Toowong Team (QLD)
Meets 1:30-3pm every Tuesday afternoon at the Toowong train station on the 2nd floor and splits into two teams, one at the main entrance of Toowong Tower on Sherwood Road, another at the foot of the pedestrian bridge across Benson Street.
Contact Johnny Hsieh for more information.
Battle Log : Toowong Village Tuesday Nov 12, 2019 1330 -1500
With few core members overseas who will be due back next week, we continued to have 3 die-heart members , namely Johnny, Col and Hung only this week attending this Evangelist mission spot. Despite of scarcity in hands, all of us had near non-stop divine appointments especially Col who had 7. Most of them led to willingness to consider to receive Christ and eagerness to receive Bible to know more about God.
As for me, I had five quality conversations as recap below: -
1) Harry, a QUT local student who passed by to go for a part time job. He was very pure in heart and stopped voluntarily to listen. At the end he was very convinced of the need to trust in Jesus for cleansing our sin. I referred him to look for Power To Change once he decided on his own accord to receive Jesus as his personal Savior.
2) Beverly and her disabled husband were waiting by the road side for pick up car. Beverly has weak eye sight as such she can only read with a magnifying glass. Thus she was happy to listen to my sharing patiently. And at the end, she also appeared very impressed and convinced that every one including herself need Christ.
3) Angela and Scythania are both UQ students from Cairns . They are friends who were both born here as an Australian Born Chinese. Unlike most of the other Chinese from the Mainland, they both showed genuine interest and politeness to let me share with them. Despite they are both non-believers without any religious faith, they both showed deep receptive to the gospel message and were fully convinced that both of them need Christ. Again, they were referred to contact Power to Change as soon as they make the step of faith to receive Christ.
4) Raul a QUT student from Spanish speaking Republic of Paraguay. He was about to leave and politely declined my invitation to talk by claiming he is a Christian already. I of course will not easily let go any self claimed Christian by checking their assurance of salvation faith. He right away told me he has 100% assurance simply counting on the redemptive grace of Jesus. So I applauded him for being the minority group of Christians I contacted on the street who have clear understanding of salvation. He explained it was all because of his mother who brought them up with all the crucial biblical Knowledge. It causes him a problem to get adapted to many of the Australian churches that care only about emotional feeling but not biblical truth teaching. He however is not feeling over disappointed as there is no perfect church. I encouraged him to not stopping Sunday worship even he has readily a strong biblical knowledge foundation. It was a most mutually edifying conversation in Christ I ever have on the street with a stranger. We ended up chatting for a long while despite he initially wanted to ride away with his bike.
5) Finally I talked to Hu 胡 from China. He, unlike most Mainland Chinese, cheerfully accepted my tract and prepared to listen. But our conversation was cut short by the arrival of the bus.
Today we only had 3 Street Evangelists, namely Johnny, Col and Hung. Both Winnie and Lily got other engagements. It was an extraordinarily windy day. It affected a bit the willingness for people to stop and chat under gusty wind. But God's Work still prevailed despite of unfavorable condition.
Both Johnny and Col had got almost non-stop conversation opportunities many of which were fruit bearing ones. As for me, I continued to apply my Walk with You tactics if our targets claim they cannot stop to chat. In total , I had got 6 conversation opportunities.
1) Helen an Aussie old lady from England. She said she is a Christian and almost got the two diagnosis questions correct. But her expression still gave her away that deep down in her heart , she still thinks she is not good enough for the salvation. So reinforcement is needed as such I Walked her back home.
2) An Asian looking face, English speaking lady, possibly a Vietnamese or Korean mother with two children. She accepted the tract.
3) John a Kiwi who was in a hurry to catch a flight back to NZ. But he still let me walk him to the train station to let me share the nutshell of gospel with gratitude.
4) Prive. an UQ student from India talked a short time with Johnny. So I tried my luck to check if I can chat more with him. He thus let me walk with him to the train station kept chatting to share the nutshell of the Gospel anyway .
5) Matt is a strongly built UQ student who was also in a hurry to the UQ Library. He let me share while we walked to the train station. His attitude is polite and humble to listen. So pray for an open heart to receive Christ..
6) Chris is an IT personnel at the UQ. He is extraordinarily humble and keen to discuss with me the struggle as a Christian. I any way helped him to re-establish his faith assurance.
