Bribie Island (QLD)
Meets various Saturdays of each month 2-4pm at Bongaree Jetty, Bribie Island, Australia.
Contact Michael Strydom for more information.
On Saturday the team was happy to be back at Bribie Island after a long break. We met at the Bongaree Jetty for a time of discussions, distributing tracts, and for some, street preaching. A combination of cold and corona meant that the area was pretty quiet. Although there was much rejection and hardness amongst those who had braved the beach, a number of tracts were given out and letter boxed, the Gospel was preached, and the good news proclaimed.
When one of the men was preaching the Gospel, a woman began shouting angry verbal abuse, which we expect, knowing that God’s Word is offensive to some unbelievers. She left to call the police, but God gave us opportunity to continue until our appointed 4pm without any police interference. Please pray that the message she heard would sink in and turn her life around for the glory of God.
Sam and Lewis, two young men, also heard the Gospel. They had been listening at a distance to the preaching from the sidewalk, but as they were walking away, they bumped into another team member and stopped to talk. Sam was an atheist, Lewis completely unconcerned, but both stayed to listen, while others of their group wandered off to find a table. Sam in particular listened carefully and asked logical questions. He said that he didn’t want to “do good things just to get to heaven.” The Gospel was explained, and while Lewis kept checking his watch and eyeing the rest of the group, Sam seemed to understand what was being said. Both of them took tracts when they left, as well as Gospels of John. “This is not a chance meeting,” they were told. May God do a work in their hearts.
Near the end of our time there, a family approached the literature table. The three little children helped themselves to some of the Gospel literature, and they took the book of John for “Nanna" to read to them. Both the parents and grandparents seemed very friendly and open which was an encouragement for us. We must now pray that the Word of God works on their hearts and brings fruit to their lives.
Please pray for a softening of hearts in our local area. Pray that those who received the Gospel would ponder over it and be brought to faith by the grace of God. May God do a great work here at Bribie Island.
Yesterday, some of us from the Bribie Island team were privileged to attend the practical training outreach using Omegle. And wow, what a tool! We were so encouraged by watching others from Op 513 sharing the Gospel live through this website.
So...we decided to give it a try.
After setting the safeguards in place, we started Omegle up, taking turns so that all of us could have a chance to share the Gospel, as well as to listen from the back.
It started with:
“Can I ask you a question?“
CLICK! Ok, new person.
“Can I ask...”
It took many “strangers" before someone was happy to talk.
This 35 year-old man spent close to an hour with one of the team. He heard the Gospel several times, but refused it. He eventually said, “You’re a very nice person; you are a good person, but what you believe is @#$! rubbish!”
But the amazing thing is that he stayed to talk. Some of his objections were met and answered, but still he was very hardened. It seemed he had been hurt before by “religion.” He said Christianity was dangerous and that Christians taxed others, but at one point, you could hear the doubt in his voice. He wasn’t as sure of himself as he would like to think. We finally left him with a link to a Christian website and encouraged him to think about what he had heard.
Our next “stranger" was a young girl who had never thought about the afterlife. No one had ever shared the Gospel with her, and she didn’t know who Jesus was. She initially said she believed in Satan, but not in God. She changed her mind within the first few minutes. She already knew she wasn’t a good person because she said she “was mean.” Going through the law of God, she had no doubt she was heading for hell and her solution was to reverse her bad deeds. When we explained why that wouldn’t work, we also gave her the real solution to our problem of sin—Jesus.
When she was asked the checking questions, we could see she still believed her good works could save her. We did another loop through to re-explain the Gospel. Still she believed that to be saved she had to “respect others and obey God.” We went through it again, and then asked the same question. Her answer was to “trust in Jesus and respect others.” On the fourth time explaining the free gift, unearned and undeserved, we asked what she must do to be saved. She said, “Trust in Jesus.” When we asked if there was anything else we had to trust in, she seemed to understand that Christ had paid it ALL. It was like the penny suddenly dropped, and she was excited.
She said that what she had heard had really helped her. She said she had a Bible, and that she would read the book of John and think about our conversation. She was urged also to act on it and to put her trust in Christ. We also left her with the link to needGod.net.
