Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.
It was extraordinarily busy at the Gold Coast for our weekly Friday night outreach. And God brought along a good size team to share the good news about Good Friday with the people.
It was great to see quite a number of Muslims approach our free Bibles in Arabic table, and the team was able to share the gospel with them.
A common question that they asked was, "Where did Jesus say the exact phrase 'I am God, worship me'?" They erroneously think that unless that exact phrase is mentioned in the Bible, then Jesus mustn't be God. However, we see Jesus made claims to being God in John 8:58 and accepted worshipped from people numerous times (Matt. 28:9,17).
It is wonderful to see that even though it is hard for Christian missionaries to go to the Middle Eastern countries where these Muslims are from and share the gospel with them there, they come to us! God is good!
We had a variety of people on the team who preached, and at times God drew in a crowd to listen, with some who asked questions.
God's word has gone out and it never returns empty. Praise be to God for another wonderful night!
It was a great night of evangelism yesterday at the Gold Coast. A good number of people on the team preached, including someone who has only preached in the open air once before.
God drew in people to listen to what was being said and some people stayed listening for the entire time.
At one stage, there was a man who called out that he didn't believe in God. So I gave him a simple apologetic - that just as we know builders have a builder, so must this universe have had a creator. He said that that made sense, and he quickly backed down from his atheism.
I asked him whether he was a good person and he said "Yes". So I started going through the commandments of God to see how good he really was. He admitted his sin but thought Hell was just going to be a party. I explained that the party in Hell has been cancelled due to fire.
By this time, quite a lot of people had gathered to hear the discussion going on. The man then had his friends drag him away, but I was able to keep the discussion going with someone else who was standing next to him listening and he was willing to interact.
I explained the gospel to the crowd and then this man started bringing up objections like "How can I believe in something I can't see?" I asked him, "Did you see World War 1?" He said "No, but we have accounts of those who did." I said, "Exactly, in the same way we have the historical accounts of those who saw Jesus." He conceded the point.
After a couple more of his objections, I asked him, "Is the real reason you don't want to repent and trust in Jesus because you want to keep on sinning?" He said, "Yes." This didn't really surprise me as Jesus says in John 3 that people love darkness rather than light.
So I explained the futility and foolishness of living in sin to him. I also said, "What good is cup of pleasure in exchange for an ocean of pain?"
You could tell he was thinking about what was being said. He said he didn't have a Bible. So I encouraged him to go over to the Bible table and take one. He then did so. Please pray for this man.
Over the past few weeks whenever we have had our Gold Coast outreach there has been showers of rain. We prayed that for tonight it would not rain till we finished our outreach for the night at 10pm.
And there wasn't a drop of rain until exactly as the clock struck 10pm, then it started pouring down rain. Praise God for his answer to prayer, which meant a lot of people could hear the gospel.
Being a long weekend, it was especially busy at the Gold Coast last night for our weekly outreach. Even once 10pm rolled around, when we usually finish up, the mall was still buzzing with people. So we decided to stick around a bit longer sharing the gospel with people.
Throughout the night, when we were preaching with and without the sketchboard, a good number of people were listening, some for extensive periods of time. This led into some good conversations with them afterwards.
One conversation we had was with a guy named John. He was a student from China who had been studying in Australia for the past year.
When I asked him whether he was going to Heaven, he responded, "No, I am too busy with study." After enquiring more about his current beliefs, I established that he didn't really have any religious background but has attended church once in Australia and has a grandmother who is a Christian.
So I explained how we have sinned against God and deserve His wrath forever, and how the only way to be saved from that wrath is through what Jesus has done in dying on the cross for our sins. After talking about the need to repent and believe in Jesus, he said to me, "Can I do that now?"
To ensure he knew what it really means, I then went on to reiterate that Jesus shouldn't just be an add-on to our life, He should be the centre. Jesus should be our number one, not study. He said he understood that.
