OPERATION 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tue 22/12/2020 from 1330 to 1500
The team of three Johnny, Winnie and Hung assembled as usual despite weather forecast of a very hot day peaking at 34C. Praise and thanks God, the sky was covered with thick cloud as such the temperature was not as high as 34C but very suitable for street evangelism. May be the school holiday factor played the effect of much less people flow, Winnie and I still got non-stop opportunities for conversations even many of them started with an initial rejection. It more so showed that it was God who was working with us through the Holy Spirit. Recap below are my battle log for 7 persons and Winnie's for 7 as well.
1) A lady from China showed initial non interest to gospel but was led to open up her heart gradually by some soft chat first like the origin of "Merry" Christmas. At the ned full gospel was preached and tracts were given out.
2) Sim an Aussie girl seems to be an Atheist who politely declined to chat initially but I still managed to start with a soft chat using the "Merry" Christmas gimmick. It ended up arousing her interest to take a tract home.
3) Chelsea a Fiji young woman who were humble and polite to listen and interact first with my "Merry" Christmas gimmick through which to embark on the power of salvation brought by Jesus.
4) Chung Shin, 忠信 a young man from Hai Nan who has finished his IT study and is about to go home. Winnie shared with him first in English, but I followed up afterwards. He is not a believer but very open and soft to gospel and acknowledged that Christianity is very popular in his home town. So it is a good sign that God will lead him to make the step of faith even back home.
5) A young man by the name of Ding 丁, who is from 常州 Jiang So China. He claimed to be an Atheist 無神論 but I still managed to share him the full Gospel.
6) Zee is a Vietnam girl coming to study English at UQ, she was kept here ending up doing all the advance level of study she was qualified. But she still used poor English as an excuse but I nevertheless still found no obstacle to communicate with her. She cooperate and listen attentively in a friendly manner until the bus came.
7) Maxim A proud boy from France who also rejected me initially. I use the same tactics to use the "merry" Christmas gimmick as ice breaker and successfully conveyed to him the gospel. Even though at the ned he still did not take a tract, but I have confident the work of God will not go in vain.
Amanda, 中國少女. 澳洲少女，Elle. 中國男士。中國學生，忠信。澳洲男士，Eddie. 澳洲老人. 及中國年青人，Jose. 他們都聽了福音，有的需要時間想想，有的會去教會尋求更多真理。願今天所有聽到福音人士，回轉歸向神，求主憐憫。感謝讚美主。阿們！
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday December 16, 2020 from 1300 -1500
The weather continued to be fine with Sunny sky but not so hot sunshine. Andrew joined us a bit late as such we failed to have a team photo together, but two with either Johnny or Andrew working. It was also a rare days of many long conversations for both Johnny and Andrew more or less over an hour. God might have His plan for Richard from China , an atheist and the Girl chatting with Andrew to unlock many of her questions about God and life. They started chatting standing on the footbridge, then sitting down on the bridge and eventually moving over to the bench near the bus stop to continue their mind blowing yet exhausting talk.
As for me, I only got 12 small and scattered talk as recap below but I trusted that the Lord still could use it for a purpose.
1) The first Couple from China Mr Suen they appeared very polite and open to have a chat. We did talk about the reason for the season is Jesus and the meaning of "Merry" Christmas. before the bus came. (孫老夫婦丶很和氣)
2) Then came an Aussie mum with two kids, a boy and a girl. I stopped the girl from running two fast and far away from her Mum and gave her a Christmas tract. With this as an ice breaking gesture, I posted to the busy mum the question of "Merry" Christmas gimmick. It gave me the lead to share further the nutshell of Gospel just in time before the bus came.
3) A man from Shanghai who was not very open although he still reluctantly took a Christmas tract. All I could do was to share him the nutshell of the Gospel as soon as possible before the bus came.(上海人。不是很開放)
4) An African man on his bike with bulk of luggage making him like a World traveler ? But on a second look , he was a collector of empty plastic bottle to earn meager money for his living. So he is literally a survivor of life. God did not move me to stop him but gave him a tract. He stopped his bike and took the tract. I pray that this will open up his mind not only for material good for day to day survival but has a glimpse of the eternal need of salvation through Jesus Christ.
5) Then I met another elderly couple but chatted mainly with the husband Mr Tao(曹大哥) He is a suburban security guard in Mainland China (陸上小區管理)，I started off by mentioning "merry" Christmas which successfully aroused his interest to chat. He claimed having knowledge of the Christian gospel though himself is of Buddhism background.佛教背景 He proudly shared about his heroic record saving people life. This possibly was a response to my question Would a Good Person be fine for Heaven. Because of this I did not have time to finish the gospel sharing. Can only let go and leave it to God's hand.