What an amazing tool! We are one click away from a person who is just sitting and waiting to talk to us. Please pray for the conversion of these people we have spoken to; pray for wisdom, guidance, and protection for us; and pray that God’s kingdom would grow through this internet evangelism. May there be many more Gospel conversations.
As the team met at the Bongaree Jetty this afternoon, no sooner was the flipchart up than a large group of young people came to ask questions and go through the Good Person Test. Between 2 and 4pm, there was a constant flow of conversations, mostly with younger people, but also with several adults who were interested in Gospel conversations. A number of copies of Scriptures were distributed, as were many Gospel tracts. We warmly appreciate the amount of prayer that has gone into today’s work for the Lord. We certainly felt God’s leading and blessing on and in the outreach.
One young man recognized and approached Michael to tell him that he was still reading his Gospel of John from last time they spoke, and that he was giving serious thought to the issue. Pray that God would do a work in the heart of this young man, also named Michael.
As usual, we were warmly greeted by the local train ride driver, whom we see at every outreach. He has received a Gospel tract in the past, so we pray for his salvation. May our frequent presence by the jetty be a witness and a testimony to him.
One gentleman was speaking with one of the team members, a local pastor, and his question was, “What is the difference between spirituality(tarot cards, etc), and the work of the Holy Spirit(Pentecostal beliefs he had been exposed to)?” While the conversation led to the Gospel, the man was encouraged to attend tomorrow’s church service, as one of the main points in the message was going to be the work of the Holy Spirit in salvation(Ephesians 1). The man remained very interested and engaged throughout the long conversation. He said he didn’t believe in coincidences, so he would think very seriously about what he had heard, and that he might come along to church.
Jacob, Jack, and Co. went through the Good Person flipchart, and each of this large group had questions and objections. “If murder is wrong, why did God murder His son?” “What about the people before Jesus came?” “What happened to the Crusaders?” “What happens to babies who die?” And many others. These young people are desperately seeking answers, so may we always be ready to give them. We tried to answer their questions and went through the Gospel over and over again. Others came up and joined the group, and they wanted to go through the flipchart as well, so another team member took them through.
In the meantime, another from the team answered further of their questions relating to evolution, morality, and the authenticity of the Gospel message, and Maddy came over to the literature table. She said she was going blind and couldn’t read, so she was given a DVD and the link to an audio Bible. She apologized for the mocking behaviour of her friends, but she agreed that most of them would think more seriously when they were alone later that day. She understood that we were sharing these things because we genuinely cared for her and her friends. She thanked us and said she would be thinking about our conversation.
As we said repeatedly, as much as we wish we could, we can’t save them, and we can’t cause their eyes to open. That is something only God can do, and something that must be personal for each of them, so we ask that you would pray for a great softening of hearts and a great turning to God.
Lilly, Rachel, and Leah also went through the Good Person flipchart, with two of them claiming to be Christians. They listened intently, felt the truth in all they heard, and asked serious questions. They were each at a very difficult place in their lives, all coming from homes with issues. They heard the Gospel multiple times, and all three seemed to be sincerely interested. Pray that they would find answers to the sincere questions they have in their hearts. Please pray for these girls to find peace and comfort in God’s grace and forgiveness.
Pray too for Mark who also heard the Gospel, as well as for those groups who chatted to team members at the literature table. Pray for those who passed through and took tracts. May much fruit come from the seeds which were sown this afternoon at Bribie Island.
Our last outreach at Bribie Island was incredible! The usually quiet island came alive as people flocked to the beach to celebrate Australia Day. It was greatly encouraging to have our usual team joined by others who came from various churches and areas. Between 1 and 3pm, around 900 Gospel tracts were distributed, as were many booklets, DVD's, and Gospels. For most of the team, there was a continual flow of conversations.
Eli was a young man who approached the literature table and listened very intently to the Gospel message that was presented to him. He was honest in answering the questions and in seeing his need of Christ, but he was taken through the Good News five or six times before he could understand that it was not by being a better person, or by having an impersonal faith that he could be saved. He finally realized he must personally trust that Jesus died for his sins, and then turn from his sin in repentance. He said it was something he wanted to do as soon as possible, and he promised to think about it very seriously. He took a Gospel of John and a tract.