He was very open, and knew of a Chinese church he wants to start attending. He even has a Chinese Bible. Please pray for John that he will truly repent and believe the gospel. And praise God that the fields are ripe for harvest!
As the team was heading to the Gold Coast for our weekly Friday night outreach, we noticed dark clouds rolling over and we thought it might rain. We prayed that God would keep the rain away and He did.
Cavill Mall was packed full of people, lots of families who were on holidays from out of state and those from other countries too.
We had an English Bible table set up, with dozens of Bibles given out throughout the night, and an Arabic Bible table, along with a whiteboard displaying a Bible verse in Arabic and English.
We met an Iranian Christian couple from Melbourne who were praying earlier that night that there would be Christians here sharing the gospel to all the people and then they stumbled upon us. They were so excited and praising God and were kind enough to also write the verse on the whiteboard in Farsii as well. With the Gold Coast being an international tourist destination it is really handy having resources in various different languages.
A couple people on the team preached and the rest were handing out tracts and talking to people. Overall it was a fruitful night. To God be the glory!
It was extraordinarily busy at the Gold Coast last night for our weekly Friday night outreach. We did a number of sketchboard presentations to present the gospel and God saw fit to draw in large crowds to listen to the message.
Even though we were light on team numbers, a good number of gospel tracts went out and some great gospel conversations were had.
Please pray that God would raise up more labourers and also pray for those who heard the message. To God be the glory!
On Friday night our Gold Coast outreach we had a small team, howeve, the Gospel still was proclaimed. Cavil Avenue seems to be extra busy this afternoon and this evening. This was great for us as it meant there were more people to witness to.
We had a wonderful chat with Jessica. She professed to be a Christian but was deep into 'new age' spiritualism. She professed to be going to Heaven because she stays 'true to herself', and doesn't conform to what other people want her to do. It was pointed out to her that in reality, especially in relation to God, this is just pride and sin, because God has given us laws and standards and by following ourselves we will always be led into sin.
She said that sort of made sense but talked about the god she believes in being happy with someone being, "true to themselves." She also professed to be a good person before God. However, when she was compared to the law of God she admitted to sin;she said she had definitely broken God's law but said it was all okay because she was trying her best.
Sadly when sharing the Gospel, all she wanted to do was argue. She said she believed it, but was then very quick to disagree witht the message. She did take a Gospel of John and a tract. Please pray that she considers eternal things. Pray that God will open her eyes to the truth.
Late in the night two young men stopped by for a chat, they both professed to be Christians, claiming to know the way to Heaven. Travis (one of the men), said the way to Heaven was by being pretty good; living up to God's standard (which he thought was about 70% goodness) and Lachlan said he wasn't sure but definitely said there was a way to Heaven.
Discussion was had about, what is sin and its punishmenet. We also discussed if humanity could somehow fix themselves up. After explaining that no one can save themselves, we were able to share the good news, that Jesus Christ has paid for the sins of all those who would believe. It is only through Jesus that we can go to Heaven.
This is a shocking message, but a very loving one. The boys said they hadn't heard it put that way before and it gave new light on the need for Jesus. Please pray for these two young men.
Soli Deo Gloria!
On Friday evening the team made their way to the Gold Coast to the share the Good News. Since this is a 'party district' many people were out seeking the pleasures of sin for a season.
Tonight, the team was able to engage many people who had different beliefs about God, salvation and life. Yet, even though we spoke to people from many backgrounds the message of the Gospel remained the same.
It doesn't matter where someone is from, or what they believe. They all need to hear the truth that we have sinned against God, yet, God in mercy sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for His people; to take the punishment we deserve. Then, three days later, the Lord Jesus rose again from the dead, and now He commands us to repent and believe in Christ.
From the start of the night things were rather interesting. Early on a man came up to Ryan and was complaining about hearing the preaching and seeing the Scripture signs. Please pray that the Lord would soften this man's heart and bring him to faith.
Matt had oppurtunity to talk to a man named Frank who was very angry. Frank claimed to be a Christian, yet he was swearing and yelling. Then he would say that he loved what the team was doing.