7) A Korean couples took the tract, stayed for a short chat, but excused for reason of limited English.
8) Linda is a Korean Christian who did not show her Christian background but listened quietly with little responses or interaction. It was found out that she has no problem to understand but also limited speaking ability. Once found that she is a Christian, I gave her the diagnosis test for Assurance of salvation which she passed fair and square to show that she is a fair dinkum Christian.
9) Christina and Liam were local Aussie boy and girl friends. They are very gentle, polite and receptive listening to the gimmick of merry x mas followed by the good person test. The showed good understanding and indicated willingness to pursue and accept Jesus.
10) A fat guy was attracted by my "merry" Christmas gimmick but after that still turned down my further sharing of the gospel.
11) Levi is from Ipswich and was in a rush. I walked him across the footbridge and shared him the nutshell of gospel which he found very positive.
12) An Aussie old lady was walking with me and Levi for a short while on the foot bridge until our faster pace left her behind. But she did listen for a short while how I share the gospel to Levi. And I got a thumb up from her after I let Levi go and she picked up the pace to meet me again. It was a kind of encouragement unexpectedly from God through this lovely lady.
On Wednesday at Sunnybank there were several great conversations where people seemed to grasp the gospel and what it means to follow Jesus.
Dan, Marco & Nathaniel are from a Coptic Orthodox background and when I asked them about the afterlife, they said they hoped to go to heaven. I asked them why God should let them into heaven, but they all expressed that they doubted they would be going. I asked them about the commandments, and they were able to name 8 out of the 10, but like everyone else, they hadn’t kept even one. I then shared the good news with them and explained why Jesus dying on the cross was such great news and what we must do to receive the gift of eternal life. I asked them again where they would be going and they all pointed downward. I challenged them that God had offered forgiveness through Jesus and that they should get right with him that moment because they could not guarantee they had another day. They thanked me and all took tracts to read.
Tanisha is 20 years old and from a Vietnamese Catholic background. She was very unsure of what comes next and how we can know and so I shared that what we needed was a divine source of information. We talked through God’s existence and then I shared what God has said about the afterlife. We were progressing really well, but as we got to the end of the gospel, she came over very faint and had to lie down! For the next 30 minutes I looked after her at the bus stop until she felt safe to get on the bus and head home.
Samuel is 25 years old and was raised in a Mormon family. He is intrigued by the idea of the afterlife but had found his experience in the Mormon religion left him a bit jaded. He was very keen to get answers and so we talked through the gospel at length and I showed him how the works based understanding of salvation cannot possibly save us and how Jesus alone pays our debt. He asked some really great questions and so I showed him how the whole Bible is grounded in history. I then talked him through the threads of redemption and sacrifice that run through the whole Bible and he was astonished that the Bible was more than nice stories. I asked him if he had a Bible and gave him an ESV Gospel of John. He quickly skimmed a couple of pages and was amazed at how much easier it was to read than the King James used by the Mormon religion. He was very excited by the whole conversation and thanked me several times!
Please pray for each of those folks who heard the gospel and especially that God would cause them to have saving faith.
Battle Log of Johnny:
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tuesday November 17 , 2020 from 1330 to 1500
After a stormy day yesterday, God gave us a sunny day with mild sun shine not that scorching hot for street evangelism. The Christmas holiday mood has also crept in affecting people's response to Gospel in a mixed fashion. Some die hard Atheist would strictly reject any form of Christian gospel approach. But some including secularized people without faith or of other faith will tend to be more open and tolerant to the greeting of Merry Christmas. Johnny brought along the Christmas tracts which served best for this purpose. I have maximized its effectiveness by asking a follow up question after extending to the gospel target "Merry Christmas" The question is " Why we greet each other for the Christmas festivity by saying "Merry" but not "Happy Christmas" I learnt this gimmick few years ago and have been using it for gospel sharing during Christmas time. It all stems from an ancient Christmas Carol with the first verse as "God rests Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Let's nothing you dismay: ..... So "Merry" in the the olden English does not mean happy and is used as a noun meaning "power rendered as a gift by God." And this gift of power actually refers to the birth of Jesus to become a perfect man but died on the cross according to His plan to take our place to receive the punishment of sin of eternal suffering in the lake of Fire in Hell. Most people will find it amazing to learn about this biblical history of the word "Merry". IN the nine divine appointment I got to day as recap below, yu will find how often I use this gimmick to start the chat even facing initial rejection.
1) George a slide back local Aussie Christian who was baptized as a baby but having showed no sign of born again and is completely without assurance of salvation. I quickly led him to revisit the mechanism of salvation that it was all made possible by the sacrificial death of Jesus to take our place to receive the punishment of sin. So it is 100% the credit of Jesus's work but none on our work. He gladly thanks me for this clarification.
