will uphold, leaving room for thier particular sins. They don't want to be called out for what they are, and intensly dislike those who do so. Romans 1, 3, and John 3 reveal this clearly.

Our polite young man, reasoned that he was not concerned with the judgment of God, for he did not believe God existed. He went onto to explain that he believed evolution was true, and therefore there was no need for God. After a delightful discussion, the young man both acknowledged the existence of God, and that God ought to be angry at him for his sin.

After preaching the gospel he took a gospel tract, courtesy of Keith Rochford, and I am praying that God will grant him repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Quite a few people were interested and stopped to listen, though not as many as normally.. and then Keith Rochford stepped up to preach.

keithrochfordKeith quoted scientist after scientist, who had called out the evolution theory as being baseless, and a fairy tale. He had a good discussion with some people who stopped to listen, and God was pleased to grant him a larger crowd than mine, for which I was very happy to see.

Keith asked the chap, who had stopped to dialogue with him, what proof he had for evolution. There was none to be had, which is to be expected.

We even had the pleasurable company, of two police officers who listened to Keith's gospel message, and we pray God grants them repentance toward God, and the Lord Jesus author's faith in thier hearts, they might one day see Him as he is, in heaven.

May your death be the result of being worn-out for Christ!

Thankyou to all my ones and ones of readers out there! I appreciate you all, and pray God uses you mightily for changing your communities into a place of right-living in Christ!

May the children be safe from terror,
May the people be safe in Christ
and may we be the ones walked-on, to get them there,

For Christ and His Covenant,

josh mitchell, pastor of Hallelujah Baptist Mission

Special Outreaches

Saturday, 9 February, 2008

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Week 2 of the England Tour


Saturday, 26 January, 2008

The day began nice and early, the alarm sounded at 5am, and then for the next hour a mad rush followed, as we tried to get everything together for our train trip from London to Sheffield.

We got onto the train with about five minutes to spare, and I thought the trip on the train would be uneventful, as usual I was wrong…

About one hour out of London the train came to halt in the middle of nowhere, we sat there for about 45 minutes, and then we were informed that the fire alarms were sounding in the train so we couldn’t proceed with our journey since it was unsafe. At the next station we transferred to another train, and I thought that this was all going bad, but looking back now I can see the sovereignty of God all over this incident. Since during our time of transfer a young lady approached us since she had heard us joking, and it turned out that she was heading up to Manchester for an audition.

She sat with us on the new train, Dave and Anna saw this as an opportunity to share the gospel, so they set about to explain the full gospel to her. She sat and listened for some time, and then decided that it was time to leave, so she got up and went to another carriage. Please pray for her.

That afternoon we went out to the Fargate mall in Sheffield, the mall was packed full of people, since it was a clear and sunny day. As we walked up to the mall it was cool to see Paradise square, which is the square in which John Wesley preached to his largest weekday crowd. Sadly, today the square is nothing more than a car park, with a small sign talking about Wesley.

As I walked through Fargate I handed out tracts, and I was surprised at how many people readily accepted them, since in London there had been times when it was hard to hand out tracts. While I was handing out tracts I ended up getting into a good conversation with a young man who was advertising a band in the mall. It turned out that he was a son of a minister, but he had turned his back on Christianity and rejected it outright. So I explained to him the full gospel, as I spoke his body language changed, he went from being hard and anti-gospel to being convicted of sin. Before I could give him grace a friend of his interrupted and told me that it would be a sin for us not to do what comes natural, which is sin. I pointed out to him the errors in his view point, and then quickly returned to the first man I was speaking to. It was great to be able to minister grace to him. Please pray that God would grant him repentance.

By now I was suffering from the effects of the cold, and I was finding it hard to concentrate on the mission at hand. It was then that Anna Gee stood up and began to open air preach. She did a brilliant job as she dealt with hecklers and then pointed them to the cross of Christ. After about an hour she tagged me in to deal with a bunch of youth that had surrounded her, so I dealt with their questions quickly, and then gave them all in-depth gospel tracts.

This concluded my first day in Northern England.

Monday, 28 January, 2008

Today we made the two hour drive north to Newcastle for a day of outreach. Four of us left Sheffield and then joined forces with some brothers and a sister in Christ upon arrival. It was good to meet up with Jimbo from Living Waters Europe, and to be able to chat with him for a little while before we headed into town. It was also great to meet with Dale and his friends who had driven across for the day.