After awhile he left, but returned a few hours later, this time with a sign he had stolen from a cafe. He then placed the sign right in front of us and left. We were able to return the sign later on.
We also talked with Rodger, a man who was a Jehovah's Witness. He made claims about the Jesus he believes in not being divine and being created. We were able to talk with him about what the Bible states in Isaiah 9:6, John 1:1-3, Philippians 2, Matthew 16, Revelation 1 and a range of other places about Jesus being God. Upon hearing these verses he started to get a bit squirmy; with no defense from the Bible for his position he said he had to leave.
We were also able to speak to a young man named Jayden who is a Maori who had never heard the Gospel before. He didn't know the way to Heaven but had just assumed it was a default position that all who die go to Heaven. We asked him about Hitler and Stalin and others like them, do they go to Heaven?
Upon hearing this his position changed. He realised that not everyone will go to Heaven. From this point we were able to talk about God's standards and how not everyone will be in Heaven.
After covering a lot of the basis for the need of the Gospel and understanding our sin, he said he was concerned that he wouldn't be going to Heaven.
We were then able to share with him the Good News. That the way to Heaven is only through trusting in Jesus Christ and what He has done.
Jayden said that was the first time he had heard this message and would have to consider it. Please pray for Jayden that he will consider the truth and put his trust in Jesus Christ!
Please pray that all whom we talked to will heed the warning message and trust Christ alone for salvation. Please pray that those who took tracts will read and consider the importance of the Eternity.
Soli Deo Gloria!
On Friday at the Gold Coast we had an interesting night, praise the Lord that we had ten labourers out. The team is slowly sitting, more constantly, higher but there is always a need for more!
The mall was quieter than usual which was weird for a school holiday period but it may be that it will be very busy next Friday.
The team split up around the mall, preaching, handing out tracts and trying to start conversations. Praise the Lord many were able to hear the good news.
I talked to a man named Livio, he professed to be a Christian but also admitted to living in unrepentant sin, he said that God has saved him and now he is under Grace not Law.
It was very sad to hear, sure enough he was out for a night in the clubs. It is conversations like this that break my heart, I challenged him with Matthew 7:13-14 and 21-23 and he was relatively apathetic to it, he said he knew he was getting to heaven and that was all that mattered.
I soon after talked to Will, another young man out for a night and desiring to sin, he said that his parents were Christians but he didn't like the Law that came with God.
So he had tried to discard both but said he was still an agnostic.
I then talked to an older couple, who were both very certain that they were good enough to deserve Heaven, the problem was that they thought it was works based.
I challenged them on the Gospel, that which Christ proclaimed and they said they believed it but still said they were justified by works.
Interestingly after a small amount of conversation they were talking about how they were too old to change now, it was sad to hear, the pride had set in, change, that would require admitting being wrong for so long.
I talked to a young couple Ash and Mirin, they mentioned previously attending a Catholic school, I was able to discuss with them salvation, the Bible and the things of God.
They started off not really wanting to talk but by the end were asking questions and engaging.
They both said it was something that hadn't given much thought to but said they would have to now.
I also talked to a range of drunk guys, who in groups made different claims anywhere from having a day off from Christianity, or were Catholics or Jews.
It is awfully sad to see the state of this world, the desire to sin and the lack of consideration many have for their eternity.
Please keep the lost we talked to in prayer, please lift them up to God, the author of salvation, the loving and merciful God who allowed for us, wretched sinners to be saved.
Please pray that God's Gospel pierces their hearts and that God may use this encounter as a way to bring them to repentance and salvation.
Please also pray for the team that they are able to seek continually for God's glory and are able to remain humbled by the Grace of God and able to prayerfully consider His word.
Also pray for the team, that in coming evangelism hours they are able to remember from whence they came, to sanctify Christ as Lord and to be able to in Love, without sacrificing truth be able to present the Gospel.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Friday night at Cavill Avenue (Gold Coast, Australia), the team was strong in numbers, in comparison to recent weeks (That doesn't mean we don't need more labourers!) but it was a blessing to have so many around to be able to engage the public as they spent some time with the family on the Coast or to talk with the locals who were out for the night.