2) Shinee an UQ master of Electrical Engineering and father from India took the Christmas tract from Johnny so I followed up asking if I could share with them about this tract. They show initial no interest but I used the Merry Christmas Gimmick to let them ask me back why. To my great surprise, the Hindu daughter answered in glee that it means God, which is correct along the line that it represents the gift of God as kind of power from Christ to bring us eternal life. I told the father that Shinee should need no more Christmas gift as she has already got the most precious and eternal one from Christ. Though there was not enough time for me to elaborate more on the gospel which I believe the tract will help them to understand more. But I could feel God has readily captured the heart of Shinee with the backing of the father. Their mood was so high that they felt comfortable to take selfie with me even the bus already arrived.
3) An Old Aussie fellow knows the merry Christmas Carol but not t he biblical meaning and traditions. He really show great amazement to learn about this facts. Again the bus came too quick for me to elaborate more.
5) Heidi a Catholic Christian from Peru originally showed no interest so she rejected Winnie. I used the Merry Christmas Gimmick to break the ice and had a meaningful chat to find out her understanding of salvation is incomplete and without assurance. She was grateful after hearing my clarification.
6) Sylvester from Kenya, was responsive to my approach and was willing to have a chat. But again the bus spoiled my chance though he took a tract and would read it later. I had a gut feeling he is a Christian.
7) A Girl from China responded to my Merry Christmas greeting which allowed me to have a short but useful chat with her about the Gospel.
8) A die heart young man looks like Chinese but appeared to be English speaking. He turned down Winnie, declined to chat with Johnny and finally still gave me a cold face despite I greeted him with Merry Christmas. But God made him to take a Christian tract finally from Johnny.
9) Another lady from China initially also rejected both Winnie and Johnny but I gave it a go while she was waiting before the traffic light to greeted her "Merry Christmas" then asking the follow up question. She was glad to learn about this and was soften to talk but the traffic light turn green that she had to go. Pray that God will have follow up work on her.
第一位 遇到的是澳洲年青人，Sing, 初時不願意聽，我問他為何有聖誕節，真正目的是什麽？跟着我便傳福音给他。
第二位，Samantha，來自 Singapore, 當我講述福音给她時，她説是基督徒，我便問她 ，死後可否上天堂，有何解釋。她 説幫助他人，做多的善事 ，便可以上天堂。我説最重要的是耶穌死在十字架上，第三天從死裏復活。 戰勝罪惡， 償還我們的罪債。我想继续講下去，但巴士到達。
第六位，Kelvin, 中國來的 UQ 學生，聽完福音後，他説會想想。
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday Dec 9, 2020 from 1300 to 1500
Andrew possibly was still caught up at Chinchilla for training. Instead God moved Gary to come with three big Gospel Signs to team up with Johnny and Hung. Today we served basically on the Eastern side of main road outside of the car park of Sunny Park. Again there was good team work amongst us that we swapped position when one of us was led to chat with some one away from our primary post. All of us had got many conversations. For me I had 5 conversations which were obviously spirit led divine appointments as recap below: -
1) Brendon’s a handsome Aussie boy was waiting for his girl friend, it gave me time to share the full gospel to him. He claimed he knows the gospel but don’t like organized religion. However, he admitted gospel itself is sensible, logical and convincing enough for anyone to accept. He still repeat his problem of not accepting to follow any organized religious activity. It was a pity I could not further our discussion on his religious Phobia complex as his girl friend arrived.
2) A couple boy & girl friend declined the tract from Johnny but the boy accept my tract when they passed by me. An hour later they returned but did not stop though the boy promised he will read the tract.
3) A lady by the name Julie from Taiwan was in a hurry but I still managed to walk her across the foot bridge. After hearing the nutshell of Gospel, she declared she is Christian attending St Mark Lutheran Church. So I switched to test her assurance of salvation which she failed initially. Yet after clarification ,she understood and assured me now that she has 100% assurance of salvation.
4) Messi and other two High School students are from Beijing. They could not go home for the summer holiday because of Covic-19. They form small community group to live together and support each others. Initially, they were not taking it too seriously but God soften their heart especially Messi. I appealed to them to accept Jesus by faith which is even more important than their high school study with life long impact to them and their family.
5) Then I followed up approaching a group of four teenagers Aussie after Johnny and Gary have had a go. They appeared not taking the gospel message seriously but joking around making fun of Jesus. I stood my ground to show them this is a serious life and death issue if they do not realize they are sinner and will be subject to eternal death punishment unless they accept Jesus as their saviour to have died for their sins. Some of them started to change their attitude and respond to the gospel when the bus came. So, I can only let go and leave God to follow up on them.