Battle Log : Toowong Village Tuesday Oct 29 1330 - 1500
It is one of the most enjoyable mission field I have ever engaged, not only because God gives us great variety of gospel outreach opportunities every time. More so, I can witness God's own life transformation work on me and my gospel compatriot in particular Winnie Choi. God called her and has given her the passion for gospel and empowered her to preach the gospel indiscriminately to people of all races in English and Mandarin most of the time that she originally was not very good at these two languages apart from her mother tongue Cantonese. It fits with the theory that Gospel proclamation is the work of God that we sinful human originally are not worthy to play any part but by mercy of God, He elected us as His vessel to do His work while in the mean time , we the unworthy vessel will be transformed as a tool used by God that can virtually do any great thing for His glory sake. So Street evangelism is virtually the work of God but He will elect us, train us, use us and empower us to do great thing for Him. Thus, once Winnie has mastered the basic skill and method, God and God only is her personal trainer in all these street outreach occasions. Today again she was given three complete gospel sharing chances with good result as recap below : -
a) Ryan Aussie UQ student who was moved to reconnect with Christ and to look for church.
b) Susie, an Aussie old lady was also moved to receive Christ and asked for tracts that she could bring home for her sons and daughters.
c) Tina an UQ students from India, was also convinced by the way of salvation by Christ.
Johnny and Collins both had numerous gospel sharing opportunities. Johnny in the end referred to me a person form China with a sure name same as me.
As for me, I had seven Gospel sharing opportunity as recap below with two stood out ones. One was with a Russian UQ lecturer and a UQ student from China of my same sure name.
1) Ben an UQ student from Malaysia who knows a little about Christ but not yet a Christian. I walked to the shopping centre with him so as to share the full gospel.
2) Melissa, a lady I shared gospel before passed by and greeted me to thank for what I shared with her.
3) May an UQ Master Degree student from China but did her undergraduate in USA uni. She later disclosed she actually is a Christian and was baptised in USA. But she knows very little about God and appeared having not read Bible a lot. Thus, she failed the Christian Salvation Assurance test. I greatly recommended her to get back to God and to connect with Christian community likes Power to Change which she acknowledges such need.
4) Jack an UQ Aussie student. He has no religious belief but showed strong body language inviting me to chat with him and finally appeared very receptive to the gospel.
5) Vladimir Kruglov is an Russian UQ professor of Department of Physic. He claimed to be a Christian but in the mean time, he explores other religions like Buddhism and Hinduism as a means for transcendent peace. So in fact he is just a nominal Christian by birth but has no real redemptive faith. Obviously, he has gone astray for a wrong way for salvation. He has a false confidence that through training of heart and mind by practicing Karate , he can venture spiritual adventure sighting spirits in spiritual realm. I just pray for him and hope we can have another chance to chat. But I gave him the name card of Kenneth Chan who is the worker of Power to Change for Faculty member of UQ.
6) A nameless Chinese UQ student who was reluctant to chat but still I walked her to the bus stop and finished the gospel sharing. Eventually I also refereed her to Power to Change.
7) 關浩翔 Ho Cheng Kwan from 開平, China. He initially was approached by Johnny but was referred to me when noticed he shares the same Sure Name of mine and is Cantonese speaking. He appeared very sincere and became very receptive to the gospel. He admitted while managing to be a good person, he so far could not resist the sin of lust like most of the young people. He showed great urge to receive Christ in getting his sin be pardoned so that he can be a free person again in Christ.
Battle Log : Toowong Village : Tuesday Oct 22 1330 to 1500
Praise and thank God to have moved and called the five of us to serve as one unified team for the glory of God sake. We welcomed Colin joining Johnny, Winnie, Kenneth and me for the first time.
We changed our strategy to serve all on the west side of Toowong Village across Benson Street. Winnie and later joined by Kenneth stationed at the foot of the pedestrian bridge, while Johnny and Colin stationed at the Zebra Crossing nearer to the bus stop to catch people crossing the road from the Shopping mall to catch bus. I kept walking in between the two ministry points to catch hold of those in a hurry to catch bus.
This new deployment of our meager 5 person team has proved to be workable and effective. Every one including especially Winnie and Kenneth who are green in Street evangelism all got chances to share full gospel to 3 and or more persons. This virtually has boosted their boldness and faith in Christ to get more fired up to keep going for the long haul in Street evangelism.
