Battle Log


Capalaba

Capalaba Team (QLD)

Meets 2-5pm every Monday afternoon (except public holidays) at the bus station between the two shopping centres (next to Noeleen Street).

Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.


Saturday 15 June 2019

Posted by Posted 18 June 2019, 12:47 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Saturday morning to take the opportunity the team has begun heading out to Capalaba taking the opportunity to share the good news with people who usually wouldn't get the chance to hear as they don't frequent the location on a Monday.

An early conversation took place with Tristan who struggled at first to understand the gospel. He saw God's existence and saw the he was guilty and headed for Hell but he struggled to understand the simplicity the receiving the gift of forgiveness simply by trusting in what Christ has done. He finally was able to articulate the gospel at the end of the conversation but wasn't convincingly understanding it.

A lengthy conversation took place with some JW's, Hayley and Sara who were adamant that one must do good works in order to receive the free gift of salvation. They couldn't seem to understand that grace is free. They tried over and over to argue that it must be earnt and they did so in response to thinking that Christians believe all you have to do is at one moment think that Jesus paid for your sin and then you can live however you want.

They couldn't understand that God's grace always changes those receive it. Sadly when they saw in Romans 4 that Paul clearly says justification can not be on the basis of works but is only by trusting in what Christ has done to pay for sin. When they saw this in God's Word they quite adamantly declared that cannot be the case.

Sadly they remained in opposition to God's Word but were encouraged to read Romans 3-5 in their own time and see what God has to say regarding justification.

Soon after this there was a conversation with Jacob and Chelsea. They'd hardly heard the name of Christ before let alone what He had done so they were shown God's existence, their guilt via God's law, the punishment their sin deserves and therefore their current eternal destiny.

Jacob was asked, if someone offered you a billion dollars in this life for you to go to Hell in the next at first he said yes. As this was discussed he realised what he was saying. He would trade the freedom to live however wanted for maybe eighty years for an eternity of pain and suffering in Hell. Worse yet, no one was even offering him a billion dollars, he was willingly going to Hell for the love of sin.

Jacob realised this and was reminded once more of the good news, he showed that he understood it by being able to answer some simple questions and was encouraged this very day to consider what Christ has to offer. He said he would.

Sadly Chelsea didn't really want the good news, she was happy trying to argue against God in order to justify her sin.

Please keep those who heard the good news in your prayers. Pray that Tristan would comprehend the good news and trust Christ. Pray that the JW's would heed God's word, not the ideas of man and trust in Christ. Please be praying for Jacob as well that he would obey Christ and believe and may have the privilege of sharing with Chelsea.

Do you have some spare minutes on a Saturday morning, why not come and join us in Capalaba?


Monday 10 June 2019

Posted by Posted 12 June 2019, 1:24 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday as usual the team of four spent the afternoon in Capalaba sharing the message of God's offer of forgiveness for sinners to anyone who had time and was willing to listen!

There was an encouraging conversation with Zach, a young man who usually is a bit silly. At first he was with his friend and they were being very silly but it wasn't long and his friend left and Nathan started to engage. He saw that we know God exists, he saw the desperate position of guilt that he is in and he was taking it very seriously.

It was encouraging to see that Zach went from being silly to concentrating. It took him a little while to understand the gospel and even at the end although he seemed to be able to repeat back the answer it is unsure if he had fully comprehended it. Please be praying for another opportunity to follow up with Zach in the future to once again talk about the gospel and to challenge him to give up sin for Christ.

Nathan spoke to the team as well. His friend also was sitting with him when the conversation started but wasn't interested and walked away. Nathan on the other hand was keen and came to understand the simple and beautiful gospel to the point that he was moved and wanted to know more. When the gospel and the response was presented it took him three attempts to understand the simplicity of faith alone. When he finally understood he said that he would trust in Christ today.

He was warned of the cost and was challenged to consider if he really meant what he said about trusting in Christ. He was encouraged to read a Bible and to start attending a local Church. Please be praying that Nathan would be serious, that he would trust in Christ today and that he would start reading his Bible!

