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Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:07 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

The conversations over this past week have very clearly been planned by God. This will continue to be the theme seen in other videos as there are many divine appointments that have and are occuring.

Hear Ryan share about a conversation he had with a Buddhist man who was selling melons, who came to trust in Jesus.

Hear Lee-Anne share how she was invited into a house to share the Gospel with a man's sister, who had been influenced by Jehovah's Witnesses.

Praise God for His providence. Please be praying that God keeps bringing us to people who He has prepared to hear the Gospel!


Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Sunday, 16 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:06 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

As the days have gone on there have been many encouraging stories coming back from the team members. It has been exciting to see all the people who are understanding the Gospel for the first time and declaring their desire to trust in Jesus.

Hear Lee-Anne share about a conversation she had with Deetpak, who was in that boat.

Oppositely, hear Andrew share about a conversation he had with a guy, who heard, understood but was not interested. 

Please continue praying for the team over the coming days, that God will continue to prepare before, conversations for the team, that will be the final step in someone coming to salvation!


Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Saturday, 15 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:05 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

The team hit the streets again today, during the day. They also have been taking tracts with them as they walk to their dinner locations each night.

Hear Andrew share about the strength he recieved, despite illness, to perserve in tract sharing through the day.

Hear Ryan share about a conversation he had with a young guy, who understood the Gospel for the first time and then was used to share the Gospel with others.

Hear Matt share about a conversation he had with Chris, a man who had some questions about Christianity.

Please be praying for the team as many of them head to preach or share testimonies at local Churches this Sunday.


Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:03 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

The team has been blessed with many conversations over the past days and the opportunity to hand out tens of thousands of tracts.

Hear Natalie almost estatic, sharing about a conversation she had that was all aligned by God in His providence.

Hear Harry share about a conversation he had with a university lecturer who had been bought to a position where she was considering God.

Hear Col praising God for His wonderful provision of conversations.

If you hadn't picked it, this time in Myanmar there has been many wonderful and exciting conversations, divinely ordained by God.

Please be praying for those the team has been able to speak to and will continue to speak to regarding the Gospel over the coming days.


Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:02 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

Many members on the team have been surprised and overjoyed at how readily people will take tracts, speak with them and want to know more.

One team member mentioned that they could only remember a few people, in thousands, that had rejected tracts. 

Hear Andy share about the absolute joy it has been to be used as a tool for God's glory.

Hear Andrew share about a conversation he had with a young man, and his two friends, that had buddhist beliefs but were interested in hearing about the Gospel.

Please be praying for the team as a number have been hit with illness yesterday. Please be praying for wellness, endurance, patience and most importantly, a motivation for the proclamation of the Gospel that flows from a love for God and others!


Myanmar (Burma) Short Term Missions

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 28 September 2018, 12:02 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

You've heard it said that Christians are called to be fishers of men. In this instance you can hear of Andy being a fly-fisherman.

Andy had the chance to engage in conversation with a young man for the entirety of the two hour flight from Malaysia to Burma. During the conversation, forty five minutes were dedicated to the Gospel.

Praise God for using travel as a means for the Gospel going out!


Toowoomba Team

Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 27 September 2018, 5:27 PM by Doug Espie. Permalink


Today was our biggest outreach day of the year. The Carnival of Flowers was on in full swing and as the crowds began to gather for the approaching parade we had two questions on our minds:

1. Would we have enough tracts?    2. Would there be enough laborers?

Thankfully God provided both in abundance. We had a record number of laborers volunteer for today. Jonno and Callum generously drove up all the way from Goondiwindi to join us for the big event. We also had another Jonno join us from Gatton, who patiently and determinedly navigated the slow-motion car park that is the Toowoomba Range on Carnival Day.

