Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on September 8, 2020 from 1330 to 1500
Today was a warm day . It was also a bit dry despite it is just he beginning of Spring into its 2nd week. The dryness applied also to today outreach. It was rare that all the four team mates persistently face rejection and got comparatively less divine chatting appointment for Gospel sharing conversation. This was particularly a testing lesson for the new members Yan Chang who joined us the 2nd time after a long rest. We all have to learn that , God is in control in all circumstances and there is always a lesson for us to learn to be patience and submit to God's timing and plan.
Comparatively, Winnie had got the most number of conversation. So it also shows that the election of God to be His messenger does not depend on our experience and skill level. It is all the sovereign work of God in operation. All is needed is trust and obey.
Recap below is the four significant conversations I had after being rejected numerous times.
1) A Black Christian did not stop when Winnie approached him. But when he took his seat to wait for the bus, he responded to my approach asking what the tract is. When he found out it is a gospel tract, he declared he is a Christian. I immediately switched to ask him the two diagnosis questions. But it was too late to get a response as the bus just came by that time. Anyhow, the man express His respect to our street evangelism ministry. Hopefully he will be motivated to do likewise.
2) Another Old man also rejected Winnie's approach but agreed to talk while waiting for the bus. The bus came very fast. I could only manged to share the nutshell of the gospel and handed him a tract.
3) A Muslim background UQ student showed initial rejection. I changed tactic to chat on migration policy and finally shared the full gospel before teh bus arrived.
4) Oscar was the only one who show receptive attitude toward gospel. He was very attentive and agreed on whatever I shared. Pray for him to read the tract and touch by God for a fruit bearing conversion.
第一位遇上的是澳洲少女，Celina, 她願意信靠主耶稣基督。第二位是中国青年，初時他不願意接受單章，後來當他停下 查看巴士時間時，我行過去 問他認識耶穌基督嗎？跟着傳講福音给他，當我講完後，巴士到達。第三位是 Tegan, 澳洲女士，當她遇見 Johnny時，不願意留下聽福音。當她坐下，我嘗試問她願意查考你是否一個好人。她願意 便傳了福音给她。第四位，澳洲少女，Angella，願意接受耶稣基督。第五位，Leo, 澳洲男士，聽完福音後，他説要詳细想清楚。
留下聽福音的人，不是我們選擇的，是神預早安排好给我們的。有的人不願意留下聽我講的，願意聽關牧師講的。有的不願意聽 Johnny 講的，卻願意聽我講的。所以完全都是神的安排，固此我們要順服神的带领。感謝讚美主 今天學到的功課 是要信靠顺服。
On Saturday Ed, Laurie and myself planned to meet in Plymouth City Centre for a couple of hours of outreach, and didn't expect to have such a packed time and were so thankful for God already preparing peoples hearts and minds that day. After dropping off the outreach stuff and then trying to find a parking space, I asked two passers by if they could watch the back of my car whilst reversing into a tight spot. I said 'than ks a million' afterwards and gave him a million pound note tract, and he was totally shocked. He said he had seen them before somewhere and wanted to use the idea in his advertising business and had been wondering where he could get one! I showed him the tract on the website and gave him an evangelism card and he was very grateful- I explained this was no coincidence but a God-incidence, of all the people walking past at that time and for him to be the one to be there was amazing.
As I was setting up the flip charts etc in town, 6 lads in their early twenties were sitting on a wall opposite eating their lunch, and looking across inquisitively at what I was doing. I told them it was an intelligence test if they fancied it, and they came across to have a go and then onto the good person test. They really listened and were engaged and for around 20 min listened to the gospel message and why they needed a Saviour. They all listened and at the end one of them asked about purgatory and people spending time there to pay off sins. I tried to explain that this was not in the Bible but made up by the Roman Catholic church a few hundred years ago as a way of scaring people into giving money to the Church to try and get dead relatives to spend less time in Hell, but that it was not in scripture and really a scam. They agreed and all took some tracts and a gave a firm handshake which was really encouraging.
Whilst this conversation had been going on, Laurie had been speaking to 2 Catholic guys from Portugal and Poland that were part of a larger group of Missionaries here from different countries. The conversation was about the role of good works and faith and salvation and knowing we are saved as supposed to hoping we will be. The guys did seem to understand what we were saying and mostly agreed, and took some gospel tracts to look at.
