"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…” (Matt 9:37)
The first country outreach mission for 2018, into the local country town of Warwick, saw God’s deep desire to reach the lost in our sunburnt outback.
God had already gone before us and prepared the way for His glory. As 5 of us began sharing the gospel, it was encouraging to see many hearts were open to hear the Gospel and there was, by God’s grace, much fruit. However, for so long it seems people have been living in darkness. As dry and as hard is the ground, so it is with many of the hearts of the people. There is such a great need for labourers to work in the fields; for prayer, for evangelism, for a fresh flow of the rivers of living waters in the country towns of Australia.
Farmers breakup the fallow ground to sow the seeds for their crops but the church has not broken up the fallow ground of the hearts of the people through prayer (Hosea 10:12). Sowers sow seeds to reap at the end of the season, yet the seeds of God’s word has been withheld and there are few to go and reap the harvest (Matt 13:1-23)
“…behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35)
Prayer requests from the outreach:
- Pray for Wyatt, who is 13, heard the Gospel clearly and understood God’s Justice and was challenged to forsake his sin and trust in Christ. He joyfully took a New Testament Bible after hearing the Gospel.
- Pray for Ian and Bev, who were very open to the Gospel and “Not far from the kingdom of God” (Matt 12:24). They took a New Testament bible gladly and said they will read it. They were open, they understood and were thankful for the Gospel. This was one of the most encouraging testimonies of the Day.
- Please pray for Mr James Lister, LNP Member of Parliament for Southern Downs, who gladly heard the Gospel message and been challenged to trust in Christ for his salvation. This was a God ordained meeting for the local politician to hear the Gospel. (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
- Pray for Banjo and his sister who were visiting from Gold Coast. They were confronted with God's law and and how only through Christ can they have victory over sin and death and enter heaven. They were deeply challenged by God's Word and Banjo was moved to tears. They were encouraged to come to Faith church on the Gold Coast.
- Pray for Lawson, a young guy who believed in God but had not truly repented and trusted in Christ to save him. He was open to the Gospel message and said he will read his Bible. Pray that he is truly born again.
We thank all of those who have been praying and made this trip possible. PLEASE continue to pray for God to work in the hearts of the people who heard the gospel message and are yet to hear as there is still much work to be done in many more of these country towns.
To God be all the Glory!
The team has arrived safely in Myanmar and spent this afternoon getting to know the local translators that are helping us. We even had an hour to spare to head out onto the streets and hand out some tracts.
It is surprising how interested the local people are in taking Gospel tracts and talking about God. Unlike a normal afternoon in Australia where it is hard work to hand out tracts or speak with people, here in Myanmar people will line up for tracts and will happily engage! They aren't even phased by the language barrier or translator!
One man to pray for was one of the taxi drivers from this morning who is a Buddhist. After some talk about God he mentioned that for the last 30 years his brother in-law and sister have been sharing with him about Jesus!
Please be praying for the energy levels of the team as the week has just begun and we are already quite tired.
Please also pray that God will continue to bring along people specifically to hear the Gospel - people He has been preparing beforehand.
Check out this short video update from the team in Myanmar about yesterday's outreach.
As the team continues in Myanmar there are more and more encouraging stories!
It has been really a priviledge to be a part of even the last three days. There are testimonies of people wanting to surrender to Jesus as Lord and plenty of seeds sown. We praise the Lord that another 30,000 to 40,000 gospel tracts were able to be handed out yesterday.
We are comforted to know that it is God who converts a person, and as the seeds get scattered, we know that God will make them land where He wants them to. The local pastors we have been working with have been receiving lots of calls from people wanting to find out more information about Christianity as a result of the tracts too.
Please keep praying for the team as they head out. Please pray that we are reminded of God's love for us in the Gospel and strengthened by the Holy Spirit!
One short testimony is of a conversation with a young local girl. She hasn't been educated past preschool but after a thirty minute discussion begun to understand the depths of the Gospel. Please be praying that she shall trust in Jesus, with the simple knowledge of the Gospel that she has!
Hear some testimonies of God's providence and use of the team in Myanmar on their third day.
After an encouraging weekend visiting some orphanages and local Churches, the team once again headed out to the streets of Yangon City, Myanmar.
Today was spent in a different area which is densely populated with Muslims. As a result many of the conversations that were had today happened with Muslims.
It is a great encouragement to see the translators that are with the team getting more confident to share about Christ on their own. It is a priviledge to see other Christians improve their skills in evangelism and to see their desire grow!
One interesting conversation today was with a Buddhist man named Hartool, who was certain that he was good enough to get to Heaven. We had a lengthy conversation with him, and gave him a Bible and asked him to read it. Please pray that God would change his heart, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the reading of the Word.
It was encouraging to see 35,000 people take gospel tracts from us today.
Please keep the team in prayer, that we will continue to be encouraged by the Gospel we are preaching and be motivated by God's love toward us.