We made our way into the centre of Newcastle, and as we walked we handed out tracts. What struck me immediately was how easy it was to hand out tracts here, so many people took them, and others came up and asked for tracts. It would be nice if we had this kind of openness at home in Australia!

While handing out tracts in the mall I was able to engage to young men, they both were open to the gospel, and came under conv iction as they realised the justice of God, and how He must punish sin. Once they realised their state before a holy God I was able to point them to the cross of Christ in which God show mercy towards a sinful humanity.

Some of the guys did open air preaching after this, I just watched, and then once they finished I made my way into a shop to get some warm food. I was finding it hard to cope in the cold weather, but after having something warm to eat I was ready to go again.

I was the first preacher up after lunch, so I stood not far from the British Army recruitment stand and began to declare the gospel. Instantly I could feel my voice starting to give out, it wasn’t handling well after a week of preaching and being in the cold. But I decided to push on and finish the message. A few people stopped to listen, and the music shop opposite to me decided to turn up the music louder in   order that I may not be heard.

While I was preaching I noticed that a bunch of soldiers stopped to listen, I found this encouraging since they are engaged in a dangerous job. And often times the fighting men are harder to reach due to the fact of them being trained to be hard.

As I was wrapping up my open air, I began to taste blood in my mouth. This wasn’t a good sign so I quickly finished my message. Then I began to cough up blood, I had pushed it to hard, and I was in need of a rest. David Gee quickly informed me that I was to rest my voice and not preach anymore that day.

The team preached two more times, and during Dave’s open air a large crowd gathered to listen as he engaged with hecklers. Overall the day in Newcastle was great, please pray for all those who heard the gospel proclamation!

Wednesday, 30 January, 2008

Today we headed across to Manchester to join up with Kev Williams, and also some of the guys from up north. We met at Kevin’s house where he treated us to a great breakfast that really helped to warm me up before we went out preaching.

The centre of Manchester was busy as we began to witness to people, I decided that I would probably not preach much today due to me having a bad throat, so I would concentrate on one to one and tracts.

I found a good position where I was able to hand out a few hundred tracts before it got to cold that we had to take a break to warm up. Kev decided that it would be good to show us the John Ryland’s library which contains P52, which is the oldest Greek papyri we have of the New Testament.
It was amazing to see something so old, and to see that the Bible has not changed from when that papyri was made till today. After looking at some different Greek papyri we headed back out to the streets.

The city did not seem as busy as it was before, but we still went ahead and preached the gospel. David Gee decided to put me up first, and then the plan was that he would go after me. I wasn’t very excited about this idea, since I thought my voice would only last a maximum of five minutes.

I began to preach, and immediately a crowd began to form. I was shocked since it is rare to see a crowd form so quickly in a city. People began to stop as I explained about how we all die and then it is appointed for us to face the judgment seat of God.

A young lady to my left kept laughing, so I called her out and asked how she thought one would get to heaven. She replied that she believed that one had to be good in order to get there. This is a standard reply the world over, so I opened up the Ten Commandments to see if she was a good person by that standard. After looking at the law she soon became serious as she realised that she was facing eternal hell because of her rebellion against God.

After I explained grace to her she left with a gospel tract, but I now had other hecklers starting to open fire. The heckles included issues in regards to evolution, and atheism, and also it extended to Islam and Judaism. I dealt with the questions to the best of my ability, always with the motive of pointing them back to Christ.

I preached for over an hour, and praise God my voice held out. Some in the team suggested that the crowd was between 150 - 200 people, and many of those people stayed for the whole thing. Dave nearly ran out of tracts as he handed out in-depth tracts to all those who had been listening. So praise God for His grace in drawing a crowd!

At the end of my open air I was approached by a Manchester city council worker, who informed me that someone had accused me of being a racist. He told me that he had been listening to what I was saying, and he had heard no racist comments. I was able to explain the message of salvation to that man, so hopefully he also will come unto salvation.

By now the sun had gone down, and it was really cold, so we parted ways. Kevin returned to his home, Dale and Alan returned back up north, and Dave and I made our way back to Sheffield.

Praise God for an awesome day!

Thursday, 31 January - Saturday, 2 February, 2008

From Thursday to Saturday we concentrated on outreach in Sheffield, by now my voice had gone so I was to do no more preaching during my time in England. It was nice to be able to rest, and it was also good for me to focus more on one to one witnessing, and handing out gospel tracts.

