Battle Log


Wellington Point

Wellington Point Team (QLD)

Meets fortnightly 1:30-3pm on Sunday afternoons at Wellington Point Reserve.

Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.


Sunday 13 October 2019

Posted by Posted 14 October 2019, 5:14 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Arriving at our prayer spot, we noticed UQ, marine science tents in the lifeguard area. Following prayer the ladies headed there and were:

     - encouraged as they met 2 South African men, C. & P., who were 'on the Lord's side'.  They were invited to and may attend a local reformed congregation which is only 10 minutes from where they are living.

     - moved to compassion by G., an Indian man who was quite content to let them have Jesus but He is not for G. G. said that he had asked God, if he was there, to do some magic to prove it, so he thinks he is okay. G. was pointed to his need to 'test the spirits' to ensure he was not deceived. God does not do magic. Then he heard that we are all sinful and how Christ alone provides an atonement that satisfies God's righteous requirements so that the one trusting Christ alone can be reconciled to God.. Although G. had never read the Bible, when he heard Jn. 14:6, he said that Jesus never said that. Please ask God to deal with him through the "Which one is right' tract or whatever He wills.

Meanwhile, the 3 men at the jetty had various chats with:

     - 2 Iraqi Muslims who were cousins with the same name, R. But they were chatted to individually as we 3 engaged them.

One R. said that he would not trust Mohammed if all the previous prophets  had told different messages. Pray he does distrust Mohammed and receives Jesus as his Lord and Saviour. (He had expressed unwillingness to 'let' someone else pay his sin debt, but changed his attitude after he had been challenged him twice, by different team members, on that point.)

The other R replied to the opening question by saying that  he would  go to hell as he had done many bad things. He listened to the gospel but was not that clear in answering the checking questions. They have both been encouraged to attend a Bible church near where they live. Pray they will go and hear the voice of God speak to them individually.

There is always more happening than can be told, so thank you for praying. Please keep doing so. For our part, we will keep going out as He enables us and to Him alone be glory and praise. He also enables us to go home rejoicing. How beautiful He is and unchangeably so.


Sunday 29 September 2019

Posted by Posted 30 September 2019, 5:21 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Arthur Pink in the 1974 p/back "Practical Christianity", p.32 gives us food for thought, "...only by the blood of Jesus we can be saved. That is true Godward, but it is not true manwards. The work of the Spirit in us is equally essential as the work of Christ for us." - Titus 3:5

     It was another interesting time of serving our Lord. As we gathered for prayer, it was preceded by a display of carpark road rage where we observed man's fallen nature in a pathetic public rant and rave session. Thankfully, the 'accused' did not reciprocate and it eventually fizzled out. Once we got going, the Lord gave us:

     - a long chat with an older Irish Roman Catholic man  who could not listen because he had his own version including this: If he got to heaven and saw someone there he had a grudge against , he could not forgive them.He heard the good news.  

      - 3 young lads who heard the gospel for the first time. One was more open than the other two were.

     - Sisters R. & M, church-goers.who were weary of trying but failing to live the Christian life. Their faith was on a dodgy foundation and they were getting nowhere. They left rejoicing as they grasped God's gracious gift of salvation. May God get them discipled now so they can grow to maturity of faith.

     - T. a young lad who came asking what the flip chart was all about. He seemed to 'get the message' but then revealed in further conversation, that he had not. Ryan had another 3 to 5  reviews with him before he seemed to grasped it. He had not any concrete concept of God to begin with. Please pray that he God will speak to him savingly as he reads John's gospel. 

These last two chats were our last for the afternoon. But regardless of what we might think, we went to be used of God whose work always reflects His glorious nature. So we give thanks for the privilege and pleasure of serving Him in this way, 1 Jn. 5:3.

We give Him all the glory and we (you probably guessed it) went on our way rejoicing.


Sunday 15 September 2019

Posted by Posted 17 September 2019, 5:51 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

A great day for the 4 of us to serve the Lord as He keeps on building His church according to His perfect plan and by His immeasurably great power.

