Battle Log

The Battle Log is the place where weekly reports from each of the Operation 513 evangelism teams are posted.

It gives you a brief idea about what occurred during the outreach and some of the highlights.

Even though there is not a report from each team on the Battle Log every week, all these teams do meet according to the schedule (usually weekly). So please keep them in prayer and consider joining one if it is in your area.

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Melbourne Team

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 24 May 2017, 1:46 PM by Andrew Walkington. Permalink

As winter sets in here in Melbourne we are noticing that it is harder to create conversations as there are just fewer people lingering in the mall area to speak to. Despite this, God has still been opening doors for the gospel each week as we seek to share the Gospel with the lost. Here are a few highlights:


Sophie

Sophie () was a young lady from mainland China who was here on holiday for a few months. We met her late one evening in March and it turned out that she was a band new Christian as of a few months earlier. She was so excited by what we were doing that she joined us for quite a few weeks on the street while in Australia. On her second week she acted as translator so that I could share the gospel with 2 older men from China. Sophie stayed with us for quite a few weeks while she was here and we were thrilled to watch her grow in her confidence in sharing Jesus with people. Hopefully as she goes home she will be better equipped to share about Jesus with those around her. 


A Hindu Family

One evening we were struggling for decent conversations and so we posted a prayer request on Facebook. A few minutes later we bumped into an older Indian gentleman who was waiting for his family outside the shops. We began to share with him but within minutes his family came and joined us. His wife and older son returned to shopping but the father and younger son were very keen to talk. They knew nothing about Christianity beyond the fact that in India it seemed to attract poor people. We were able to step through the gospel in great depth with them and they were both intrigued by the message and very thankful for us taking the time to explain it to them.


British Tourists

One April evening most of our team seemed to find really long conversations. Canaan & Peter chatted with this Atheist for more than an hour and were able to share the gospel in great detail.

At the same time, Troy, Amanda and I started a chat with two young British guys who were both very interested. Within a few minutes Troy and Amanda headed off for other conversations leaving me to chat with the 2 guys for more than 90 minutes. One was fairly clueless and knew almost nothing about Jesus. He asked brilliant questions and so often he asked about the next thing I wanted to share with him. The other guy was nominally Muslim from Egyptian descent and knew lots about religion. He was often able to jump in and explain crucial concepts and was many times almost doing my job for me! He also had so many questions and was thrilled that I was the first Christian he had met who could provide reasonable explanations for some really hard topics.


New Team Members

We don't do open-air preaching very often but we had a go a couple of weeks ago. Not many people stopped to listen but afterwards Brad and Dave (far right) stopped to chat as they were also out doing evangelism in the city. To our surprise we bumped into them the following week as we gathered as a team and they joined us for a couple of hours of ministry. During that same week we were contacted by Lacey (3rd from left) who is here from the US for a short study trip. She had been grieved by the lostness she was encountering here in Melbourne and had Googled for evangelism teams in Melbourne and found us. She will join us for the remainder of her study trip.


Capalaba Team

Monday, 22 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 May 2017, 5:08 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Pray for the Lord to draw Cody and Samantha to the Saviour. Initially he advocated reincarnation. Ryan asked him that if reincarnation was true, would not the population of the world be stable? For when someone dies, they go into a new body. However, the population is increasing rapidly these days. He conceded the point saying, "I have never realised that before. But that makes sense!" 

Pointing to the Creator, and discussing how to get to heaven revealed that they were basically satisfied with their lives. Coming to the need for God to send us to hell because 'good enough' is not up to God's standard of righteousness, Cody exclaimed, "Surely not me!"

Proceeding to the gospel, they both gave a 'Wow' response. They had never heard salvation explained so clearly before (God's timing is always right).  Challenged to count the cost as there is no quitting on Jesus, Cody said he was still in shock that that his belief in reincarnation had been obliterated and was now going to consider the claims of Christ. They were both happy to receive John's gospel and were asked to be like the Bereans, Acts 17 and check everything they hear with God's word.

Daniel described himself as a fencesitter. He had some objections to the Bible but could only remember that the planets, our solar system, were not described as created.  The summary statement in Gen. 1:1 covers everything together and earth as separate because this is the focus that God desires to emphasize. He was invited to bring forward any further queries on the Bible at any time, either to one of us personally, or via the website. How the fact of eternity can be considered so lightly is always to be challenged. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and then comes judgment,  = the verse before Heb. 9:28.

Praise God for enabling His servants and protecting them, and to Him alone belongs the glory.     


Gold Coast Team

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 May 2017, 12:29 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was wet last night at the Gold Coast for our weekly outreach there. It was also very quiet. But still God provided enough people to be walking by, so a good number of tracts went out and some gospel conversations were had.