Several groups of young people went through the Good Person flipchart throughout the course of the afternoon. One young man had many questions, but his main objection was that there was no way to prove the historical claims of Christ. After a conversation filled with historical facts, examples, and illustrations, he left to seriously consider what he had heard.
A woman approached the Good Person flipchart with her husband and daughter. While her husband and daughter quickly lost interest, she remained intently focused for the entire time. Over and over her husband urged her to come away, but she insisted on staying to hear us out. She was honest in her answers, and quickly came to realize her own sinfulness. When she left, she was visibly moved by the Gospel.
Another trio approached the literature table, and while the somewhat intoxicated young man and his girlfriend laughed and asked questions, it became apparent that their friend was paying attention. What was amazing was that, although they had to leave halfway through the Gospel message, they promised to return, and five minutes later, they did! At the conclusion of the Gospel presentation, the two wandered off, but again their friend stayed to talk a few more minutes. She said this was definitely something she would think about. Pray that all three young people would deeply consider what they have heard, read the Bibles they have taken, and act on the message they have received.
Dylan, a young man from Spain, also asked for a Bible. He thought he was good enough to go to heaven. When questioned further, he appeared to have a work-based ideology. He had been christened in a Catholic background, and felt secure that he was on his way to heaven. He was given the complete Gospel message, his need of faith and repentance, and he seemed to understand. We pray now that the Holy Spirit will move in his life.
Please pray also for 12 year-old Georgia, who heard the good news of the Gospel. She needed no convincing to realize that she wasn’t a good person, and she certainly seemed to grasp her need of a Saviour. She appeared extremely serious, and close to tears, but while it would have been great to continue talking with her, a sudden crowd of other youngsters arriving caused her to wander back to her family. May she read the literature that she took, and continue to think deeply about her eternal destination.
Kye, Thalia, and Jamie engaged in conversation with another team member and heard the Gospel. Please pray for them to keep their commitment to read through the Scriptures which they took. Pray that the seeds which have been planted would grow, and not be choked out by the mockery of friends and the things of this world.
One lady came and asked for a Bible. She said she was a Lutheran, but that she hadn’t been baptised. She was told that there was nothing she could do to earn her salvation, neither works nor baptism could save, but that salvation was by faith alone in Christ alone. This was a message she seemed to grasp, and she went away to consider it and read the Bible.
Pray for results from those whose lives were touched by the Gospel, whether by tracts, Bibles, or open conversation. Pray too for fruit to spring even from the little seeds which were sown, the children who took tracts or asked simple questions. Pray for those who realised their own mortality and sin. Pray for those who took the Scriptures. May the Word of God act in their lives, and may souls be saved by God’s grace triumphing through our outreach at Bribie Island.
On Saturday at the outreach, our team was joined by a Christian brother and his family from Ipswich. This was a great encouragement for us. Together we distributed a large number of Gospel tracts, as well as several Bibles, Gospels, and other booklets. It was a privilege to be able to stand together for the furtherance of Christ’s kingdom in this country, and we pray for the freedom to continue to do so.
Several conversations were held during the course of the afternoon, with both individuals and groups. Two groups of young people went through the Good Person flip chart and took tracts.
An elderly gentleman we had spoken to last year stopped by in his motor scooter for a chat. We were able to present the Gospel to him, and he shared stories from his life, which opened up further opportunities to talk about God. He has had a very difficult life, full of pain and trouble, but even now the Lord can soften his heart and lead him to the place where He shall “wipe all tears from their eyes.”
One youngster came alone to the flip chart and was honest and open about his sin. He understood he would have to pay the price for his lawbreaking. In the distance however, his friends were calling him to come away. He stayed long enough to hear the full Gospel before he re-joined his friends.
David from Burkina Faso was hardened and angry against God. He bitterly said that all he wanted us to pray for was freedom for his country, because the British had stolen their liberty. We also pray that the Lord would free him from his spiritual blindness.
At our last outreach, we met a retired man who said he wouldn’t read anything we had, that he wasn’t a big reader. So this month we gave him a Christian DVD which he took and promised to watch. We pray this will play a part in opening his eyes to the truth of the Gospel.
