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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.


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!


Monday 25 March 2019

Posted by Posted 26 March 2019, 1:00 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

The team again headed to Capalaba to share with those using the local bus service, what God has done to save sinners from the wrath to come. It is hard to over state how good of a location it is. It is a four direction bus station where all the platforms are adjacent and therefore there is always a consistent cycle of people coming by. There are regulars who you can check in with each week and encourage further. There are regulars who God is offering the opportunity to hear the Gospel each week and yet are still declining it and there are those who come and get to hear for the first time!

If you have the ability to make it to Capalaba on a Monday afternoon, send the team a message, commit to a date and you will be glad you chose to come on out!

This week conversations were as usual, packed with excitement and the Gospel. An early conversation was with Amber who as the conversation came to a close was able to articulate the Gospel back and understood the simplicity and beauty of trusting in Christ. She was then left with the lingering question, "When will you trust in Christ?"

A very similar conversation took place later in the afternoon with a man named Ben. In the same way as Amber, he understood the Gospel, repeated it back and then when asked when he will trust in Christ said, "right now". A little more was shared and he was challenged to count the cost, trust in Christ, start reading his Bible and then find a local Church. Please be praying that the profession that Ben made would be a reality that would begin a new life in honour of God and living for God.

A conversation late in the afternoon was with Annalise. She heard the law, its consequences, God's goodness and the Gospel and was challenged to trust in Christ. She professed that she already was but that because of her family was unable to go to a local Church. It was sad to see that as a young lady she was limited from hearing God's word preached and proclaimed by her family but also that she was fearful of them as well.

She was encouraged to count the cost and to begin to read her Bible more. She actually had her Bible on her and said she read it from time to time, which was encouraging to hear. She was encouraged to spend some time in the Gospel of John to come face to face with Jesus.

Please keep these three in prayer that they would heed the call of the Gospel, that their lives would be changed and that God would continue to work in their lives, some to bring them to a saving knowledge of the truth and for others that if they have already come to trust in Christ that God would lead them into a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with Him.

Please also prayerfully consider using some of the time that God has given you to join the team in an outreach this coming week, that God may use you to proclaim His excellencies!


Monday 18 March 2019

Posted by Posted 19 March 2019, 1:35 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

"You can't be serious Vicki", said Helen to her elderly friend that after hearing the building's have a builder analogy. It was true, Vicki was defiantly holding out on acknowledging what she knew, despite great evidence. Sadly before the conversation could go further their bus arrived and they headed off with tracts.

The was a team of three at Capalaba on Monday and despite the rain, thanks to the covering over the bus stop conversations were still easy to have.

One conversation that has slowly been taking place over the past few weeks is with Rachel. She is interested in talking but only has 10 minutes between work and when he bus arrives so the conversation is picked up from and continued each week. This week Rachel heard of sin and how desperately guilty we are and was shown the penalty we deserve but just as she was asked, "How can our guilt be dealt with" her bus arrived. Please be praying that Rachel considers this question for next week.

There was also a conversation with a young man named Darcy who saw that he knew God exists, saw God's law and his guilt and was pointed to the Saviour. He comprehended the Gospel and was able to repeat it back but when asked when he would trust in Jesus he was hesitant and said it was because his family were no Christians and they probably wouldn't agree with him. He was challenged to count the cost of following Christ and to make his choice because to not choose, is to choose to reject Him.

A final conversation of that afternoon was with Zoe, a young lady who had a Catholic past and had some misconceptions as a result. The conversation allowed for some engagement to address these issues as well as presenting the Gospel as to why we need salvation and how only Jesus can provide it.

Overall the afternoon was exciting, with many conversations, a range of positive responses and the three team members being able to engage at length with around thirty people over three hours!

Please keep those who heard in prayer and consider joining the team yourself some time. Set aside a day in advance to come on out! Maybe even Easter Monday, which will be at Redlands Family Easter Festival!


Monday 11 March 2019

Posted by Posted 11 March 2019, 8:57 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

Monday at Capalaba was an exciting day filled with a range of catch up conversations and some new people hearing the Gospel. It started with a short conversation with a lady named Amy.

She said she believed in reincarnation and was challenged on that. She was shown that there must be a God, with the building builder analogy and saw that because there is a God there is accountability for our actions. She began to hear God's law but her bus arrived so she took a tract.

