Battle Log

Brisbane Team

Wednesday, 28 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:40 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

God saw fit to use the team that gathered for the outreach today in Brisbane city. It was school holidays which meant more people were about. That excited us.

When we arrived, the first chat that one of us had was with a young lady who came to Australia six years ago. She was not sure about how to get to Heaven. She listened intently as the gospel was explained to her, and she said that she doesn't have a Bible. At that point, I realised that we had left all the gospels of John in the car. So I went back to the car to get them and then gave her one.

It was a day when quite a number of people we spoke with were happy to take a gospel of John to start reading after being shared the gospel, including Jason (from a Christian home but didn't know the gospel), Tivia (grew up Buddhist), John & Harris (secular) and Kat & Talia (never considered about eternity).

A Chinese lady named Summer also asked us if she could learn more about Christianity and the Bible and so we passed her details on to a local church in the area.

Every Christian is to be part of the Great Commission, and we praise God that we had the privilege of being part of it yesterday in Brisbane city. Please pray for those who heard. To God be all the glory!


Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 11 July 2017, 2:33 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Last night in Brisbane city we had a massive 22 people on the team, including 3 first timers! This provided an exciting opportunity to engage in many gospel conversations. The team even split up and covered other areas of the Brisbane CBD.

The many conversations engaged, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and general western soceity, "unbelievers".

One team member said that during a conversation with a young lady, who originally professed to be an atheist, went from being hard and closed to being open and interested in learning more!

A lengthy conversation was had with a man named Rob, who professed to be a Christian but was trying to mix his "Christianity" with ideas of enlightenment and postmodernism. He said God was love and only love. He rejected the idea of God's wrath or judgement. It was pointed out that God's love displayed in salvation makes no sense, unless we're being saved from something. He said he understood but was happy to declare that the "god" he worshiped would never punish anyone.

Please pray for the team that each would keep having the desire to step out of our their comfort zone and share their faith. Please pray for those who heard and received the words of eternal life tonight, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth!

And if you have the opportunity please join us in declaring this great salvation!


Wednesday, 21 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 22 June 2017, 10:51 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was wonderful to see God bring along 10 labourers on the team yesterday for the outreach in Brisbane city. This was a big surprise as I thought we wouldn't have many at all since a couple of the usual team members couldn't make it.

Across the afternoon, the team were greatly encouraged by the conversations they were having with the lost, with people being quite receptive and listening. Over a dozen gospel of Johns went out.

We also had the Good Person test flip chart set up, which is something we haven't set up before for our Wednesday afternoon outreach. But we found that it worked well, with individuals and even groups of people stopping to have a look and listening as they were run through the good person test, which leads into the gospel. Please pray for all those who heard.

"What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord..." (2 Cor. 4:5). So to God be all the glory! 


Saturday, 17 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 21 June 2017, 1:25 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Last night God brought in a great sized team for evangelism in Brisbane city. It rained a few times, but that didn't stop the gospel conversations happening.

It was really exciting seeing some new preachers getting out of their comfort zone to proclaim the glorious gospel in the open air for the first time.

From atheists and agnostics to Buddhists and Muslims, last night they were spoken with and got to hear the good news of Christ. Please pray that God will save many. To God be the glory!


Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

Posted by Posted 13 June 2017, 3:29 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Over a thousand gospel tracts went out yesterday during our outreach in Brisbane city, and we spoke with about two dozen people. There were 4 of us on the team.

One long chat we had was with a man named Jacob who subscribed to the idea that our life is happening on an infinite number of worlds in a multiverse, and the one we are in is the one that will give us the longest life. He had no evidence for it, but just liked the idea.

He hopes that there is no afterlife, in essence so that there are no consequences later on for his actions done here. But he still thought if God judged him, he would be good enough for Heaven.

The gospel was explained to him and he really appreciated the conversation and said, "If nothing else, this has made me want to read the Bible."

Please also pray for a man named Sunni from Nepal. He said he has a brother-in-law in Korea who is a Christian who keeps reminding him about finding God, but he hasn't done anything about it yet. He came to grasp the gospel and was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading.

To God be all the glory!


Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 6 June 2017, 12:34 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

As we began our outreach in Brisbane city yesterday, we noticed plenty of people in Maroon or Blue for the State of Origin. By God's grace, we were able to have some extensive gospel conversations with some of them, and hand out plenty of gospel tracts.

One man we spoke with was named David. He said he has been heavily involved in secret societies in the past and it appealed to him because it supposedly explained everything beyond all religions. But we were able to explain to him how Christianity is completely to different every other religion.

For all other religions are attempting to reach their god or the good place by doing more good than bad, but the problem is, that is not how justice works. No good judge could let a criminal go free based on how many good deeds the person has done compared to their crimes. Christianity is different in that the only way we can get to Heaven is by having a perfect person take our punishment for us - which satisfies God's justice so He can then show us mercy.

For David though, he expressed how even though God may be true, He doesn't like that God would direct people to live a certain way. He likened God to a dictator, not realising that God has been so abundantly kind to us all, giving us life, food, rain and sunshine, different seasons, sunsets, an immune system, and so on. And being our maker, He obviously has the right to say to us how we should live. And yet even though we have all been rebelling against Him, how amazingly patient has He been in not wiping us out the moment we sin?

Please pray for David, we spoke with him for over an hour. Pray also that God would save many through the word that went out yesterday.


Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 29 May 2017, 12:07 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

"You're just the person I was looking for."

Last night in Brisbane city the team had an exciting opportunity to preach the good news, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.

Each time the team assembles, it is an opportunity to share with others the power of the gospel but it is also extremely valuable for personal humility - being reminded how much you, even as a Christian, need the salvation that Christ has offered.

One encouraging conversation was had right at the end of the night. Jack and Karl were walking through the mall and were asked, "Do you think you will go to Heaven when you die?" Jack looked at his friend, then responded, "You're just the person I was looking for". Over the course of the discussion Jack didn't argue with anything that was said. In fact the look on his face seemed to imply that he was taking this information very seriously. Karl his friend was a little bit sporadic but this eagerness was helpful. Over the course of the conversation, Jack's serious concern about this topic was reiterated. Karl even said, "You've been really worried about this for a while," a number of times!

In the end, Jack and Kyle openly acknowledged their sinfulness and deserved justice before a Holy God. They were not opposed to God's just punishment. When ultimately posed with the question, "Is the opportunity to live for yourself over this short life time, worth suffering God's wrath in Hell?" neither of them were able to state definitively either way. They left with a clear choice infront of them.

Please pray for Jack, Kyle and all those who were engaged in conversations, took tracts or stopped to listen to the preaching.


Wednesday, 24 May, 2017

Posted by Posted 29 May 2017, 12:03 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Thanks for praying for today's outreach in Brisbane city. We can always be comforted knowing that God is drawing His people to Himself, and what a privilege we have in being able to play this small part in His Great Commission.

Some people to pray for:

- Naomi & Sarah, trainee nurses who come from religious homes, and thought they were 'great' people. One of the ladies didn't like the idea that God is three in one, but is going to check the passages that we pointed out to her about this. The idea of forgiveness through Christ alone did seem very novel to them, and they were hesitant to accept it.

- Alana went to a Christian high school but now says she just wants to live for herself. Her worldview was able to be challenged though.

- Henry used to go to church but hasn't been in years. After hearing the law and the gospel, he came to grasp the message of salvation by grace through faith alone. He saw his need of forgiveness. He also took a gospel of John to start reading.

To God be the glory!


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!


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!


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