The highlight of this 1.5 hours street evangelism came towards the end that, an Australian born Indian young lady excused from my short communication on reason of tiredness was however still stopped by Spirit through Johnny just a minutes later and willingly have a long chat with him that she was made known about the difference between Hindu and Christianity. Praise and glory be to God.
I myself have 10 divine appointment as recap below: -
1) Dodo, a local Aussie girl thought good person is good enough for heaven which of course I pointed out the fallacy and clarified to her the right way through Christ.
2) Delores an UQ student from Fiji who is religious by not yet a Christian. She believed in good deed is OK but I threw her a bomb that it served not effect to counteract their punishable sin. My God enlighten her to find the right way.
3) May, another UQ student was willing to let me walk her to the bus stop, but my full sharing was interrupted by the arriving bus that forced her to leave chasing for the bus.
4) A Blunt man thought he is good as a good man and reject the tract despite I still manage to walk with him for the needed minimum clarification.
5) Sue a Catholic senior lady also thought that just good deed is fine. I walked a distance with her along the foot path to convey the minimum needed clarification.
6) Saki, another UQ student from Fiji agreed with the logic of God's way of redemptive plan but his feed back was cut short by the arriving bus.
7) Yau Tsuen,æœ‰ç’‡ an UQ female student from China who claimed she has no religious belief. Shared with her the core gospel with good receptive result.
8) Marissa a local Aussie lady, who is an Atheist
9) Clarissa an UQ student from Sri Lanka who is a Buddhist
10) Millay an Australian born Indian of Hindu background
All the three of them has met and chatted with me last time but God let them reunited with me for some follow up chat. Pray that God will continue to shed light on them for their ultimate salvation. Especially for Millay who was stopped by God the 2nd time through Johnny, may her time for salvation come in His time.
As for Winnie, she got three opportunities to have a full sharing using the "Good Person Test" flip chart : -
1) Kim a girl from Thailand
2) David an UQ student from China
3) Ruth, another UQ student from Philippine,
All three of them admitted they have sin and need the salvation of Jesus. They all indicated they will look for church and or Power to Change in UQ.
Battle Log : Toowong Oct 15 Tuesday 1330 -1500
Walk with Christ to Walk with Clients of Gospel
God has never stopped amazing us by His Wondrous works ever since we started the street evangelism at Toowong. Apart from praying for more opportunities to share gospel to people of all nation (people group), we have also been praying for more Street Evangelist workers.
Winnie is one of the exemplary example, taking only one week of learning and observation than joining force to have the spiritual boldness to start sharing to people on the street as guided by the Spirit. So for three consecutive weeks, she has got increasing chances of sharing full gospel.
Today she shared to three persons namely Craig a non-believer from India, Reuben, possibly a back slashed Islander Christian or from Africa, then Rose an Aussie old lady of Catholic background. They all responded positively showing willingness to pursue salvation or getting back to Church to rebuild relationship with God. The empowerment for Winnie to share Gospel does not limit on Tuesday at Toowong but during the week in many shopping malls in the Gold Coast. Praise God for the quick transformation of Winnie from a lay Christian to a street evangelism warrior.
Then comes Gladys. God moved and called her through our Battle Log sharing and she first indicated to me last Sunday at Ruth Ordination service she has interest to join but did not commit when. Then Monday last night, God let us meet again unexpectedly at Carindale where I took free veges. I appealed her to come today but again she appeared indecisive. So today, I did not expect her to turn up. Therfore, when the four of us, Winnie and husband Vincent, Johnny all arrived a bit ahead of time, we prayed together then supposedly Johnny , Winnie, and I were ready to go to the street, but Johnny was moved to stay behind to share Gospel with Vincent possibly because I told him he has not yet officially received Christ but his heart is readily soften as such he felt obliged to come all the way from the Gold Coast every time to support Winnie.
Because of this delay, Gladys who arrived just on time did not miss us all but met Johnny so she would not have missed her first attempt to come out by faith. Johnny was classmate with Gladys in the Bible College, so he briefed Gladys the way to share on the street then led her to have practice together. See, this were all the works of God to keep calling Gladys to come out from her comfort zone. Pray that Gladys will be moved to come from now on, on a more regular basis.
As for me, I got 10 opportunities, of which many were grasped by walking with the gospel targets, either to the bus stop, to their work place and in the last instance to their place of living near by.
1) Jonathan an UQ student from Thailand. He is a non-believers, but responded positively to the Gospel. I referred him to join Power to Change if she chooses to accept Jesus as his personal Savior.