As we were about to finish up, an older JW couple tried to convince us that they believe the same thing we believe, we’re on the same path, we’re going to the same place. With open Bible, Michael showed Rodney how different their belief was, how dangerously different from what the Bible teaches. To be converted, one must believe in the person and work of Christ, but the Jesus they believe in is simply not the Jesus of the Bible. They denied the Trinity and believed that Jesus is a (created) kind of lesser-god.
While this conversation was happening, another team member engaged with his Filipino wife, Francis. Over and over again, the conversation was brought back to the most serious question—how can a person be made right with God? What must one do to be saved? Her answer was that you must have faith and follow in obedience, follow the regulations, work. Everything she said took away from the perfect and complete work of Christ. When she was asked what must a dying person do to be saved, she shrugged and said that was up to God. A person must not only work to get saved, she said, but they also need to work to stay saved. How sad to think that these people have no firm eternal hope! Yet this is what JW doctrine teaches people. How much sweeter and purer is the Gospel which says that Christ had paid all, once and for all! Please pray for Rodney and Francis' conversion. They have been tragically deceived by this false teaching, but may they begin to see the light of the Gospel.
Please pray for conversions from this outreach. May lives be changed, may Christ’s kingdom grow, and may a new awakening begin right here at Bribie Island.
Praise the Lord for an encouraging time of outreach last Saturday. As our team of six met at the Bongaree Jetty, we were thankful to see the number of people gathered to enjoy the good weather. We were able to distribute hundreds of Gospel tracts, as well as have several meaningful conversations.
One family approached the flipchart, a woman with two teenage sons. The younger son was particularly honest about himself, and they all seemed interested and engaged. One of the boys was obviously struggling with deep questions, so we gave him one of John Blanchard’s helpful books. When they came over to our literature table, they each took several booklets, and two of them asked for full Bibles. Just before they left, the mother said, “There must be a reason for our meeting today. We were just eating our ice creams, and we weren’t expecting to talk to someone like you. There must be a reason for this.” This was a very positive response to the sharing of the Gospel, so we ask you to pray for God to do a work in each of their lives.
A group of around six 14-year-old girls also did the good person test and heard the Gospel. Some of them laughed about what they heard, but several of them seemed to understand, at least in part, the seriousness of their position before God. They realized that they were on their way to hell, and they didn’t want to go there. They heard the good news, that God made a way for us to escape hell. They also came over to the literature table and took some booklets and Gospels of John. When another team member asked them how they could be saved, their reply was to “re…uhhh…re…pent—do a u-turn—and trust that Jesus died for our sins.” It was encouraging to hear that they had understood the message of the Gospel. May the truth of the Gospel triumph in their lives.
Please be in prayer for these people we have spoken to, in particular Ray and Zoro, who are more open to listening each month that we meet them. Pray for the right words to reach these men. Pray for those who received the Gospel in the form of tracts. Pray for many conversions, and that God would continue to bless the work here at Bribie Island.
Saturday’s outreach was greatly encouraging as we shared the Gospel of grace with the people of Bribie Island. There was an almost constant flow of conversations. Most passer-by’s took tracts, and some received Bibles. It was also a blessing to have a couple from Hervey Bay join us once again in evangelism.
It was fascinating to see one woman, an atheistic evolutionist, ask for a Bible. Although she did not even believe in God, she says she goes to His Word for advice in tough times. We know that it is the Word which touches and changes hearts, so pray for the work to be done in her life.
Pray for two teenagers, Susan and Emily, to think deeply about all they heard. They were open-minded, and yet they had serious questions, both coming from atheistic backgrounds. They were led through the law and the Gospel. They seemed to understand, but they still doubted. They each took a copy of John Blanchard's book, Ultimate Questions, as well as a tract. They were urged to think about their own mortality and the seriousness of this matter. They promised to do so.
A young boy of perhaps ten also went through the Good Person flipchart. He wanted to know why he would have to go to hell, since he had only done small things wrong (and had never even disobeyed his parents). He was told that since his sin was against the most high God, the punishment was greater than if his sin was against man. Three times he was taken through the Gospel and his need to repent and trust in Christ before he appeared to understand. He also took a tract with him, so we ask you to pray for God to work on his heart.