On the Saturday I was able to have a really good conversation with a man who was walking his dog. He had heard David Gee preaching a few weeks before, and he found what he said interesting. I built upon this and made the gospel personal for him, and he soon came under conviction. He saw his need for the Saviour and even stated that he wasn’t prepared to go to bed that night with God’s wrath upon him. The man willingly accepted a gospel of John, and also an invite to the local church which Dave attends.

The week in Northern England was very productive with thousands getting the gospel of Christ. Something I did notice in Northern England was the Islam is every where, coming from the outside I could see that Britain is on the verge of Islamic invasion, and many of the churches are sitting by having a snooze while the enemy is infiltrating. The church in Britain needs to awake and get out and begin to evangelise, failure to do this will result in Britain becoming an Islamic state then the freedom will be gone.

Please pray for the church in Britain that God will shake them up, and fire them up to seek His face, and to declare the gospel. Also pray for the people of that country, pray that God may grant another awakening to the land so that He might receive glory!

Soli Deo Gloria! 

Special Outreaches

Friday, 1 February, 2008

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Operation 513 - England Tour: Week 1 - London

Saturday, 19 January, 2008

Reluctantly I opened by eyes as the aeroplane shuddered with turbulence, as I regained consciousness I noticed a flight attendant, so I called out and asked him, “How long till we land?” His reply informed me that we were one hour from landing at London's Heathrow airport. As I looked around the darkened cabin, I saw that the turbulence had awoken many of the passengers, as I worked out the time, I realised that I had been sleeping for about eleven hours, so I stood up to stretch and to also to fill me pockets with tracts.

As I packed my pockets with a variety of gospel literature, including the last of my Australian million dollar tracts, I saw that the Asian man who boarded at Hong Kong was paying very close attention. Throughout the flight this man was rather rude and not interested in talking, but now as the novelty million was in my hand, I had his undivided attention. I found this situation rather amusing, since wherever I moved the tract his eyes would follow. After making him follow my hand for a few seconds I extended my hand, and offered him the million dollar tract, he gratefully accepted it, and then sat back to read the gospel message on the back of the tract.

The flight was now descending into London, so I buckled in and sat back with an excitement at the thought of the coming England adventure.

I quickly cleared security and customs, and as I exited the airport I saw my old mate Peter Shliahov, and also a new mate Robert Hughes waiting for me. This was a major blessing since I did not expect to be met at the airport at 5am in the morning.

The drive back to Rob's place at Walton-on-Thames was uneventful, and I enjoyed seeing the sights of Britain. We had to stop to get fuel, so I saw this as the first chance to share the gospel with a person in England, so I went into the service station and gave my last Australian million to the service attendant.

Later in the morning, we were joined by David and Anna Gee from the Operation 513 European ministry. It was a good time of reunion, and then we headed out to get some lunch. Of course this was also a time of being able to hand out tracts to the people of England. My first thoughts were that it was rather easy to hand out tracts to the English, but as one of the guys informed me, at this stage I was still in the outer suburbs, and when I get to central London, then it will be hard.

After lunch, we headed into central London to do a bit of sightseeing before the outreach started, but when you are involved in evangelism, every outing is an evangelistic endeavour. The first point of call was to Wesley's Chapel on City road, sadly it was closed, so the team took me on the hot and smelly underground to Tower Hill. On the tube ride there I decided it would be nice to preach on the London underground, so I stepped up and introduced myself to those in the carriage, and then went on to present a short gospel message. I spoke about how the English have a patriotic song called “Land of Hope and Glory” which calls upon God to make England great again, yet as a nation they have rejected God and rebelled against Him. All those within the carriage stopped to listen, and then as we pulled into the station a lot of the people listening took a gospel tract.

We then climbed out of the underground, and as we emerged I saw the remains of a Roman wall which had been standing out of the landscape of the city for 2000 years. This was a photo moments, I began to take pictures of the wall, and also pictures of the Tower of London, which was just across the road. David Gee informed me that this hill was where they executed all the traitors to the monarch, that knowledge created a strange feeling within me, as I thought about how we are traitors to the supreme monarch King Jesus.

While I was taking pictures, I heard the words “Good evening people of London!” Instantly, I knew that Rob Hughes was preaching. I grabbed some in-depth tracts out of my pocket, knowing that once a crowd gathered tracts would be needed. Rob explored the depths of human depravity while he preached, and it was good to see a small crowd gather. After he preached sin, he revealed the precious truth of the glorious gospel. The crowd listened as Rob preached, and when he finished we were able to hand out many in-depth tracts. One of the people listening, was a young lady from Germany, she was really excited about the preaching. It turned out she was a Christian, but all her friends were not. We were able to encourage her in the work of the ministry, and she left thanking us for declaring the gospel of Christ to her unsaved friends. 

