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.


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!


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.


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