An exciting beginning to a conversation was with Glenis and her daughter Kiana. They had once been apart of the JW religion but around ten years earlier they had been disfellowshipped for something that Glenis did wrong. This meant that her family didn't want to talk with her or have anything to do with her and therefore was left alone separated from her family. This began a conversation showing them what Jesus had really said about eternity and they came to understand and were being shown through God's law as their bus arrived.

They were encouraged to read John's Gospel and were given tracts each. They were interested in talking more in the future and said they will come back to talk!

Next to hear was Amber who had spoken to the team before and spoke to two team members today. She was challenged strongly in the Gospel. Most notably was the challenge to not just acknowledge it is true but to actually trust Jesus. As she seemed to know the Gospel but just wasn't trusting in Jesus.

Another conversation was had with Aidan who has spoken to the team quite a number of times now. He acknowledges that that Bible is true that God exists and that Jesus alone can save but he just seems to be finding different excuses or things so that he "can't" trust Jesus. This week it was about God being Jealous and he said, "Isn't it a sin for God to be jealous?" A discussion was started explaining this and he was once again challenged to consider what God has said, not just to acknowledge it as true but to ponder how seriously it will affect his eternity.

A young couple were approached. Will and Tabitha were their names. They at first said they didn't know if God exists and were shown the building builder analogy and said it made sense. They were then shown why God will hold those in His world accountable and as they heard God's law they realised very quickly their guilt. In God's timing their bus arrived and they had to leave but they said they would stop to chat if we saw them again!

There was a quickly re-engaged conversation with Rachel who was talking about "god" being unconditional love. That it is love itself that is the god. This was touched on and she was shown why God must be personal and it was pointed out what problems arose if God was impersonal and just a force. She seemed to struggle to understand but was happy to be challenged.

She was unsure about how justice in this world worked as she was talking about karma and the law of cause and effect but saw that it wasn't sufficient to deal with sin. Her bus arrived as well and she was encouraged to read a tract and she too said she would be interested in talking with the team again.

The last conversation of the afternoon was with Damien. He overheard another conversation and when asked he mentioned that he had spoken to another team member. He said that he didn't think he could believe in God because of all the evil in this world. He was shown the two fold problem with such a statement. Firstly, that we only know what evil is because God created the world to be good and secondly, that it is humanity who is guilty for the evil. It is our fault that this world is a mess.

This made sense to him and he was challenged to strongly re-consider the Gospel in light of this, that he too was apart of the problem of evil in this world and that one day he would have to stand before his creator. He was reminded that his only hope is if Jesus has paid his debt on the cross.

Please be praying for those who spoke to the team and were happy to engage. Praise God that so many conversations were had. Please also be praying that God would seek to enable continued conversations with those who were willing to hear more, so that they may come to a fuller understanding of who God is and what He has done to save sinners.


Monday 4 March 2019

Posted by Posted 4 March 2019, 9:57 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

This afternoon at Capalaba the team set out early in the afternoon to have some conversations. Upon arriving it was noticed that some JW's had set up their stand at one of the bus stations. The team prayed and split and the first conversation was had with these two ladies, Lauren and Dena.

Lauren did most of the talking. It was very sad to hear what she had to say, she didn't really have many answers to the questions posed. The first question asked and most important and central topic was, "How can someone be made right before God". Lauren listed five things, "Getting baptised, trying your best to obey God, reading your Bible, trying not to do the wrong thing and being sincere in asking for forgiveness". It was pointed out to Lauren that these were all based on human efforts.

It was pointed out to her that God's standard is perfection and that the best we can offer even in her list is a long way short of perfection. It was so sad to see that she mentioned nothing of Jesus Christ. The good news was briefly shared and she was challenged to read Romans 3-5 and to see what Paul has to say about how someone is made right before God.

Two exciting conversations were had with Damien and then Taylor.

Damien at first said that he thought there was no God. Upon being challenged with the building, builder analogy he admitted their must be a God but said it couldn't be the God of the Bible. When asked why he gave a few reasons and answers were given. It was pointed out at this early stage that it isn't primarily intellect that stops people from being Christians but rather a desire to sin. Damien then mentioned that he once was a "Christian" and that he did at one stage believe in God.