Hear two team members in Myanmar share about some of their recent encouragements! Hear some prayer requests and enjoy seeing some locals hearing or reading the Gospel.
As the ten days in Myanmar draws to a close, the team has handed out over two hundred thousand gospel tracts! That is, over 200,000 people in this country who now have a clear presentation of the gospel in their possession. Praise be to God!
God has been gracious in sustaining the team and there is only one final outreach left tomorrow. In our outreaches, we have met a number of local Christians which we were able to encourage to press on for the sake of the Gospel!
As a result of the tract distribution many people have been contacting the number on back of the tract asking for more information about Jesus. Please pray that all those who have called will understand the Gospel clearly, turn in repentance to Jesus and will become a part of a local Church.
It's encouraging to see that most of the days we have had people who have come to make professions of faith in Christ, leaving Buddhism behind.
Please keep all those who have received tracts in your prayers, that they will be read, cherished and will by the power of God lead many to salvation.
Last night for New Year's Eve we had an outreach in Brisbane city. It was a great way to finish a year and begin a new one with 9000 gospel tracts going out into people's hands.
God also provided some great conversations with people, including with some people that the team had spoken to years past, and even some who we've spoken to at other outreach locations through the year. Quite a few times throughout the night, people walking by would say, "Oh I remember you spoke to me at Woodridge".
Please pray for all those who received a gospel tract or that we got to speak with. God's word never returns void. To God be all the glory!
PS: This is the tract we were using and it worked really well: http://operation513.com/happynewyear (works well throughout the whole month of January too)
We give thanks to God for the Christmas outreaches we've had over the last 2 weeks in Brisbane that concluded last night. We have calculated the total number of Christmas gospel tracts that have gone out and it came to 35,000. That is 35,000 people who will never be the same again in eternity, as they now have the words of eternal life and if they come to faith, they will be with us in glory.
Not only that, through our free Christmas resources table, 450x 'Beginner's Bible: the First Christmas' books for kids went out, 150x the Case for Christmas books went out, and 250x copies of the Gospel of John also went out (your donations make this all possible!). Each night, we were running out of these resources so we had to source more where we could.
We are thankful to God for all the labourers he raised up for each of the nights, with the team being really encouraged that most people were happy to take a gospel tract.
Thank you for praying, and we ask that you would continue to commit to prayer each of those who have received a tract this Christmas that they would come to saving faith.
To God be all the glory!
So far it has been another amazing week of evangelism in Brisbane city for Christmas. We have two nights to go (tonight and tomorrow night - Christmas eve). Please be praying for all those who will receive a gospel tract or has a chat with the team.
People are very much more open to the things of God at this time of year. We pray that many would come to salvation.
On Tuesday night, we spoke to a young woman named Nairi, who told us that she has never thought about where she is going to spend eternity if she was to die tonight. She was from Lutheran background and seemed to know about the death of our Saviour on the cross but did not fully understand the gospel message.
During the conversation, Nairi's mother dropped by and asked her to wait by our resources table until she returns back. We praise God as this just gave us more time to explain the truth of the gospel to Nairi. Before her Mum came by, we pleaded her to put her trust in Jesus Christ and gave her a copy of the Gospel of John from our free resources table which she was very thankful to receive.
The team also spoke to a Brazilian couple named Renato and Vanessa who came to enjoy the City hall lights. When we asked them the reason for celebrating Christmas, they said, "we know it has something to do with Jesus but we don't know much about him". So we happily shared the gospel with them. They seemed really attentive and Vanessa was even translating in Portuguese language for Renato who spoke very little English. Before departing, the couple thanked us for the gospel tract and said they will consider everything that has been said.
To God be all the glory!
It has been an amazing week of Christmas outreaches in Brisbane city, with 15,000 Christmas gospel tracts going into people's hands just last week.
But as one week finishes, another begins. This week we have an outreach scheduled for every evening in King George Square from 7pm (except Friday which will be at the Gold Coast). It is such a great opportunity to get the gospel out to people at this time of year and so we encourage you to come along. Or if you cannot, please be praying.
The team have been having some very fruitful conversations with people too, like with a young man named Justin last night who said that he hasn't grown up in a religious home at all so he doesn't know much about Christianity whatsoever. But he said he knew there had to be a creator. So we went through the law of God and he came to realise his sin and his need for a Saviour. He had heard that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but had no idea what that meant. I explained that Jesus took our Hell punishment for us on our behalf, and he said, "Oh that makes sense!"
He said he was a logical guy and wanted to investigate more, and so I gave him a gospel of John and Lee Strobel's book "The Case for Christmas" which he was very thankful to receive. It has been really handy having the free Christmas resources table, as lots of people have been taking things from it throughout each night's outreach. In fact we have completely run out of kids resources like the "The Beginner's Bible - the First Christmas". We are aiming to get some more for this week's outreaches.
To God be all the glory!
God raised up some more labourers for our Christmas outreach in Brisbane city, we had 10 on the team. It was great to see over 2,000 gospel tracts get into the hands of people walking by.