There seemed to be little interest in the gospel but the Holy Spirit showed us how what may seem to be a wasted chat has a tantalizing conclusion. Railee handed a comic tract to an older couple who sat down on the bench near to us. The lady started reading it to her husband. When he admitted to stealing, half those on the jetty would have heard. While they continued going through the tract, Railee tried to give a tract to an old man who loudly rejected it saying, "I don't believe in myths." Railee replied, "Neither do I". He started presenting his reasons for refusing with a very loud voice. Normally, we would let such a person drift off. However, I felt like I should enter the conversation. e.g. he said that the god of the bible was like Buddha and Zeus. I asked him if Zeus had died for his sins but he thought my question was ridiculous.

Amazingly I pursued the chat until he said that the Bible was full of mistakes. In response to my challenge to name one, He quoted Mt. 12:30 accurately. Then he added this comment, "I cannot accept that as it excludes too many people." He left. I casually commented to the first couple who were also leaving, "I used to be like him until I was 36 years old then God opened my eyes and now I praise Him." The man passed without comment but the lady whispered to me as she passed by, "That was very interesting." Railee was praying as I was talking. 

- Meanwhile, Lee-Anne had some productive chats; 2 couples need our prayers to receive God's gift of salvation.

- Fynn had a long chat with a young girl he had talked to previously at Woodridge - she claims to be god. Pray that God would deal with her in her folly.

- Another couple engaged well with the flip chart presentation and could give a credible response to the checking question. Revealings that they were R.C. background, we were able to give C. & A. some reasons why the Bible alone has the right message.

You guessed it. We went home rejoicing and continue to give God all the glory.


Sunday 1 September 2019

Posted by Posted 2 September 2019, 8:48 AM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

This team featured a Father's Day special today, a.k.a., sharing His message of how a sinner can be reconciled to God the Father who with the Son and the Holy Spirit is the one true God. One of our petitions for this aspect of gospel ministry is that our gracious God would grant us opportunities to converse with those He wishes to be spoken to at this time. Among the results that we ask prayer for are:

     - 2 separate Asian couples who now have heard God's good news and are considering how to respond;

     - 3 teenagers one of whom seemed indifferent after hearing, another who had never heard who seemed interested and one who had needed to hear so his thinking could be conformed to God's revelation, i.e. the Bible;

     - a grandma, her son and his daughter who had some Biblical background. He grasped the great truth in Rom. 4. May he keep on speaking to his Mum who needed to understand this and that he will teach others in the family unit;

     - Jaime, who was invited to do the Good Person test as she walked by and declined but said that she was coming back. I was surprised when she returned and was ready to do it. We got through the test then Ryan came to help with the checking questions. She seemed to grasp it on the 3rd or 4th check. She said that this would be good for her children who were fishing with their father out on the jetty. She was encouraged to attend a local church that Ryan recommended and to read her Bible Jaime left with a gospel of John with some tracts inside it.

     - the ones who passed by and scurried away when they saw the 'down escalator'. 

     - the other chats we had, the tracts handed out and whatever else the Lord was doing that we are unaware of.

You guessed it: we went home rejoicing and thanking God for this opportunity to glorify Him alone.


Sunday 18 August 2019

Posted by Posted 19 August 2019, 5:30 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

What a glorious day our Lord  gave to us  in which we were enabled by Him to show something of our love for Him - 1 Jn. 5:3. How much more glorious will the recreation be, especially when we see Him as He is? -  1 Jn. 3:2

     Ryan and Fynn manned the jetty while Railee and I did a tour around the point. We met a young family, Jesse and Christine and their first child, one gorgeous little bundle of joy. They showed some understanding of why God could forgive them but were not familiar with the imputed righteousness of Christ. How can so many protestant churches not teach the basic fact of how Jesus saves His people from their sins? - Mt. 1:21 How can anyone be truly assured if they do not realize the completeness of the Lord Jesus Christ's finished work. 

     We conversed with June but after 10 minutes or so, we had not apparently communicated. Her Watchtower training had her well and truly bamboozled. Please pray for her as she is very religious having journeyed through the Baptists, Mormons, etc., but her professed saviour is only a created being who has not the capacity to satisfy  the infinitely holy God.

     Meanwhile, among others, Ryan engaged a mature aged couple; the wife had been told that she had about 5 years of life ahead of her (barring a fatal accident or?). They both initially had been depending in their goodness to get into heaven. After hearing the bad and then the good news, she remained apparently unmoved while he said that he must consider God's message.