6) 方俊雅 is a cheerful young girl from Shen Zhen深圳, China。She was locating the bus stop to go home as she has just moved up from the Gold Coast. Gary might have approached her but ignored by her as she was still busy in locating the bus stop on her iphone. Thus when I tried to approach her, she shook her head without looking at me. I asked why she shook her head even without looking up to know who was trying to talk to her. Then I noticed the reason of her frustration and quickly helped her to locate the bus stop on Mc McCullough Road outside Time Square. I offered to walk her to the bus stop to ensure she will not lose her way home. Then we started this longest conversation from 1445 to 1500. I found out that she is from a Christians Family in China, but she does not attend church as frequent and regularly as her Christian Nanny. After coming to Australia, she first studied and lived in teh Gold Coast. Her friend brought her to attend Gold Coast Logos Christian Church. And possibly she will be introduced to one of the Logos congregation in Brisbane. In term of salvation, she is clear about her assurance of salvation but not clear about the reason was because of Jesus and him alone through his atoning death apart from believing in God. God used me to give here a big discipleship lesson until her bus come.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Dec 8, 2020 from 1330 -1500.
It was a very fine afternoon with cloud blocking the fierce summer sun and cool breeze blowing through the bus stop area. Johnny joined us after a week of family holiday to form the regular team of three. Again God used us to form good team work. Johnny was the frontline person making the first contact with many gospel targets though resulted in initial rejection yet many of them will change their mind and let us have a chat with some of them when they got to the bus stop. I gave most of the opportunities to Winnie first as my mouth is still tend to be too dry for long chat. Nevertheless, I still manged to have 6 divine appointments as recap below: -
1) A Chinese student rejected Johnny's tract then me as well later at the bus stop. I still managed to be friend with him and finally he took the tract when the bus came.
2) An Indian man approached by Winnie first but declined to chat. Yet later when I noticed he read the tract right away. So I tried to approach him which he responded positively for a chat. Unfortunately, the arrival of the bus cut our conversation short.
3) Johnny from 蘭州 Lanzhou and his girl friend from 西寧 were initially approached by Johnny Hiseh. Johnny was fine for a chat but here girl friend dragged him away. When they got to the bus stop, I let Winnie to approach them first. But God moved me to join them when I heard them asking if Winnie is form Hong Kong. As soon as I join them and knew that Johnny is from Lanzhou, we connected right away. He claimed he is atheist and I did not rebuke this as it is a choice of freedom of religion. After a brief relationship building, I was able to share the nutshell of the gospel to him and he did listen attentively. 無神論 Meantime, Winnie told me that the girl friends actually has more Christian background claiming she has read the whole Bible yet she show comparatively more rejection that her atheist boyfriend.
4) Then came Allan the Catholic background Christian. Yet he is a fans of OPN 513 and he has been attracted to watch the online evangelism posted on Needgod.com. He is a spirit filled person. He said before he cross the road , he saw Johnny he felt the Spirit told him Johnny is the Operation 513 team member. So he took a few tracts from Johnny but did not stop to chat with him. Rather, when he walked toward the bus stop , he immediately identified me as the OPN 513 people so he showed delightful expression and point toward the sky to God which I did not understand initially. But when I saw him read the tracts he got from Johnny then I was moved to approached him. I did the assurance of salvation diagnosis and found him 100% clear about his salvation. Despite of his Catholic background, his disciple training material and program are all from the protestant camp. I asked him about the view on Mary that Catholic people used to think she was a divine figure second only to God and Jesus that deserved worship. Allan clearly said no and affirm many of his fellow Catholic Christian share the same view. So it was a real comfort to know about the real modern Catholic view of Bible doctrine and theological issues. I encourage him to join our street evangelism perhaps at King George Square.
5) Two guys initially had rejected Winnie for a chat. But I approached them again adn found that they had chats with the KGS team many times before. I anyway followed up to check his feedback and was delighted to fnd that at least he admitted being a good person alone is not enough to save us from hell punishment.
6) Finally I chatted with a guy and he also said he got tract hand had chat with our KGS team. I still managed to refresh his memory on the need for Jesus to take our place to receive eternal death punishment at hell before the bus came.
