Warwick Team (QLD)
Meets each Friday 11am to 2pm - we set up a free Bibles table on the main street of Warwick.
Contact Rick Barnard for more information.
Not long after setting up the table, as I began to hand out tracts a man asked what it was. It was "The way to heaven" tract and I told him it was an important message. He refused the tract and turned back at me saying God had killed his wife. I quickly replied that, we all die because of our sin. He kept walking on. I can only trust that this was a planted seed for him to think about.
Then another man commented as he walked passed he said, "It is all a fantasy." My response was, "No, it is true and every knee will bow to Jesus." He called out, "then I'll find out one day." It is sad that people are hard in their heart but we know that without God opening our heart to believe in Jesus as our Saviour, we too would also be dead in sin.
A great conversation was had with a man who at first was criticizing Christianity and shared a few things that he though. This brought an opportunity to explain true Christianity and how God has His people in the mist of this world doing good loving acts, helping those who are afflicted and standing for truth. G had some understanding from his early years but just not understanding God's ways in how He is Sovereign over sinful acts and the responsibility we have to obey His call to worship the only true God. The message of repentance and the cross was shared and G went from sceptic to considering God may have sent me to speak with him this day. He at first didn't want a tract but took one in the end and was encouraged to consider God's call for him to believe that Jesus is his eternal solution and his greatest need is to be saved.
Many tracts went out and lots of short but exciting conversation continued to happen.
Rick arrived not long after I needed to leave for 5 minutes, and when I came back I saw Rick in conversation with a lady near a car parked next to the Bible table. I prayed for him and as I got closer noticed that her face was familiar, then it struck me. This was the lady from last week that asked about the gay marriage booklet and had taken a Bible for her son nut wasn't interested for herself. Praise God I had the opportunity to plant a few seeds of truth in love. She had a friendly smile and looked at me and I said "oh Hi I remember you" she said "yes from last week".
I stood back as Rick had an opportunity to spend some time with her and I continued to hand out tracts.Then along comes H, the lady's niece who is pregnant. I said Hi and she was as happy as I was to see each other again. I gave her a tract on abortion that last week I couldn't find. This was because part of our conversation last week was on how God knits together life in the womb which is such beautiful work and how the baby is formed from the start. I gave her the tract and a bookmark and stickers for her baby. Rick had a fruitful conversation with K and she was saying we were loving in our approach. Praise God we can share truth in love with God's help as He uses us to point to Jesus and His perfect love in that He laid down His life to pay for our just penalty of sin so we may have eternal true life with Him. What a wonderful saving God.
They left with tracts and our prayers for them are that God's grace would touch their hearts with the gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus.
3 Bibles went out today 1 New Testament and a book of John.
We had two brothers who were very interested in discussing things of God and the Bible although one was more understanding the Gospel than the other we hope and pray that God's grace may give them a humble heart to receive His grace and be saved from the hell punishment we all deserve.
We will be away for 5 Fridays starting next week so it will be a time people that regularly see us will be wondering what has happened to that nice couple. (Or yay the bible people are gone.) God willing we will be back on the streets of Warwick mid June. Thank you so much for praying.
To God be the Glory.
This time of year is nice for being out on the streets of Warwick just before the colder weather starts to creep in and we begin to see the beanies, woolly coats and scarf’s come out of their hiding places which have been put aside since last winter.
The outreach was under way when I arrived after finishing work where I see my wife handing out some tracts to some people passing by the Bible table. Glenda had a chat with a lady and her pregnant niece. The lady approached the bible table and asked if she could have a free bible for her son, she said he’s into this God stuff and is a very intelligent 12 year old. Glenda put a comic tract into the bible and gladly gave it to her.
The lady noticed a AIG booklet “Gay Marriage” and asked Glenda what she personally thought about that subject, in which she said that she believes what the bible teaches about it, and that it is a sin just like lying and stealing are also a sin, and that we all have sinned, that is why Jesus came to rescue us sinners. The lady’s niece said that she liked the verse in the bible John 3:16. Glenda quoted that verse and shortly after the lady left leaving the niece at the table so Glenda got to share some more with the niece.
