South-East England (UK) Team
Meets regularly on Saturdays on the Romford Highstreet (in front of Marks and Spencer's).
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Operation 513 was out in Romford on the Highstreet this afternoon for outreach. The weather was mild with some sunshine breaking through. The crowds were pretty good and the Salvation Army played Christmas songs in front of the M&S until 3:30. A conservative politician was also looking for votes for the upcoming election on the 12th. A Japanese journalist asked me what I thought about the vote, but I told him that I can't vote. He and his crew did take a tracts at least.
I started preaching from Luke 2 once the Salvation army left. There are many rich topics in this text, beginning with the Roman census and the great assize that will take place at the end of time before God's throne to there being no room in the Inn for Jesus and how there is no room in our hearts for Jesus. Jacob handed out tracts and had conversations with people passing by. He had a lengthy conversation with the fellow shown in one photo, in particular. Jacob's son Israel had a bad cough so he couldn't join us this time.
Operation 513 was in Romford today on the Highstreet. The crowds were good today. Jacob Moswa, his son Israel, Andy Noble and I were handing out tracts and talking to various people.
Jacob spoke to a number of people. Andy and Israel handed out tracts to people as the passed by. Israel, who is 5 years old, has fun handing tracts to the people passing by.
I preached after a while from Proverbs 16: A man's way is pure in his own heart. A man's way is right is in his own eyes, but it leads to death. But Jesus has opened a new and living way with His blood to the holy places. (Heb. 10) I also included words from John 14:6 that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
There was a break from rain today, but it was about 8 C and the cold got to us after two hours.
Operation 513 was in Stratford today. Jacob Moswa and I joined three members of the Sports Fan Outreach International in the rain. The SFOI guys took a break after four hours in the rain and I continued to preach and Jacob spoke to a number of people. Jacob and I both engaged with Samir, the Muslim outreach man. We didn't get very far with Samir, unfortunately, as he always badgers us to show where Jesus said that He is God. I mentioned John 8:24 and the 'ego eimi' statement of Jesus, but Samir wasn't accepting that. He asked Allah to make note that I was a liar, but we didn't get any further. Jacob showed Samir John 20:28 where Thomas says, "Ho Kyrious mou kai ho Theus mou", but that didn't impress him either.
Thursday afternoon, a 15 year old student was stabbed to death within meters of where we were ministering. I wasn't confident to address the issue directly, but I stressed the Gospel repeatedly. I went back to a sign left by SFOI near me declaring that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jacob spoke with Marius from Roumania, whose father passed away recently and Alicia, a young woman who was very depressed. I wound up giving out all my tracts this time to James from Barking, Mary from London and Steve, They are all involved in outreach in London. I started preaching for a marathon +90 minutes. I felt lead to emphasize Christ's humility in His birth, His life and His death. False religion always exalts itself, but true religion is a call to humility, repentance, self-denial and faith. Curiously, some Black Hebrew Israelites sat down near me and a loud conversation ensued with Aaron, a Christian who argued with them for ages.
After a summer break, the Essex team was out on the Romford High Street today. The crowds were pretty good for a warm, late summer day.
I preached from Hebrews 1 and John 1 about the excellencies of Christ and God's call to repentance. Jacob had some lengthy conversations with other Christians Nick, Daniel and his friend.
His young son Israel was handing out tracts to everyone, constantly running back for more from his father. He was a great example of youthful energy and zeal.
Operation 513 Essex went to Stratford, London, for outreach June 22. There were multiple Christian outreach groups present with a group called B.E.F. (Believers Evangelistic Fellowship), made up of 30 different London churches, carried out preaching and worship music the entire time that we were there.
There were large crowds all afternoon. A lot of tracts were handed out and many conversations about the Gospel were carried out. I had conversations with Italians Hugo and Fillipo, Romanians George and John and an Egyptian engineer who was confined to a mobility scooter after a stroke. He took both a tract and a Gideon's New Testament.
Mohammed kindly posed with a Jesus and the Quran tract that he took from me. Andy Noble had a number of conversations over the course of one and a half hours.
Operation 513 joined up with Sports Fan Outreach in Romford for outreach on the High Street from 10 AM to 5 PM. It was market day, so there were many people out and about.
It was a relaxed atmosphere that was great for preaching, conversations and tract handout. Bill Adams preached first for about an hour, followed Gerry Collins and then me. We did this twice by 3 PM.
A young man asked if he could touch my Gideon's Bible and I told him that he could have it. He was very chuffed and gave me a hug. I took a picture of him with Dorothy Boyett. I had long conversations with Terry, who became a Christian, having been born into a liberal Jewish family. Michael talked about the sudden death of his wife and his frustration with the glib answers he got from religious people. I spoke sincerely about the difficulty when one spouse dies, that older people may indeed be very lonely, but that Christ sustains us in old age. I pointed him to C. S. Lewis and his book on the bereavement of his wife, "A Grief Observed". Maybe it was enough to agree with Michael that bereavement is difficult and that C. S. Lewis came to the point where he could let go of his wife and love God even more for the experience of marriage late in life.