    There was also a mature aged man who was going to heaven and jovially announced that he was perfect.  After hearing God's Word, He came to state that he would have to go over these matters with a Christian friend. Pray he does. (I had thought that Ryan could not 'get through' to this man, but God showed me again how wrong I often am. The night sermon was based on 1 Sam. 16:7 - ouch! Time to repent again.)

     Meanwhile, Fynn was approached by 2 young ladies, Ellie and Rita. One could give a biblical reason for the hope of glory that she had. After further conversations, they expressed interested in our Sunday night training in King George square.

     As always, we went home rejoicing and praying that God would be pleased to use His word, particularly with regard to the tracts we handed out with little comment. To Him alone be the glory as He keeps on drawing His elect to His Son who welcomes all who come to Him - Jn. 6:37,44.

     


Sunday 4 August 2019

Posted by Posted 5 August 2019, 9:21 AM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

God gave us a team of 5 'on the ground' and He knows how many were praying for His kingdom to come? It comes progressively as each one of His sheep hear His voice. The Good Shepherd of Ezek. 34 and John 10 calls his name and he hears His voice and comes under the sound of His gospel and into the everlasting kingdom. When the last one is secure in the one flock, Jn 10:16, then the 'everlasting hallelujah chorus' will be fully revealed. I can hardly wait. And you?

     In the meantime, we had our usual chats with all sorts of people and pray that God does as He sovereignly desires.

- there was a young couple,  Sebastian and Elisa. He engaged through it all but she, being a good Roman Catholic, chose to pick up her book and read it.  He seemed to regard  'religion' as a crutch and asked for Lee-Anne's testimony a few times. So he said that he would check out the message but was more concerned with being 'happy now'. He needs to become aware of his great need for forgiveness. 

- 2 older men, John and Eddy, were very individualistic in their responses to the gospel. This was very evident in a long chat with them. John was not serious about his sins; he seemed to treat his confessed transgressions as a joke. Eddy  stated that he would try to study the reformed doctrine of salvation.

- a Sikh man came to understand the gospel but was not ready to do anything at present.

- 2 teens, Tim ( and Sam who listened only) had not heard of God's moral law and had never thought about what comes after this life. After a brief overview of what others think happens {and the errors of each opinion}, the gospel was presented after an excursion into Gen. 1-3 to explain why the world is like it is. They were polite but were not willing to accept a gospel of John.

Now I can finish this report after a hiatus of several hours because I managed to disable the keyboard and had to wait for Rod to come home and fix it)

There is more but we can thank God for each one He gave us an opportunity with today and we thank Him for His gracious enabling of each one of us. We thank him for one another in the Lord and for His certain promise of heavenly bliss when His covenant reaches its goal in time and  then we shall rejoice in knowing the riches of His redemption in that He will be our God and we shall be His people basking in the warmth of His presence forevermore. Praise Him indeed our God of multifaceted grace, 1 Peter 5:10.


Sunday 21 July 2019

Posted by Posted 22 July 2019, 5:39 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

A lively start to our witnessing today: while the flip chart was being set up, Lee-Anne and Railee engaged two aging Hindu men in a chat. They alleged that the Christians, Jews, and Muslims were the cause of all the wars. They did take tracts though; praise the Lord.

Later in the afternoon, the ladies had a gospel presentation to three Muslim men. At the conclusion M. was going to add Jesus to his 'god list', B. was sticking with Allah, and M. the confessedly former truck thief received a Bible.

Paul had 2 good flip chart presentations. The last one was with John, a lawyer who was very attentive. He received a gospel of John.

Ryan had a chat with a younger and an older Buddhist. The latter was full of weak excuses  to not submit to the Lord Jesus Christ but Kip grasped the meaning and the offer (Please pray he gets discipled).

There was a young woman, S., who had come to mourn her first child, a still born. From a smattering of RI knowledge, she thought there was something after death. She parted, after letting me pray with her, with some gospel knowledge and a gospel of John. No wonder Jesus wept at His friend, Lazarus, death!

Another day experiencing God's enabling grace in witnessing. What a privilege to work with other Christians in the Great Commission work. Praise God for He alone is worthy to be praised.