Four young men went to the flipchart and were asked where they thought they were going when they died. Their answer was heaven—they were born-again believers. They had a thorough grasp of the Gospel, which was encouraging to see.
Kimmy also heard the Gospel, but was very much opposed. Pray for the softening of her heart.
Four teenage girls were approached in conversation. Although they admitted to being bad people, they said they wanted to go to heaven because it was a good place. They were asked whether heaven would still be a good place if God let bad people in. They agreed that was a valid point. They were told the good news of Christ’s death on the cross on our behalf. They were asked if they would be willing to sell their eyes for a million dollars? “No, of course not.” And how much more important are their souls! Pray for the opening of their eyes.
Please pray for wisdom for us, for boldness, and for the right words to be in our mouth. Pray for fruit from this outreach, that the Lord of the harvest might be glorified, and that souls might be added to the kingdom.
We had quite an eventful afternoon here at Bribie. It was raining earlier in the day, so we weren’t sure how many people would be at the Bongaree Jetty, but when we arrived, the beach had come alive with people. A boat club was having an event, drawing quite a crowd, and many families had come to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful water. It was the busiest we have seen the jetty since Australia Day. A good few hundred tracts went out, and we had some meaningful conversations.
One man refused a Gospel tract in January, saying he didn’t believe in God and that “All religions are bad!” Again today, he refused a tract, but another team member offered him an ‘Are you a good Aussie’ tract, encouraging him to read it and share which parts he disagreed with. This opened up to a conversation regarding his own beliefs. He is an evolutionist, atheist, and hardened ex-Catholic. Although he says he gives his own children freedom to choose what to believe, his early years as a good altar-boy, being forced into an empty religion has made him bitter and skeptical. His idea of Christianity was based solely on what he saw in the Catholic church as a child, immoral, hypocritical, and greedy. Because of the inconsistencies he had seen, he refused to accept the Bible as valid or true. He did stay for a lengthy conversation and took the tract with him when he left.
A foreign lady came and asked for an English Bible. She seemed to be a Christian, but was led again through the Gospel, and she took a Bible, Gospel tract, and Christian book. Another lady asked for a Bible, as did a young man and his friend who seemed very attentive to the Gospel.
One elderly lady was asked what she thought happened after life. She said she believed in God, heaven, and a sort of justice, but she firmly rejected the Bible as God’s Word. The heartbreaking thing was that, although ignorant of the Gospel, Christ’s work, and grace, she was sure she was heaven-bound because she had gone forward at a Billy Graham conference in 1956. She didn’t want to discuss further, and she did not want a tract. It was sad to see her misguided, hardened to the Good News, and yet sure she was going to heaven. Her final words were, “I hope my actions speak louder than words.” Pray for her lost soul!
Nearing the end of the afternoon, the owner of one of the boats was engaged in a conversation. Being a science teacher, he was an evolutionist, firmly opposed to the idea of God and the Bible. Various objections were raised against the theory, but he would not listen. He stood firm on his belief that there is no God, and his moral standards were shaky, standing solely on what society decrees as “right.” He was reluctant to make any concessions, saying that IF there’s a God, and IF on judgment day he stood before Him, he would be totally innocent, having only told little white lies and stolen little things. He didn’t believe in even a historical Jesus, so his anger was not murder in the heart. Although the conversation was moving toward the Gospel, he had to hurry off, and he returned his tract. He was not visually questioning, but we pray that a stone has been put in shoe, and doubts in his mind. May God bring him to the truth.
Two young people received tracts and were given the Gospel. They asked a few questions and seemed very interested. Then they were open for our team member to pray for them. It was a very positive discussion. Please pray that this seed will take root in their lives.
A major trait we saw in those we encountered today was a skepticism of the Word of God. Many have turned from belief in God and have embraced evolution as a substitute. Pray for a revival of the fear of God in this land.
A pastor from Logan encouraged us in our work and took a few tracts to pass on. Others also thanked us for what we are doing, and we will continue to share the Gospel and invite other Christians to join us. All we can do now is pray that God’s Word will bring forth fruit. Pray for those who heard the Gospel, and for those families who received tracts. May souls be saved, and God’s name glorified.