There was a man soon after named Kennedy who had spoken to the team around Easter time. He could still remember the gospel but said that he had not yet trusted in Christ. He was still living in and loving his sin. He was challenged this very day to trust Christ knowing that tomorrow isn't guaranteed!

Similarly a conversation with Monique took place. She too had spoken to the team before but had a little bit of trouble remembering how someone receives the gift of forgiveness. She was once again reminded and she too was challenged to trust in Christ. Sadly the conversation wasn't overly long as her bus arrived very quickly.

This was then followed by a chat with Erica. Erica started the chat by saying, "I spoke to you about three months ago", she said she couldn't remember much of the conversation but when asked about the way to Heaven could remember it. She then added, "Since our chat I've been going to Church every week". It seemed as though she had trusted in Christ alone for her forgiveness and was slowly growing in her love for and understanding of God!

Next up was Devin who said that all people who believe God exists will get to Heaven. He was then taken straight into the gospel and understood it without much effort. It seemed that he comprehended it and said that he would consider it. This was very different from Vladim who attends a local Baptist Church.

Vladim said that his goodness would gain him a place in Heaven and was show by God's law that his righteousness would not be enough rather that the only thing we earn by our lives is Hell. He didn't get to hear of Christ though because he was blind to his own sin and didn't want to talk anymore.

To add to the joy of the afternoon Fynn heard and understood the gospel as well. As the conversation took place a man nearby interrupted and started trying to butt in but quietened down quickly when he was ignored. Fynn on the other hand, despite having a Christian background came to understand that sinners are forgiven simply based on their faith in Christ and it has nothing to do with good works. Fynn understood and even asked some questions himself to clarify. He said he was excited to have a read of his Bible when he got home and was thankful for the chat saying that he would consider trusting in Christ today!

The man who had interrupted was approached and asked a question or two but showed that it wasn't really a problem with the conversation that he had, it was a problem with God. He didn't really have any answers to simple questions or any real arguments him simply said, "The Bible was written by men". God in His providence knew what was best and bought along his bus so that the conversation couldn't continue.

Over all it was an exciting afternoon where God glorified Himself through the simple proclamation of the gospel. Please be praying for those today who were reminded of or heard for the first time how a sinner can be forgiven!


Monday 27 May 2019

Posted by Posted 4 June 2019, 11:24 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba the usual team of four were out again and God's word went out. It was a surprisingly quiet afternoon but God provided just enough people to be spoken with to consistently keep the team in conversations over the afternoon.

The first few conversations were sad and tough. There was a woman who said she was sure there was nothing after death but when asked why she had no reason. She was pointed to how we know God exists but was defiant and her bus arrived. Then Dylan said a lot of things about what he thinks but very few aligned with what God had said. He was shown God's law and his guilt but said he didn't want to know anymore.

But then a conversation with Matt took place. He took a long time to understand. It was hard work and there were three different explanations given until he understood but in the end of it all, after the struggle Matt seemed to understand. It was exciting to see as he seemed to finally grasp it and was encouraged to count the cost and to this day and to spend time reading the gospel of John he was given.

Then as the conversation with Matt was finishing, there was a man who a couple of times wanted to join in but held his tongue. When the conversation finished he was approached and asked and it turns out his name is John and he goes to a local JW meeting. He was then asked, what do you think will pay for your sin? He said Jesus pays for it. Then when asked how he receives the forgiveness Jesus has paid for he said, "you have to obey Jesus". Was shown that Jesus says the standard is perfection. But he had to leave without any opportunity to hear what Jesus says the way of forgiveness is.

There was an exciting conversation with Robin who at first was quite closed and distant but with a few simple questions she opened up and a good conversation took place leading her to hear of Christ and how she can be forgiven of her sin. It wasn't comprehensive as she had to leave but it was enough for her to be interested in chatting again.

