Summer has well and truly arrived here in Queensland, Australia. The sun was high in the sky and the mercury was rapidly rising. For those who want to go to the beach for a swim, then this was perfect weather. But for evangelism, the heat actually limited the number of conversations we were able to have.
When I was first training for the ministry, I remember being told by an older pastor that I needed to be careful with habits and patterns of study which I established, as those methods would stay with me for the rest of my life. Of course, I was young and knew better (what a fool!), but over the years I have seen the truth in the older gentleman’s statement.
Despite things being slow the gospel still marched on. Please pray the Lord Jesus would rescue many.
This is when things got really weird. The man said that he couldn’t believe what we were saying, as Jesus had visited him in a dream and took him to Heaven. While in Heaven, this man claims Jesus revealed all the truth to him, and that ‘truth’ was that the Bible cannot be trusted. He also said that Muhammad had also visited him. I asked the man to explain further; he replied by saying, “Jesus and Muhammad have visited me!”
I set up the flip-chart near the table and used that to engage in conversation. Sometimes we would have two or three people stop to talk, then at other times we had a crowd of thirteen teenagers all crammed around the flip-chart to listen to the gospel presentation.
Towards the end of the day, I had another standout conversation, this time with a young lady. She had stopped at our literature table and wanted to know why we would give items away for free. What chatted for awhile, and it was during that time she spoke about how she has been seeking the truth and wanting to know about God…
Before too long crowds of people were gathering in our location all getting ready to play Pokemon Go. One bystander said he thought hundreds of people were now in the area, all of which were playing a single game. As a team we looked upon this gathering as God's providence on display. He had brought a crowd to our location in order to hear the gospel, so I did something I have never done in Redcliffe before, I preached in the open-air…