1) 最初遇上一男一女，從伊拉克來的，初時不願意聽，我問他們認識耶穌基督嗎？沒有回答。跟着我便講述耶穌的好消息给他們。他們説會细心 的想想。
2) Trish, 澳洲少女 ，當我傳福音给她時，她説是基督徒 ，我測示她有否得救的確據。我便問她，死候可以上天堂嗎？她肯定的説可以，還解释。她是100% 得救的基督徒。還接受我给她的單張傳给她的朋友。
3) 中國來的一對情侣, Johnny 來自蘭州 Lanzhou ,女友來自西寧 。他們略懂基督教，正當我與他們講述福音的時候，關牧師來到，我們便分開倾談，關牧師與男的講，我與女的講解福音。她知道亞當與夏娃，還閲讀過聖经。 但不知道甚麽是罪，耶穌為何來到世上。我詳细解解给她。講完後，巴士到達。感謝神 讓我足够時間講述福音。
感謝讚美主，今天遇到的，初時都不願意聽，但當我開口講時，聖靈臨到他們身上，各人都聽到全福音。願神 賜福给今天聽到福音人士，認罪 悔改 回轉 歸向神。阿們！
On Thursday I completed two years being supported by God, through Operation 513, as a full time street evangelist. And today I started my third year. Wow. Time goes fast. I knew it was going to be hard work, I knew I would have to treat it like a marathon - and discipline myself. I remember once, early on, on a Friday - my longest day - lying on my bed exhausted and having to face getting up for a two hour evening outreach. It was the hardest thing to will myself on to my feet and go. But with God’s help, I did it. Routine has helped. Breaking my outreaches into two hour chunks and focusing on getting through that two hours has helped. Focusing on getting through a week and to my day off has helped. Letterbox dropping has helped - letterboxes don’t talk back. The discovery of online evangelism was a real blessing - I now don’t have to go out on those really wet and windy days. Over the two years I’ve adjusted, and it has become easier. I’m now okay with going out alone - in fact I often prefer it. The weeks are starting to glide by. Removing unnecessary distractions has helped. God’s word has helped, prayer has helped, my family has helped, my friends, my church family. God has helped - enabled and provided. Glory to him alone!
I still remember my first day quite clearly. I started with outreach near the hospital. Two years later and we are regularly bringing the gospel to the issue of abortion at the same spot. I remember talking to a “suit” at the end of that first day. Suits don’t often stop to chat about the deep things of life, so I was very encouraged when he did. I actually saw him again a few months ago, and I approached him and thanked him for the encouragement he gave me on that day!
What will the future hold? God knows. Whatever it is, it will be for his glory and our good. Soli Deo Gloria!
Anyway, Thursday I was online in the morning before joining Andy at Northlands and then Eastgate.
Two conversations online, the first was with a young lady who was mildly uncomfortable with the conversation, but was curious enough to stay to hear the law and the gospel. The second one was with another young lady who had a Greek Orthodox background. She became very engaged and we had a long gospel chat. Lord save them!
At Northlands Andy and I had numerous opportunities to talk to people about the gospel. Many of them had know idea what Christmas was truly about! We decided to head to Eastgate a little early. As I was walking off, I passed some people and handed out some tracts. One of them looked eager to talk, and so I stopped. He was indeed keen to chat. He had a Christian background, but the gospel wasn’t clear to him. It became clear that he wasn’t a Christian, but by the end of the chat, with joy, he was saying he was 100% certain he was going to heaven. What was really funny was that as soon as I was ready to explain the fireman analogy, a fire engine with lights flashing and sirens blazing went past. It was a wonderful chat! Praise God.
At Eastgate, Andy had a similar kind of conversation with a young guy. Glory to God alone.
Today started with the gospel + abortion outreach. Four of us, and eight counter protesters. It wasn’t as hard as last week, because we weren't being verbally attacked all the time. But there was a tension with the unspoken conflict. At the very beginning, I was there on my own with two of them. And they would talk in front of me, baiting me. It took a lot of will power to hold my tongue! I knew if I responded, it wouldn’t lead to a respectful conversation.
Later, one of the counter protesters turned up with a sign that on the back said: “F*&! You Glen”. I had to look at that for a while in silence.
The first hour dragged on. My mouth was dry from the tension. And I prayed a lot. Mainly for the counter protesters, that they would receive the mercy of God and not the justice of God. That they would have an opportunity to hear the gospel. I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get the opportunity today! But, I was wrong. God answered my prayer. I don’t know how it lead to it, but I ended up declaring: “Gay Lives Matter”. It shocked everyone into silence, and the counter protesters looked at me. So I continued, saying that is why I’m here. Everyone is precious, including the unborn, including homosexuals. I was able to clarify that, even though homosexuality is a wicked sin, we are commanded to love all. And Jesus died for the wicked so they could be forgiven and changed. Some kind of barrier came down, and it opened up opportunities for dialog with those in front of me. I did my best to answer their questions faithfully. Multiple times I was able to touch on the gospel. It was a wonderful second hour! Still difficult, still tension, still disagreement - but there was a level of respect coming from both sides. The sun came out, and they didn’t have sunscreen. I was able to give them some of mine - and they accepted it. Oh, Romans 10:1!!!