We then made our way over to the area near the Tower of London, where David Gee began to preach. After about five minutes of preaching, one of the famed Beef Eaters came out from the Tower, and told Dave to stop preaching. After Dave questioned him a bit on why we had to stop, we stood down, and then began to make our way home.

The trip back to Walton-on-Thames was uneventful, upon arrival we had dinner, and then I got to fall into bed for a good nights sleep.

Sunday, 20 January, 2008

It was cold and windy as we approached the Metropolitan Tabernacle, as the church came into view I couldn't help but think about how just over a century ago people crowded these very streets to hear the gospel of Christ preached by Charles Spurgeon.

The service was a good service in which Dr. Peter Masters preached from Colossians, and how we are to do things in the 'name of Jesus'.

After the morning service Peter and I made our way across London to Hyde Park, and the famed speakers corner. The plan was just to go and watch all the people speak, but God had other plans. W stood and ate our lunch as we listened to the preachers, and the one I was listening to was talking about horses. The man then started to talk about how 'mother nature' made everything. This was interesting so I decided to play heckler. I asked the man, “Where did mother nature get the matter from to make horses?” The man speaking replied that he was a Christian, and that he believed God made the matter. This created a good discussion, since now we had two Creators. The man seemed to be stunned at this, so he looked at me, and then in an angry tone began to yell, “I have one thing to say to you! Just one thing! JESUS LOVES YOU!!” I found this a bit amusing since he sounded angry, and was pointing at me screaming about love.

So again I heckled, this time about how to get to Heaven. The man said all one had to do was been a good person, so I opened up the Ten Commandments to see if he was a good person. The man didn't want to play, so he just went silent and refused to look at me or even say a word. By now a crowd had gathered, and I found myself being heckled by atheists. So I turned and began to deal with the crowd. For the next hour we had one of the largest crowds in Hyde Park, and many people got to hear the apologetic evidence for the existence of God, and also about salvation in Christ.

After preaching in Hyde Park, we rushed back to the Metropolitan Tabernacle to see how their evangelistic Sunday school operated. This was an eye opening to tour, and it was incredible to see so many kids excited about learning the Bible.

Before the evening service at the Tabernacle, Peter and I stood out the front at the busy bus stop handing out tracts to those who walked past. It was a strange feeling in witnessing outside of the place where God used Spurgeon to bring thousands to Christ.

The night service was a good one, the sermon was on repentance and turning from sin. Hopefully God used this sermon to bring people unto Himself.

Monday, 21 January, 2008

It was decided that today I would go out and do some sightseeing. In the morning I had a meeting with Pastor Christopher Buss from the Metropolitan Tabernacle, and then after the meeting I caught the bus to West Norwood cemetery. The reason for going out to the cemetery was to see the tomb of Charles Spurgeon, after seeing the tomb we made our way into the city to go to Bunhill fields, and also to John Wesley's chapel and house.

It was cool to see the places where the greats walked and prayed. But sadly we go to see the new side of Methodism. While we were in the chapel of John Wesley, I saw a notice on the board endorsing homosexual ministers and homosexual Christians. My blood pressure went up, how could a movement that was based on holiness now become apostate? I wonder how they reply to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.

That night we all met at Trinity Road Chapel in Tooting, it was good to come together as a team and get to know one another. While the week ahead was going to be a big one, it was good to know that we weren't alone in the battle. God had brought people from all around the world for this outreach, we had people from: Australia, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Wales, and England.

Tuesday, 22 January, 2008

The battle begins... We started the day of by coming before God in prayer, and then after breakfast we hit the streets of London. Before we even arrived at our destination we had begun to witness. As we walked along the road everyone we passed got offered a tract, then when we were on the underground people started to witness.

The London underground is a hot and smelly place, it is as if its another world. No one talks and people just sit and read the paper. But things were changing because throughout the carriage you could hear the sound of the gospel being shared in one to one settings. Furthermore, nearly all in the carriage had a gospel tract in their hand.

We got off the underground at Leicester Square tube station. From there we walked around to the square. To our surprise the place was near deserted, so we started to walk across to Trafalgar Square. It was then that we spotted a long line of people standing in the cold waiting to get tickets for a show. Rob Hughes seized this opportunity and jumped up to preach the gospel to the crowd.