Keith and Kate also joined us from AFES ( https://www.afes.org.au/ ) and it wasn’t long before most of us headed out to share the message that had changed each one of our lives. Below are some of the conversations that were had:

-Merv had a good conversation about the Gospel with an open-minded young woman. It was only at the end of the discussion that she revealed she was a Satanist. This woman was by far the most polite and interested Satanist we’ve ever met in Toowoomba and was thankful for the conversation.

-“G" was a farmer who is also a former SDA. He was more than willing to chat but unfortunately did not want to go more than deeper than discussing abstract ideas about religion in an impersonal way.

-“A” who was a young French woman who one of our team had a good conversation with.

-“N” and “S” both had Catholic backgrounds but conversation sadly didn’t go very far. “E” was another person with whom conversation was limited.

-“L” was a Christian with whom we had a really good, mutually encouraging discussion.

By the time the Parade came around, we were able to share the Gospel with hundreds of people through the tracts handed out and we were even able to buy a local man lunch who had been sleeping rough recently. He was a recovering alcoholic who didn’t have any family in the area and we were able to share with him the names and locations of places where he could secure food and shelter.

Overall it was a fantastic day and the privilege of being able to share the Gospel with new friends and old made it memorable and enjoyable. Our prayer is that God will continue to move in our hearts and in the hearts of our community. Please join us in praying this prayer.

  


Capalaba Team

Monday, 17 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 17 September 2018, 5:35 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

The Lord had some prepared to be challenged in various ways today. An Indian lass who works locally, read the tract thoroughly before we had a brief chat before her bus arrived. She was agreeing that God is perfect and we cannot meet His standard. I was able to introduce the substitutionary work of Jesus on behalf of His people but the rest is in the Lord's hand.  Thankfully He always has the final word.

      There were a few chats with people that other team members had met before. They seemed to be hardened to the point where I challenged them to seek out God in His word.

     There was a man passing by as he pushed his wheelie-walker and wanted to know what the tract was about. His face light up when he heard it was God's good news. Pray that those sitting would be stirred up as they saw his appreciation.

     A day for scattering seeds in some small way. 

When our great God does His work, who can foresee what the eternal ramifications will be. Thanks for the privilege of serving. To you alone is the glory and thank you for those who pray - not forgetting the team in Myanmar!


Wellington Point Team

Sunday, 16 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 17 September 2018, 5:20 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

It was another interesting time that the Lord gave us; all glory and praise to Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by His blood. We had one large flip chart in action on the western side and a pair who tried engaging people on conversation as they sat or lay around. There was a long conversation with a Lutheran man who said that he could not keep God's moral law (the 10 commandments) but stated that he did not consider the Bible to be God's word but man's. He proved to be immovable from this erroneous position. When he said that he did not subscribe to 'faith plus works' to become saved, one has to wonder what does he mean? He attends a church but does not read the Scriptures and would not receive a tact. He thinks he has a relationship with Jesus but does not think God will 'let him in'!  Please pray that God will reveal his inconsistencies to him so that he starts to seek the Truth.

     A group of about 12 adults in their 20s seemed eager to do the test and as the test began I could see that they wanted to have a bit of a go at grandfather - praise God! We got as far as the court scene before they had to leave for a swim. However, there were 2 who thanked me and took tracts. {How the Lord has equipped me over the few years I have been learning this style of evangelism)

     Another group of 3 teenaged girls asked if they could do the test. One was atheistic but  entered into the conversation and left with a specialist tract. The other 2 were thankful. (There was a moment that only God could arrange. They were sure that they had never stolen anything. After a brief pause, one confessed that she was wearing her friend's jacket that she had left behind after a visit. At the end of the chat, I suggested that she let her friend know that she had her jacket = restitution or part of the fruit of repentance)

     A mother, Esther, brought her 12? year old son, Noah, to do the test. Obviously they were trying to live with reference to God's moral law. Hopefully by the end, they understood how we need to trust in Jesus perfect work alone to save us from our sins. Then after beginning to repent, we show our love for God by using His grace to live more and more His way. They left thankful.

