South-East England (UK) Team
Meets regularly on Saturdays on the Romford Highstreet (in front of Marks and Spencer's).
Contact Chuck Bosio for more information.
After a long break from evangelism, the Essex team have resumed their Saturday afternoon outreach!!! I (Andrew) was joined by Nina and Roman, at first and then came Ingrid and her daughter Elyske too. So a healthy total of 5 hit the town high st. handing out tracts and attempting to instigate conversations.
I spoke to about 4 or 5 groups of teenagers during the afternoon. Each group consisted of 3 to 6 kids. We discussed God's Law and how we all have broken it, then leading into repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. I was impressed that the kids hung around to listen to me talk as some conversations took about 10 - 15 mins. I am also most impressed by people that feel mere belief will dictate what reality will be, eg. "I don't believe in Hell, so I wont go there...".
Ultimately God grants repentance, so we continue to pray for those we had a chance to speak to today.
Today's evangelism team consisted of my brother Peter and his wife Altamira, Roman, Ben and myself (Andrew). We met up at the high st. ruins and after prayer, we proceeded to split up and pass out tracks amongst the locals. Roman shadowed me to gain some experience and we eventually encountered a group of youths sitting on some public benches. Out of the group, a young girl named Faye had many questions to ask (and a lot of foul language to boot).
I kept pressing the requirements of God’s Law and the judgement that will ensue in having broken it. I think she eventually understood the predicament and I explained the Gospel as accurately as I could for her. She took a Gospel of John and a few tracts so perhaps she will begin be drawn to Christ through this encounter. My brother Peter also had a few conversations...
After the prayer I went over to the entrance of Bay Tree shopping center and handed out some Good Person comics and Million Pound Tracks. One girl named Alice was completely convinced she was a good person, very self confident in her works but once I out lined the Ten Commandments and Romans 3:23, her world view began to crumble. I finished with the good news that Christ had paid the price for her sin if she would choose to repent and put her faith in Christ and live for him.
The overall response was great, many people heard the Gospel. Three young girls sitting on the bench were a great chance to share the word and after we spoke they had (I assume) a much better understanding of they’re position with God, how to get to heaven, which is only by Gods grace and not by by works (Eph 2:8-9), that they needed God and were a heart beat away from eternity in hell if they died today and that Christ was the ONLY way to get there (John 14:6).
We met a cafe nero Brentwood High st, for a quick revision of what the Gospel was and how we ought preach it. The team consisted of Ruth, Nina and myself (Andrew). After a brief chat and prayer we headed to the main pedestrian areas to try converse with people.
We all found people rather unresponsive but still managed to hand many tracts out. I happened to run into a hare krishna who was also handing out books and chatting to folk. Initially he didn't want to talk to me but after I offered to by a copy of the bhagavad gita he opened up a little.
His name was Prima and he was born into a hare krishna family.
It was evident that Prima didnt like discussing the nature of truth or whether hare krishna beliefs were objectively valid, so I took the conversation very carefully so as not to challenge him with too much too quickly. Surprisingly to me, he use certain Christian terms like "sin" and "repentance" and they appeared to carry the same definitions.
The major differences arose when the Moral Law was discussed and how one atones for their law breaking. Prima felt that God was going to turn a blind eye to his sin and I gently tried to explain from Isa 64.6 and Mark 7.20-23 that both he and I are more wicked than he is concluding. He felt that chanting his krishna lines dissolved his sin and he would get to a higher consciousness.
Prima took a tract and I left him with a number of things to consider, but I'm quite certain he is very closed to the Gospel at this moment. Only the Holy Spirit can do this impossible work!! Lord grant Prima repentance!!! Amen.
This saturday I was reluctant to go up the street and witness. I was tired and I had things to do, the weather was patchy rain and I figured I was the only person going up the high st to evangelize. Well, I was the only person on the high st evangelizing but I had one of the best afternoons sharing the gospel yet...
I began with handing tracts out and eventually two young teenagers both called Tom stopped and chatted. They really seemed to be listening to my words and clearly perceive the weightiness of the matter. They both took more tracts and I encouraged them to read their Bibles and seriously consider the problem of sin and eternal punishment vs repentance and faith.
I next encountered a young man named Mark who was hanging with his emo friends. He got a concise Gospel message and when his friends came over to see what I was talking to him about, they all got tracts and a brief Gospel message too. Next a young man named Adam stopped to see if He was a "Good Person".