After Rob finished preaching, I also preached for a few minutes. I looked at how we have all sinned, yet God is still rich in mercy towards us, in that He sent Christ to die for the ungodly. A few people in the line took tracts after the open air.

We arrived in Trafalgar square shortly after, and the first thing we did was set up the ladder for an open air preach. It was decided that I should go first. I don't normally like preaching first, but since I was one of the only ones with a voice left I didn't have much choice.

I began to preach about “Rule Britannia!” and how the lyrics state that “Britons will never, never, never be slaves”. I then swung into John 8:34. It was hard going preaching the gospel here, and it appeared that very few people were listening. However, I was informed later that people we standing on the balcony behind me listening to the gospel message.

The team then broke off and handed out tracts, it was a nice change to have people be polite when you offer them gospel literature. So many times in Australia people are rude and abusive when you offer them a tract, but I have found in Britain that many people will politely thank you, even if they don't want a tract.

We spent some time doing tracts, and then it came time for Rob Hughes to preach. He stood up and began to declare the gospel. Sadly his voice gave out within minutes of starting, he quickly tagged me in, and I began to preach again. A small crowd gathered, so I did a call out to a young man who was listening. It turns out that his name was Simon and he was from the USA. We engaged a bit in the open air, and then we swung into looking at how all have sinned against God. Simon seemed to be under conviction by the end of the open air. I was told later that Simon was a Jew, please be praying for this man, that God may grant him repentance.

By now it was rather cold, so we caught a bus and headed over to Marble Arch. It was here that we took a break and warmed up. After a time of defrosting, we planned to go to Tower Hill to preach, but God had other plans. As we neared Paddington station I noticed that the time was near on 5pm, and I realised that we were about to receive a call from the Way of the Master Radio in order to do some phone fishing on the streets of London. I was disappointed that we hadn't made Tower Hill, so it was decided that half the team would go on to Tower Hill, and a three man team would stay and do phone fishing.

We did phone fishing for about an hour, and during that time both Todd Friel and Ray Comfort got to have some good discussions with people on the street of London. However, the really cool thing was that while they were phone fishing, a man named Obi approached David Hayes and began to talk to him. Then on the side of a busy London street Obi broke down in tears and cried out to God for mercy. May God be praised for His mercy!

This was the perfect end to a big day!

Wednesday, 23 January, 2008

We spent today evangelising in Tooting. This was a good chance for us to minister and assist Trinity Road Chapel which had been so kind to supply us with free accommodation. Evangelising in the suburbs is different to evangelising in the city. While the message is the same, the way in which you present that message is different.

Our first point of call was the Tooting Broadway tube station. We handed out tracts, and   preached outside of the station. Many people came and asked for more information about Christianity, and we were able to have plenty of really good one to ones.

That afternoon we headed out and did some door to door witnessing. We had been given over 200 pounds worth of Bibles and scripture cards from the Trinitarian Bible Society, so we made up some packs with a New Testament, a gospel tract and a church invite and then went and gave them out free of charge to those in the community. This outreach worked very well, with many people accepting the pack. Hopefully God will use this for His glory.

Later that afternoon we headed back to Tooting Broadway for some more open air preaching, and also for some more Way of the Master phone fishing. There were a lot of people at the tube station, so it was great to minister there. During the phone fishing Todd Friel got to talk to two muslim men, who were both under conviction by the time he finished. Both men accepted in-depth tracts and left thanking us.

That night as we were preparing to leave I was approached by a female police sergeant, she stopped and asked what the purpose of our ladder was. I informed her that it was so that we could preach. When she heard that we were Christian preachers she was excited, and asked us to keep coming back to preach there since the community was in desperate need of the gospel. Rob was willing to comply with this police request. The interesting thing is that this police woman was not a Christian, yet she could see the benefit of Christianity upon society. She took a tract and even posed for a photo with me!

Thursday, 24 January, 2008

Today we returned to the centre of London. We started off by heading to Tower Hill, but when we arrived we found the place deserted, so we walked across the road to the Tower of London. While I ducked off to take some photos, the rest of the team handed out tracts, and one to one witnessed. This caused security from the castle to come out and order the team to leave. We complied with their request, although it is interesting to note that before they issued a move on order the security were reading Kevin's “Wrath to Come” tract and joking about going to hell.

  We went back to Tower Hill only to find it still deserted, so we made our way around to Buckingham Palace to see if the Queen was in. She wasn't in, but many people were outside the palace. So we set to work handing out tracts and having one to one conversations. It was then suggested that we preach outside the palace, this is something Kevin decided to do, we stepped back and began to film the preaching.