Laurie felt led to read a chapter of John 1 for first time and stood up to share this which was a prompting from her Dad, and she was encouraged and hops to continue to do this again. Ed was handing out gospel tracts to people and stopped to talk to a young guy that was interested in taking a Bible and some tracts which was good, as well as a DVD about Dinosaurs in the Bible and the age of the earth.
That day I had read in my J.C.Ryle devotions book Luke 17 v 26-37, where Jesus talked about Noah and the judgment of the worldwide flood, Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot and his wife, and future judgment to come before Jesus returns. I tried to show people that in these really challenging times we needed security and hope to know where we would go when we died, and the judgment that fll on people before would one day fall again finally.
I was holding a Bible in my hand, and a man stopped to listen and then started to engage with me saying we cant trust the Bible as it was written by men and had been changed lots of times and was written before he was born. He said it couldn't be trusted and was full of contradictions. I asked him to tell me when the Bible had been changed and what the contradictions were. Funnily enough he had never actually read the Bible, but attended a Catholic Church with his daughter, but didn't believe in God. This was a perfect preaching opportunity, and so I tried to show the man the foolishness of his position, how we can trust the Bible, how there are no contradictions, that its the most read and studied book ever and many people who have started off as atheists anting to discredit it, have actually ben saved from reading it and know it to be 100% accurate.
I spoke about the Dead sea scrolls, and how without God and believing in evolution and the Big Bang, people have no idea where we came from, why we are here and where we are going when we die. The gentleman continued to shout and argue, which drew a crowd of about 20 people, and a man who had stopped to listen asked the man about Shakespeare etc and if he believe he existed before he was born. The mans very strange stance was exposed and people could see his argument was non existent, and the man listened while I tried to show him he didn't want to read the Bible because of sin, and that any excuse not to believe it was being used. He put on his sunglasses and actually became quiet and listened, I offered him a Bible which he didn't accept, but he did take some tracts and the two DVDs and he shook hands before leaving.
A few of the people that had been listening stayed while I finished preaching, which led to some conversations to different people listening; a young lad took a bible and tracts, two women took bibles and tracts that Laurie said were listening intently and looked concerned. She told them it's true and its important to think about and take action on, to turn to Jesus. A man had been sat listing listening and took some tracts, and we managed to speak to the man that was a Christian that had engaged the heckler. We all had a great chat with Steven and his family that were previously from London but now pastored a Church in Exeter. He said he had come away from the Anglican Church and was now part of the Free Anglican Church, and he had been praying to meet others to go out onto streets with, he is reformed, likes Living Waters ministries and we exchanged numbers to meet in Exeter one Saturday to preach which was really encouraging for both of us.
Laurie also had a chat with older gentleman called Edward who had asked questions about channeling spirit guides. She said that the Devil masquerades as an Angel of light, and he said that made sense. She told him the gospel and he said he believed that Jesus is the only way of salvation. Laurie gave him a bible and he said he would read Matthews gospel and digest it well! .
It was a truly amazing day and we prayed afterwards for the people we had spoken with and handed out tracts too, and were particularly encouraged to meet Steven and his family and hopefully team up together soon.
The end of another weekend of outreach in Christchurch (NZ).
Saturday was a bit slower than normal - I positioned myself in my usual Saturday spot near the Bridge of Remembrance. I managed to have a few good follow up conversations, and hand out a few tracts. Even the busker who was near me said it was slow!
I did have two good opportunities.
A middle aged couple walked past. The wife beelined away from me, but to my surprise the husband walked past and accepted a tract. I asked him what he thought happened after life, and he stopped to engage! His wife abandoned him - but he wasn’t concerned. It was a straight forward gospel conversation where he grasped the concepts quickly. I challenged him to respond before he moved on to catch up with his wife. The gospel is the power of God to salvation.
I approached a father and son. Later it turned out I had talked to the father (a Christian) on a previous Saturday, but at the time he subtly indicated that I should talk to his son - which I did. The son considered himself a Christian, but pointed to his good deeds as the reason he would be going to heaven (sigh). He seemed impacted when I explained the gospel. This is not a judgement, but a plea: Fathers - It’s not the ministers job to share the gospel with your children, it is yours. You need to be constantly going over the gospel with them!
By this stage, the buskers act was in full swing, and it was loud, I decided to move locations to the Colombo and Cashel corner to finish the outreach.
Sunday afternoons outreach was the opposite of Saturday, it was busy and interesting - very interesting.
I started the outreach on my own, but I had Daryl join me. I prayed for gospel opportunities.
