South-East England (UK) Team
Meets regularly on Saturdays on the Romford Highstreet (in front of Marks and Spencer's).
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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.
Operation 513 was in Stratford for outreach this afternoon. Again it was heaving with people on a warm, sunny Saturday. There was an opportunity for amplified street preaching, so I took advantage of it and preached for an hour. I emphasized the importance of the resurrection and cited many verses from Romans 5, Ephesians 2 and Psalm 103. Arnell from the Philippines waited for me to finish before he started preaching himself. The police past by once and allowed amplified street preaching today. Praise God for that.
Pastor Ben Jones from Fryerns Baptist and his son Harry joined me at 2 PM and handed out tracts. Jacob came later and had many conversations. I had a long conversation with Mark the JW. He openly said that he is not born again and it didn't bother him one bit. Although he did claim to have the Holy Spirit. Jacob and I also locked horns with Samir again as he handed out his literature. Jacob had a number of conversations doing the 1-on-1 evangelism that he loves. He asks that you pray for Adrian and Michael, to men with whom he had lengthy conversions.
The Essex Team for Operation 513 was in Stratford this afternoon. It was heaving with people. The intensity of sound and the number of people was a bit overwhelming. As opposed to other Saturdays, amplification was allowed.
It began nicely with Jaden taking a tract from me as soon as I got there. The only tract that was taken was the £1,000,000 pound question tract.
Jacob had numerous conversations with the people passing through the Meridian Square. In the background, Adeboye was preaching very lively and in a compelling manner. He acted out the Gospel as well. Maybe a new George Whitefield? Maybe the authorities allowed amplified preaching after the story of Pastor Olu being arrested and de-arrested a few weeks ago. A Christian rap group performed to advertise for an outreach show to address knife-crime in London.
I had extended an conversation with Abdul, who was handing out his literature. He took a tract from me "Jesus and the Quran". Sunni Abdul went through the usual objections to Christianity with me. Jesus never said that he was God, etc. I pointed out that Jesus allowed others to worship him as God, but I didn't get very far. One comment, however, that seemed to stick was about sin. Abdul assured me that Muslims are very concerned about sin and always do more good than bad. I objected that describes every other religion. Christianity, on the other hand, trusts in Christ's perfect work on the cross for reconciliation with God. Abdul has Joseph Gudel's Jesus and the Quran in his hand. I hope that he reads it.
I also spoke for a long time with Vitaly, the Ukrainian JW. Vitaly wondered why William Wilburforce was on the £1,000,000 pound tract. I explained why. His grandparents survived the Holodomor and I found some sympathy with him by speaking about history with him. I went from history to telling him how Solzhenitsyn became a Christian through the witness of Boris Kornfeld. I mentioned Acts 5 to defend tha the Holy Spirit is a person. I argued from Hebrews 1:3 that Christ is the radiance of God's glory and the express image of his being.
At the end, Jacob and I spoke to James from the rap outreach. They were hosting a live youth drama that evening to address the situation on London's streets. North-East London is one of the hot spots for trouble. Jacob called it a great day for outreach. To God be the glory.
The South-East England (UK) team was out on the Romford High Street on Saturday, March 16th, for outreach. It was a cool and cloudy day with strong wind warnings. Jacob had a number of conversations with people on the High Street, giving tracts to many. He had a long conversation with a woman named Patience.
Her young son was a bit grumpy having to wait, so I gave him a New Testament which cheered him up. He showed it to his mother. I pray that he will read it many times over. I preached from Psalm 14, "The fool has said in his heart, 'No God'" That turned heads as I gave the Phil Johnson exegesis of that passage.
I also preached from Ephesians Chapter 2 and Romans 5. Michael George's art collection had sold the say before and the most expensive work was from Damian Hirst, entitled "The Incomplete Truth", which has a dove in formaldehyde. I declared that Christ is the way , the truth and life. I was interrupted by a fellow named Mike who was a self-proclaimed prophet and a lengthy conversation followed.
He wasn't open to the fact that there are no apostles and I warned him to be very careful with his "experiences". He has to stick to God's word alone and not put his trust in encounters.
On Saturday, the Essex Team was out on the Romford High Street for outreach. Jacob had many good conversations with different people. I was able to preach for two hours with people stopping to listen or sitting down and listening. I emphasized that God commands all men everywhere to repent and believe the Gospel (Acts 17:30).
There is a song on the radio that asks why people are so empty and whether they are weary trying to fill a void (Shallow from the film 'A Star is Born'). They are empty because they have turned their back on Christ and His salvation. I asked "After 50 years of the philosophy, 'if it feels good, do it', why do you feel so empty after you have 'done it'?" I also preached form Romans 5, Psalm 103 and Ephesians 2.
Please pray for Joseph, who listened for a long time to the preaching, but is not committed to a local church. James the homeless man said that he knew the Gospel already. Jacob had a lengthy conversation with a young couple shown in the first photo. A group came by handing out fliers for a staging of "The little shop of horrors" dressed in costume. They listened, but were resistant to Gospel invitation. Sovereign and her son Divine chatted with Jacob for a long time as well. Jacob had an extended talk with Sam, who was disappointed with the government and people in general and wondered why bad things happen to people. Jacob argued that none are good in God's eyes and our standards are corrupted by our fallen nature, but God knows are every thought. Jacob then explained the Gospel to him. Sam asked for Jacob's number to talk further.