She was open to the truth of God that He should be and deserves to be first in our life but only by His grace be given understanding of our need of saving. By faith in His Son Jesus to be saved and given Eternal life, she wanted and received a pocket book bible. Before she left she was encouraged to read through the comic tract and was explained that we need to understand the bad news to appreciate the good news of John 3:16
During the morning four ladies from the same church, not together but at different times walking past stopped to encourage us and let us know that they and the church were praying for this outreach each week. Isn’t it a joy to know that we are being upheld in prayer to our heavenly Father for the furtherance of His Kingdom. Thank you to all who pray for the ministry. Mostly thank the Lord Jesus that He is always with us doing the great work through us and in us.
A guy approached us and said what is this all about? After hearing what we were doing here he started on about how Christian nations were making weapons for war in America and other places in the world. I let him know that just because it is said that these places are called “Christian nations” doesn’t mean that they are Christians. In our conversation I kept on saying that “ true Christianity” are followers of Christ who are called to love our enemies.
He went on to say about climate change and many species of animals dying out of existence and many other topics and that’s when I said that anyone could do a search on the internet to see that from the year 1900 to 2000, a 100 year period, that the temperature change was an increase of just 0.78 of a percent!!!! He didn’t like that at all for he said he is a scientist and he asked if I had any qualifications to make such assumptions, in which I replied, only a rational, reasoning mind to look at the evidence and after some more discussion I said there is a lot more a stake than the here and now, and when asked if he thought he was a Christian in which he said that he thought he was and he used to go to church.
I talked about sin and that if we die in our sin we will stand before God in judgement and be sent to hell. Jesus came to save sinners. He was told a true Christian has had a heart change by God. It seems this man stopped to have a debate and he didn’t want to talk about the bible or true Christianity. Pray for his heart to be softened by God. Thank you for your prayers and support.
At Warwick this week we handed out Anzac tracts and had a few conversations. It was very busy because of the Polo Cross Event running all week so many people received tracts.
Rick spoke with a man who thought he was just going into the ground when he dies and he wants to just enjoy what time he has left in this life. After being challenged about the amazing design in creation and our bodies specifically the eye how complex it is in design and how that could just happen without a designer. Rick took R through the law and brought the Gospel to him. He walked away with saying he was thankful for the discussion and would think about what was said. He took a tract with him.
A couple on scooters stopped and I got to speak with the lady and Rick started a conversation with her husband. S was declaring her faith in Jesus and had the Gospel message and was full of thankfulness for Jesus. She was given contact details to a Church close to her as she has not been attending a Church for some time and said she would like to go. Her husband L didn't know the way to heaven and thought his goodness would probably get him there. Rick made sure he understood sin by taking him through some of the commandments to show our guilt and the great need to have our sins forgiven. The Gospel was shared and we pray for this couple, especially for L that he receive the gift of salvation in Christ Jesus.
I got to share the message with a young teenager who didn't know any commandments but said he puts God first every day. After going through the law with him he did admit he was guilty but said his good out weighed his bad. So then it was explained that any good we do doesn't cancel out the bad things we do and we still have broken God's law. There needs to be payment for sins as justice must be upheld and God is a perfect judge. I used the 'Are you a good person' tract to talk about the courtroom analogy. Hell punishment was explained and that we all deserve Gods punishment. Also I shared how Mr nice guy on the front of the tract has a smile on his face, but by the end of the good person test his face is looking very different as he sees that there is no one good enough to enter heaven.
This is how we need to be to understand our greatest need for what God has done to provide a way of escape. God sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life in our place. I explained and asked C questions about the Easter message and he did answer a few things correctly. Pray that the Gospel will open C heart to salvation and God's Spirit do the work needed in his life.
Thank you so much for praying.
All Glory to God!
It has already been 1 year since we began the work of evangelism at Warwick, praise God!
All Glory to God for the opportunities that He continues to bring each week. So many tracts have gone out and each and every conversation has been God's Providence and we rejoice knowing that it all will be used by our merciful loving Holy God.
