Special Outreaches (QLD, Australia)
Australia Day (26 January)
ANZAC Day (25 April)
Christmas Outreaches (December)
New Years Eve (31 December)
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Australia Day Outreach Report
With so many heading down to the beaches to celebrate Australia Day, Operation 513 took the opportunity to make the most of the crowds. Most were out to seek joy in the beach, drinks, street entertainment and those wearing less then they should – but we were out to proclaim that true and lasting joy and happiness could only be found in one person – the Lord Jesus Christ.
The ‘Are you a Good Aussie?’ gospel tract worked like a treat that day, with much fewer rejections then normal. We would offer the tract and ask something like, ‘Did you get your Australia Day Card?’ or ‘Are you a good Aussie?’ – questions that at face value did not seem ‘religiously’ demanding - so many took the tracts and by God’s grace we pray that they read them and trusted in the message of the Gospel.
Many indeed stopped to listen and asked ‘what’s this all about?’ to which we responded with the beauty of God's gracious gospel. And because most – if not all – had a public holiday that day, very few where in a rush anywhere, which gave us many opportunities to elaborate on the Truth they desperately needed to hear.
The Gold Coast is a unique place where you get such a variety of cultures and tourists from all around the world. We were able to hand out 2,500 tracts (which were donated by Operation 513) to so many that we would not normally be able to hand them to. With our inability often to go to the nations, we are so blessed to be able to minister in a location where the nations come to us.
The authorities didn’t bother us all the 4 hours we were there, even though OP513 somewhat canvassed a large area at the bottom of Cavil Mall! Praise God for the current liberty we have to share His Word.
With Australia Day being the celebration of the first fleet arriving in Australia, our prayer is that the tuth would arrive in people's hearts and many would repent from their sins and trust in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the hundreds of gospel tracts that went out and the loads of people we were able to witness to. Only God knows the eternities that were affected for His Glory.
For the next 11 days I will be in Glasgow, Scotland, joining up with Jeremiah Cry Ministries — a ministry from the States. We will be sharing the gospel through open-air preaching and one-to-one witnessing.
The picture to the left sums up my first day. Our team was small in size but more have now arrived. All four of us preached yesterday, with some of us preaching twice. The Lord used brother Paul to bring in a large crowd with many hecklers; he preached for at least an hour. I preached after him with more hecklers, and then we got into some great one-to-ones. It was quite incredible to see the absurdity behind their arguments. But towards the end there were a few who really did begin to see how their worldview does not hold wait, and that what they believe fails to make sense of this world. This opened the door for the gospel!
During one particular conversation I spoke with a relativist about truth. I asked him to define it. The following is not made up:
Relativist chap: “Truth is what we come to learn over time. We once believed the world was flat, now we know the world is round.”
Rob: “Right. So before we came to see that the world is round, was the world round?”
Relativist chap: “No.”
Here's the thing: even if we didn't exist, truth would still exist. And it's absolute. Truth is that which conforms to the mind of God (see John 17:17). So why does the fool embrace absurdity? Because he has a worldview to protect? We must expose in the unbeliever his suppression of the truth (see Romans 1:18-22).
Although it was still only the first day, we did have an encounter with the Police. They were very friendly and cordial, but did warn us against unrest from people who may disagree with the Christian message (we discovered that later in the day, but we praise God that His Word went forth). Some people had apparently complained as we were preaching, and so they came to tell us that we ought to be careful what we say. We defended our right to speak and to share the gospel and they did agree to that. They also took our details and and asked us about the mission, i.e. where we would be and what we would be doing. The reason for this was not to stop us, but rather to let their colleagues know about us and what we would be doing.
Do pray for the team:
1. Please pray the Lord would give the team boldness, wisdom, patience, understanding and a deep love for the people.
2. Please pray that it would please the Lord to grant us favour with the authorities, as well as protection on the street.
3. Please pray the Lord would bind the team together, that there would be unity, and that He would protect us from the devil's schemes.
4. Please pray that God would raise up other Christians who would build upon the foundation that is laid through our witness.
5. Please pray that God's Word would do a mighty and powerful work in those who listen; that they would be saved.
Soli Deo Gloria!
On Monday, we had the privilege of being asked to evangelise at the Redlands Easter Family Festival. With about 20,000 people expected to be there, we knew it would be a great day to get gospel tracts out and speak to many people.
This is a 2 minute report from the festival:
To our faithful King!
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From Rob Hughes, London team leader, currently on mission with JeremiahCry Ministries in Glasgow, Scotland:
Yesterday was a real blessing witnessing with the team. It's truly wonderful to labour with so many faithful men of God in the proclamation of God's Word.
Here are some of the great conversations I had...
I spoke with a chap (David) who beats himself up over the wrong he has done in the past, and so he labours to "fix" the past through many good deeds. This is ultimately a self-righteous pursuit to justify oneself in the eyes of God.
I explained to him that forgiveness found in Christ sets us free. We are saved and transformed, the evidence of which is seen by the good deeds we perform. When we receive salvation our desires change. The born again man wants to perform deeds "...in keeping with repentance." It doesn't mean he never sins, however the new desires born in him propel him to exalt the Lord with his life.
R.C. Sproul explains it like this:
"We are covered in an alien righteousness, a righteousness that is not our own, but under that covering we are still inclined to break the law of God. Justification declares us righteous, it does not make us sinless.
We are granted citizenship in God’s kingdom based only on the righteousness of Christ, but good works are not an optional part of the Christian life. In fact, believers must do good, not to secure justification but to evidence their justification."
There is great freedom found in Christ. We do not live under a heavy burden with regards to living a godly life. As new born believers we do not live godly lives in order to receive favour with God, rather we live godly lives out of gratitude and praise to God because we have already received favour with Him.
This is why we read in Galatians 5:1: "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery."
I explained this as best I could to David. He did listen and appeared to get what I was saying, although it seemed that he was more concerned with earning favour with God, instead of humbly receiving the grace that God offers. He left with a tract and a New Testament. Do pray for him.
Together with others on the team, I also spoke with two young men who had grown up Catholic. They appeared quite nominal and were very open to hear the gospel. As we shared with them it definitely appeared that the light came on. They really seemed excited to understand and know why the Son of God lived as a man and why He died on a cross for the sin of the world.
~ Jesus lived a sinless, perfect life, in order to be the perfection we can't be, and then He died on a cross to pay the penalty for the sins we have committed. As a result of what Jesus has done, when a man repents and trusts in Him, God treats that man as if he lived Christ's life, and He treats Christ as if He lived that man's life.
It was a blessed day indeed. Do pray for all those who heard the gospel.