On Saturday, January 19th, the Essex team met at Meridian Square outside of the Stratford tube station in East London for evangelism and outreach. It was a chilly 5C, but there were many good conversations. Jacob and Andy both handed out the Op513 Million Pound Question tract with success. Some of the people taking the Million pound note were quite taken with the novelty of the tract. I was handing out the Xpand Christianity tract asking which of six major religions was true, which was appropriate for this multi-culturallly diverse area of East London.
City wardens were quick to stop amplified preaching on Saturday. They shut down a woman named Mary, but she had a booming voice and went around the square shouting things like "Repent", or "The time will soon be over. Elohim" or quoting John 14:6 for most of the time we were there. (I don't know if anyone knew what she was trying to say. I told her that she should explain to people what she is talking about.) A portable generator and traffic noise made it difficult to be heard above the din, so we stuck with handing out tracts. We interacted with some teenagers raising money for a youth program.
I gave tracts and spoke to Tausin and Maame. Elijah, a young man ona skateboard told me that he left a strict Catholic background and now was free. I encouraged him to read the tract when he was at home. Rashid, a Moslem, told me that good works to our fellow man was very important because we can't know God. He added that he was an advocate. I told him that Jesus was my advocate before the Father. Sheila said that she was a Christian and was encouraged to see a Christian presence in Stratford.
I chatted with Samir as he prepared to hand out his Moslem literature again. He said that he read to BIble extensively, but it clearly wasn't with faith, but only to construct arguments against Christianity. I also chatted with Chinelle, a homeless woman who looked more like a 12 year old boy, and I spoke a word of encouragement. (Some victims of physical abuse stop growing, literally.) My homeless friend Salvatore was also out. He showed me that he still had the New Testaments that I gave him in December.
Please pray for the people which I have named that God may be gracious to them and grant them the grace to repent and the faith to believe.
Saturday, two from the Essex team met in Stratford, London, for outreach on a cold, wet and windy day. Tract uptake was slow as many people rushed by in the rain, but we had some good conversations. Jacob had longer conversations with Stewart and Erica. I had a nice conversation with Sonny, a Christian from the Philippines. I engaged with a man handing out the Quran nearby. He was clearly trained to question all things related to Christianity. Jacob joined me in the conversation and asked for his contact details to continue the conversation.
Please pray for Samir that his eyes might be opened to the truth of the Gospel and salvation in Christ. Samir was adamant that his good works will save him. I was really moved by a young man from Italy, Salvatore, begging in the 4C rain. I gave him a couple of quid and two NT's which he happily took. He showed me his Bible, which had gotten totally soaked and fused into a solid lump. Please keep these people in your prayers.
The Essex UK Team met on the Romford High Street, an old market town 20 miles east of London, on Saturday, NOVEMBER 24. Jacob, Andy and I preached, handed out tracts and sought conversations.
The crowds were pretty good with a lot of Christmas shoppers, but the atmosphere seemed subdued. Most adults did not stop to listen to the street preaching, but children and young adults listened. I preached first from 2 Corinthians 5:17. You are a new creation in Christ Jesus. The Lord takes out the heart of stone and puts in a heart of flesh. What better gift to give to your family than a new new? Come to Jesus and He will make you a new creation in Christ through repentance and faith. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I noticed couples looking at each other at the thought of a new man who loved the wife or a new woman.who respected the husband and new children who obeyed the parents and did their homework. I also touched on Dicken's Christmas Carol and how Jacob Marley had created the heavy chain he had to bear through eternity through his own deeds. I finished with a recitation of Psalm 103. A girl of 8 was fascinated with my street preaching. She kept listening. Finally her mother got her to leave, but she and her two siblings all waved good-bye with broad smiles. I gave a New Testament to Laurence in a wheelchair. He said, "No one has seen God!" "Yes", I replied. "Now we only see through a glass darkly, but then we will see face to face."
Andy preached next from Mark 7:20. It is what comes out of a man that defiles him. A boy came up and interrupted him and offered him a sweet. Two youth about 14 listened Andy for several minutes but they didn't seek out a conversation.
"Have a sweet!"
Jacob handed out tracts and had a number of conversations. He spoke quite a while with three young men about the truth of God's words. They were skeptical, but Jacob defended the veracity of the Bible and the good news of the Gospel.
Thursday, Chuck Bosio joined up with the U.S. outreach Bobby McCreery's 'To the end of the earth' ministries in Stratford, London, for street outreach. Stratford is a very diverse area of London and turned out to be very receptive to the Gospel message.
Good conversations were had with a man from Bangladesh and Uzbekistan as well as a gay porn actor/director who was hanging out, listening to Bobby preach. I let Luke tell me about his life story as he was excommunicated from the Mormons and kicked out of his house by his father for being gay at age fourteen. He was proud of his wealth and what he had accomplished, but I warned him that his wealth, his health and his hedonistic lifestyle would one day fail him.
I asked him whether he could forgive his father and the Mormon elders, whom he deeply resented. I told him how Jesus first revealed himself to Mary Magdalene at the resurrection. He took my tract and I encouraged him to seek Jesus as his Lord and saviour. I pray that God will grant Luke the grace to repent and the faith to believe.
Andy Noble joined up with Bobby McCreery's U.S. outreach team on Wednesday, October 24th, in Trafalgar Square, London.
This is a main tourist attraction in the centre of London with a large area reserved for pedestrians, street artists, buskers and people hanging out from all over the world. Andy had a lot of good conversations with people and many tracts were handed out while people in Bobby's team preached the Gospel of Christ.