This week a Christian brother we have had the privilege to build a friendship with his Granddaughter. While he was in conversation with Rick, I heard her saying "it didn't turn orange!!!" Trying to get their attention she kept looking at it wondering why the good person test was not giving her a pass. I was not far away and had been talking with a lady from our church who had stopped by to see how we were going. I said to this young girl that no one will pass the test. This led into a time of sharing the bad news talking about the commandments in which she knew a few and admitted to breaking them. I explained the courtroom analogy. The Gospel was shared using Easter and Christmas to explain the love of God in providing a way to be saved from hell punishment.
The lady from our church was listening in and I pray that she will be encouraged to use Gospel tracts to start off conversations with people where ever she goes. Pray for this young girl as her Granddad follows Jesus she will see her great need to have her sins forgiven to be able to have a right relationship with our Creator God Jesus. It's all His work as we share the good news.
All praise and Glory to Jesus.
Praise be to our Glorious heavenly Father for His continued mercy and grace upon us. He is answering prayer each week as we ask Him to provide opportunities to speak to the people who He brings our way through the streets of Warwick and to prepare their hearts to receive planted seeds from His word. We pray that He will grow these planted truths into a saving harvest.
A young guy happened to pass by the bible table and was handed a tract and he asked what it was, so explaining that it was a gospel tract which asked, "are you a good person?", he said that he thought he was. "Would you be good enough to go to Heaven?" he said he hoped so. We explained the bad news firstly and he said that he didn’t want to go to hell. We shared the good news that Jesus offers us forgiveness for our sins which he paid for when he willingly laid down His life for us on the cross. We need to trust in Him and so we challenged him that there was nothing more important than knowing where we would spend Eternity and to get right with God, for we don’t know if we will have tomorrow. Please pray for M that he will respond to the Gospel and that our Lord draws him unto salvation.
Another chat with a guy who had already been witnessed to in Brisbane came up and started talking with us. He was a friendly guy and very talkative but trying at many times and from different ways to get him to answer questions and pin him down about what he believed would happen after he died proved very difficult. After some time talking to him he had to go. Please pray for (I) that the Lord would convict him of his sin and bring him to salvation.
We are thankful to God in all He is doing.
All glory be to Him.
Rick and Glenda
Today we were thankful to God for bringing back some people we have previously witnessed to.
One was from two months ago and the other 2 weeks ago. Firstly a man from 2 months ago who spoke with us about becoming a full-time carer for his niece. He told us she is a Christian and she would like a bible. The bibles we had were not suitable because of small print so we offered to get a bible with larger print for her. P told us he would come pick it up next time he was in town. He has since found he can not continue his caring role. We were able to give the bible to him to pass on to his niece. We have shared the gospel with him and are hopeful that God will use this to draw him to salvation as we shared that Jesus is our greatest need. We hope to see him again. Pray for both this man and his niece, for God to provide all her needs as she moves back to Brisbane and their salvation.
Then from 2 weeks ago a husband searching for help for his wife for fellowship. He approached us with a question to where is a good Church for his wife. I had referred him to our church as it was the closest for them to travel. Today we got to meet his wife. She told me a few things that are going on in her life. I was able to encourage her in the Lord. She said they had driven past our church and will attend this week. Both attended our church on Sunday.
Rick had a good conversation with a man who was pretty open to questions about Eternity and has planted seeds of truth for him to consider.
One conversation I had was with a man who had been Seventh Day Adventist, I was able to share about the lady from the other week who had been excommunicated from that religion and through being treated so badly it lead her to look more deeply into God’s Word. She had found out the truth of salvation and knows that it is not by keeping the law. Rather, we are saved but by grace we are saved through faith in Jesus. which is a gift from God. Then we follow in obedience because of thankfulness to God, empowered by God’s Spirit given to all believers to serve and obey because Jesus first loved us!
S was similar in his experience and could see that the religion of SDA is all about rule keeping.The Gospel was shared and tracts given to him just before his mate pulled him away. So we pray for grace to be poured into his life.