Within seconds of him starting to preach the guards at the entrance to the palace were on the radio, but they hadn't tried to stop us so Kev kept preaching. After he preached for about 10 minutes armed response police arrived to see what was going on. The police spoke to David Gee, and informed us that we weren't breaking any law, but could we let Scotland Yard know in future if we are going to preach.

After we finished ministering at the palace, we headed back to Tooting for a break. Which is something we needed when one considers that we had a big night ahead of us. We had an earlier dinner and then we headed back out to London to preach in Leicester Square.

Rob Hughes was the first preacher up for the night, and God was gracious in that He drew a crowd for His glory. Rob dealt with the heckles from the crowd and made sure everyone knew the full gospel before he got down. Many in the crowd took in-depth tracts afterwards. During this time there was a man wearing dark clothing and having a long black beard standing in the crowd. He was there for at least fifteen minutes. When Rob stood down from preaching this man approached Rob and thanked him for taking the time to preach, the man then put 50 euros in Rob's hand. Robert tried to refuse the money but the man insisted, it was easy to tell by this man's accent that he was from the USA, although we didn't realise that the man we were talking to is a member of the famous heavy met al band KORN. The man was very humble and didn't make a big thing about his fame, but rather he just told us a bit about himself, and how he appreciated the gospel message. He took a tract and then left.

It then fell to me to preach, so I stood up and began by preaching on how we all have a stalker named death. God once again was gracious and drew a crowd in for His glory. The crowd was faily quiet except for a heckler named Dave, he was an interesting character, and he was a good heckler. He would ask a question and then be kind enough to let me answer. I dealt with him for about 40 minutes, and then other hecklers began to join in. During this time we had a large crowd for the whole thing, but then I noticed two police officers circling the crowd. My immediate thought was that they would be shutting us down. However, they just stayed and listened. After about an hour of preaching I stood down, a lot of the crowd took in-depth tracts, and then I noticed the two police officers approaching. They began to chat to me about the ministry, and one of them thanked me for taking the time to preach, the other officer was different, he began talking about Christianity and how he could be saved. It was a joy to be able to share the gospel with two police officers. They both left with tracts, and they also asked us to come back and preach any time.

Friday, 25 January, 2008

We had a later start today due to  the late night we had yesterday. Our first point of call for the day was Westminster, it was cool to actually witness and hand out tracts in front of Westminster abbey.

Many tourists were in the area, so a lot of tracts were given out, and a lot of one to one encounters occurred. We spent about two hours in this spot and then we moved over to Covent Gardens.

Covent gardens was jammed full of people, as we walked through the gardens I noticed many a street performer, some were really good and drew a big crowd, others were rather poor but they still had crowds. All I thought was how to we compete against this, that was me not trusting in God, but rather thinking of it in a natural mindset. God once again would show His Sovereignty in drawing a crowd for Himself.

Rob Hughes was the first preacher up, and he belted out the gospel hot and heavy. A few people gathered in to listen as he expounded on the law of God. Then after Rob finished David Gee began to preach. His opening was on the fairy tale of evolution. God again was glorifying His name by drawing people in to hear the message of hope found only in Christ Jesus.

Then it was my turn to preach, so I began by talking once again about the shortness of human life, and how our life is nothing more than a mist. It was now that I saw God working despite what I thought. He drew a crowd in, and this time He even drew in a Muslim heckler. Mohammed the Muslim heckler was a good heckler, and him and I engaged in an apologetic over Christianity versus Islam. This caused a good size crowd to gather as we went back and forth. I pulled out all I knew about Islam to disprove it from an apologetic angle, this was done not for Mohammed, but rather it was done for the crowd. The reasoning behind this is because Britain is looking down the barrel of Islamic invasion, so if I can warn and convince a few people about the errors of Islam then I have done my job, but what is the point of destroying Islam if one doesn't know the hope found in Jesus. So after the apologetic I explained the way of salvation and how we all need a Saviour.

Just as I was wrapping it up I was approached by two security guards who told me to leave as I may be offending some Muslims. This was interesting since the Muslims in the crowd actually thanked us for challenging them. We left Covent gardens since by now it was dark and cold, so we made our way back to Trinity Road Chapel.

That concludes the Operation 513 London Outreach, however, the outreach in England was just beginning for now we were headed to Northern England to preach in Sheffield, Newcastle and Manchester...

Soli Deo Gloria!

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