The highlight conversation of the afternoon was with Amy. It was so surprising. She has spoken to the team before but wasn't quite sure. She was open about it all and saw that God exists, saw the condemnation of the law and then understood the gospel simply and quickly. She got the checking questions straight away and asked some good follow on questions, even preempting the next ones usually that would be asked and she got it. Then came a lengthy discourse where she asked lots of questions that she had wondered about how that would impact her life.

Over the course of the conversation she became more and more convinced to the point where she said at the end that she was going to think about it and seriously consider trusting in Christ like she'd never before. She took a gospel of John and said that she would read it before she saw the team next. She made other comments about how it made sense and was seriously challenged about how she was living.

At the same another team member was speaking to her boyfriend and he was less interested but was seriously challenged as well and they were encouraged to read together.

Praise God for such an encouraging afternoon and please be praying for those who heard the message of salvation that they would trust in Christ to pay for their sin!


Monday 20 May 2019

Posted by Posted 28 May 2019, 12:32 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba there was again a team of four. What an encouragement to think that just a few months ago there was usually only two team members out but now due to the commitment of some men and women of God to come out eat week it is regular to have four or five team members out! Praise God for raising up labourers!

The first conversation of the afternoon was with Rotisha, she saw how we know God exists, then was shown the guilt we have in our failure to obey God and the just punishment of Hell that this sin deserves. She was then shown what God has done to save sinners and understood that it was a gift received by faith. She was being asked some questions to help clarify when her bus arrived. She was encouraged to read the tract and to consider what was said.

Next a man was approached for a conversation but upon hearing the first question he said, "I have cancer and I know I'm going to die soon, so I don't want to talk about it". It was sad to see that his denial was most likely going to lead him to a far worse eternity than he could be heading to if he'd heard of and trusted in Christ.

A man named Michael, was approached and had some church background but what was glorious, was that over the next half and hour he came to understand the gospel. What was most surprisingly was that this was the first time he'd ever understood it. He'd grown up in a Presbyterian church but hadn't really gone since he was a young adult. But at the end of the conversation he said he was so thankful for the chat, said that he would count the cost this day of trusting in Christ and asked if there was a local Church he could attend and was directed toward one right near his home.

Soon after this a young lady named Tala was approached. Her mother is a Mormon (and she often goes with her to the temple) and her father is a follower of Stephen Anderson. She said she heard what they both said about topics and knew they were both wrong. Specifically on the topic of how one is made right with God. Her Mormon mother says we trust in Jesus and we must do good works to earn forgiveness and her IFB father says, you simply believe and even if you never obey God you'll still go to Heaven.

Tala was taken through the gospel and came to understand that although she knew both wrong extremes she came to understand that to be forgiven all one must do is trust that Jesus paid for their sin and this will always be followed by thankful obedience to God. She said this made sense and said she wanted to trust in Christ today. She asked a lot of other questions and was given many answers, repentance was explained, the role baptism plays was shown and she was very encouraged. She said she wanted to start reading her Bible and would start attending a local Church separate from her parents!

One final and exciting conversation was with Harley. It is rare to run into Christians on the street and even rarer to run into a professing Christian who can actually explain the simple gospel but what was exciting was this man named Harley. He admitted he wasn't the smartest guy but it was beautiful to see that after never setting foot in Church most of his life just a few months ago he started attending a local Church and has trusted in Christ. Even when asked some trickier questions he answered them with ease because he knew that faith in Christ saves and could even explain where our good works fall into the picture.

It was exciting to see and when asked if he was sharing his faith he mentioned that he has been trying at work, so far with little success but he was encouraged to keep pressing on because just three months ago no one would really have believed that he could become a Christian.

Please be praying for those who heard of Christ for the first time or came to understand the gospel this day that God would save them from the wrath to come! Please pray for Harley that he will be able to speak of Christ to his work colleagues that they may come know Him as well!


Monday 13 May 2019

Posted by Posted 17 May 2019, 2:27 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba the team of four went to their usual business of finding people with whom to speak about the glories out our God and King. The afternoon was filled with colourful conversations and characters and some exciting moments as people for the first time comprehended the gospel!