Sunday 7 July 2019

Posted by Posted 8 July 2019, 5:16 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Showers of blessings marked our approach to the Point. With umbrellas on standby, we prayed and headed for the pier/jetty. The precipitation ceased as we began our outreach. Mainly, it seemed to be a day for heralding the truth and praying that an imperishable word, James 1:21, had been planted by the Holy Spirit. Continue to pray with us if you can:

     - for Luke, a man seeking to study the Scriptures who has present concerns about the 'here & now' such as 'what about those so many who have never heard God's good news?' - that he may be given the grace to believe and to learn to submit to the authority of Scriptures.

     - for Wayne who admits that the gospel makes sense but says he is not convinced - that the Lord would stir him to check it out.

     - for Jason, a Chinese man who was pleased to see our web address as he wants more information after hearing the good news - that God would grant him this and the gift of faith.  

     - for Andrea - that she will be restless until she finds her rest in Christ now that she knows she is not good and understands the gospel.

     - for Tom and Mikala that the Father would draw them to the Son.

     - give thanks to God for His Great Commission, Mt. 28:18-20, and that He would lead any converts to a Bible-believing Church for ongoing training in discipleship.

Glory to God in the highest! 

 

    


Sunday 23 June 2019

Posted by Posted 24 June 2019, 5:20 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

A brisk day that began with a heart-warming answer "Yes" to our prayer for a team member. From there, the first contacts were not interested at the time but the tracts started to go into the hands of some. Then the chats started with one man stating that he did not believe in hell. Upon being informed his opinion did not change the fact, he left. Later he gave a spray to us as he passed by. The day turned out to be one where teenagers were the most receptive:

     2 guys, Charlie and Alec, now have an understanding that we should pray the Lord to stir them to saving faith:

     Jake, after numerous endeavors, was going to trust Christ today (Let's pray he does and gets discipled);  

     Bray and Elizabeth had a R.C. background and like happened thousands of time during the Reformation, when the truth was proclaimed, she wanted to be set free now while he prevaricated! Pray that the Lord uses her to convince him of his desperate need to receive what God freely gives, Rom. 6:23b;

     Chase stated initially that God gave him a freewill so that he could run his own life.  He finished by receiving a gospel of John to prayerfully read/study. Pray he hears the Good Shepherd speak, Jn.10:16.

 Towards the end of this session, a man from   a part of French Africa accompanied by a nephew from France and 3 other family members came to the jetty and politely received tracts. Some glanced at the flip chart as they passed and they all read their tracts. Later the father was the first one to come back and watch the flip chart being used. He stated that he would like to use such a 'tool' to tell a story (a.k.a. the gospel) to visiting family members.

     God encouraged us at the beginning and at the end and we left rejoicing at the privilege of serving God in this small way. We praise His holy name and give Him the glory "Great things He has done" and continues to do.  


Sunday 9 June 2019

Posted by Posted 10 June 2019, 5:29 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Our Lord gave us a glorious winter's afternoon to serve Him. There seemed to be more than the usual number of people not wanting to engage with team members. However, our Lord gave us those He wanted to hear something of their desperate need for His salvation:

     - please pray for 2 young teen-aged girls whom Lee-Anne had a chat with. They parted with the declaration that they would respond today. 2 Tim. 2:19. 

     - pray also for a young 'scientist' type who stated that she did more good than Lee-Anne whom she had never met before. Yes she needs a new heart for even if her assertion was true (and it is impossible to please God without faith, Heb. 11:6) God does not mark on a curve, Mt. 5:48, and furthermore, God judges the Christian's works with respect to 'rewards', not salvation.

     - Ryan had a chat with a young guy and girl who had been educated in a Christian school but did not know the gospel. She was receptive but he was too busy judging God by his own standards to be concerned that God 's wrath is on him right now.

     - at the close of our time, Railee and I were special recipients of encouragement from Lamey and Christine. They arre Coptic Christians from Egypt and knew what God in His rich mercy had done to save them from their sins. They were warmed to see fellow Christians declaring the praiseworthy deeds of God. They related how the normal treatment of Christians in Egypt was to be treated as second grade citizens. Then they encouraged us not to stop doing what we were doing because persecution, in some form,  is normal for Christians.

As usual, we left that corner of the mission field rejoicing and praising God. Will you add your praises to ours for as the Scriptures boldly assert: "Worthy are You, our Lord and God... Worthy is the Lamb who was slain...,Rev. 4:11 + 5:12."


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