2) Mary. a Local Aussie lady who heard only half of my gospel sharing but had to go for an appointment.
3) Santos , an UQ student from Sri Lanka who claimed to be a Buddhist, but he still appeared responsive and receptive to the Gospel message.
4) Melissa an office worker who was born here but of Romania descendant. I walked her to her work place to buy time for sharing the full Gospel.
5) Noor an Australian born Indian UQ student of self righteousness but still willing to listen to the gospel while I walked him to the bus stop. It was cut short by the bus
6) A local Aussie Mum took the tract and heard the topic but had to rush for her medical appointment near by.
7) Helena , an UQ student from Bangladesh who heard the Gospel for the first time and appeared receptive to the teaching.
8) Rubia and Shane are UQ year 1 female students from Shandong. They first accepted the tract from Winnie but did not stop to listen. I anyway asked for permission to walk them home near by and had just enough time to finish sharing the full Gospel. They appeared receptive and promised to read and respond to the tract.
9) Osten an Aussie of Sweden origin. He also appeared very receptive to the Gospel.
10) MacAlister, an UQ student of Irish Catholic background, he initially did not have assurance of salvation, but after sharing he was grateful for my clarification and explanation getting a full understanding of God's three folds deliverance.
Toowong Village - 7/10/2019 Tuesday 1330-1500
Praise and thanks God for calling a group of 6 faithful servants to join the Street Evangelism today despite of overnight sickness scare of our team leader Johnny, and the couple Winnie and Vincent from Gold Coast by 1.5 hour train one way, as well as Chi Ming and Di Tuen who will be leaving for Taiwan just a few days later. I must give glory to God for bringing up Chi Ming, Di Tuen and Winnie to have the boldness to share Gospel to strangers on the street. Winnie has been greatly encouraged to commit herself to do street evangelism regularly, not just at Toowong, but possibly in her home turf in the Gold Coast at the Surfer Paradise OPN 513 Friday night ministry in the near future.
Again, I teamed up with Winnie. This time God gave her lesson to wait with patience and had the heart to accept repeated rejections but finally allowed her to do a full gospel sharing with Dora from China with the "Good Person Test" hand held flip chart. Dora has heard gospel before, but the first time in this format. Pray that God will work further in her heart to receive Christ in His time.
As for me, God gave me nine divine appointments as recap below: -
1) Gethard from Germany who is married to wife from Guyana(圭亞那). He stopped with gracious heart despite he and wife were in a hurry with their baby. He quickly identified himself a Christian as such his intention to stop was to give me encouragement. I did not give away the chance to check his assurance of salvation. He refused to say he has 100% assurance but kept emphasizing that the source and base of salvation is by Christ alone. I just chipped in the idea that he should boldly declare 100% assurance of salvation faith despite he still finds himself yet to be transformed back to perfection again by the grace of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. He left joyously to rejoin his wife walked far ahead towards the shopping mall.
2) Julian , an UQ student from Malaysia who was in a hurry to catch bus for class. So he was the first one in today that I walked him to the bus stop to catch bus for UQ and just had enough time for the sharing of the nutshell of the gospel within 2 minutes before the bus arrived.
3) An Indian girl who was also in a hurry so l walked and talked with her the nutshell of the Gospel before we must part our way at the zebra crossing.
5) Grace(fake name) an UQ student from China having arrived here for just one week. She claimed herself a Christian and has already found her church for worship at CCCB St Lucia. She however, has no assurance in salvation faith that God used me to have clarified her incomplete concept.
6) Rose from England who has no religious belief. Again I walked her to the bus stop and finished the nutshell of the Gospel just in time before her bus arrived.
7) Hanna an UQ student from Iran. I also walked her to the bus stop. She was happy to listen to the gospel and surprised to find that her own country has now become a thriving Christian church nation both overseas and back in Iran.
8) Debby an Office lady took the tract from Winnie and sat there reading the tract right away while smoking. I approached to share the gospel verbally after she finished reading the tract. She appeared very responsive to the gospel and pray for God's follow up work in her.
9) The last person was the high light of today street evangelism who is an UQ student by the name of Sun孫 from Shandong, China. He found the gospel very logical and convincing and he disclosed that his passed way grand mum was a Christian so he can now identify with her to give his trust on Jesus. It was obvious that God moved him deeply to treasure this priceless salvation. It was proven by his reaction to endeavor to grab up the fallen tract blowing away by the wind that he did it at the cost of having his head hit on a rail by the road side.