He was shown God's law as to his sin and was pointed to the penalty, the eternal Hell that he is headed for. Damien became quite sober in this conversation and wasn't being so dismissive but rather seemed to listen to what was being said. Just as the Gospel was about to be shared his bus arrived, he was given a tract and was encouraged to read and and the hope of a future conversation was mentioned. Please keep Damien in your prayers that he would read the tract and come back next week with questions!

A lengthy conversation was had with Taylor who at first seemed uninterested in talking as she mentioned that she had spoken to the team before. Taylor said her primary reasons to disbelieve in God were experiential. She had been forced as a child to learn about God, She had seen some "Christians" do some evil things and she had been mistreated by someone who claimed to know God. She was taken through God's law and saw her sin but kept trying to minimise it.

She was playing the usual game, jumping between trying to reject the existence of God and trying to argue that she wasn't that guilty. This went on through a few Gospel presentations and she seemed to understand the Gospel well. But her issue remained a love for sin. She talked about things she wanted to do that God disallowed. Then as the seriousness of the issue was being stressed another young man, who knew her came by and took her away to chat with her, which ended the conversation.

But by God's providence he hopped on his bus and she actually willing and came back over to continue chatting. She was challenged on a few more things, had the Gospel re-iterated and was strongly challenged on the seriousness of the decision she was making. Please keep Taylor in your prayers that she would heed the message proclaimed and turn to Christ as her Saviour and Lord.

One final conversation was as the afternoon came to the end the team of JW's swapped and so what was planned on being a short conversation was started with Patrina and Teagan. The conversation was initially intended to simply encourage them to have a read of the letter to the Romans, chapters 3-5. They shared that they had just read it the week before and so the question was posed, "How does Paul say we are made right before God?"

Patrina responded, "By exercising faith (doing the things the WT says one must do) and by doing good works". It was pointed out that Paul actually says the very opposite of that. The beginning of Romans 4 was read, and verse 4 and 5 were emphasised; "Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness".

But Patrina then tried to argue that this simply meant that God opens the door to the ungodly by letting them enter but then they have to show worthiness through their actions. Patrina kept saying directly contradictory things, "No one can earn their salvation, God gives it as a gift to those who do good works". Sadly she couldn't see the contradictory nature of this and she tried to take the conversation elsewhere. The pair were encouraged to read their Romans 1-5 and spend some time trying to see what Paul was saying about how one is made right before God.

Please pray for the four JW's spoken to today that God would use His word to lead them away from the deceptive false teaching of the Watchtower.


Monday 25 February 2019

Posted by Posted 26 February 2019, 11:40 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba another new team member made it along! It is worth noting that even though this is (in terms of team size) the smallest outreach, it is a really good training ground. Due to the bus stop environment with the short conversations and the need to approach someone to be able to talk, it trains one in reliance on God for efficiency and boldness. Maybe if you have a chance, you could join the team at Capalaba one Monday?

The first conversation of the afternoon was had with Angus-Lee and it was very exciting. All the way in the car drive over prayer to God for boldness was being had and not only did God answer that prayer He also encouraged the team with an afternoon filled with many exciting responses. Angus was the first.

He at an instant said that he was going to Heaven because he was a good guy. Then was shown God's goodness, why that means He must punish all sin and therefore we are in big trouble because each of us has a long and in depth history of sin. He saw the problem and acknowledged that he was in trouble.

Then the Gospel was explained to him and he seemed to take it on board. To check he had understood, so as not to leave him with a false Gospel by accident, he was asked what he must do to be saved and responded, "believe in Jesus". Although true, it seemed as though he didn't understand it and so the Gospel was articulated another time and a second checking question was used, "If you were to realise today that your sin deserves Hell, understanding that you have no ability to save yourself from that fate and therefore trusted in Jesus and what He has done to pay for that sin, then on your way home today you did one more sin and died five minutes later, would you go to Heaven or Hell?"

This question he paused at, he was not sure but he said tentatively, "Maybe Hell?" and he was asked, "Why do you think that?". And he responded, "Actually you're right, I would go to Heaven because I have trusted in Jesus to pay for my sin". What a joyful moment to witness, someone for the first time understanding the Gospel. Then Angus was posed with the question, "When are you going to trust in Jesus?" to which he responded, "Today".

Some follow up questions about counting the cost and encouragement were given and he was encouraged to go to a local Church. Please be praying for Angus that he would come to know God and will begin to walk in a new life with him.

