|Auckland Team||Saturday, 28 October, 2017|
|Brisbane Team||Saturday, 9 December, 2017|
|Capalaba Team||Monday, 11 December, 2017|
|Essex Team||Saturday, 20 May, 2017|
|Gold Coast Team||Friday, 8 December, 2017|
|Hobart Team||Friday, 24 November, 2017|
|Melbourne Team||Friday, 10 November, 2017|
|Redcliffe Team||Saturday, 2 December, 2017|
|Special Outreaches||Wednesday, 22 November, 2017|
|Sunnybank Team||Thursday, 24 August, 2017|
|Toowoomba Team||Saturday, 22 July, 2017|
|Wellington Point Team||Sunday, 10 December, 2017|
|Woodridge Team||Tuesday, 29 August, 2017|
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.
Some substantial chats were had:
- Aldrin understands the gospel. He said that the Bible speaks of 2 genders only but tells us not to judge. So why are some people told to repent of their lifestyles? God knows what is best. God does not target any one type of sin. One needs to trust Him and trust that He will renew anyone who comes to faith in Christ alone to save him. God has delights none but His children can experience.
- 2 young girls who didn't think they would get to heaven. Later on, they said they didn't believe in God. Their first statement was a work of their conscience. Further evidences were presented to them which they accepted. By the time that their bus arrived, they had heard the good news, and one expressed her thanks.
- a young man who had half an hour trying to defend his position, "I'm not religious."
- a young man who had a vague knowledge that Jesus was born to wash away our sins. He proved a keen listener and we trust a seed of faith may have been planted.
The work continues tonight through Thursday night in the city - Christmas lights. Please pray for God's strength and protection and clarity of thought for those involved. To God alone be all glory and praise.
Christmas tracts were generally well received. Here are a few people to pray for:
- Chase had thought he would die and 'return to the land'. He has now heard God's good news.
- Ashley, a Maltese lass who believed in many gods. She heard the Bible statement that there are indeed many gods, but none of them could save her. She has now heard of Jesus only and how delightful God is to those speaking with her. She was challenged to prayerfully seek God as she reads through John's gospel (in her Mum's Bible) and asks God to show her who Jesus is and what He has done.
- Shaun, a J. W. who heard some Scriptures that he was not familiar with, e.g. He posed a philosophic question, "Wouldn't you expect some Scripture to tell of an afterlife if one is conscious after (physical) death?" 2 Cor. 12:2-4 tells us that someone who could have told much was not permitted to. Ecclesiastes is wisdom literature whereas we read a plain narrative when Jesus spoke to the thief who had turned to Him in faith. The Paradise that Jesus spoke of is a present reality cf. the parallelism in 2 Cor. 12:2,3 where the 'third heaven', = 'paradise'. Challenged on Jn. 5:23, he threw up a few obscure points before we parted amiably. May he indeed realize he has only heard a part of God's Word and follow this up. Pray the Lord stirs his spirit to seek the Truth.
We thank God for enabling us to serve Him and we ascribe all glory to Him, our great and glorious triune God.
Last night's outreach marked the first night of our Christmas outreaches in King George Square (Brisbane) during the light show that the Council puts on projecting a repeating 7 minute animation onto City Hall. This animation attracts large crowds into the city to watch it, and it also provides a great opportunity for us to share the real message of Christmas through the handing out Christmas gospel tracts and chatting to people.
And even though there were some big storms leading up to the outreach yesterday, there was still quite a lot of people about so we were able to get over 1,250 Christmas gospel tracts into people's hands. The team also got into some fruitful one to one conversations.
We will be there again each night this week and next week (except Fridays and Sundays), so please be praying for these outreaches that many people will come to saving knowledge of Jesus - how he came to this Earth to live a perfect life and die on the cross for our sins.
At the Gold Coast on Friday night, God's power was demonstrated through the preaching of his word as many from the team open air preached to the crowds in Surfers Paradise. Multitudes of people stopped to listen as God drew them in and there was an openness towards the Gospel. Through the open air preaching, people heard of how they can be reconciled to God through Jesus Christ (2 Cor 5:19).