First up was a conversation with a liberal American Muslim whose son (with her) and husband (who survived) had been shot in the terrible mosque shooting of the previous year. We ended up talking for about forty minutes. Her defensive walls to objective truth were very high, and she really liked to talk. I knew tackling her defenses directly would be futile. So I just patiently listened, and waited for opportunities to communicate. Amazingly, I found a way to be able to explain the gospel to her a number of times and then watch her process it and reject it. Every opportunity I could, I would gently lead her back to the critical issue of how God (who made the universe and has the right to make the rules) can be just and merciful. And how Jesus is the only answer that makes sense. When we finally parted ways, I re-expressed my deep sympathy for what she, her family, and community had been through.
By this stage, Daryl was with me - it had been a long while since he had joined me for outreach, and so I took him through the new flip chart we use.
Low and behold, two girls walked up and wanted to give the flip chart a try! I quickly read it as a set up - they just wanted to attack. It turns out I was only partly right. One of them was Wicken. Like Friday, the issues of why God allows suffering and homosexuality came up. And also the issue abortion. They were following the logic of my explanation of the gospel, and picked it up quickly, when one of them suddenly got angry at me. I asked why, and she quickly calmed down - but it rattled me. She was deeply resistant. Later, she asked me why I do what I do. She even said it annoys her that I’m out on the streets - it was actually a very encouraging thing for her to say. I work very hard to not be offensive myself, but the gospel will offend!
We got into another conversation with a couple of girls - but it was quickly interrupted by a guy I’ve spoken to before who was in passive intellectual attack mode! We lost the conversation with the two girls. I had to work to turn the guys attack mode off - I refused to engage him otherwise. It worked, things calmed down, we didn’t have the time for a proper conversation so I offered contact details so we could continue the chat. He initially refused, but then he gave me his email address. I’ve emailed him, and he has responded! I will continue that conversation on Tuesday.
Sunday afternoon was exciting, I don’t think my writing has captured it. We are standing against this culture with the gospel, and I’m seeing little signs that it is having an effect (all glory to God alone). Please pray for strength and protection to continue the fight.
Excuse the photo, it’s the only one I took over the weekend of outreach!
It was another beautiful day at Redcliffe as the team turned up for outreach today. The team was made up of Richard, Penny, Rob, Joy, Alan, Debbie, Andrew and Col. God gave everyone just such a wonderful day of gospel conversations and plenty of tracts and bibles were handed out as well. Redcliffe is just such a responsive location where generally most people are happy to chat and listen to the gospel. We had a great conversation with a Muslim guy by asking him who was going to pay for his sins and he said that God would just forgive him and just ignore his sin. I went through the court room illustration with him saying that a just judge could not just ignore a person breaking the law and similarly God cannot just ignore sin that breaks his laws. Only by trusting in Christ who paid the price for breaking God's law could a person be forgiven. I'm not sure that he accepted what I said but at least he heard the gospel and accepted a tract and I think I gave him a gospel of John. Thank God, for there was lots of similar gospel conversation today and it was just so good to see the Holy Spirit touching so many with the hope of the gospel. By the end of our time everyone was just so much rejoicing in what the Lord had done through the team for his Glory. Our next outreach is in 2 weeks on the 19 th Sept, 11 am til 1 pm come and join us, it would be great to have more believers sharing the gospel with us. Praise God for his goodness and kindness. What a wonderful Saviour we have in the Lord Jesus !!!!
Thursday and Friday were busy days of outreach, as usual.
I started with a couple of hours online on Thursday before heading to Northlands and then Eastgate. The highlight was a discussion with a guy from Luxembourg! And he spoke Luxembourgish - you are always learning things with online evangelism. ;) But he spoke English well enough for me to be able to share the gospel with him.
Andy and I had a good time of outreach at the bus stops. And it was great to have Daniel join us at Northlands.
At Northlands, I had people stop to talk who I would never have expected to. I thank God for the gospel opportunities.
But the highlight conversation was with a lady who said she was already a Christian. I used the “dagger in my back” scenario to see what her understanding of the gospel was. Sadly, she didn’t even get close to the central key of Christianity: Jesus. When I told her - she realised what she had been missing and felt sheepish. She even said she needs to re-read her Bible. She seemed to appreciate the brief conversation and gladly accepted a gospel tract with more information. Thank you Lord.
