Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.
At the Gold Coast on Friday night, God's power was demonstrated through the preaching of his word as many from the team open air preached to the crowds in Surfers Paradise. Multitudes of people stopped to listen as God drew them in and there was an openness towards the Gospel. Through the open air preaching, people heard of how they can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:19).
"... it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Cor 1:21).
God has not changed His ways. Through the preaching of God's word many come to hear about Jesus. God calls us to preach from the housetops the good news of Jesus Christ. Let all the world hear "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor 1:18).
The team spoke to a variety of people who showed interest in the gospel during one-to-one conversations. One such person was a backslider who expressed his desire to get right with God and was challenged to repent and rededicate his life to Christ (James 5:19-20). The team also spoke to many muslim people that heard how Jesus is our atonement (Rom. 5:11) and salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned, instead received only by faith and that salvation is only through the sacrifice that God accepts, his Son, Jesus Christ. The truth of the Gospel was also presented to a couple named Israel and Darsia. Darsia showed a genuine interest in the gospel and was even keen to go to church. She then exchanged her contact details to keep in touch and was directed by the team member to one of the local churches.
It was the grace of God that people from all walks of life, all who need Jesus heard the clarion call of the gospel, "...be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5:20).
We are thankful to God for holding off the rain and bringing together 14 labourers to proclaim the gospel. God is in control and he is in the business of drawing the lost to him. To him be all the Glory!
A team of 15 to 20 people gathered at the Gold Coast to proclaim the gospel on Friday night. When we arrived, we set up the "Good Person test" flip chart, which is a really simple and easy to use tool to use to go through the law of God and the gospel. As a result, many good gospel conversations took place with groups of people that were really keen to go through the test.
One such conversation was with a guy named Pat and his mate. Pat told us that he thinks he is a good person and just stopped by out of curiosity to take the test. After taking the test, when we got to the courtroom part, Pat saw that he was guilty and not a good person. When we started explaining to him that we all are guilty of sin therefore we deserve to go to hell, Pat quickly said, "I don't believe I am going there. I don't even think there is a hell". At this point of time, his mate was acting bit silly and was trying to distract Pat. But as the team member continued to share the reality of hell, Pat with a serious face said, "So I will be going to hell then and there is no hope for me!"
We told him about the "everlasting hope" that God wants to save sinners and has shown his love for us "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). There is hope in Christ if we repent and put our trust in him. Pat looked thoughtful and said, "I understand that". He then began asking a series of questions related to origin of sin, suffering and consequences of sin. After answering his questions, he asked, "So what is Heaven like? Is it like here?" He looked thoughtful after eternity in Heaven was explained to him. Before leaving, he asked for a gospel tract to take home to read. We reminded him to take this seriously and put his trust in Jesus.
Please be praying for the salvation of Pat and all other people who heard the gospel. Pray that God will cause the seeds to grow (1 Cor. 3:7).
May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified above all!
It was a wet Friday night at the Gold Coast as we began our outreach there, and it continued raining on and off throughout the night. Despite all the rain, we had 17 labourers be part of the team.
As soon as the rain stopped, the team started handing out gospel tracts and were engrossed in various conversations. There was one man who refused to take the tract and said, "I don't mean any disrespect but this is not for me. I used to be a Catholic but now I am an agnostic/atheist and I don't believe in all these things anymore." We asked him whether he believes that there is a creator and his answer was "yes". He seemed quite confused about his own beliefs.
Even though he initially rejected the gospel tract, he looked like he was quite open to having this conversation. After talking for a bit, we found out that his unbelief in God had been a result of him being sick and tired of performing rituals and religion during his days in Catholic church. So we began to share the gospel with him and stressed on the fact that, in order to go to heaven, he needs to repent and trust in Christ alone. No amount of good works or performing any sorts of rituals will get him to heaven. He looked very thoughtful.
Towards the end of the conversation, he said that his wife often reads Bible. Not long after, his wife who was at the shops came to join us. She had lots of questions from the Old Testament as she was taking things out of context and was questioning God's authority. We tried answering all her questions. Then just before leaving, the husband asked what church do we go to. So we happily handed him a gospel tract that had a local church address on the back of the tract.
Towards the end of the night, when the team was just about to leave, one of the team members started sharing the gospel with a group of Muslim men. We thank God for this team member who could fluently speak Arabic language. The group of men were listening attentively to the gospel being preached.
God is definitely at work. Please continue to pray for all the souls that have heard the gospel. Pray for the team and for gospel to go forth until every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:10,11). Amen.