Please pray for Isaac and Jordan who, in separate conversations, both were listening intently as they heard the gospel. After hearing about trusting in Christ and turning from sin, they said "I need to do that today".

We thank the Lord that He uses unworthy servants like us in His Great Commission. To God be the glory!

Come help us share the gospel, see times and locations here: www.operation513.com/street-evangelism-teams

 

 


Brisbane Team

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 May 2017, 12:27 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was another fruitful outreach today in Brisbane city. We had 4 of us on the team.

It was so great to see that because it is so busy, 200 gospel tracts were able to be handed out in only a 20 minute period. And since we were there for most of the afternoon, lots of people received tracts.

We also got to chat to a bunch of different people about spiritual things. One guy we spoke with was named Axel. He said he was a spiritualist and believes there is only one place everyone will go to when they die and that is a place of punishment. Axel said he had done plenty of things wrong and deserved punishment. He agreed his beliefs offer no hope.

But when he heard the gospel - that Jesus came to die for our sins, he thought the honourable thing would be to refuse Jesus taking his punishment for him. So I said, "Let's say you found out that you have a serious disease and only have two months to live. You hear that there is a cure for the disease, but it costs one million dollars to buy it. And since you don't have the money, there's no hope for you. But let's say a friend of yours decides to sell everything he has - his car, his house, everything- to raise up the money and buys the cure for you and gives it to you as a free gift. That would be amazing, right?"

"But let's say you respond to your friend by saying, 'No that is too much of a sacrifice that you have done', and so you smash the cure on the ground and waste it. Is that the honourable thing to do?" Axel replied, "No, it wouldn't."

I continued, "Because he has already sacrificed all he owns to buy the cure. So in the same way, Jesus didn't just give up everything He owns, He gave up His own life to die for our sins, He has already died, so it's not the honourable thing to reject it. Instead, the right thing would be to accept it, and so repent and trust in Jesus alone for your forgiveness."

He said that made sense, and was happy to take a gospel of John. Please pray for him and all the others. To God be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 13 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 May 2017, 12:26 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We were much lower in team numbers last night in Brisbane city, but God was faithful as always and prepared many people's hearts to hear the gospel.

A good number of Bibles went out, particularly to those who first got witnessed to by someone on the team and then they wanted to take a Bible.

One man we spoke with was named Mihar. He was from India and grew up as a Hindu. But he said he is not actually sure if his religion is true or not. So we were able to show him how Jesus is different to all other religious figures in the world. Buddha, Krishna, Mohammad and so on all lived and died but they are still dead. Jesus is the only one who lived, died and then came back alive three days later.

He replied that they say Krishna rose from the dead in the sense that he is now living in the body of another person. I responded that anyone can claim to be the same person as someone who has lived in the past, but there is no way of verifying that. With Jesus, He died and came alive as the same person. If someone can do that, now that is something amazing. And we know this all occurred because of the good historical evidence we have from the time.

He had never heard much about Jesus at all, but he was begin to see how Jesus is unique to all the Hindu gods that he has learnt about. He had the gospel thoroughly explained to him and also about how Jesus is the only way, and he was happy to take a gospel of John. We encouraged him that if he has any questions to come back and ask us any Saturday night.

It was only minutes later that he returned, and the person who originally spoke to him was in a conversation at the time, so he was waiting around before another team member noticed this and got to chat to him and answer his questions and also further explain the message from the Bible.

To God be the glory!


Capalaba Team

Monday, 15 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 15 May 2017, 5:09 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

God provided another day of challenges for us to call upon Him for wisdom & grace so that we may witness in a Christ-honoring manner.  We had many polite conversations as the claims of Christ were presented and tracts were handed over:

- Beck, a churchgoer who gave a wrong answer to the question, "Why should God let you into heaven?" Then she said she believed the gospel as presented. Ryan pointed out her inconsistency and referred her to the study of Romans chapters 3-5 so that she might see the Biblical answer for herself.

- Jordan, who eventually said that because of his near death experience, he chose to believe in a goddess rather than the God of the Bible. Ryan pointed to the historical facts of Jesus life, death and resurrection and challenged Jordan to base his faith on a concrete objective Person rather than a subjective experience which might well have been an anesthetic-produced  'dream'.

- 4 young men who knew something of the gospel but were not letting it impact their lives (at least as far as they know -Faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ, Rom. 10:17)

- a Vegan who heard part of the message before his bus arrived (this is all God wanted him to hear at this time). He received an eternity tract and a "Story of Mr. Eternity" pamphlet. He also later returned to catch another bus and was spoken to further.

...and for these and others we look to God to do according to His good pleasure in each person He led us to converse with. We give Him all the glory for apart from Him enabling us, we can do no good thing.