"... it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Cor 1:21).
God has not changed His ways. Through the preaching of God's word many come to hear about Jesus. God calls us to preach from the housetops the good news of Jesus Christ. Let all the world hear "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." (1 Cor 1:18).
The team spoke to a variety of people who showed interest in the gospel during one-to-one conversations. One such person was a backslider who expressed his desire to get right with God and was challenged to repent and rededicate his life to Christ (James 5:19-20). The team also spoke to many muslim people that heard how Jesus is our atonement (Rom. 5:11) and salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned, instead received only by faith and that salvation is only through the sacrifice that God accepts, his Son, Jesus Christ. The truth of the Gospel was also presented to a couple named Israel and Darsia. Darsia showed a genuine interest in the gospel and was even keen to go to church. She then exchanged her contact details to keep in touch and was directed by the team member to one of the local churches.
It was the grace of God that people from all walks of life, all who need Jesus heard the clarion call of the gospel, "...be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5:20).
We are thankful to God for holding off the rain and bringing together 14 labourers to proclaim the gospel. God is in control and he is in the business of drawing the lost to him. To him be all the Glory!
It has been a wet few days in Brisbane so we weren't sure if today's Redcliffe outreach would go ahead. This morning as I prepared I noticed that dark clouds were gathering, would today be a wash out?
We decided to head to Redcliffe just in case the weather proved favourable, and to be honest, I was glad we did. When we arrived it was clear blue skies with the sun shining brightly.
A few other Christians were out along the waterfront witnessing, so it was good to partner with them in the gospel ministry. We set up the "Free Bible" table, and rather quickly we saw people coming up to take material from it.
One lady stopped and asked if she could have some material as tonight she was flying home to London after being on holiday for a few weeks. She wanted something to read on the flight so we were more than happy to give her some great gospel literature.
Another lady stopped by to chat. Her partner was recently converted in jail, but she couldn't figure it all out. We shared with her and then encouraged her to attend a solid church near where she lived.
Throughout the outreach we had a steady stream of people taking material from the table and talking. We also had twenty of Ray Comfort's, "Evolution versus God" DVDs given away to interested people.
Please pray that all the seed that was sown would fall upon good soil.
A team of 15 to 20 people gathered at the Gold Coast to proclaim the gospel on Friday night. When we arrived, we set up the "Good Person test" flip chart, which is a really simple and easy to use tool to use to go through the law of God and the gospel. As a result, many good gospel conversations took place with groups of people that were really keen to go through the test.
One such conversation was with a guy named Pat and his mate. Pat told us that he thinks he is a good person and just stopped by out of curiosity to take the test. After taking the test, when we got to the courtroom part, Pat saw that he was guilty and not a good person. When we started explaining to him that we all are guilty of sin therefore we deserve to go to hell, Pat quickly said, "I don't believe I am going there. I don't even think there is a hell". At this point of time, his mate was acting bit silly and was trying to distract Pat. But as the team member continued to share the reality of hell, Pat with a serious face said, "So I will be going to hell then and there is no hope for me!"
We told him about the "everlasting hope" that God wants to save sinners and has shown his love for us "in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). There is hope in Christ if we repent and put our trust in him. Pat looked thoughtful and said, "I understand that". He then began asking a series of questions related to origin of sin, suffering and consequences of sin. After answering his questions, he asked, "So what is Heaven like? Is it like here?" He looked thoughtful after eternity in Heaven was explained to him. Before leaving, he asked for a gospel tract to take home to read. We reminded him to take this seriously and put his trust in Jesus.
Please be praying for the salvation of Pat and all other people who heard the gospel. Pray that God will cause the seeds to grow (1 Cor. 3:7).
May the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified above all!
On Wednesday the team out again on the streets of the Gold Coast for Schoolies.
As the beginning of the week had shown, the schoolies are very interested in talk. Many had attended "religious" schools and had ideas about God but the vast majority have no handle on the Gospel.