I first talked with Brendan, a young man who professed to be perfect, he claimed to never have broken God's law and that, though it is a rare that response does come out from time to time.
It is a scary thought to think someone is so proud they can't admit they have sinned. Please pray that Brendan will come to understand sin and the offense it is to God and therefore repent and believe the Gospel.
I talked to another you man who said he had talked to the team a few times but said it didn't bother him much, that he would suffer in Hell.
I begged with him to consider it tonight because I don't want him in Hell and he definitely doesn't want to be there and God has offered salvation, that payment for sin.
I also talked with Matthew and Natalie a young couple, one whom had gone to a "Christian" school and the other who had grown up in a "Christian" home.
But they both didn't really want to consider it, they said they had heard it all before but it wanted to live how they wanted to. I challenged them with the Eternity they were accepting if they continued in sin.
Please keep these two in prayer, that God may bring them to repentance and saving faith.
I talked with and older couple Ray and Marlene. Ray said he disbelieved God but was to old to change now, despite the apologetics I offered him and despite all of the evidence. He said he was too far gone and too old to change his ways now.
And Marlene was convinced she was saved, even though she was professing to be saved by works. She said she had done the right thing her whole life (except for the occasional sin) and was definitely going to Heaven. She to said she was to old to change now.
Please pray for Ray and Marlene that they may come to saving faith! May God change their hardness of heart, soften it and allow for the seed of the Gospel to grow!
I talked to Hannah and Yasmin two young ladies who were out looking for boys, it is more of a rare thing for young women to admit that but these two had no shame in admitting their sinfulness.
In fact they seemed proud of being deniers of God, even though they professed to be Christians and said they attended a local church.
Please pray for these two, may God use the sermons they hear, or the Bible, or any means possible including the conversation to spark the start of a life change, including surrender to Christ as Lord.
I also talked to Jesse, he said that he had thought about Eternity a little bit the questions I posed where much more real, much deeper than what he had been asked before
He said that he would have to consider where he is going when he dies and he would have to do it tonight!
It was a blessing to hear a young man having to ponder the eternal things.
Please pray for each and every one of those that interacted with the team, please pray for them that the seed which was sown will fall on the cultivated field of good soil, prepared by God and that many may desire to lay aside the life they are living and surrender to Christ a Lord.
Please keep all of the team in prayer, praising God for the opportunities we had and thanking Him for protecting us in what we have done and allowing us the freedom to share the Gospel.
May it all be to the praise of His glorious Grace!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Last night at the Gold Coast we got to speak to many Muslims about Christ. For it is the time of the year when they come from Middle Eastern countries to the Gold Coast for a holiday. It's great that even though most of them are from countries that are closed to Christian missionaries, they come to us and get to hear the gospel while on holiday!
I found that for most of the conversations last night with the Muslims, it started off with just a couple people in the conversation. But by the end of the conversation, it had grown to about 8, with the person's friends joining in to listen and ask questions.
In each of the conversations, they all seemed to present the same sort of faulty arguments - about the Bible being changed, about the Bible speaking of Muhammad coming, and about there being many different versions of the Bible.
The Muslims were fascinated to hear that I was 100% sure I was going to Heaven when I died. Not because of I'm good enough, but because Christ is perfect and has died for my sins. Grace appeared to be such a foreign concept to them, and so that is why I focused a lot of my time on that, as well as on the deity of Christ. The beauty of God's truth is that it never returns void!
I could tell that one of the Muslim men I spoke was intently listening, that even at the end of the conversation he said to me, "I am going to start reading the Bible."
Trevor and I also preached with the sketchboard last night and people stopped to listen to what was being said. Tom and George also took turns reading the Sermon on the Mount. Please pray for all those who heard the truth.
Soli Deo Gloria!