Many tracts were handed out. It is a good spot we have and God always has plenty of opportunities for us to have little words spoken as we hand them out. Such as “This is such an important message” or sometimes just saying “Hi, this is for you” makes them reach out to take a tract. Praise God that even through reading the Gospel on these little tracts, He can do such a big work in hearts. Thank you for praying.
Thanks be our our God our loving heavenly Father for sending us some much needed rain. It sure has been pretty dry out here in Warwick and surrounding areas, to receive some was such a blessing. When we lived back in Brisbane we didn’t think much about rain and drought but out here in the country it is essential to keep the livestock fed and for the crops to grow. It has been a learning curve for us to sympathise with the locals who earn their bread and butter from the land. It was a bit cooler as we started the day handing out some Gospel tracts.
R has been coming to the bible table fairly regularly over the last few months and each time we try to encourage and challenge him to get right with the Lord. We are not exactly sure where he is but the signs are encouraging for he say’s he want’s to get to know Jesus and desires to get a device which has an audible bible on it. We have looked into this and will help to get this for him. Please pray that the Lord will continue to draw R unto salvation.
An older gentleman stopped when offered a tract and asked what it was about, we said it was the message about Eternity and what happens when we die, he said he didn’t know what happens. After sharing with him that we either go to heaven or hell, he said he wants to go to heaven. Trying to draw out from him if he had any understanding of Jesus he was asked if he knew what the Christmas and Easter message was all about, but still didn’t know, but after explaining to him he remembered a few things from his childhood. He knew some of the commandments and admitted to breaking them. It was explained to him God’s Holiness and the only way to heaven is through what Jesus has done on the cross to rescue us from breaking God’s law. The Gospel was shared and K has a “What is more important than water” and “Are You a good person” tracts. Please pray our Lord reveals his need for a savior.
A lady came up to the bible table and asked if she could have a bible for her granddaughter and through our conversation she told us that she was excommunicated from the Jehovah Witnesses and was treated very badly and God used this to bring her to the true gospel. She spent quite a time with us and we were able to be a listening ear and encourage her in her faith in Jesus. Please pray for L as she has her granddaughter coming to stay and that she can pass on the good news of the gospel to her.
We give thanks to our Lord for answering prayers in preparing peoples hearts to receive the good news of the gospel. Please keep all the teams in prayer as our Lord builds His church.
Still no rain for most of us here, but trust in God’s perfect time it will come. A man in his 90’s stopped to receive a tract and he told us he has a bible on display at home. When he was asked if he reads it he answered not very often. He was very chatty and we eventually got to ask him some important questions about what he believes.
He went off track a lot and in his chatting had told us he believes in UFO’s. When we took him through the good person test he would not admit to breaking any of the commandments even when asked about the first Commandment, to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, he didn’t think it was wrong because he said he doesn’t know God.
He wasn’t saying he didn’t believe in God, he was demanding God to fix everything and that he wasn’t doing a good job. We tried to explain to him that God is good in all He does. We need to know who God is, and the bible and the words of Jesus teaches us how we can know God that He is Holy and perfectly good and that we all are sinners in need of His forgiveness of sin.
We also said to the man to say you have no sin you are saying God is a liar and you are putting yourself in the place of God and breaking the second commandment. He was hard to talk with, as he really was not listening. He became upset and started saying God should give us rain now. He was very proud and told us he is not a sinner but instead he said Jesus was a sinner.
As we were trying reason with him he became upset and left. It was very sad to see his attitude toward God and we didn’t have a chance to share the Gospel in words but he did take a tract and we know God’s Spirit is what is needed to change his heart. Pray for T for the work that is needed to be saved.
Only minutes after he left a lady come towards us with her wheelie walker and a carer not far behind her, the lady had a sweet smile and happily received “ Everything happens for a reason tract” she said that is so true. Then I said to her that it is the message about eternity and asked her if she thinks she is going to heaven.
She shared how she had become a believer 2 years ago. I asked her what happened and if she could tell me. The lady shared that she was watching a movie about the Bible and she told me the part where Jesus was talking with the women at the well, it was when Jesus told the Samaritan women, that He is what she has been looking for. This is what God used to touch her heart to believe in Jesus for eternal life.