A conversation with Monique took place in in the early afternoon. She had some simple Christian background but hadn't really understood it. Monique was taken on a simple journey of questions, showing her that God exists and why it matters. How God's standards leaves each of us guilty, therefore that we are helpless to save ourselves and yet God in His love offers forgiveness, as a gift, to those who believe, purchased by His sacrifice on the cross.

Monique at first was saying, "There's a lot of pieces here but I am not sure I follow fully". The struggle with the gospel is that it is so counter intuitive to our normal ways of thinking that it is hard to explain. But as more questions were asked, the picture became fuller and suddenly Monique understood it! In a moment, all the pieces fell into place. She then had no trouble answering the checking questions and it seemed that she comprehended justification by faith alone.

Then it was time to talk about counting the cost, as the Christian life will cost something. Not that we have to do something to get in but once a Christian our love for Christ will cause us to want to serve Him more than anything or anyone else meaning there will be times when we must make great sacrifices in this life because Jesus is better. Monique heard all of this and actually was making some suggestions herself. Then at the end of it all when asked, "When will you trust in Jesus?" She responded, "Today, I don't think there is any other choice". She was encouraged to head to a local Church and to read her Bible each day!

Later there were two back to back conversations with people who had previously spoken with the team who had some partial memories of the conversation but weren't quite sure about the way to Heaven. God was kind to these men, Trey and Tony and enabled them to have another opportunity to comprehend the simplicity of the gospel. They were both then challenged with the seriousness of this knowledge, as to do nothing with it will spell out a worse time on judgement day but if they will trust in Christ, they can have an eternity rejoicing in Christ as their King and Saviour!

These men were encouraged to count the cost, strongly consider what they've now understood for various reasons an important one was that God has been kind to them, offering them two opportunities to hear and understand His gospel but they may never be given another chance to repent, so today is the day of salvation.

There were some other silly moments through the day, a young couple declared that they didn't want Jesus because they love Satan and will enjoy ruling people in Hell with him. But it was pointed out that this is not the case both because they will not be apart of the ruling in Hell, as it is God who rules and punishes those in Hell, not Satan. Secondly, that there is no hope in Satan, as Jesus is already risen, Satan has lost. These two were shown the foolishness of such a hope as Christ is the victor and He owns history.

They were then shown God's law, revealing their guilt and need for Christ and were pointed to Christ as the only way that sinners can be forgiven.

Please be praying for all those who heard of Christ this day, that God would use these conversations, these challenges and their new understandings to lead them to a saving faith in Him! Please be praying for those who took tracts or whose conversations were cut short by buses that God may use that to bring a hunger and a desire to know more of Christ.

And why not find a time to come out and share Christ with the people of this world?


Monday 29 April 2019

Posted by Posted 29 April 2019, 11:36 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

The afternoon was at Capalaba was filled with encouragement! Not only did a new team member come along to preach God's glorious gospel but the outreach featured many positive responses to the gospel! As usual some people were closed off whilst others were open to hear but through it all God in his providence enabled His word to go forth and it will not return without accomplishing what He has sent it out to do!

The second conversation of the afternoon took place with Georgia who at first said she didn't really believe in Hell but that she thought everyone went to Heaven. It didn't take long going through God's law and God's goodness for her to see that Hell must exist and even worse, that every human being deserves to be sent there. She came to understand the trouble we are in and then for the first time in her life she came to comprehend what Christ has done to save sinners and how a simple response of faith is all that is required to be made right before God!

Georgia even said, "All of these years in the Church I have heard many things but this is the first time I have understood how simple it is to be forgiven by God!" When asked later about when she would trust in Christ she said, "On my death bed", to which she was challenged with two thoughts, firstly that none of us are guaranteed a moment before death to trust in Christ and secondly she was asked this question, "If you don't want to trust in Christ now, who says you will want to trust in Him then?"