At Eastgate, I had a high school kid approach me - I remembered talking to him before. So I asked him what he had to do to go to heaven. He started talking about the things he needed to do - none of which were the biblical answer. I gently probed, and then suddenly (and unexpectedly) he said the word “trust”. I smiled - something from our previous conversation had stuck! I asked him what he had to trust in, and he said, “Jesus”. So I said, “Trust that Jesus has done what for you?”. He said, “that he died on the cross for my sin”. It was in his head, but did he understand? Sadly, his bus came before I could talk further. God willing, I will have another opportunity to talk with him. Or maybe he will cross your path one day? Are you ready to share the gospel?
Friday started with the gospel + abortion outreach outside Christchurch hospital. You can read about it here.
We then moved on to Cathedral Square for open air gospel proclamation. Our hecklers had already started gathering. I decided to take a different tack today. In the past, one of the hecklers had become so aggressive, that we had to institute a policy of completely ignoring this guy. Sadly, this led to us just having to preach over top of his heckling - to outsiders, it didn’t look good. So today I decided to start re-engaging, and directly addressing the objections. It went reasonably well. A small group gathered. Sadly, due to the constant stream of questions, I never managed to get to the gospel. I still have much to learn! I ran out of energy, and Marty stepped in to take over. People would stop to listen. I had at least one follow up conversation with a guy who had listened to Marty preach - he was impacted.
I then had a wonderful opportunity to approach two girls who had been listening. One of them opened up with “I’m gay”. So I just responded with, “Oh, hi, well - I’m hetrosexual, nice to meet you”. We then fell into a discussion about where the universe came from. But then the other came up with the issue of why God allows suffering. Homosexuality and Theodicy are the two biggest objections I have to deal with. I gently reasoned with them and then, suddenly, a lady who had been listening from a small distance interjected into the conversation. To my surprise, one of the two girls defended me! We exchanged names, and then she initiated a hand shake. I sensed that now was not the time to push the conversation, and we parted ways at that point. They left with tracts, and I told them that anytime they wanted to talk, they were welcome to approach me.
We moved to Cashel Mall - Bridge of Remembrance end. I had a fascinating encounter there. I had approached a lady to open a gospel discussion - she was open and we started to wrestle with the deep questions of life when suddenly a guy approached me and said “You made me believe in God!”. I was a bit surprised, and then he said, “At Riccarton - you talked to me”. He wanted to talk again, but as I was in the middle of a conversation!
I was able to finish the gospel conversation with the lady. I went to find the guy and noticed that his friends and he were hearing the gospel from Roger on the flip chart.
Once that had finished, I was able to catch up with him and one of his friends to find out what was happening in his life. Sadly, his reasons for believing God were experienced based, and he wasn’t believing that Jesus had died for his sin. Yet, he is interested - and even reading a Bible. His friend is Bahá’í and we ended up having a conversation where, sadly, resistance to the gospel started to build. Even so, the gospel is the power of God for salvation - in His timing.
Mike and I finished the day with an evening outreach in the city. Wow, some fascinating gospel opportunities were taken - praise God! In Cathedral Square I got into some non standard gospel conversations with various people dressed very alternatively. People would join the conversations at different times and things would get interrupted and so no conversation flow could really be established. But gospel plowing did occur!
Eventually Mike and I gave up, and we headed off. Our very next conversation was with a guy who was really keen to talk to us. It turned out he had been listening to our conversations in Cathedral Square! (I never noticed him.) He was an ex-Christian and was ready for an apologetical fight. We didn’t give him one - he already knows God exists! We asked him what he understood about Christianity, and it became very clear that he never understood the gospel. Eventually his whole demeanor changed - it was a great conversation where Mike and I tag teamed the discussion.
Near the end of the outreach, we managed to have some interesting conversations outside the pubs on Oxford Terrace. I managed to get into conversation with an extremely drunk couple. I’m not sure if they will remember the conversation at all - I told one to put the tract I gave her into her pocket and read it in the morning.
All glory to God for the opportunities to be a witness for Him. Please keep us in prayer.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday September 2, 2020 from 1300 -1500
After one month of rest, we have resumed serving on the street here at Sunnybank. Even though the Covic-19 community outbreak has not yet been completely over, general reaction of people is still quite receptive as such there were many divine appointments arranged by God for us to share the Gospel.
The team started with just Johnny and me, but God led Gary to join us soon after we did our opening prayer. Then David Loi also joined us at around 2pm. He partnered with Johnny as a learning curve handing out tract. Gary was very active today having many conversation that I had lost count. Seemingly God is bringing up Gary to become more upfront in approaching people for a chat. I had got 11 opportunities of outreach.