This dear lady told me she could never go back to where she was. I asked her some questions using our tracts about how the bad news is needed to appreciate the good news, and W was visually and verbally grateful. She reads her bible twice a day and goes to a local church. After she left I was amazed at the contrast of the hearts of the elderly man and this frail women’s heart. It was so beautiful to see God’s work in this lady and sad to see the man’s rejection of God.
And it made me think how we would all be like that man if it wasn’t for the grace of God that changed our hearts to believe in Jesus, the way the truth and the life the only way to the Father by His Spirits work in us.
At the end of the day a young man stopped after receiving a tract, and asked what it was about, after a short conversation he was then taken through the law using the flip chart, he was admitting sin and after the courtroom analogy about judgment day he was agreeing that he would be guilty and be going to hell.
He said he wasn’t concerned, as we talked more he told me briefly about something that had happened in his life and it seemed to me he was holding a heavy load of guilt. After doing my best to explain the mercy and justice of God and His kind offer of forgiveness, the Gospel was explained and his need to trust in Jesus alone to saved from eternal judgment. Only by God’s grace through faith in Jesus will anyone want to get know Jesus and desire to live for Him and His glory.
Please pray for T and all the people who received tracts and those who we had conversations with that God will use it all to do the good work to bring repentance and faith to be saved. Pray also those who may need to talk or any help from us will come back to see us.
The first person who God brought along this week was a man who has a carer that I have spoken with several times. They had parked close to the Bible table and the Carer said to the man that he could stop with me for chat while she went in the bank. It was a wonderful time to share the news of our need for Jesus to save us from our sins and how Jesus helps in our every need. I don’t know how much he understood but he nods his head and seems to be agreeing he has been given tracts before. Today I asked if he would like a new testament pocket bible, he was so happy to receive, we opened it to look at the Lords prayer because that had been knitted in to what I had spoken to him about today. Pray for L as God can do all things that seem impossible to us and we know His ways are abundantly more than we could ever imagine.
God has His people praying for this work and we are so thankful for the connections to people in different denominations here in Warwick and other towns close by. Today a couple from Stanthorpe were encouraged to see the work of God through this ministry. We had a good chat. Then another lady from a local Church had told me that they pray every Sunday for the ministry work. How beautiful is that to know so many others are a part of this work. The church we attend are faithfully praying also and through people reading these reports we write. Thank God for the blessing to share in prayer it even crosses the oceans. We are most grateful to know that Jesus makes perfect intercession to our Father in heaven as we pray.
I got to talk with J again from 2 weeks ago. He is the older gentleman who says he won’t believe. But again the Lord was able to challenge him through a cracked vessel like me to turn from unbelief. God helped me with speaking to J, he always wants to stop and he says that it is good what I'm trying to do and he respects me. I think he knows that I genuinely care for him but I tell him I’m just a sign post pointing him to his greatest need. We have explained sin by the law and the grace of Jesus to him and continue to remind him with this truth in love.
Then I got to talk with a young man who said he is an Atheist. He was challenged to make sure what he believes is true. He took a “Are you a good person” comic tract and a “ What is more important than water” tract. He told me he is from out of town for his grandfathers funeral and cut the conversation off saying it wasn’t a good time for this. As he was walking up the street he was reading the tract, he was walking slowly and I prayed to God for him to be stirred in his heart and given truth. I also prayed he might come back. So I grabbed two booklets ready to offer him just in case. The booklets were “Where did the races come from” and “carbon dating” we had a short conversation on both these topics.
Not long after Rick and Dale arrived this man came through again! He was with another man, Rick gave the other guy a tract and found out they were from Darwin. I was able to offer the young man the booklets I said, Please look into these things, this is what we were talking about," He received them gladly, Praise God. Lets pray he will read them through carefully and check out what he believes and not just go on what the world says as it is a big lie. There is no proof at all in evolution and there is so much evidence in creation science. The great thing in these booklets from Creation Ministries is they clearly share the Gospel in with the teaching of creation. This is vital as we know the Gospel is what saves sinners not knowledge or in anything we can do. Only the work of Jesus. We pray people will be saved and given a new heart, then they will begin to understand God’s Word and know it to be true because God’s Spirit will bring understanding for the believer. Some things are stumbling blocks though and giving answers from the Bible best. We pray that this may be the way God draws them to believe.
