Special Outreaches (QLD, Australia)
Australia Day (26 January)
ANZAC Day (25 April)
Christmas Outreaches (December)
New Years Eve (31 December)
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To bring in the New Year the team did back to back evangelism. First in the afternoon starting in Capalaba and later in the evening in Brisbane City. The afternoon was filled with conversations, some very encouraging! And the evening resulted in 12,500 tracts being handed out and a range of other conversations! And as the clock struck twelve the team were celebrating God's gracious gift of another year in the midst of telling others about Him.
The stand out conversation from Capalaba was with five people at first, Joel and Johnny, were engaging but being quite silly. These young men were trying to avoid the seriousness of the uncomfortable topic of God's judgement against our sin by being silly. Thankfully after a few minutes they left, leaving Connor, Presley and Ivy. The conversation with these three then took the next hour as they listened intently and happily engaged. Following as the Gospel was explained and then asking question after question about Christianity, God and the implications the Gospel has on our lives.
It was a rare conversation but one that was an immense privilege to be there for. Connor at first was against the idea of God. Ivy was as well but Presley wanted to simply believe in a higher power (distant enough to not care how we live). The conversation went on to reveal the reasons they desired God to be like this and the answer was shown clearly, they love living how they want and they don't want there to be any eternal consequences.
Each in their own way was challenged seriously about the choice they would make, to reject Christ or surrender to Him. Please be praying that as the team runs into these guys in the future that God will be working in their hearts, bringing them to a saving knowledge of the truth!
Later in the evening in Brisbane City, there were a number of conversations. One guy, Jarier who had listened in to a conversation on Saturday night dropped past. Sadly he was playing a very silly game, know as, "that's your truth, I have mine". To avoid any sense of accountability or judgement he would just pretend that it wasn't true because he didn't believe it.
Jarier was left with a very strong warning, that pretending someone doesn't exist, doesn't actually get you out of trouble. The only solution to sin and guilt is to find the one who can deal with it, rather than pretending it doesn't exist.
Around 11pm, some of the team had a quick food break at McDonalds. Due to the immense crowds, the waiting time was long and this allowed for a number of conversations to be had.
First was with Harry. He heard of God and how we know He exists, then he was lead through God's law, revealing sin. It was at this stage Harry got squirmish. He saw that he was guilty and if he was to die tonight, would end up in Hell. But when he was asked what the solution was he didn't want to think about it any longer.
During this conversation, a young couple standing in front were awkwardly trying not to listen, to the point that they walked away to avoid having to hear the conversation.
Next was Diaz, who likewise thought he was a good person and would be fine on judgement day. His wife, didn't want to listen but he happily stayed and talked until his food was ready. Diaz heard the Bad News but he had to go and collect his food before the Good News could be fully explained. He did take a tract though.
Lastly in McDonalds was a couple, Izzy and Alistair. Alistair said he hadn't thought about it much but Izzy had lots of questions. It was a good conversation and the pair left with a tract and the challenge to open up a Bible and read the Gospel of John this year.
Please be praying for those who heard the Gospel in the queue for food, that each of them would seriously think about their own eternity this coming year and heed the advice, to read the Word.
As you finish reading this encouragement from the final day of 2018, consider how you can seek to engage the people around you, with the time God has given you with the Gospel, in 2019.
Tonight, without giving away too much information before the other videos are released, this video is the beginning of a lot of GREAT news! Tonight over the course of two hours, eleven people professed a desire to trust in Jesus alone for their salvation! The team was jumping with joy, weeping in happiness and praising God for using unworthy vessels such as us to be the means of some coming to salvation.
You can hear Elaura share about three conversations back to back with people who said they wanted to trust in Christ. You can hear he excited, after a tough start to the evening declaring praise to God for who He is and what He did in the hearts of these schoolies.
You can hear Giulliano declaring praise to God for enabling him to share the Gospel with a young man who subsequently professed a desire to know Christ as his Lord and Saviour!
Please be praying for these four, that they would be serious about what they said with their mouth, that the Spirit would be changing their hearts and that they would be relying on Christ alone and forever be changed!
Please also pray for the team as due to the continual conversations, many members didn't get to sleep until the early daylight hours of Friday. Please pray for rest, stamina and the ability to honour God despite tiredness for the final day of the outreach!
This week has been an exciting and encouraging week and it still isn't finished!
Throughout the evening different team members would come up jumping with joy, often with tears in their eyes celebrating. It was a night filled with God at work through His Spirit and bringing many soft hearts to hear the Gospel.
Many of the conversations were free from lengthy arguments or discussions. These people heard the Gospel, understood it and almost instantly declared a desire to trust in Christ.