It was a great outreach last Friday sharing the good news of the gospel at the Gold Coast. It was amazing to see God raised 17 labourers including 6 new labourers that joined us for the first time.
We had some great conversations with people from various backgrounds. One of the conversations we had was with a man who said, that he believes in evolution, although he is still not sure about the whole thing. Upon being asked the question, whether he will go to heaven or hell, he said that, "I don't know but I always think about death and every time I think about it, it freaks me out". After the gospel was explained to him, he said that he has not heard about Jesus in this way and that, there is a lot for him to think about.
One of the new labourers who was on her holidays from Brazil joined the team. At first, she was bit nervous as this was her first time sharing the gospel in Australia, and English wasn't her first language. She was hoping to find some Brazilians who she can share the gospel with in Portuguese and hand out tracts written in the Portuguese language. One of the team told her that this is when God does awesome things and as we rely upon Him, He uses us despite of having language barriers. By the end of the night, she handed out most of the gospel tracts she had in English. Praise God for the spirit of boldness that comes from Him.
It is a great reminder for us all that live in Australia, that we need to be out on the streets proclaiming the gospel while the doors for preaching the gospel are wide open. We are grateful to God for giving us this huge opportunity to share the gospel with as many as we can. What we are going to do with this opportunity is up to us. I encourage you all to prayerfully consider joining the local team: https://www.operation513.com/street-evangelism-teams/
At the Gold Coast last night we found more of a general openness to the things of God compared to recent weeks. And it was great to see that God brought along about 15 people for the team.
A few people on the team did some sketchboard presentations explaining the gospel which attracted a crowd to stop and look on.
One conversation we had was with two young blokes who said they have not given much thought about whether they will go to heaven. After going through the law and the gospel with them, one of them said, "But to tell you the truth I only live for today, I don't plan for the future at all."
So I asked him, "Do you work?" He said, "Yes." I said, "You work so that at the end of the week you get your pay cheque so you buy things next week, right?" "Yep", he said. I continued, "So shouldn't you plan for where you will go when you die particularly because you could even die today?" His mate then said, "He got you there." The guy conceded and said, "True, I am going to have really consider what you have said."
To God be all the glory!
On Friday night, we were thankful to God for raising up a team of labourers despite of heavy rain and thunderstorm that was forecasted for the Gold Coast. As we started preaching the gospel, there was no sign of rain but rather a packed crowd of young and old at Surfers Paradise.
While the team was handing out tracts, a 10 year old brother and sister stopped by to receive tracts and the brother started reading the tract out loud in a serious tone of voice, "Are you ready to face your Creator?". He then told his sister, "I don't think I am ready!" He continued to read the whole tract as they kept walking.
After some time, they returned back to the "Free Bibles and Resources" table and wanted to know whether they can have a Bible. Before leaving with the free Bible, they stopped by with their mother to hear the open-air preaching. There was another girl around similar age group, who was sitting on a bench nearby with her mother attentively listening to the gospel being preached. She too approached us and took a tract and a Bible to read.
We praise God for bringing along these children and let us continue to pray that God will do a deep work in these little ones hearts. May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified above all. Amen.
The team was blessed as God brought many labourers last night to proclaim the good news of the gospel at the Gold Coast. The first preacher of the night used a flip-chart to go through the law of God to bring the knowledge of sin and then the gospel, encouraging the packed crowd at Surfers to repent and believe in Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:30-31).
As the preaching went on for a while, the team had some interesting conversations with people that were listening to the preaching. One such conversation was with a young woman, who started weeping bitterly when she was confronted with the question, "if you were to die tonight, where do you think you will go - Heaven or Hell?"
She began to express her grief and said that, she is feeling grieved for all the sins she has committed and she realises that she is on her way to hell. She then continued to weep and said, she is amazed by how she is a sinner yet Christ died for her and loves her so much. She said that, she is worried about all these countless souls in surfers are hell-bound as many are not stopping by to listen to the preaching. She wanted to know what can she do to make them stop.
As we shared the gospel with her, we explained to her that we all have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Rom. 3:23), and that before we can share the gospel with others, we ourselves must first repent and believe. We gave her a New Testament Bible to take home with her. She received it with much appreciation and said that, she is going to read it and sort her life out then make sure to share the gospel with everyone.
Please pray for everyone that have received the gospel tracts and have heard the preaching tonight, to come to repentance and accept the gift of salvation as Spirit of God continues to work in their hearts. All glory to God alone. Amen.
"And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14). On Friday night, it was a very cold night at the Gold Coast as the team gathered to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As one of the team started open-air preaching, tracts were handed out to people who were sitting near by and were listening attentively to the gospel message being preached.