It started raining after 11:30 and the crowds dwindled, but it was a great day for outreach.
Operation 513 joined up with Sports Fan Outreach to hand out tracts, have conversations and preach to the crowds going to the International Cricket match between India and Australia this morning at The Oval in London. A young man from Portugal named Ruben was a bit inebriated, but he kept asking us questions for quite a while. I took a picture with Ruben talking with Bill Shank. Bill was with me for SFOI and he began by singing "The Old Rugged Cross" and preaching to the crowds going to the game. One fellow pointed to the Oval and said, "That is my church". I took over the preaching chores as the crowds peaked leading to game time. I used Mark 10:45 again to summarize the Gospel. I asked "How do you define greatness?" Jesus defines greatness as being the servant of all. Not only that, he came in to this world to give his life as a ransom for many. Since Karma means debt, I said that Jesus came to pay the debt, your Karma, so that you don't have to pay it. (That turned a few heads, Bill told me.) I saw very few Australia fans, but many Indian fans. I was handing out a tract by Voddie Baucham about "Life's Ultimate Questions", since so many Indians are practicing atheists. Kuldeep took such a tract and promised to read it at home. I handed out two NT's. I gave one to Ian, but the first fellow's name escapes me.
I joined the Sports Fan Outreach on Wednesday at the Oval before the match between Bangladesh and New Zeeland. Bill Adams and his crew were on the tube side of the street and I stayed on the side where the Oval and the bus stops were.
I learned that you pick a spot early and stay there, because you have no hope of establishing another spot if you move when the big crowds start filing past. The crowds were almost all from Bangladesh and I was patient handing out tracts during the three hours leading up to game time. Many came and asked me what I was doing and took tracts from me. I handed out twenty "Jesus and the Quran" tracts for those who didn't want an overt Gospel tract. I preached for about 50 minutes prior to game time as the crowds grew very large, using Mark 10:45, which summarizes the Mark's gospel in one verse. I asked the crowds "What is greatness?". Is it skill on the pitch, bowling and batsmanship? I gave them Jesus' definition, which is found in Mark 10:43-45. He who would be greatest is the servant of all. I found many approving nods from this mostly Muslim crowd pointing them to Jesus' humility. And I added that Jesus further humbled himself when he came (incarnation) and gave his life a ransom for many. I had many brief exchanges, but one young man named "Muman" or Muhammad told me how he has been estranged from his sisters and regretted the lack of reconciliation. I pointed him to Jesus, who reconciled man with God and reconciles us to others.
At one point, a comedy team dressed in white coats and Groucho Marx glasses and moustaches animated the people waiting to get into the stadium.
It was an incredible experience to be in a largely Muslim crowd. I really sense how important that patience, kindness and respect were important to build a rapport with the people
Saturday, I joined the Sports Fan Outreach group, who are in town for the International Cricket Championship games this week.
Gerry was already preaching when I got to Piccadilly Circus (fellow in the blue shirt.) I paired up with Gene from Mobile, Alabama, and we preached off to the side near the large fountain with the horses across from the Trocadero. Tourist season is well underway in London.
Tract uptake was pretty good with large groups going through the area. Buskers and street artists were the biggest problem with their 100-200 watt amps. The police passed by several times, but said nothing to us. After 2 and 1/2 hours, I left. I was pretty well worn out by then. Conversations were limited today, but the Gospel was going out.
Bill Adams and his crew were going to stay out for six hours, which is what they pledge to do for their sponsors. I was too tired to join them Sunday morning at the Oval for the first match, but I hope to be out on Wednesday. I owe a lot to Bill for raising my game considerably in the past six years.
I gave three NT's to homeless guys. Jamie and Dean each took one, but the first guy's name has gone out of my memory. Not unlike prison, someone with a lot of time on their hands will wear a Bible out in a few months.
London Marathon outreach April 28: I went down to the mile 15 point of the London Marathon at Limehouse Station to hand out tracts and preach (non-amplified). Many young and old alike came to cheer on their friends and relatives. The crowd was young and trendy, but there was a good mix of all groups. Everyone was following their favorite runner with an App that tracked their progress. One man said that he was scientist and I was wasting my time. I argued back about science not being possible without God. It went a bit back and forth before he turned away when his friends showed up.
Interestingly, I could hand out many £1,000,000 notes to young people from the other major religion. Rashid kindly posed for me for one photo. I got there early to catch the professional ladies running past, but I didn't wait for Mo Farah and co. My only photo of the marathon comes from the platform at Limehouse. I definitely wish to get an outreach team together next year for the London Marathon. I'm close to a city of 10 million with thousands gathering on the weekends for any number of events. I look forward to Bill Adams in June for the Cricket world championships.