We invited them to the speaker's corner to heckle us as we preached the gospel. Two of them did. Andy preached long, and attracted some other hecklers too! He did a great job.
Later we were in Cashel Mall - Roger joined us. One of the counter protesters came past and ended up having a chat with Roger (I joined, and it didn't end well, they stormed off in hatred and anger).
Earlier, I had quite a few great opportunities to share the gospel, with an Atheist. With a Christian who wasn’t but thought about what happens after life all the time - he super appreciated the conversation where he came to understand the gospel. There were other good chats too.
I finished up with two hours online. Six gospel conversations - some of them were amazing. One lady seemed to be weeping and wiping away tears as she came to understand the gospel (she was a church goer). A Hindu grasped the gospel and said I was like a god to him - I was quick to dispel that thinking! A Trump supporter who was Christian but wasn’t, came to understand the gospel. And then I finished with an epic chat with two girls who thought keeping the ten commandments would get them to heaven, but heard the gospel! They were deeply impacted.
Lord, this is hard work, there is much opposition, and it’s only going to get worse. Help us to continue, and as it gets darker, may your light shine brighter. May lives start changing through the power of your gospel, for your glory alone. Your kingdom come, your will be done. Amen.
At our last outreach, the team met for a time of evangelism. While only a few people were open to actually talking, we were encouraged by the number of Gospel tracts distributed. As some of the team wandered around to hand out tracts and talk to anyone interested, others of us manned the literature table, or positioned ourselves near the flipchart to pass out literature to passers-by.
There were several encouraging conversations throughout the afternoon, including one with a young Asian woman who read a tract given to her and then came over to do the Good Person test. There were also some young people with whom a team member was able to engage, as well as a Syrian gentleman.
While the afternoon appeared to be quieter than usual, we do pray that God would use our efforts to grow His church. We pray for results to spring from that scattering of the Gospel seed through tracts. We pray that hearts will be touched, especially those who have now heard the Gospel or received tracts numerous times. May many of our “jetty locals” be brought to faith through the power of the Word of God, and may Christ’s kingdom spread here at Bribie Island.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday Dec 2, 2020 from 1300 to 1500
It was another day of grace to serve God without the usual team support by Johnny as he is still away on a family leisure trip. Instead, God moved Andrew to keep joining me at Sunnybank. We formed great teamwork by taking different strategic positions. Andrew stationed at the foot of the pedestrian bridge where he can get longer conversations. I take position at the bus stop with more chances to share but are of short conversation because of the frequent arrival of buses. Some people took a tract from Andrew but did not stop yet coming directly to the bus stop. I can then target them especially those who were moved to read the tract immediately at the bus stop. Another thanks giving point was that there was shade and good breeze on the eastern side of the foot bridge despite weather forecast projected a higher temperature over 35c. Recap below are the 10 divine appointments I had today.
1)Mr Fong 方 whom I met frequently here at Sunnybank, but I never was told he is a Christian as my question for him about salvation shows he was alost ignorance about salvation. But today I greeted him and care about the scar line on his head caused by a open head operation. I induced him to think about eternal life issue as temporal life is vulnerable. 動頭手術, 更珍惜生命
Then he told me he is a Christian of a very prominent denomination in HKG (The Evangelical church of HKG香港播道會)，He had to attend a medical appointment so I had to let him go and pray for next time to strengthen his faith.
2)倚綺 Ekky is a Malaysian Chinese 馬華 from KL. She could speak 5 language including Cantonese, so we can have a very stress free chat in our own local dialect. she has no faith and seemingly first time hearing the gospel. But she found it sensible and logical. She did not rush to leave even when her bus arrived and let me continue to do my wrap up. As a result, I had more time to share with her and hopefully, God will move her to take her first step of faith in no time.
3) Then I was rejected by an old and young man which was also within our prayer that may the Spirit lead us to waste no time on those who overtly reject the Gospel.
4) Then I shared with Ah Lin 阿琳 from Hong Kong 香港. So again I can speak in my mother tongue. She showed no obvious sense of rejection of the Gospel despite she very soon indicated she is a Buddhist. 佛教徒. The bus came very quickly 車到太快, so I only managed to share her the nutshell of the Gospel.
5) Then came two young man 兩青年，one of them took a tract from Andrew . So I hook up with him and volunteer to discuss the tract with him. He showed genuine willingness to listen but the arrival of the bus cut short this divine appointement.願意聽但車很快便到了. Trust God may have His follow up work.
6) Lee, possibly from Taiwan was polite when I approached him. But again there was not enough time to share as his bus came very quickly. Pray that God has His follow up work.