Georgia was challenged by this, was encouraged with what the Christian life will look like and that it will cost her things and at the end of the conversation she said she would consider it and that should would trust Christ today! Praise God for the clarity of the gospel and please bring Georgia before Him that He would graciously draw her to Himself!

There were also two exciting conversations that took place with elderly ladies. For the record, usually older people in general are hardened too the gospel. Either because they've grown up in Church and think they know it already or they've lived in rebellion against God their whole lives and aren't willing to change now. But in these two cases the opposite was true, both women were happy to talk and were challenged by the gospel.

First was a lady who had previously spoken to some other Christian's but didn't know the gospel. She through the conversation saw her sin, the penalty sin deserves and the desperate situation that leaves us in. Then she heard of God's forgiveness, that He pays the debt we owe so that we can be forgiven and she came to understand that this forgiveness is offered as a gift, not on the basis of merit, so that all who trust Christ receive the gift of forgiveness. She seemed to understand how simply it was received and was thankful for the chat. A checking question, to make sure she understood the gospel was asked but she didn't get a chance to answer as her bus arrived. She did take a tract though!

Next was a conversation with Lynn who had spoken briefly to the team a fortnight ago but today heard the gospel fresh. She came to understand the bad news and what Christ has done to save sinners but not the response of faith to receive it, as her bus arrived as well. Thankfully she was open and happy to chat and even said, "I shall see you in two weeks"! Lynn was for the first time in her life piecing together all of the things she had heard in Sunday School all those years earlier.

Please be praying for these three women that today would be the day of salvation where they would come to know God intimately as their Lord and Saviour and that for the first time they would trust in Him and what He has done to save them!

Praise God that the gospel is so simple and so free, so that all who come to Him in faith may be forgiven!


Monday 15 April 2019

Posted by Posted 18 April 2019, 12:55 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba, again there was a team of five! Praise God for raising up labourers who are willing to come out on their holidays! The afternoon was filled with some exciting conversations, some sad ones and some disappointing ones.

Starting on the disappointing end, there were three people spoken to today that professed to be Christians that had no idea of the gospel. One man loudly declared, "Don't worry about me, I'm good, I'm already a Christian". He was later approached again and was asked, "If you're a Christian, what are you trusting in to get you to Heaven?" to which he responded, "Who said I know I am going to Heaven, I'm just a Christian". He was shown God's standard to get into Heaven is perfect and therefore we've all fallen short but before the conversation could go any further, he had to head off.

Next was a man named Thaif. He too professed to be a Christian and knew a decent amount but again was rely upon his goodness to get to Heaven. Thankfully God in His providence enabled Thaif to be willing to engage. He wasn't angry or hostile but responded, talked and came to understand the gospel for the first time in his life! Praise God for opening hearts! He was challenged to consider it and said that he would!

Thirdly was Kennedy. He was in the same boat as Thaif and praise God, he had the same outcome. From first thinking he was already a Christian, to understanding he was not and then being challenged to this very day become a Christian, simply by trusting in Christ!

Throughout the day other conversations took place. Michael who had just gotten out of prison and was interested to chat, had some simple groundwork done but his bus arrived almost immediately, so the conversation was postponed for next time. Another conversation was with a young lady named Sasha. She had spoken to another team member but was still waiting for her bus to arrive.

Sasha was approached and asked if she knew the way to Heaven and she said yes and got a simple checking question correct. The problem, Sasha said she didn't want Jesus, she was happy living as she was now. She was then shown the seriousness of the choice that she's making, using a range of analogies Sasha came to understand why Jesus is so important and that to reject Him is to choose to suffer for ones own sin in Hell.

There were a range of other conversations this week and many more of the same. It is hard to fathom how every single person thinks they're good, thinks they'd probably go to Heaven when they die and therefore that they don't need to think about it anymore. The sad reality is, that the majority of this nation have believed a lie and are marching on their way to the eternal judgement. Why don't you, step out in reliance upon God, with the good news of what God has done and declare to that people God has placed around you, that there is a hope for sinners!