     Until He returns, may we be found giving Him all the glory as He build His church.  Amen!


Hobart Team

Friday, 14 September, 2018

Posted by Posted 14 September 2018, 6:18 PM by David Gee. Permalink

As Hobart slowly comes out of its winter hibernation the outreach in the mall has become busier and we are seeing more response to the preaching and more conversations happening around the Bible table. In the last couple of weeks, I have had so many coming to talk some days that it seems I walk from one gospel conversation to another around the city. It is a wonderful experience to see God working in the hearts of so many.

Mr B. and Miss M. have become regular visitors to the work in the mall. Mr B. comes with many hurts from a rough background but gets on very well with Mr T. who has been helping me for some years. He has been coming most days for the last two months and while he is not converted there have been some wonderful signs of God working in his heart. Please pray for him that God will heal his pain but more importantly that God will open his heart to trust and faith in Jesus Christ.

Miss M. and Miss J. are a lesbian couple that initiated a conversation/debate with me some months back and since then they have been semi-regularly coming to see us. Miss J. has moved away but Miss M. still comes to see us. She often hangs around the Bible table with us and just chats, but she also listens carefully and ask pointed questions from time to time. There have been a number of times they have been prayed for by Christians and many sermons they have heard now. Please pray that God will lead them to see the great love He (and we) have for them both and the rightness of living for Jesus.

In the midst of this it seems that Mr S. has found other things to do with his time, as he has not been around for months. Except, that is, for two halfhearted attempts to disrupt the outreach in the mall. Both times the approach is the same. Aggressive leading questions and repeated accusations, all of which have been answered many times previously. While we all pray for him no-one in the team believe that debate with Mr S. is helpful any longer. He merely uses any attempt to discuss God's truth as an encouragement to more sin and slander of God. Please join us in praying for this troubled young man. What he needs only God can give, he needs liberation from his slavery to sin, he needs salvation.

In complete contrast to Mr S. was my conversation with Mr K., a friend of Mr W. a Christian who has come many times and thought we would enjoy interacting on veganism. Mr K. is a vegan and believes that it is immoral to support the slaughter of animals for meat. He equates this to killing and causing suffering for the purpose of pleasure only. Our conversation was great and respectful at all points, he listened as I spoke and I listened as he spoke.

I firstly laid out for him my concern was not in his vegetarian diet, rather I wanted to know why he who did not believe in God thought it was Wrong to eat meat. This seemed to be a new consideration for him as he paused for some time to think. Then he said it was because of the unnecessary death, dismemberment and suffering of the animals. Why is suffering wrong I asked. Well I wouldn’t want that done to me so doing it to them is wrong he replied. I replied, that is just your subjective preferences not a reason that suffering of animals is something that aught not be. As a veterinarian I am committed to preventing suffering in animals if it is humanly possible, but that does not make a basis for morally opposing suffering. Subjective morality is always open to someone else to say what right do you have to tell me what I aught not do? Who are you?

We talked for sometime about the contrast between subjective standards coming from individuals or societies and the absolute standards of God who is over all people. Subjective standards are logically inconsistent and ultimately no-one lives that way. Our conscience will not us get away with living according to our own standards, it comes at all our justifications and accuses us when we do wrong. We can shut it down and suppress it but it still speaks of a standard we aught to keep but do not.

I encouraged Mr K. to consider what God says: that we have done wrong and failed to keep even our own standard; that we have rebelled and sinned against Him our rightful ruler; that we should face justice for this wrong doing; but His love has made a way to give hope to the hopeless and grace and love to the sinner and rebel; that this way is found in Jesus Christ alone and He must be sought in humble faith. I encouraged him to humbly come to Jesus in faith and ask for forgiveness and salvation. We parted with a handshake and Mr K. was smiling as he walked away.

Praise God for good conversations! Praise Jesus our great God and savior!


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