1) Annie a school girl possibly of Korean descendent, just heard the nutshell of gospel before the bus arrived though she appeared very appreciative and receptive.
2) A Cantonese speaking Old woman from China was reluctant to take the tract not to mention for a chat. But our common dialect helped to break the ice and I ended up sharing the full Gospel with her and she promised to read the tract to revise on what I shared with her.
3) May a Filipino Catholic Mum with her son Max. She also was reluctant to chat thinking that she is all right as a Catholic Christian, but God changed her mind to listen to my sharing of the full Gospel and realized her faith was not pure not having yet an absolute faith in Christ alone for genuine salvation. There was not enough time to elaborate so I had to let go to leave God to continue His work.
4) A Korean lady Fay with tattoo was welcoming for me to have a chat before the bus came, I could basically touched base on the Gospel apart from just giving her the tract and prayerfully God will lead her to reach a right decision later on.
5) Another Filipino mother and daughter were waiting for the bus. I was able to share with the Mum who ended up admitting she is a Catholic Christian. As usual, she does not have right concept of salvation which I rushed to explained to here before the bus came.
6) Alvin a young Malaysian Christian talked with Col before . I use diagnosis questions to make sure he has teh correct understanding of Gospel as well as assurance of salvation.
7) Nina a Vietnamese school girl who were receptive to the gospel. I was able to share the full gospel to her before her mum arrive to pick her up.
8) A Chinese girl rejected Johnny but took the tract from me
9) Teresa a Taiwanese girl who has no religious belief but her parents are claimed to be Buddhist. Yet she also appeared very receptive to the Gospel.
10) A Korean lady asking for direction. She was in a great hurry so I could not but let go. But trust that the action love will be used by God to lead her to Christ one day.
11) A Muslim lady who could not speak any English but I still manged to show her the love of Jesus and that she needs Jesus.
Tuesday was the first day of spring! I’ve now survived two winters - although, with online evangelism, it is so much easier navigating the weather. And it just so happened, that the first day of spring was very wet, so online I went.
I had two conversations where I was able to deploy Google Translate to great effect.
The first was with a person who spoke Spanish and ZERO English. I was amazed at the progress I made. But sadly I didn’t get past the law with this person before the connection flaked out.
Stranger: But he would forgive me
Stranger: He forgives me, I'm sure he's my friend
Stranger: I've never sinned and he knows it
You: But you have! You have lied, stolen, and your anger is like murder to God.
You: Do you know someone who is perfect and willing to die for you to receive your punishment from hell?
You: Still there?
Stranger has disconnected.
The last conversation of the outreach was with a girl who spoke portugese but could speak a little english as well. After the chat, I would say she was already a Christian. The conversation became quite pastoral with focus on justification by faith alone and why a Christian can have assurance of salvation. And yet I didn’t want her to have a false sense of assurance and so there was talk about the fruit of repentance that will come in a Christian. Ultimately, I pointed her to her pastors / church / family - as these people know her, where I had only just met her. She seemed incredibly grateful for the conversation. And I was incredibly grateful for Google Translate! If she is not saved, may God change her heart; but if she is, may she continue to grow and be used by God for His glory!
I had an amazing conversation with three girls from Lebanon! I don’t think I’ve talked to anyone from that country before. They were Maronites (a form of Christianity) - something I’ve never heard of before and had to do a little research on later. They looked to their good deeds as the way to salvation, and so I shared the law and the gospel - they came to grasp it very quickly. I challenged them to respond to the gospel, and showed them why they are not really Christians. One of them had a question about homosexuality - which I answered. They seemed to really appreciate the conversation.
On Wednesday I spent two hours in the city before joining the Aussie team for two hours online.
There were four highlight conversations in the city.
Firstly I approached a construction worker who was engrossed in something on his phone - I expected him to not want to talk to me, so I was surprised by his friendliness! He had a Christian background, but was pleasantly surprised when he came to understand the gospel. He gladly received a follow up tract.
Then saw a guy coming who I thought would be keen for a chat. I positioned myself to try to start a conversation when two ladies went past from the other direction. I offered tracts and was surprised when they accepted them! I quickly moved into a gospel conversation and they stopped to engage - they both seemed interested. I could tell they didn’t have much time, so I moved quickly to explain the law and the gospel before they indeed moved on.