7) Rebecca is from Eastern Malaysia. She has no faith but show interest to listen. Again just have limited time to touch on the nutshell of the Gospel.
8) Stephen has an Indian look but he has a Filipino Mum and an Aussie Dad of Christian Family ground. But he doesn't go to church any more hope being discouraged by below par Christian witness. At the end, he joyously decided he should attend church again. It is a new start for him.
9) An UQ student Zhang 張，from 東北 China ，He said some OPN 513 guy talked to him at King George Square. I went through the gospel message with him again and introduced him to join Power to Change.
10) Finally John a big guy but behaved politely. He listened to my gospel sharing with patience, but at the end he told me he was once Christian now Muslim. It was a pity I did not have any more time to clarify the reason of the switch and bring him back to the core message of the Gospel.
Battle Log by Andrew
On Wednesday at Sunnybank, there were a couple of great conversations where people grasped the gospel.
A pair of 17 year old young guys who attend a Christian school stopped to chat. They knew a lot about the gospel but were very unsure why God should let them into heaven. I took them through the law and was just starting to go through the gospel when their bus came, but both took tracts and thanked me for stopping them.
Declan called himself a Christian but when I asked about what would get him to heaven, he appealed to his own good works. I ran him through the gospel at length and eventually shared that I was very concerned that he was not saved because he was trusting in the wrong thing to save him. He admitted that even though he used the label, he was not a “good Christian” and had not been to church in a long time and no longer owned a Bible. I was able to provide him a Bible from the Bible Society Australiaand also pointed him to a good church.
Francis was raised a bit religious but admitted he was pretty sceptical about it all. We talked through how we know that God exists and then through the gospel at length. After I took him through the law, he agreed that we are all not good enough to get to heaven. I shared what Jesus had done and about how he calls us to surrender to his rule. He seemed to grasp the gospel well and said that he now had a lot to consider.
Please pray for these guys and the many more who received tracts.
On Tuesday I was online before joining Roger in Riccarton in the afternoon.
My first chat was with a lady who was mildly intrigued by my question about what comes after life. She tracked with me all the way up to the point where I explained that Jesus died on the cross for our sins - and then she suddenly disconnected. I’m sure she had her reasons - I hope it wasn’t because of rejection, but that’s what it seemed like.
My very next chat was with another lady - similar age to the previous chat. There seemed to be a resistance about her, but she didn’t bail on me, she stayed with me to the end - she seemed deeply challenged, but thanked me.
Next up was a young man who said I was the first over 40 (yes, he did a good job at guessing my age!) that hadn’t skipped me. He was glad, because he wants to talk to everyone. I was glad too, because I wanted to share the gospel with him. It was a great chat. He had a Catholic background and came to grasp the gospel of Jesus and justification by faith alone. Praise God, he said there was nothing stopping him from accepting the gift of Jesus - through faith alone. I left him in God’s hands, after pointing him to the Bible and a good local church.
A young man, very postmodern (what’s true for you is true for you, what’s true for me is true for me). He made it through the logic for God and justice, but couldn’t cope and so disconnected. May he ponder this and have future opportunities to engage with the gospel - maybe from you?
Yet another young man. Was being a bit silly early on, but he sobered up as the conversation progressed. He came to grasp the gospel and seemed genuinely appreciative for the chat.
The final online chat was with a young lady - potentially a Catholic background. She answered my initial question by saying that nobody knows what happens after life - but then she mentioned she was a Christian. I slowly started introducing logic for her to ponder, and she became engaged, although distant. Her facial expressions confirmed her surprise at the gospel. She understood, but was her thinking positive or negative?
The outreach at Riccarton was wonderful. One of the people working for Unicef was at my usual spot, so I went and set up at Rogers usual spot. Roger and I ended up working together at the same spot - which was a nice change. And we had a busy outreach.
I had quite a few good conversations early on. The first I’ll mention was with a young lady studying criminal justice (I think it was). So the logic of ultimate justice clicked with her - even if she disagreed with it! She was very pleasant, and stayed to hear the gospel. She left with a Christmas tract.
Later we had two young men stop to chat. Both with a Christian background. One was very resistant to the gospel - arguing with Roger. While that was happening, I engaged the other guy, who had a reasonable grasp of the gospel. But it was clear he wasn’t a Christian - even to him. He wasn’t trusting in Jesus, he was trusting in himself. Sadly, he seemed quite dead to the conversation - so after a good discussion, I decided to back off. Yet, with a fresh reminder of the gospel, may he be made alive in Christ. Such a miracle is possible for God!