Toowong Village Thursday 1/10/2019
It was another day of the Acts of the Spirit at the Toowong Village Street Evangelism ministry spot.
Initially, I was expecting only Winnie to join me from the Gold Coast by train. My first surprise by the Acts of the Spirit was meeting Winnie's husband who though not yet a confessed Christian but just a church goer, took the trouble to escort Winnie to come by train from the Gold Coast for the first time. He left us behind to do street evangelism and did our opening prayers. We was ready to go to our spot at the foot of the pedestrian foot path bridge, but Winnie out of the blue prompted me to go to the toilet first. As a result of this delay, Chi Ming and his wife who were only 2 minutes late were able to sight Winnie first alone waiting for me and then reunited with us as a team of four for today street evangelism. (Hung Kwan, 关子鴻, Winnie Choi 蘇慧英, Chi Ming Lin林志明; &曾棣旋
After the 1.5 hour street evangelism time, they came back a bit later then the target time but actually this left me a window of 5 minutes to share the gospel to Vincent Choi 蔡毅雄, the husband of Winnie. Pray that he will receive Christ ultimately in His time.
God answered my opening prayer to give Winnie the boldness to do her first sharing on the street. She got hold of an UQ student from China called Huge. He stopped very willingly to let Winnie to share the Gospel with him with the "Are You A Good Person" flip chart. He even allowed Winnie to take a selfie with him. He is a Christian but a infrequent Church goer. The Gospel sharing may have aroused his passion to pursue God again in Christ.
Winnie almost immediate had another opportunity to stop another UQ students from China. Her Mandarin was not as good as her English but the student was willing to let her to communicate in English. After she finished, I chipped in to give a bit supplement. Unfortunately, it was cut short when this person noticed Winnie was attempting to take photo of us. This anyway was a good lesson for Winnie to never take photo in front of the target, but always from behind not taking their face but ours. It by all means was a very fruitful and effective day of training for Winnie by God that helped her to have alleviated her fear replacing with boldness to share Gospel in random to people stopped by God.
As for me, I have 7 conversations today amongst which were three Indian Christians and non-believer inclusive. So I take it as my Indian day.
1) Joshua from India, Christian without assurance of faith but now clarified.
2) Howard, a local Aussie Christian who turned down my tract as he is a Christian. He passed my diagnosis test of 2 Questions showing 100% assurance by faith in Jesus alone.
3) Mary, an Aussie old lady claimed to be a Christian but again has no assurance of salvation faith.
4) Kyla an UQ student from Zimbabwe who claimed herself a Christian but again have no assurance of salvation faith. She was in a hurry so I had to walk her to the bus stop to gain just enough time to build up her 100% assurance of salvation faith.
5) Alvin James, a UQ student who is a Christian but also have no assurance of salvation faith but now clarified.
6) Luke, a middle aged French Christian of Catholic background. He also does not have 100% salvation faith. Yet he was humble enough to listen and thank me for clarifying the right way to get 100% assurance of his salvation faith.
7) Daren, an UQ student from India. He has no religion or faith back ground. But he appeared to have a very positive grab of the salvation by faith in Christ alone. He admitted we are all sinner and will bound for Hell as the punishment of our sin. And the only way out is to accept the finished work of Jesus dying on the cross to take up the punishment of sin on our behalf as such we can be justified to reconcile with God. Pray for God's continuous work on him to convict him to be converted to Christ.
Toowong Village 24/9/2019
This was a day of the test of faith for me. At one point in time, all other members notified me that they could not come on various ad hoc engagement including Johnny who came back just last Saturday that he needed to accompany his wife for an operation this morning. An idea just flashed through my mind if I should still go by myself without a teamwork back up and spiritual coverage by Prayers. But when Johnny texted me just the same question, the Spirit used him to convict me that I should still go despite of circumstance and external factors because it is Jesus promise that Go Make Disciple of all Nations and He will be will us till the end of the world. God's grace was really sufficient for those who love and trust in Him. Before I set off, Johnny sudden called that he could now go with me as the operation of her wife was canceled and has been rescheduled to next Tuesday. So we still can work as a team to serve Him as the light and salt of the world. We went together to my usual spot under the foot path bridge. And God had granted us enough conversations to have almost fully occupied the full 1.5 hours course of our street evangelism session. We all had our chance intermittently so that we could manage to take photo for each other which are recap as follows in sequence of happening.