Another conversation was with a man named Callum. He had spoken to the team before and heard the Gospel but had still rejected it. He said it was because there were so many "gods" in the world and he couldn't know which is right. A few simple explanations were given about how one can know and he agreed that it made sense. The challenge was put forward that the real reason for the arguments, was not because they were questions that had really plagued him and he had been searching for answers but were rather being used as an excuse to avoid thinking about it.

He acknowledge this was true and was once again point to the law and Gospel and left with the very serious challenge that, he could stand before His Creator this very day.

A final conversation was had with Hayley. At first she didn't seem that interested in talking but after a couple of questions happily engaged through a conversation. She had little understanding of Christianity but through the conversation came to understand the Gospel.

When at the closure of the conversation she was challenged to consider why she would reject Christ and she said, "It is because I don't know Him well". She was encouraged to open up the pages of the Bible and come face to face with the God of this universe in His word and was reminded one final time that she can know of the depths of His love because of how far He was willing to go to save sinners.

Please be praying for Callum that he would not reject Christ in an attempt for autonomy and that Hayley would seek to know who God is and as a result fall in love with Him and what He has done for her!


Monday 18 February 2019

Posted by Posted 21 February 2019, 7:19 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Monday at Capalaba the team swelled in size by 50%! It was exciting to see a new local Christian commit to coming to the outreach each Monday! It was an exciting afternoon that ensued when all three team members had fifteen conversations each, whilst each member had a couple of really encouraging conversations as well.

An early and very timely conversation was had with a young man named Jai. He at first was skeptical of God's existence and then heard the building, builder analogy, presented in the "How We Know God Exists and Why it Matters" tract. He then agreed that there must be a God. Next he was challenged on why he would argue why God doesn't exist and it was pointed out that it has to do with God's expectations of His creation. If there is a God, there are things He has asked of us. So often, people argue that there is no God to try and avoid His judgement.

Then Jai heard God's law, like a mirror it revealed his sin and he saw the predicament he was in. The life he had lived had left him with a debt he deserved to pay. Jai's life had earnt him an eternal Hell punishment. When asked if there was any solution other than him paying, Jai wasn't sure.

A short discussion ensued which came to a close as the Gospel was explained. On the first explanation Jai didn't understand properly how one is saved, he thought it was by being good. So the Gospel was re-explained using another analogy and he got it! Showing that he understood he used the same argument that Paul answers in Romans 6, "Isn't the Gospel just a get out of jail free card, where you can do whatever you want but still go to Heaven?"

It was exciting to see he had understood and the explanation was given, using the crocodile analogy, that after being saved by God, out of gratefulness to Him for what He has done, we will want nothing to do with the sin that once enslaved us and instead want everything to do with that which honours God!

It was right at this moment that Jai's bus arrived, he was thankful for the chat and said he would read the tract! Praise God for His timing and providence and please be praying for Jai that he will strongly consider what God has said and will count the cost and choose to trust in Christ alone!

One of the downsides to bus station evangelism is that you don't always get to finish the conversation where you wanted, rather God and His timing decides when the person had heard enough. This means, efficiency in presentation is key but also remembering that God works on His own timeline. From Monday there were a range of conversations where God's existence was established, God's law and the consequences of breaking it was shown and the question was posed, "How can a Hell deserving sinner, get into Heaven?".

These conversations occurred with Anabelle, Maddi, Jayden, Bruce, Mick, Teagan and Kiara. Please keep these individuals in your prayers, that God would use the law to leave them wondering over and over about the question, "How can a sinner be forgiven?" and ultimately use the tract they took, a Christian they know or even another conversation at a bus stop to bring them to a knowledge of the Gospel. Please be praying that they cannot get this question out of their mind until it is answered.

One final conversation was had with Dewi, a young guy who the team has spoken to many times. At first during the afternoon he made a joke about wanting to avoid speaking with the team but as the afternoon drew to a close he happily sat down and chatted with the team. This conversation went deeper than a usual Gospel conversation and was filled with a heart to heart discussion about why the team cared about him, why they wanted to challenge him and share with him week after week and he seemed moved.

Please be praying for Dewi that he would seriously consider the Gospel and trust in Christ alone for His salvation and as a result turn from his sin, to living a life honouring to God!


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