Sunnybank Team

Thursday, 11 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 12 May 2017, 3:52 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

In the Great Commission, Jesus says "Make disciples of every nation" and yesterday it appeared all the nations came to Sunnybank for our weekly outreach there. We had four on the team.

We had a good chat with a man from India named Rigit. He said he just went to his Hindu temple and received a dot on his forehead. He says he hopes doing these rituals will make life go well for him, even though he's not sure if any god exists or if his religion is true or not. I guess you'd say he's trying to cover all his bases.

We spent quite a bit of time showing why Christianity is true because Jesus rose from the dead which we know because of eye-witness historical accounts. For it matters whether that event happened or not, and the Bible says that if it didn't happen, there is no point believing in Christianity. We explained the gospel to him and Rigit was happy to take a gospel of John to find out more.

Another person we had a long conversation with was named Joe. He was from China and has been in Australia for a year now. He had a lot of questions. From "How do we know God exists?" to "How old is the earth?" to "What about the Crusades?". He majored in biology in universe and after being surprised that I said that evolution is not scientific because we have no observations of it taking place, neither can we do any repeatable experiments to show it happened, he conceded that it is a hypothesis and cannot be tested.

Please pray that God would draw Joe to Himself, as he had the gospel thoroughly explained to him, and he is now considering whether he is prepared to turn from sin and trust in Jesus.


Brisbane Team

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 12 May 2017, 3:47 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Yesterday we had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus again with the people of Brisbane city. The city is a location where we find there are more atheists compared to the suburbs. But they are generally atheists simply because they haven't really thought about the issue much.

And so a simple reminder to them that just as a building had a builder, so must the universe have had a creator, we find that they very often change their mind.

We had 4 of us on the team, and thanks be to God approximately 500 gospel tracts were given out.

A couple of people to pray for:

- Sami, whose partner died 4 months ago which has made her really start thinking about what comes after. After hearing the gospel, she said, "That actually makes a lot of sense" and so she is now going to count the cost of repenting and trusting in Jesus.

- A high school student named Henry who didn't believe in God initially, but then changed his mind after being reminded that there must be a creator. He was intently listening and was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading, as he doesn't have a Bible.

To God be all the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 6 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 12 May 2017, 3:46 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

We headed into Queen St Mall, Brisbane last night With a team of eight and the Gospel went forth. As usual there was some preaching, many tracts were handed out and a range of conversations were had.

It never ceases to surprise how few people know the Gospel.

A typical conversation was had with three young guys who were about to finish highschool. They have gone to a Catholic school, have been taught some morality, think they're good enough to get into Heaven, if it exists, but are more than happy to live however they so desire. These young men, Hamish, Shane and Rick were strongly supporting an atheistic worldview, seasoned with God.

They would declare that this universe is a product of time and chance acting upon matter and then in the very next breath talk about being good or doing the right thing. They were happy to borrow morality, logic and truth from Christianity but wanted nothing to do with the God who gave them life or His justice.

Another discussion was had with Mike, when asked, "If you were to die tonight, would God let you into Heaven" he had a range of answers. He was a surprisingly honest man. He said, "I don't believe that God exists and from that basis I deny the Bible". Mike acknowledged that his worldview enitrely hinged about whether or not that assumption was true.

It was a long conversation, the basic tenants of Christianity were explained but at the end of it all, after acknowledging the call on his life to repent or perish, Mike wasn't interested in God. He was more than happy being his own authority and even answered in the affirmative when posed with, "Are you willing to stake your eternity on the claim that, "maybe God doesn't exist".

Please pray for these four men and the others who took tracts and engaged with the team. As a Christian I am sure you can affirm that the decision one makes in response to God's call in the Gospel is the most important decision any will make. Please pray that God will transform the hearts of many and bring them into His Kingdom as a result of tonight!

Equally please pray that more people will heed the final words and most critical command of Christ, "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

If you're ever in doubt about how many people haven't ever heard or understood the Gospel start asking around!


Capalaba Team

Monday, 8 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 9 May 2017, 5:39 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

What did our Lord have for us today? among others:

- encountered again, a young man who cannot read but had previously taken a gospel of John because he had someone who could read it to him. He had handed this copy to someone he said who needed it more than he did. His mother is getting him an audio Bible. Pray he hears the Good Shepherd speaking to him.

- a young procrastinating man who evaded me but Ryan did not know this and approached him after speaking to the man above. He said he would count he cost as he knew that he deserved hell for his sins but has a 'fatal attraction' for them. Pray the Lord gives him a stir.

- a lady encouraged us by letting us know that when she saw what was going on, she got busy at the throne of grace. This is tremendously encouraging  and she herself needs prayer as she invites overseas student home for a meal and then tells them how Jesus has saved her from her sins, then asks them what their religion has to get them to heaven. Pray without ceasing.

To God be the glory. We thank Him for the privilege and pleasure of serving Him.


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