Monday 8 April 2019

Posted by Posted 9 April 2019, 10:31 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba a team of four assembled again and covered the bus stop with the Gospel. There were many exciting conversations over the course of the afternoon, with many people coming to understand the Gospel.

The first conversation of the afternoon was with a man who said there was no God, when challenged with buildings need a builder analogy he said it made sense but really didn't want to believe it. This was further cemented when he was shown God's law. As the law revealed his guilt, he went straight back to saying there was no God. It was a sad conversation because he preferred to be in denial than to hear the real solution. In the end he ended the conversation by saying that he didn't want to talk about this anymore and was left without a solution.

A following conversation was with Ashton who had heard some different things about God but believed in Heaven and Hell. He though that he would probably go to Heaven because he was a decent guy. He was shown God's law and saw his guilt and was impacted by the reality of it. Then he heard the penalty and was taking it seriously. He proposed all of the things he thought might be able to remove his guilt but none were able to but then he heard the Gospel and said it made sense!

It took a little while from him to grasp the simplicity of the message that it is trusting in Christ alone that saves a sinner and he was able to answer the checking questions correctly. His bus arrived and he wasn't able to stay but said he was thankful for the chat and would think about what was shared.

There were a few other exciting conversations with three other people all who heard, understood and responded positively to the Gospel and were challenged to consider it today. A final conversation of the afternoon was had with a lady named Sophia. She was sitting waiting for her bus and was approached and asked the same question, what do you think happens after we die?

Sophia thought she was good, thought she was heading to Heaven and attends a local Catholic church but for the first time in her life she understood the simple Gospel! She was at first even scared of saying the word Hell but as the conversation flowed she came to understand the importance of acknowledging the reality of judgement as it emphasises the height and depth of God's love in saving sinners.

The moment at which she understood the Gospel for the first time she was overjoyed and let out a little squeak, "I really needed this! It didn't really make sense to me up until now but now it makes sense!" She said that she wanted to trust in Christ!

At this moment she explained that she goes to a local Catholic church but she was challenged to have a read of Romans 3-5, and to come and see what Paul has to say about how someone is made right before God. She was challenged that if she read what Paul had written and believed that he was preaching a grace based Gospel (which he is), she was encouraged then to find a local Christian Church to attend.

Please be praying for those who heard the Gospel today that God would change their lives through the message preached. Please be praying that they would come to a knowledge of the truth and be relying on Christ alone for their salvation!


Monday 8 April 2019

Posted by Posted 10 April 2019, 10:53 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba a team of four assembled again and covered the bus stop with the Gospel. There were many exciting conversations over the course of the afternoon, with many people coming to understand the Gospel.

The first conversation of the afternoon was with a man who said there was no God, when challenged with buildings need a builder analogy he said it made sense but really didn't want to believe it. This was further cemented when he was shown God's law. As the law revealed his guilt, he went straight back to saying there was no God. It was a sad conversation because he preferred to be in denial than to hear the real solution. In the end he ended the conversation by saying that he didn't want to talk about this anymore and was left without a solution.

A following conversation was with Ashton who had heard some different things about God but believed in Heaven and Hell. He though that he would probably go to Heaven because he was a decent guy. He was shown God's law and saw his guilt and was impacted by the reality of it. Then he heard the penalty and was taking it seriously. He proposed all of the things he thought might be able to remove his guilt but none were able to but then he heard the Gospel and said it made sense!

It took a little while from him to grasp the simplicity of the message that it is trusting in Christ alone that saves a sinner and he was able to answer the checking questions correctly. His bus arrived and he wasn't able to stay but said he was thankful for the chat and would think about what was shared.

There were a few other exciting conversations with three other people all who heard, understood and responded positively to the Gospel and were challenged to consider it today. A final conversation of the afternoon was had with a lady named Sophia. She was sitting waiting for her bus and was approached and asked the same question, what do you think happens after we die?