Another guy came past who seemed very happy to see me. I remembered that I’d talked to him a couple of weeks prior. I remember that he had wanted to talk, but his friends left him and he had to catch up. The same thing happened today! But he was really keen to talk. I told him how he can contact me - and pleaded with him to do so, because my checking question confirmed that he thought good deeds would get him to heaven. God, may I have a follow up opportunity with him where he will come to understand the gospel!
On Wednesday I was online again. And my first conversation was gold! Pure gold. He really appreciated my opening question. And he said, “I’ve been thinking about that for years - I really don’t know”. Based on that, I decided to go right to the start. He believed in God - but I still gave him the building / builder analogy. He was very sharp, and understood the whole analogy before I’d even quarter explained it. He was an open mind from then on, he followed the logic from there flawlessly, and he perfectly understood the gospel - checking questions confirming. So in the end I simply asked him what was stopping him from accepting the gospel right now. He seemed to have an epiphany and then disconnected before I could give him any follow up information! He is totally in God's hands.
A great chat with a Christian kid who was clearly not a Christian. He came to understand the gospel, and indicated that from now he wanted to be one! During the conversation I was trying to work out what kind of church he was a part of. He couldn’t remember, but the church building was two minutes from his house, so he ran down to check - while I was talking to him! It was Presbyterian. I encouraged him back to his Bible and to talk to his Nana (who he lived with) and his church leaders.
Next up a fantastic chat with a Muslim from Dubai. He was also very open to the gospel. Checking questions confirming. He had a lot of questions around how we know God exists.
My last chat was with a girl who’s issue was why is Christianity against homosexuality. I was able to address the question without compromise, and yet get her to open up to a great gospel chat.
I’m very grateful for all the opportunities to share the gospel - I have mentioned all of them from the two days. God you are so good. Lord, save your elect, and demonstrate your mercy. Either way, you will do right by demonstrating your justice. Your name will forever be praised. You, alone, are good!
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong Village on Tuesday December 1, 2020 from 1330 - 1500
It was a challenging day with Hung and Winnie only to serve at Toowong while Johnny was on family trip at interstate. The temperature soared up to 33C or even higher around our street evangelism venue with lot of concrete building around. It seriously affected the mood of the pedestrians to stop for a chat. Every one wanted to hide and stay under the limited shade behind the Bus stop. But the grace of God was sufficient that some rejected us initially had changed their heart to have a chat with us with mixed result in God's hand according to His plan. At the end, I have 8 conversations while Winnie had 6 as recapped below.
1) Middle Eastern young man who claimed to have chatted with me before, but I nevertheless still made a revision on the Good Person issue with him to refresh his memory on the need to trust in Jesus.
2)Woman in red reject to chat but later soften to take a tract to read.
3)Teresa a local Aussie lady immediately recognized me and even repeat the question I asked her as a Christian. So there was not much need for a revision as the bus came soon.
4) Sarah a Vietnam/ Australian cross breed from a Christian family of Anglican background. She was approached by Winnie first. She has the basic understanding of Christian faith though still falling short of 100 % assurance of salvation. But she got the point after my minor effort of clarification.
5) A Muslim Couple with Husband called Mohammad who appeared friendly for a chat. He has some trivial knowledge of Christianity, as such he expects us to have basic knowledge of the Islamic faith as well. I admitted this attitude of openness but after all there is absolute truth that cannot be comprised. Then our conversation was ended at this point in time when the bus arrived.
6) An Indian UQ student named Sign stopped for a short chat under the scorching sun. THe heat really did not good for mood to learn and share. He after all was patience enough to finish hearing the gospel.
7) A Chinese couple were happy to chat which was rare. But by the grace of God, I finished the sharing of the nutshell of Gospel emphasizing that the ultimate requirement for heaven is perfection.
8) Finally, a UQ student Jia Jia, who was born in Beijing China but has been brought up here as an ABC who took a tract and read it immediately despite initial rejection to chat. After he finished reading, I was able to connect with him to have a chat to go deeper in the issue of sin and judgement. He ended up greatly impressed by the message.
感謝主 今天的带领，讓我遇上六人傳福音的機會。 Amy, 土生華人，初時不願意聽，我問她認識耶穌基督嗎？跟着傳福音给她。她很留心聽着每一句話，相信聖靈的話語，已经觸動她的心，相信很快她會回轉歸向神。Sarah 是基督徒，初時覺得自己未夠完美，未必可以上天堂。但我説信靠耶穌，祂保血能洗淨我們的罪，绝對可以上天堂。跟着關牧師來 再詳述给她。Sandra 中國少女，聽完福音後，會想想。澳洲少女，不想聽。在她看單張時，我在她身邊講述福音，盼望聖靈躅動她。Vivian, 印度女子。講述全福音给她。于燕，中國少女，聽完全福音，她會细心想想，自己是否真的需要耶穌基督。