On Saturday afternoon, the team met on Bribie for a time of outreach. We were blessed to have four extra helpers, which was encouraging. It was a great privilege to have a pastor drive all the way down from Hervey Bay to share the Gospel, as well as another Christian who drove through 2 and 1/4 hours of heavy traffic to join us. The weather was on its best behaviour, there was a constant flow of people coming and going, and the general atmosphere seemed friendly and receptive. A large number of tracts went out, along with several Bibles and other literature. Many people stopped to talk and heard the Gospel. There were a large number of Christians who also passed us in the course of the afternoon and encouraged us in what we were doing, promised to pray for the outreach, or took tracts to distribute.
Mike engaged with two young atheists. In the course of the short discussion, they became very uncomfortable, but they left with Gospel tracts which speak of evolution vs. creation. Pray for their salvation.
One elderly lady said, "I followed Jesus once, but I don't don't anymore. I will pray to Him just before I die." Mike asked her if she knew when that would be, or if it could be tonight. She said she liked to be positive about such matters, but she did take a tract.
Pray too for a Christian lady we met who has been struggling with suffering in her life. She was looking for someone to reach out and care for her, someone to be there for her in her loneliness. She was encouraged to look to Jesus, to regularly study the words of Scripture, and to be faithful in her prayer life. She took some Christian literature and was put in contact with a local Christian who could mentor and pray for her.
One of the team members spoke to some teenagers about the Gospel, and they seemed fairly attentive. After the main group moved off however, Keeshi stayed behind and asked some more questions. Her two sisters had once been "bad girls," but since getting saved, they had completely changed. She said they had been praying for her, and she seemed to genuinely seeking the truth. She came to our literature table and took a Bible and a DVD, as well as other Gospel literature. Please be in prayer for this young girl's conversion.
Another team member was able to strike up a conversation with a gentleman who had previously refused a tract. He was able to plant some seeds in this man's heart, and we pray that God would bring them to fruition.
Overall, it was a great afternoon. The Word of God has gone out, and we now pray for fruit to come. Please be active in prayer for these souls, fervent in supplication, and if you can make it, we would love to have join us next month at the Bribie Island outreach.
The weather on Bribie Island was ideal, and although it was relatively quiet, many of those walking past took tracts from our team. One lady stopped and took a Gospel of John for her son to read. A Christian couple passed our literature table and took a few tracts and a Gospel of John to pass on to one of their friends. Around 150 tracts were letterboxed on the island. We also had opportunity to have a few Gospel conversations.
It was a real encouragement to have Mick join us from the Sunshine Coast. Again, a local Christian and his son came along and helped distribute Gospel tracts. Scripture has issued the call to evangelize; we are His witnesses (Acts 1:8) on earth. It is great to see Christians stepping out in obedience and genuine concern for the lost. We must continue to pray that more people from our churches will be convicted of the need to evangelize. Pray for more workers with a desire to share the good news with the lost.
A group of girls went through the Gospel presentation using the “Good Person Test”, and though they quickly owned to their guilt, it was clear that they knew nothing about the gift of God in Jesus Christ, or what Christ had done to purchase our salvation. They were taken to the cross and Christ's sacrifice. They seemed to understand, but they did not appear to be greatly concerned. They were urged to think seriously about what they had heard. All of them had Bibles at home, and they were encouraged to start reading the book of John. They each took a Gospel tract as they left. Please pray that they would read the tracts, and that God would start a work in their hearts that would lead to their repentance and salvation.
Two older ladies also went through the Good Person Test while the rest of their group moved on, openly scoffing. Originally they thought, as most people do, that they were good people, and that everyone goes to heaven. They said they tried to remain positive about what came after life, and they did not believe in any hell. As they moved through the Ten Commandments, they realized their guilt before God, and Michael showed them what Scripture teaches about hell, reading the verse from Revelation which tells of those whose place is in the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). When they understood the existence of hell, they were rather concerned, but tried to brush it off. They heard the full Gospel, so now we pray that their hearts would be convicted, and that they would turn to Christ.
Please continue to be in prayer for this outreach as we meet each month to share the Gospel. We appreciate your prayers and support as we work together for the extension of Christ's kingdom. May His Church grow, and His name be glorified.