It turns out he use to go to church but since moving out of his parents house, he seemed to have fallen away from fellowship. (I am guessing he may have been a false convert or just never submitted to Christ in the first place) The Law and the Gospel was discussed and he had much to think about afterwards.
I also met another local pastor who was very keen to hook up and chat regarding evangelism. I am always keen to see local churches unite to continue the Great Commission of our Lord.
Before I went to leave, I saw a lady from my church that I had recently met. Her is Jane Robb and she is 62. She suffers from arthritis but still spends 3 days a week evangelizing the people who sit on the benches in the high st. A further 3 days in the week she stays at home and studies the Bible and Sundays are for Church! She has been doing this bench evangelism for 10 years. I felt very humbled and encouraged to see someone so passionate to share Christ in their later years.
Even though I was sharing Christ solo, I was blessed by having some of the best and most enjoyable conversations with many locals in my town. May God grant repentance, Amen.
I began to evangelize this Saturday by myself but soon was met by Elyske and her mother Ingrid. We were blessed by the fair weather and people were much more willing to engage in conversation. Elyske had a long conversation with a gentleman who had deep rooted philosophical views. She said that he began to listen when she talked about the Law of God and the Gospel. She was not too sure how much he really took to heart but its still another seed sown for the Glory of God. Ingrid was conversing a great deal with some Bolivian musicians who were busking on the High St.
I managed to have a number of conversations with pedestrians as they went about their business. The first was two young teenage guys who had probably never heard the tremendous requirements of the Law of God. They listened and went on their way.
Then I met a paratrooper named Scott who stood and talked with me and really appeared to understand the seriousness of our conversation. I encouraged him to read his Bible and read the Gospel of John and the tracks that I gave him. I next met a fellow named Daniel who didn't wish to engage in conversation at first but after a bit of humour and persistence he opened up and we talked sufficiently about the things of God. He took a track and I urged him to blow the cobwebs off his Bible and READ IT!!!
I also met a catholic woman who said I was "preaching to the converted" when I spoke to her. Sure enough when the Law of God was invoked, the self righteousness she clung too was swiftly demolished and her facial expression changed dramatically. She took a track and we parted ways but I must remember that sometimes we need to be "cruel to be kind". The truth is what matters, not supporting peoples idolatry as they get closer to the flames of Hell.
My Last conversation of the day was a fellow named Dave. He said he had "faith" but not "religious type faith". I presume He meant he believed in God but did not have religious rituals such as catholics etc... He was very easy to speak to and seemed quite aware of the implications of the truth of the Bible and the claims it was making on his life. What great arvo of evangelism, it was probably our most enjoyable outing thus far and what a privilege it is to share the Gospel with this dying nation!!!
The Essex team met at Brentwood High St ruins Saturday 29th. This weeks team included Mark, Ruth, Nina, Elyske, Ben and myself totaling 6 evangelists. The weather was quite rainy but we went out in obedience and faith praying God would bless our simple efforts.
Mark managed to have a few conversations in the rain and Ben and Elyske both handed multitude of tracts out. Nina and Ruth both shadowed me and we passed a number of tracts out to any and everybody who would brave the rain and take one. We decided to go into the Baytree shopping center to take a little shelter and see if we can pass some more tracts out.
On the way there I began a conversation with a gentleman named Richard. He said that his grandmother tried to "get some religion into him" as a young man, however he had a very willing ear to listen to all i had to say. We discussed the Law of God and its requirements for sinful man and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We further proceeded into proofs of Gods existence such as the cosmological argument and my favorite the transcendental argument as used by Van Till.
I encouraged him to read his Bible and think seriously about our conversation. I pray God will grow this seed of truth in his life. The Gospel was preached, the efforts were successful. SDG!
The Essex OP513 team was on Brentwood High St this Saturday, lead by Andrew Noble and accompanied by Ruth Weil. We were quite thin on the ground this week but the weather was sunny which was a big change to previous weeks, so I was hoping folks would be more comfortable to stop and chat.
Ruth and I had our first conversation with a young man named David. He classified himself as a "spiritualist" and believed all paths lead to "God". We chatted about the nature of truth, the claims of Jesus according to scripture and his accountability before God in breaking the moral law.
We also spoke to two separate groups of young boys who found the million pound notes fascinating. Even at such a young age the understanding of morality and accountability was prevalent. One of the boys took a gospel of John and then every other boy wanted one! They even thanked us for explaining what the Bible says regarding sin, death and righteousness.
Many tracts were passed out to the public and we pray that God will bless those that read them and grant them salvation! SDG!