And the team also began getting into conversations, including one with two men from India who could not speak English. But God is amazing, on the team member we had someone who could speak their language - Hindi! One of these men said that he has heard about Jesus and believes in Him, however he also believes in salvation by works and that all roads lead to heaven.
So it was explained to them that, Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven and that no man can enter heaven but through Jesus Christ alone. In John 14:6, Jesus said that, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me." The team member stressed the point that no one can earn their way to heaven. Salvation is not by works but rather only by the pure grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
They said that, this is something that they haven't heard before and were thankful to receive Hindi tracts and said that, they are going to have a read.
Just when we thought that the night has ended, on our way back to the car park, a young man came up to us and thanked us for preaching the gospel at Surfers. He then started confessing secret sins - sexual addiction in his life and asked us, "What can I do to be free from this particular addiction and any advise that you guys can give?"
We then shared the Gospel with him and told him that, it is only Jesus Christ who can forgive us and set us free from our sins. We then handed him a Gospel tract that had a local church's address on it and prayed together for him before we departed.
Please pray that many will be convicted of their sins and come to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour, as they come to realization that, only He can free us from the bondages of sin.
"Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God..." (Revelation 19:1).
God is definitely at work at the Gold Coast and all glory goes to Him alone.
Last night, it was really encouraging for the team to see children being interested in hearing the Gospel. Two such children were 12 years old Jake and 11 years old Hunter, who belonged to a Mormon family. They had stopped by along with their family, to hear the Gospel being preached.
Jake approached one of our team members and began questioning about the Ten Commandments. He and Hunter, who joined in the conversation, attentively listened to all the answers being explained to them. They then asked the team member if they can get a Bible so they can take home to read. Upon receiving the Bible, both of them thanked us and left.
Another interesting conversation we had was with a group of Mormons, who were around 25 years old. As one of our team members approached them, the group said that, they were religious and absolutely certain that they will be going to Heaven. Upon being asked the reason for their beliefs, their answer was that, "Jesus loves us even when we are sinners and continue to sin. Therefore, out of that love for us sinners, He will save us and send us to Heaven."
One of the girls even went on to say that, "Jesus too have committed sins like us, therefore He sympathizes with us sinners." It was really sad to see that, they did not know the truth that will set them free.
So the truth of the Gospel was explained to them that, "Jesus committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth but he bore our sins in his own body on the cross, so that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness." It was further explained to them that, we all have sinned and no sinner can enter heaven but when we truly repent from all our sins and believe in Jesus as the atonement for our sins, then we are saved and forgiven.
After the Gospel had been explained to them, the young man in the group admitted of being homosexual and had lots of questions. As the team member was attempting to answer his questions, the two girls in the group dragged him away and left. Please pray that, Holy Spirit will work in their hearts as the Gospel has been explained to them.
All Glory to God for his mercies that are everlasting and His grace remains for the lost so they can be brought into the light of the Gospel.
It was encouraging to see that during our outreach last night at the Gold Coast, the team were so engrossed in various gospel conversations, that it meant we finished half an hour later than we usually do. We had 15 labourers on the team.
One conversation we had was with a man holidaying from Dubai who is in the police force over there. He said that Dubai is such a city of sin, worse than the Gold Coast. He was raised in a Muslim family, but he has been living life his own way and so when he was asked if he will go to Heaven when he dies, he responded, "No I think I will go to Hell."
He said, "After I spent a night out in Dubai, I feel guilty for the things I've done and it worries me where I am going to go after I die. But I think if I just say sorry to God and clean up my life I think I'll maybe spend 40 years in Hell and then go to Heaven afterwards."
I explained to him that that is not how it is going to work. Because Jesus told a story in the Bible about a rich man who went to Hell and a poor man who went to Heaven, and when the rich man wanted someone to come down to him to cool his tongue because the anguish he was in, Jesus describes that there is a great chasm between Heaven and Hell so that no one can pass between the two places. That means, where you go after you die, you are there forever.
Moreover, I explained, imagine a criminal stood before a judge and said, "Judge, yesterday I murdered that person, but today I am really sorry and I won't do it again. So please let me go. Would that work?" He replied, "Of course not."
"That is why the only way is if we have a perfect person who can pay our fine for us, which will satisfy God's justice on our behalf and therefore allow us to enter Heaven. That is, Jesus - who is God, and died and rose for our forgiveness. As he was hearing this, this man was beginning to grasp the gospel and asked a number of good questions. He was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. He asked, "Will you be here next week so that I can come back and talk further?" "Yes definitely", I said.
To God be the glory!