Sophia thought she was good, thought she was heading to Heaven and attends a local Catholic church but for the first time in her life she understood the simple Gospel! She was at first even scared of saying the word Hell but as the conversation flowed she came to understand the importance of acknowledging the reality of judgement as it emphasises the height and depth of God's love in saving sinners.

The moment at which she understood the Gospel for the first time she was overjoyed and let out a little squeak, "I really needed this! It didn't really make sense to me up until now but now it makes sense!" She said that she wanted to trust in Christ!

At this moment she explained that she goes to a local Catholic church but she was challenged to have a read of Romans 3-5, and to come and see what Paul has to say about how someone is made right before God. She was challenged that if she read what Paul had written and believed that he was preaching a grace based Gospel (which he is), she was encouraged then to find a local Christian Church to attend.

Please be praying for those who heard the Gospel today that God would change their lives through the message preached. Please be praying that they would come to a knowledge of the truth and be relying on Christ alone for their salvation!


Monday 1 April 2019

Posted by Posted 2 April 2019, 8:21 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba there was a team of five! Now that might not sound like a lot but that is 250% the size of a normal team! Imagine if all the outreach teams grew that much this week! At first the team were a little worried that with the five there wouldn't be enough conversations to go around but we were wrong! Praise God that over the three hours the five were consistently in conversations. Meaning around fifty people heard the Gospel!

Here are four brief recounts of conversations that were encouraging and will hopefully encourage you to come out sometime!

The first lady of the afternoon was approached, her name was Kia. She had very little idea about the God who made this world. But she came to see that He exists, that He has standards, that we've failed to keep them and therefore there is only once place to turn for hope, the very same God against whom we have rebelled. She heard of God's love displayed at the cross and the offer of forgiveness that comes with it. She was challenged to consider it and took a tract as her bus arrived.

Next was a man named Noah, who had a Christian background but wasn't a Christian. At first he was asked what was getting him to Heaven and gave some almost passable answers but it didn't seem convincing, he was saying things but it didn't sound like he believed them. He was shown the law, the guilt, the penalty and was shown the problem he was in. He didn't seem overly worried or moved so he was pushed a little further. Finally the Gospel was shared and he was left to consider it. He came to intellectually understand that Christ alone can save but it remains to be seen on judgement if God will be gracious to Noah and draw him to Himself.

Another exciting conversation is one that has taken place over the last twelve months or so. There is a lady named Lynn who is never around for a long period of time before catching her bus. She has lots of stories and lots of update on how her daughter and grandchildren are going and many of them are exceedingly sad. But after the updates (which are basically prayer points) the question is posed to Lynn, "So what will happen to us after we die?" Most weeks Lynn talks about the same things, says the same responses and seems to be in zombie mode. But by the grace of God, this week was different!

Lynn responded and engaged with new answers. She asked questions, she saw how her sin will lead her to Hell and that currently she was in big trouble. And as she began asking for the solution, just as the set up was being giving, explaining why someone else can take our place and what they must be like, her bus arrived. God is wonderful to give such an opportunity today yet in His timing it wasn't yet the time for the Gospel. She did take a tract as usual and was encouraged to read it.

The last conversation was with Aidan, he at first said there was no God but with the building's need a builder analogy acknowledged that there is one, then was shown why it matters and how it impacts our lives. He was shown then how he had failed to obey God and that this left him in the waiting line for judgement. He at first didn't acknowledge worry but as the conversation went on he seemed to show more interest into how this can be solved and to finish he heard the Gospel, how one must respond simply by trusting Christ and that this will result in a changed life. He seemed pensive and was given a tract as his bus arrived.

Please be praying that Kia would heed the Gospel and trust in Christ. Please pray that God would wake Noah out of his slumber about the reality of who he is and what he deserves. Please pray that Lynn would consider what was said this week and that she would be looking for a solution to her sin, even to the point of asking about it next time. Please pray for Aidan that he would come to trust in the God that he now knows about! And please bring yourself before God in prayer asking Him to give you the boldness and the courage to speak of Christ wherever you may go and maybe even try and join the team in the near future!


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