1) Johnny: An Aussie young man on the bicycle was stopped right away by Johnny as soon as we arrived at the mission spot. It was a very good and fruitful chat. The young man was a fall back Christian but was moved by Johnny to re-commit himself to Christ and promise to go back to church.
2) Hung: Beth, an Aussie Christian old lady who stopped out of courtesy but not for no reason. Our conversation helped her to fully understand that her heavenly citizenship was not gained by any of the merit of her good work but Christ's grace alone. As a result she has regained full assurance of salvation by Christ alone.
3) Hung: Cath-Sandra, an local Aussie claimed herself a spiritual woman but without committing to any faith. She stopped willing to chat and responded positively to the gospel message agreeing every one need salvation including herself. She promised to reassess her position as a sinner and the way to guarantee herself an eternal position by reading the tract in dept. Pray for her decision to turn to Christ from trusting empty spirituality that makes herself feel good only but leading to hell if without Christ.
4) Johnny: A matured young man of Middle East origin stopped to chat with Johnny despite hand holding two heavy shopping bags. He claimed himself as an atheist but found gospel message sensible. Pray for God's follow up work.
5) Hung: Sam, a local Aussie Environmentalist, who initially declined my invitation to chat. But God miraculously stopped him to check out a yellow scooter left on the street. He found interest to chat with me on some social justice issue like those happening in Hong Kong. However, I was able to switch back the conversation to gospel and the need of salvation of all human who are all imperfect with sin to be accountable for. The interruption by Rodeos I shared below added plus points to move Sam to see the oneness of brotherhood in Christ. We chatted for almost 20 to 30 minutes and we parted eventually with him taking a tract home to read. Trust God to keep touching his heart.
6) Hung: Rodeos from Venezuela, on 13 th August, I escorted him to the medical centre on the 3rd level of the Toowong Shopping Centre as soon as I found out he sat by the road side pale in face and short in breath. He came back to thanks me for the 2nd time. He tried to thanks me two weeks ago when I was busy in talking to some one and Kenneth just helped him to catch the bus. So this time, I could not but stopped my conversation with Sam to give him a hug and took an over due photo to leave for each other a fond memory of brother in Christ loving and helping each other.
7) Johnny: He was drawn to check out someone handing out tract near the bus stop 50 metre away from me, but found out it was just tract for promotion of work out. Anyhow, it ended up chatting with a Chinese student who found it hard to accept himself a sinner, not to mention to accept Jesus as his Savior. We anyway believe God must have a special plan for him even though he seems to be beyond redemption at the moment.
8) Hung: Onor a young UQ girl from South Africa who has never heard of Gospel stopped to let me share the full gospel with her. She appeared very positive and receptive and promise to read in detailed the tract and hopefully will turn to Christ in His time.
9) Johnny: He caught up with another Asia looking young guys but encountered very fierce objection to gospel. Nevertheless, God is sovereign and has a plan for this die hard person.
Today 17/9/2019 was a special day of grace for the OPN 513 team at Toowong Village. God moved a Kairos 2016 graduate Winnie from the Gold Coast Church to come up to Brisbane to join the Gospel outreach first at the park then at Toowong Village. So, while Johnny our team leader was still overseas in Myanmar, God moved and summoned Winnie, Kiateck, Lily and Hung to form a team of four to serve at Toowong. Winnie teamed up with me to observe and learn how to do street evangelism. She felt God called her to get better equipped in evangelism so that she can start doing it in her life circle to her husband and family members and to the Cruises travelers she is going to meet in Nov when she joins the Cruise for the first time.
As for this week Divine Appointments, God stopped four ladies for me and each had very dramatic response one of which with Victoria(4) from Kwaizhou, China really just falling short of being seen as a life changing miracle.
1) Sherry is an UQ student from Henan 河南，China. She claimed she has heard gospel from other source before but not yet felt touched to make up any commitment已聽過，but she admitted that the core of the gospel about how we the sinner can be pardoned by letting the only qualified perfect God and perfect man Jesus to take over the punishment of our sin is a logical and noble act by a true loving God. So she will reassess her needs to accept Christ as our redeemer and the Lord of our life.