Please pray for these young men and women:
Maddie had previously professed to be a Christian (four years earlier) but had since rejected it. She heard a simple presentation of the judgement of God and His Gospel and acknowledged her understanding of the truth and yet still wanted to reject God because He didn't give her what she desired.
Tom chatted with the team for a lengthy time as well. He heard many apologetics about different parts of the Bible, most of which pointed back to the Gospel. But ultimately Tom left saying, "I understand a lot more about Christianity but I am happy living life as I want."
Taylor came two nights in a row and engaged in long discussions both times but on both occasions was quite drunk and was being a little silly. He said that he'd taken 22 shots before he had come out! Taylor talked with the team on most aspects of Christianity and had actually attended a local Brisbane school and one of the team members knew his brother. But even after 13 years at the school he had more questions rather than answers about Christianity.
Jamaine was a young man that had many questions and chatted with two different team members. The last thirty minutes of conversation were spent repetitively explaining repentance and faith and him trying to explain it back to us. Ultimately he left seeming to understand and we gave him contact details if he was interested in catching up with us.
The week has been moving along well, the team is pressing on despite the tiredness and God is graciously bringing us people with which we can share His truth.
Please keep us and those we have and will talk to in prayer!
So far during Schoolies at the Gold Coast, the "Good Person test" flip charts have been really great. They have been a very valuable asset as the Schoolies run up wanting to do the good person test, with some groups of people even waiting around for their turn to go through it. There have been plenty of new people coming along each day to try out this test. It has been great to see hundreds of Gospel conversations come from such a simple and easy to use prop.
One conversation started by these flips charts was with Angela and Brooke. The pair just happened to be walking by, saw the picture and inquired as to what it was about. Angela and Brooke had attended a catholic private school and had some ideas about salvation. Sadly most of their ideas were misunderstandings.
But the flip chart soon changed that. They learnt that we weren't just good people who made mistakes but rather we were bad people, who chose to do wrong. They then learnt that this sinfulness deserves Hell, which means all of humanity deserve Hell. To finish off they heard of God's incredible love, that He chose to suffer the penalty for our sin, so that all who trust in Him may have eternal life. This all happened in under five minutes, with the aid of the chart.
Sadly, the two girls weren't really phased and even though they intellectually understood the Gospel, they were more interested in living life according to their desires rather than in submission to God.
Please be praying for Angela and Brooke, that God may use this small conversation as the turning point which leads to salvation!
On Tuesday night as the team headed into the Surfers Paradise mall there seemed to be fewer schoolies out than the previous nights. Thankfully, that didn't stop many conversations from taking place.
Two notable conversations took place together. First was a conversation with young man named Sam who joined into a conversation that was already taking place with two guys, Jacob and David.
Sam was quite adamant about things he believed and was quite strong in his opposition of God's truth. This all collapsed quite quickly as Sam began to declare that he only believed things as true on the basis of his own experience.
The brief and quick response, "So you're telling me that World War II never occured?" silenced him and stopped him in his tracks. Sam realised the basis for his belief was flawed. This opened a great opportunity to share that a human being could never reason or work out in their head anything about God, unless God Himself had revealed it. Sam acknowledged this as true and then listened for a few moments before recieving a phone call and leaving. Thankfully the last minute of the conversation consisted of a clear and consise Gospel presentation of God's actions to save humanity.
The other conversation with Jacob and David lasted for almost ninety minutes. This consisted of many interruptions but was primarily based around, "questions we tried to ask our school chaplain but he didn't really want to answer". Jacob and David laid question after question on the team and we were happy to provide God's answer to each question. This back and forth covered everything from human sin, other world religions, to the problem of evil and the justice of Hell.
When the discussion was coming to a close, Jacob asked one final question, "What is the answer to your shirt?" One team member was wearing a shirt which read, "Did you hear about the bad man who went to Heaven?"
This question provided the perfect opportunity to present the Gospel one final time as the pair headed off for the evening.
Please thank God for His absolute authority and providence of these conversations. Thank Him for providing many Gospel opportunities in conversations that to begin with seem fruitless.