I encounter the Unicef workers a lot, who are out getting sign ups. As I went past one of them, they approached me - not to sign me up, but they wanted to talk about the deep questions of life. I ended up having a long conversation - and yet there was a deep resistance to the logic I was trying to share. I was able to share the gospel - but it seemed to bounce off. Eventually I wound up the conversation. Apparently she had already received a tract from me. This time, she accepted a “Which one is right?” and “How we know God exists and why it matters” before I moved on.
I finally made it down to Ara, and managed to get into a good conversation with two guys who were also resistant. Eventually one of them said, “look, as long as I’m a good person, I’ll be okay” - the perfect opportunity to segway into the law! The didn’t give me an opportunity to get to the gospel - but they did take tracts.
Online I had some good conversations. The first was with a guy who didn’t seem to be responsive, and took some time to grasp the gospel. He just didn’t seem interested, and I was surprised that he hadn’t disconnected. And yet, to my surprise, it turns out he was very interested. At the end of the conversation, he opened up about a fear of death - that he now understood the solution to!
I then had a fascinating text conversation with a person who had pretty good answers but was likely a false convert:
You: Hi :)
Stranger: You <can’t repeat>?
You: What do you think happens after life?
You: No, I'm not, and I don't want to be.
You: But, what do you think happens after life?
Stranger: I think that we go to heaven if we accept Christ as our saviour
You: Interesting answer! :) What did Jesus do so he could save us? And what did he save us from?
Stranger: He died in the cross for us and saved us from a lifetime of suffering
You: Right, he saved us from the punishment we deserve for our sins!
You: Have you accepted the gift of Jesus?
Stranger: When I was in 4th grade
You: What do we have to do to accept that gift?
Stranger: It's not that hard you just accept him into your heart
You: The Bible says we are saved by grace, through faith.... we need to TRUST that Jesus died for our sins.
You: And Jesus dieing for our sins is the only reason we go to heaven.
You: Out of 100, how sure are you that you are going to heaven?
Stranger: Honestly I don't know I've accepted him as my saviour but I'm still not sure
Stranger: Why are you here?
You: ok, that is why I'm asking you these questions, because Hell is real and very serious - I don't want you to go there!
You: I'm here because I'm a Christian, and I want to share the good news of Jesus with people :)
Stranger: Well a word of advice don't do it on here
You: We can be 100% certain we are going to heaven, because our forgiveness is not based on how good we are but how good Jesus was - and that he died and rose for our sins.
You: Our life will be changed if we are trusting that Jesus died for us.
You: There are many false converts.
You: A word of advice - NO ONE should be here. It's a nasty place. But nasty people need Jesus.
Stranger: Ok I think I've had enough. Thanks for the lesson that I've heard to many times. Good bye
You: Why did you ask me If I'm <can’t repeat>?
You: Why are you here?
You: Has your life been changed by the gift of Jesus? Are you a false convert?
You: Read 1 John
You: I say that because I care for you.
Stranger: You know God may say that being <can’t repeat> is a sin but it's not it's completely and humanly natural
You: Read Matthew 5
Stranger: And you can't care for me... You don't even know me
You: Jesus said if you just look at someone with lust, it's like committing adultery with them in your heart
You: I care enough about you to spend time here to confront you with truth.
Stranger: Like I said before I've had enough have a nice day good bye
You: Your soul is the most important thing you have. To gain it, you must lose it.
Stranger: Good bye
Stranger: Stop sending that
You: The fact that you haven't left, shows that you care very much about this conversation.
You: God gives grace to the humble, but resists the proud heart. Don't be proud. :)
You: If you have any questions, I'm happy to answer, I'm not your enemy.
Stranger: <expletive> I guess I just wanted the last word which i have good bye
Stranger has disconnected.
Operation 513 Battle Lof for Tooowng Village on Wednesday September 1, 2020 from 1330 to 1500
On the first day of Spring, we have resumed by grace the street evangelism at Toowong despite the Covid-19 community cluster outbreak is still posing threat of heath to the Queenslander in general. To me, it was also a very special new day after the birth of my 2nd Grand child Hannah the baby girl yesterday evening. Going on to the street again for the Lord needs to pay a price for not being able to visit Hannah as well as the whole family for an indefinite period until the covid-19 infection is over. But it is a worthy price to pay as it may be used by God to give birth to many spiritual new life by the almighty power of the Gospel.
Actually , every team mate has their price to pay. Winnie has to travel 1.5 hours by train one way to join this 1.5 hour street evangelism every week with her Husband coming along to support her. Gary Nean our Aussie team mate has to carry two big signs with gospel message by train. Johnny of course has to exert extra responsibility as both our physical and spiritual leader.