2) A Korean girl giggled her way while I stopped her and shared with her the Gospel. It turned out that she is a Christian or someone who understood the redemptive grace of Christ. But to my surprise, she found that faith hard to have root in her heart and she is even now in the process of turning for Buddhism. It was obvious that there is a spirit of general rejection of God and His teaching, as such she used giggling all along our conversation to cover up her unwillingness to hear the gospel that might help her to turn around for God again. She left prematurely anyway and I can only pray for God's own work to move her heart back to God.
3) Brianna an Aussie Christian who was off from work thus willingly stopped to chat about the tract. Initially she did not showed certainty to be qualified for Heaven leading me to treat her as a non- believer in the gospel sharing conversation. But before long when I touched upon the concept of we, the sinners all need the redemptive grace of Jesus then she declared she is a Christian. Just like the other 80% of Christians I met on the street, they confused their current still-not perfect life status as a barrier for them yet to be fully admitted to heaven. After clarification, she thanked me a thousand time to understand that our salvation faith in Christ alone will have gained us the Heavenly citizenship while we are still imperfect but God should have regained his sovereign control on our life as such he promises He will further transform us back to perfection.
4) Victoria an UQ master student from Kwaizhou had been a seeker but was on the brink of giving up her journey to quest for true faith in Christ. She told me her spiritual status has fallen down to such a low level that she found going to church was useless and didn't border to go any more. She told me that she has just found the Gospel message I shared with her, though plain and heard before, but it carries a power of reassurance from God for her to keep seeking for Christ. She promised she will pick up her journey of quest for true salvation and keep joining Christian group such as Power To Change in helping her to get a touch down finish in accepting Christ as her savior and Lord of her Life. It of course was a great encouragement for me as well as Winnie who witnessed this minor miracle that God has done on the life of Victoria. As long as we open up to be the vessel of God, He can do great thing through us despite of our weakness and undeserving status.
On 10/9/2019, this is the 6th Street Evangelism at Toowong.
Today, we only had three team members i.e Pastor Lily Tam, Pastor Kiateck Tan and Rev Hung Kwan doing the street evangelism. All others are either engaged in other overseas mission or sick. As the deputy team leader, I again had to run around to have an eyes on team members and take photo of their work. Lily thru fellowship, shared that she is still comfortable only to hand out tracts and prepared to engage in gospel sharing only in an indoor environment. Nevertheless, she comes to serve without ever skipping a week. As for Kiateck, he originally was occupied in other ministry but still managed to come even half an hour later. He got a breakthrough today successful stopping some one to chat on Gospel. With above thing to care about, the available time within this one and a half hour session was limited. God still granted me 5 or 6 meaningful divine appointments with three stood out ones as recap below.
1) Near the main entrance of Toowong Village, Two Chinese young ladies from mainland China took English tracts from Lily , so I stepped up to approach them giving them my Chinese tracts and asked for permission to share. They anyway kept walking while letting me to share. It was just enough time for me to finish the core gospel message before the two ladies had to part. I anyway asked them to ponder on what I said when they read the tract at home. Pray for their comparatively hardened hearts be soften by the work of the Holy Spirit why they read the tract at home.
2) I went back to my usual spot at the foot of the pedestrian bridge, and met several girls who are student of UQ and was registering to hire a bicycle. All of them were in a rush, so I could just ask them to read the tracts back home.
3) Becky from Chongxian重慶, China一she was so nice to let me share despite she really was in a rush for the bus. Yet she still listen attentively and seriously and appeared very receptive to the gospel. She has shown interest to look fro church near by which I recommenced her to the CCCB - St Luica Ryan Street congregation. I also encouraged to connect with Power to Change once she decided to accept Christ for her ongoing spiritual growth.
4) Drew is an UQ students from an Indian family but he was born here. Despite he admitted his family religious background is Hindu, but he appeared to be a very open minded person to gospel and looked very receptive to the issue of sin must be punished. So again I introduced him to get connected with PRC.
5) Bobby is a working young man from Caboolture. He has no religious faith but his brother is a Christian. He was also in a rush to catch the train and skipped very fast on a scooter board. Yet he stopped abruptly to ask if I was handing out tract as he could see my desire when we cross eyes sight. To not delay his catching train, I walked or jogged along his roller scooter to finish the gospel sharing just on our arrival at the train station. He checked and found he still had a few minutes so we kept on chatting and even took a selfie. It was surprised how God has started changing him as a non-religious mind to find interest again in the Gospel. He promised to read the tract and talked to his Christian brother about today divine encounter as a spring board to his final acceptance of Jesus as his Savior and Lord of life.