We had a older man who lives out of town stop and hear the message of the Gospel. He was open and wanting to know the way to be made right with God to be able to enter heaven. He acknowledged his sin and hell punishment we all deserve. We explained the court room analogy about the payment of sin, justice and grace. Also the parachute analogy to the trust in Jesus alone to save us. Please pray for D he took tracts and has a Bible at home, we encouraged him to open and read the Gospel’s. We challenged him not to put off salvation as we don’t know when our last day will be and that we need to respond to God’s grace before we die.
We hope for rain in the dry places but more important we pray for the gentle washing waters of the Holy Spirit bringing life to hard and stony hearts.
Thank you for praying. To God be the Glory.
There were good conversations happening during our time on the streets of Warwick.
Last week there were two separate encounters that stood out. After handing out tracts, three ladies stopped. We shared the message of the Gospel, two were agreeing while the other lady stood away from us and was listening in for a little while, then she left.
One of the ladies has been looking on the internet and has picked up false teachings that is clearly going against God’s Word. She was trying to convince us that Sunday Church goers are worshipping a sun God. That was one of a number of things that are leading her away from the truth of God’s Word. We each responded to M lovingly as we defended the faith.
It is the enemy’s lies that wants to divide the church and to destroy the unity in the body of believers. In God’s Sovereignty a Christian friend joined us and was able to help with some of the strange teachings this lady has fallen prey to.
Rick and our friend were still talking with this lady when I noticed another Christian we have come to know on the streets so I said hello and was chatting with him. Then a man that we have witnessed to several times in the past was walking by, my friend said goodbye as he could see there was an opportunity with this man. This man was from some weeks back. He was challenged to believe the good news of Jesus. R had told us he can not read so we had offered him help in setting up audio Bible.
So just as we were talking about this Rick and our friend had finished the conversation with the two ladies and joined us. Our friend that came to help us happens to live in the same street, so he offered R to pop in to get help with getting an audio bible resource for him. Wow!! how wonderful is our Lord God to use our friend to help R get God’s Word. R was challenged again in the Gospel and encouraged to believe and follow Jesus as today is the day of Salvation. So our friend was very encouraged to be part of the outreach. It was a wonderful joy filled day.
This week was really windy, we decided not to set up the Bible table. So we handed out tracts and had the flip chart in our pocket ready for any conversations. Not long after I arrived our friend from last week joined me then Rick arrived. So there has been three of us in the past two weeks.
There were mixed responses as there are on most days an older lady was offended when I handed her “ The way to heaven” Gospel tract. I asked her what she believes will happen when we die then she became aggressive so I didn’t get to talk to her. Not long after another older lady was the complete opposite. She said to me “ I don’t know what happens because I haven’t been there to know” instead she was open as I shared both the bad news then the good news of Jesus. She has been given a tract and has a Bible at home. Pray she will be given grace and saving faith in Jesus alone.
We had a long conversation with a man in which the three of us were able to help share the Gospel. with him. We eventually found out he could not read. We used the flip chart to take him through the law to bring the knowledge of sin and the good news of Jesus more clearly to him.
We listened to him as he was sharing with us so many times he came close to death and he kept pointing to someone looking after him. Also he has seen other things in his life that has been drawing him to thoughts of this life and of death. After sharing the Gospel several times he was asked the question why would God let anyone into heaven. His answer was based on works, so the three of us urged him to trust in what Jesus has done to save us and nothing we can do.
Prayerfully by God’s grace he will receive the free gift of salvation by believing upon Jesus alone to save him. We encouraged him and invited him to come see us for any help. He told us his daughter would help him to get audio bible. He has a tract and a little booklet “Who do you say I am” his daughter will hopefully read to him. Thank you again for your prayers and to God be the Glory.