Apart from preaching the gospel, God always has a side lesson for us to learn. For consecutive times, we starts sluggishly without any successful chat. It is time for us to learn to let go of our anxiety as if stripping off the coat of self pride. After we have put 100% faith in God, the divine appointments then come continuously like flow of living water that cannot be stopped. God will also raise up and use the seemingly weakest link amongst us to prove that the gospel work we have done is not because of our experience and skill but simply the sovereign power of God. Today, Winnie made 9 significant fruitful contact while Johnny and I only got less opportunities. Gary was taking position in the far end under the footbridge with result not known to us, but of course he got all his chance.
Recap here below is my battle log of 7 conversation followed by the log of Winnie in Chinese for 9 persons.
1) Jerry an local Aussie UQ student, appeared very receptive and was able to share the nutshell of the gospel before the bus came.
2) A Korean girl initially not wanting to chat but was impressed by my sincerity as such I was able to finish sharing the gospel in a nutshell only just in time when the bus arrived.
3) I Met Wasi a Nigerian Christian. He was the rare one with clear and hundred percent assurance of salvation faith. I was able to Supplement him with the threefold of salvation as per 2 Cor 1:10. He even eagerly checked up the bible verse to get what I wanted to share with him. Our sharing also could not last long because of the arrival of the bus.
4) Suby an Indian young woman after showing initial reluctance to stop for a chat, she claimed she is a Christian and her uncle is a pastor. But she showed no correct understanding of gospel lacking full assurance of assurance. Thanks God I finally managed to make here understand she should have 100% , not even 99.99%, assurance of salvation simply because of Christ alone.
5) I followed up with the girl Lucy that Gary chatted a while ago and left for the bus stop. When I asked her if she thinks she can go to heaven by being a good person, she failed to grasp the essence of the gospel. So I gave her a bit more explanation luckily before the bus came.
6) Cathy a catholic Filipino initially rejected to take a tract as she thought she does not need to hear th gospel again. But she failed the diagnosis test then I took her through the gospel to establish her real basis of salvation is by Christ alone as such she should have 100$ faith in Jesus. At the end, she thanks for my passion to help her out to correct her misconception about redemptive grace.
7) Chrystal, a Malaysian Chinese Christian. Thanks God she is the rare one like Wasi today that have 100% assurance of salvation.
當我們到達傳福音地點，等了十分鐘，都沒有人留下聽福音。關牧師説可能我們要再次禱告。馬上我遇到第一位是中国少女，講述重要的福音後，巴士到達。第二位，Lily從香港來的少女，初時我們用英语溝通，但她説不太明白，我問她從那裏來，她説香港，我便用廣東話講述福音，於是她完全明白了，願意回教會尋求更多的真理。第三位，本地人 Joe,是天主教徒，我們講及天主教舆基督教的分别。第四位，好，中国少女。我用很快的時間 重要的福音傳给她，當我講完，巴士到達，她很開心的謝謝我所傳的福音。第五位，Alex 中国青年，不太明白我用英语講的福音，於是我用不流利的普通话對他説，他终于明白了，尋求教會更進一步的認識. 第六位，Cathy, 完全明白福音，願意回教會。第七位，Max, 本地人，初時不願意聽福音，當他坐下來，我行過去問他，你認識耶穌基督嗎？跟着傳福音给他。第八位是澳洲女士，Sally, 她明白耶穌救恩，願意回教會尋求更多真理。第九位，Neil, 天主教徒，我講述天主教與基督教的分别，他説有在家禱告，但沒有回教會，我説可能现在教會都在網上進行，嘗試網上找教會吧！Johnny 叫我，收工了。跟着關牧師又到來，還和他影相。
Saturday - Tell Me Conference day! This was the seventh yearly iteration. It’s partly because of this conference that I ultimately started working for Operation 513.
Just over six years ago, Andy came up with the idea of running an evangelism conference. I thought he was crazy! Who would want to come to an evangelism conference? It came together and happened (this is where the name “Tell Me” came from)… and it was good! Some great connections occurred. So we decided to do it again the next year. But who to speak? I’d heard of Josh Williamson, and after discussions we decided to get him over. This was our introduction to Operation 513. And it went from there. I look back and am amazed at what God has done with “Tell Me” - the ministry and the conference - now folded into Operation 513. If we are humble, and continue to trust in God, then I can’t wait to see what the future brings. May God get all the glory!
After the teaching part of the conference, most of the attendees came out on the streets to get a taste of real street evangelism!