In this video you can hear Harry share about the conversation he started with Emily, who subsequently professed a desire to trust in Christ.
Then you can hear Matt, talk about the conversation he had with Curtis, who also shared his desire to trust in Christ.
Please be praying for these two that God would be working in their hearts and even now leading them to a greater understanding of Himself!
With street ministry it is rare to see the results of the conversation and if you do get to witness the fruit it is usually months later.
Hear an excited Matt and Jonathan sharing about conversations they had with a young girl Naomi and even see Naomi herself, express in words how she would like to respond of God's offer of salvation for sinners.
As you watch this, you too can take a way a simple analogy to explain repentance and faith.
Please also be praying for Naomi that she would be serious about following Christ and would seek out a local church back in her home town.
At Schoolies on Tuesday night there was a large team out. It was exciting to be a part of. Despite the large team, there were still plenty of opportunities for conversations. There are over twenty thousand schoolies out and about and only around twenty team members. There is always room for more labourers.
From this evening you can hear John, who travelled down from Brisbane just for one night, share about the night that he had sharing the Gospel.
You can also hear Ryan and Bek, two team members down for the whole week sharing how, even whilst they were off getting a quick snack at McDonalds, they were able to share the Gospel with a man named Alex.
Please keep the team in prayer as the week progresses, knowing that it is only by God's strength that they can persevere.
In this short clip you can hear Jackson share, in humility, that despite his lack of great oratory skills, God still uses him as an ambassador for Christ. He also encourages you, no matter your knowledge of Christian apologetics to head on out, in simple obedience to God, and share the Gospel wherever you can!
You also get to hear from a very tired Glen, who has travelled over from New Zealand for a few days to join the team in the evangelism efforts! Hear his excitement as he was able to lovingly, yet clearly, engage with two homosexuals and a "Christian" who were down for schoolies week.
Hear Giuliano sharing about a night of many conversations, with those from many different world views and the sharpening of his faith that was a result!
How can you be obedient to Christ's call for disciple making this week?
As the outreaches take place over this week it has been noted that the vast majority of people have a strongly "Catholic" background. Many people have just finished twelve years of "Christian" schooling and a scathing rebuke to almost every school that claims the name of Christ is that they all seem to have failed to articulate the Gospel.
You can hear in this video Hannah share about the tragedy of some of the conversations, whilst Cobus shares about the joy of others.
Please be praying for those who heard the word of truth that they would repent and believe.
As the team is down on the Gold Coast, for the schoolies outreach, you can hear the encouraging stories coming back.
Hear Natalie, who could only make it down for one night share about the joy she had sharing the Gospel with schoolies.
Hear Arlini share that although english is her second language, she was able to preach the Gospel to a young man named James.
Hear Trinity, share about the last conversation she had during the night, with a man who hear the Gospel, wanted to know more and said he would count the cost of trusting in Jesus.
If you have a spare moment during the week, please consider joining the team. Accommodation can be provided, and any extra voices will be great help!
Yesterday afternoon, as is the yearly tradition, many people dress up for the Manly Halloween Festival. As the team usually do, they headed down to distribute clear and relevant Gospel tracts. Over the course of the afternoon a few thousand were handed out.
There were also a range of conversations that were had. One extremely sad chat was with a man named Logan. His parents were missionaries and after twenty years of professing Christ, he had rejected God and the Gospel all together. Sadly he didn't really want to speak for too long but the things he said were extremely heart breaking.
He was a man who hadn't ever really known the love and grace of the Gospel, had rejected all things to do with God based on his love for sin. Please be praying for Logan.
There were many other conversations and simple Gospel presentations. Including one with Rupert and Matt and another with John and Genevieve. These simple conversations started with the question, "Where do you think you will go after you die?"
As a result these four heard the Gospel, had some simple objections answered and were left to ponder the question, "When will you turn from sin to trust in Jesus?"
Please be praying for those who took tracts, that they would not be tricked about their eternity, but would trust in Jesus and have the treat of Heaven!
This afternoon a team of 10, headed out to a local area in Brisbane with the new "Life is Precious" gospel tract to do a letter box drop.
The intention was that the people in the local community would be informed of who God is, the beauty and complexity that God created us with and the expectations from God, that come as a result of this design. The tract also seeks to explain how desperately we have failed God's standards and then points us to the only solution, that God himself became apart of this Creation, taking on human flesh, living sinlessly, dying sacrificially and rising victoriously!
Over the two hours, around 2,000 tracts were put in mail boxes. Please be praying that God uses these tracts to change families from just being a normal "Australian" household, to being a covenant family, adopted into God's family.
You can read the tract here.