This year we also have a free Christmas resources table set up, with things on there like the Gospel of John, The Case for Christmas, and The Beginner's Bible The Very First Christmas for kids. It's encouraging seeing lots of resources go out to people, including parents getting things for their kids.
Please pray for those who received gospel literature last night, but also for those who we got to speak to, including two ladies from Papua New Guinea who thought their own goodness would save them, but by the end of the conversation they said they wanted to place their faith in Christ.
If you live nearby, join us for tonight's outreach at the same place from 7pm.
To God be the glory!
We enjoyed a great night of evangelism in Brisbane city last night, handing out another 1,250 Christmas gospel tracts to people who came to see the light show. We only had 3 of us on the team, but it was a fruitful night.
One conversation that I had was with a guy named Rhys. He said that he didn't believe there was a God, but after pointing out to him a building nearby, and saying to him, "That building wouldn't be here without a builder, right? So in the same way, since this universe had a beginning, it wouldn't be here without a creator for it, right?" He agreed. (Our new tract goes along these lines too: www.op513.com/GodExistsTract )
Rhys then said that he thinks God is bad (he used a different word). I asked him why. He said that God is judgmental and tells people that they have to live His way. I replied, "Just like a good judge in a courtroom will punish a criminal for the crimes he has done and tell him that he has to live a different way for his own good and those around him, so it makes sense that the God who made us would tell us how to live, as it will be for our good and the good of those around us."
He began to see that, and so we went through the law of God and Rhys saw his sinfulness and listened as the gospel message was explained to him. He expressed how he would prefer to live life his own way though, but as we talked about the reality of hell, it began to concern him. Rhys has had some religious background and had a Bible already. At the end of the conversation, he said that would start reading the Bible again. I encouraged him to start with the gospel of John.
To God be the glory!
This event at Leslie Park Warwick has been organised by local churches in the past but has gradually changed the focus from Jesus is the reason for the season to more about Santa... and although the event is called Carols there is mostly music that is taking away from the true meaning of Christmas.
Thankfully there were still Christmas Carols like - Away in a Manger, Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels, O Come All Yeah Faithful, The First Noel, & Little Drummer Boy! But there were more secular songs such as Jingle Bells, Six White Boomers, All I Want For Christmas, Santa Is Coming To Town, Here Comes Santa Claus, more songs I haven't mentioned were middle ground songs such as this one... Happy Christmas (War is Over) that was the last song to end the night.
On a radio announcement for this event it was said that the guest of honour would be Santa. So all the more reason why we need to go into these events to share the clear message of Salvation in Jesus, what Christmas is about. These are opportunities that we as Christians have been given to go to the crowds and share good news that will be the solution to the bad news we all face without forgiveness of sins.
We need to always be kind and compassionate as we share but never compromise the truth, if we do this with Gods Spirit we know that people will have opportunity to come to know Gods Grace. Even if we go for one person that is Gods heart to go for that lost sheep.
Praise our Lord we had a great time handing out the Christmas tracts to the people of Warwick, we had 5 workers and around 800 tracts went out.
We had two really good one on one chats and one of those we will follow up. Please pray for Robert & Ron.
We always come upon other Christians at these events and it is a blessing to receive encouragement from them.
Also the prayers of those who can't make these outreaches are so precious, Thank you for praying, you are the backbone of the feet that go out with this work. Please pray for more feet to take the Gospel, keep praying for all things.
Jesus is our King who has come into the World to Save us sinners...All Glory, Honour and Praise be to our Lord Jesus!
On Wednesday the team out again on the streets of the Gold Coast for Schoolies.
As the beginning of the week had shown, the schoolies are very interested in talk. Many had attended "religious" schools and had ideas about God but the vast majority have no handle on the Gospel.
Please pray for these young men and women:
Maddie had previously professed to be a Christian (four years earlier) but had since rejected it. She heard a simple presentation of the judgement of God and His Gospel and acknowledged her understanding of the truth and yet still wanted to reject God because He didn't give her what she desired.
Tom chatted with the team for a lengthy time as well. He heard many apologetics about different parts of the Bible, most of which pointed back to the Gospel. But ultimately Tom left saying, "I understand a lot more about Christianity but I am happy living life as I want."
Taylor came two nights in a row and engaged in long discussions both times but on both occasions was quite drunk and was being a little silly. He said that he'd taken 22 shots before he had come out! Taylor talked with the team on most aspects of Christianity and had actually attended a local Brisbane school and one of the team members knew his brother. But even after 13 years at the school he had more questions rather than answers about Christianity.
Jamaine was a young man that had many questions and chatted with two different team members. The last thirty minutes of conversation were spent repetitively explaining repentance and faith and him trying to explain it back to us. Ultimately he left seeming to understand and we gave him contact details if he was interested in catching up with us.
The week has been moving along well, the team is pressing on despite the tiredness and God is graciously bringing us people with which we can share His truth.
Please keep us and those we have and will talk to in prayer!