We started with one of the speakers at the conference, Matthew Johnston (himself coming to Christ through open air ministry, now a Pastor at Riverbend Bible Church in the Hawke’s Bay), open air preaching in Cathedral Square. It was great learning from his style. He spoke loudly and clearly, and yet worked hard to not come across as angry or yelling. And he engaged with people as they walked past, even getting one guy to stop and interact - but ultimately listen. Matthew is pictured with a passerby stopped and listening. Soon after, the other speaker at the conference (Roger Spicer) had started engaging the very same passerby in gospel conversation - also pictured.
After the preaching, we split up into smaller groups and spread out within the central city to engage people with tracts, and in conversation.
It was so wonderful seeing so many Christians out giving it a go, and observing and learning from those that had more experience.
I ended up getting engrossed in my own gospel conversations, but from time to time I would notice that other Christians around me were getting into their own conversations - some for the first time!
The flip chart really helped. People would walk up to it and want to give it a go, making it easy for those that were a bit rusty to get going, or for newbies to get involved.
Personally, I had four stand out conversations. All follow ups!
The first was with a guy who said he needed evidence before he would believe in God. I asked what evidence he required. He said, if God walked up to him and shook his hand he would believe (he wouldn’t). I said he didn’t need that to happen, that he already knew that God existed - and then used the building analogy to explain why. Surprisingly he opened up and I was able to share the gospel with him. He then had another apologetical question - he was surprised I was able to answer it. I challenged him to respond to the gospel - God willing I will see him again soon and be able to continue to follow up with him.
The third one was with a guy I’ve been talking to for about a year now. The last time was the previous day carrying a box of beer. Today he was hung over, but both times he was happy to chat - he still had the tract I’d given him the previous day, I gave him two more today. I just continued to labour with him. He knows, yet his heart hasn’t been changed. Oh, God, have mercy!
It was a tiring, but wonderful day.
Sunday I was in catch up mode (e.g., these Battle Logs). But I was able to spend two hours online with the Aussie team. I was paired up with the Pink Angel - Matthew Andersen - I learnt so much from listening to his gospel conversation. The guy he was talking to came to understand the clear logic of the gospel, but suppressed the truth - even admitting that he was denying the truth because he loved his sin! And yet he was open, and indicated that he would consider the discussion. He needs God to change his heart - that is his only hope. The gospel is the power of God to salvation!
I spent six hours in online outreach on Thursday.
Looking at my notes, it looks like I had a string of resistant people, but then I copied and pasted a text based conversation. I now remember, whoever I was talking to was very open:
Stranger: I really don’t know
You: It's the building you can see - right?
You: ok, in the same way
You: We can't see God
You: But we can see this Universe, infinitely more complicated than the engineering in a building
You: So, that is how we know God exists.
Stranger: You have a point
Stranger: Ok makes sense
You: What do we have to do to go to heaven?
Stranger: Be a good person and make good decisions
You: 1) Have you ever lied?
You: 3) Have you ever murdered someone?
Stranger: No way
You: Ever been angry with someone?
You: Innocent or guilty?
Stranger: That’s is a great point
Stranger: I’m not sure
Stranger: I have never really looked at That
Stranger: Sacrifice himself for us all
You: TRUST that JESUS died on the cross to pay our hell fine.
Stranger: I always was scared I might go to hell for little things and that’s why I never really looked into this
Stranger: Makes sense
Stranger: That is the best thing I have seen on omegle
Stranger: Ok cool I will definitely use this thank you so much
On Friday we had a calm gospel + abortion outreach outside the hospital before moving into Cathedral Square for some open air preaching. There was a new heckler today, and Andy did a great job interacting with him!
There were a lot of evangelists in Cashel Mall later in the afternoon - from various outreach organisations and churches.
I ended up having a follow up opportunity with a guy I’ve been talking to for well over a year. With all the Covid-19 craziness, he has been thinking deeply on his mortality. I was able to take him through the gospel again. Frustratingly, he seems to be understanding, but not responding to the gospel. I challenged him to respond - today - but only God can change his heart. Pray that God would have mercy on him.
Roger had a great chat with some uni students (pictured), and Andy ended up having a long chat with some guys down by the river (also pictured).
Friday evening was taken with Tell Me Conference prep (including venue set up), so I wasn’t able to do the usual outreach. But I was very encouraged to have so many who attended the conference on Saturday join us on the streets in the afternoon - it was very encouraging! But I’ll write about that in my next report.