Please also lift Sam, David and Jacob before God and plead that God would free them from the bondage of their sin and cause them to turn in surrender to Him!
On Monday afternoon the team headed out again for Schoolies at the Gold Coast. During the afternoons people are usually sober and therefore there are less people around and those who are around have a little more schedule in their plan. Thankfully that didn't stop numerous people from stopping to chat with the team.
A notable conversation was with a young man named Emerson. He had a range of questions about Christianity specifically. He mentioned that he thought it was okay to believe in God but not really follow or obey what God has said.
When asked, Emerson didn't know where he'd spend eternity and was a little worried about it. He then changed the topic and was asking about gay marriage and what Christians think about it. It was explained that God designed, life, sexuality and relationships and therefore knows how they should be best used leading to joy and happiness and equally the contexts in which they would be detrimental and damaging. We also explained that God in His love has revealed this to us so that we may live the beautiful life God designed for us.
We told him the implications of this truth don't just relate to sexuality but to all aspects of our life as humans. This means it is hateful to encourage anyone to live against God's design for us because it is to encourage someone to miss out on the beautiful life of intimacy God designed us for and to encourage someone to act in a way that offends God.
This is where it became relevant to Emerson, the team pointed out that he was doing the same thing. Emerson was missing out on God's good design because he thought he knew better. We pressed him a little and ultimately left him with two options. He could either continue to live in arrogant defiance against God, thinking he knew better and ultimately ending up in hell. Or he could surrender to the humble God who, in love, chose to suffer in his place, that he may have life.
Please pray that Emerson reflects on this truth and ultimately turns in total surrender to God!
Please also keep the team in prayer as this week is exhausting and takes a toll physically on the team.
On Monday night at the Gold Coast during Schoolies the team had many, many gospel conversations. The schoolies this year have basically been coming up and asking the team to tell them about the Gospel. It also seems that almost everyone we've spoken to has gone to a Catholic or Anglican school. This is sad because many of the school leavers have never heard a clear and simple presentation of the Gospel, despite attending a "Christian" school for 12 years.
Oppositely, it is an absolute pleasure to have an opportunity to preach God's message of salvation to these young men and women, so that they can know of God's work in salvation.
A stand out conversation was with three young men, Sebastian, Tano and Nick (who have sinced come back and chatted with the team a second time). These young men went through the flip chart presentation with one team member and then asked some questions to a few team members.
Tano and Nick weren't the main focus of the conversation on Monday night but did recieve the priority of attention on Tuesday. The challenge was put to Sebastian numerous times to count the cost of trusting in Jesus. He understood that God knows what is best for us. He acknowledged that he was living in a way that is contrary to God's design but Sebastian didn't really want to surrender to Jesus as Lord.
Please keep the team in prayer that we can continue to be fervent in our evangelism, actively seeking a new conversation whenever we have finished the prior one.
And please continue to lift up those we speak to before God, that He may grant them repentance and faith!
There were some unusually 'hard ones' today, e.g. one lady who claimed that she had proof for reincarnation but would not listen to a white person because they are the cause of all the world's problems! Another man who made outrageous claims of what he knew then explained that his tattoo had the Hebrew name of God, Allah. ( wrong!) Providentially his bus arrived and whisked him away.
Ryan asked one lady if she thought she would go to heaven. She said that she did not believe in heaven and all that. Hearing the builder analogy, she said that made sense. Then she adapted this new position: I choose not to believe. The conversation continued until she asked how can one know what hell is like. Explaining that Jesus (who made hell - Col. 1:15,16) had died and rose victorious from the grave on the third day, the conversation ended there as her bus arrived. Pray God stirs her spirit so she seeks the answers and the gospel that she so desperately needs.
Lee-Anne met Katy, a good person type Christian. Pray she receives the gospel message as explained to her.
Pray for Jemma, a young lady who is open to learning God's good news and has her own Bible. May she read a gospel account to confirm what has been explained to her and find new life to the full in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise Him from whom all blessings flow and thank Him for using His fallible servants for His glory. Our sovereign Lord God Almighty always has the last word!!!