David and Anna Gee, who head up Operation 513 in Europe and are based in Sheffield, did a great job in coordinating the outreach. The Lord's favour was also a great blessing to us, one which left us shaking our heads in unbelief on a number of occasions.
The hospitality of my home church, Trinity Road Chapel, truly was a blessing and I am so grateful for all they did to make things easier for us. They provided us with accommodation in one of the church's flats, gave us bedding to use and also gave us the use of the church's kitchen. They really were most kind.
The team that took part was a real mixture of people from different parts of the world. The countries represented were England, Australia, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria. How wonderful that God brought us all together for this outreach.
The week consisted of open-air preaching, one-to-one witnessing, passing out tracts, and also doing some door-to-door work. Through this many people got to hear the gospel. The highlight of the week would have to be when a young man named Obi surrendered his life to Christ. David Hays, who had come down from St. Albans, got into a one-to-one with him when we were in Paddington doing some phone-fishing for Way Of The Master Radio. Seeing him weeping on that road side was really something. This is why we do what we do.
London was filled with masses and masses of people. It really is a melting pot of culture and diversity. What a harvest field to reach out to. There are people on our streets who will never set foot in a church and will never hear the gospel unless we take it to them.
One of the things that blessed us the most was the favour that we had with the authorities. We live in a time when street evangelism is coming more and more under fire and so it was a very important matter for prayer. At Tooting Broadway we met a police woman who told us to go on preaching as the area needs it. At Leicester Square we were told by the police to keep preaching, since they believed the area needed it. These officers were not Christians yet they told us to go on preaching. How amazing is our God!!
Another highlight for me was when I preached open-air at Leicester Square. After I finished I was approached by a man who was dressed in dark clothing. He had tattoos all up his neck and looked very Gothic in appearance. He congratulated me for preaching and said that I had guts. As he did he placed a 50 Euro note in my hand. I immediately said that I could not receive it but he was insistent. We made small talk for a short while and then I asked him what he did for a living. It turns out that he is the bass guitarist for an American band called Korn. They are in London at the moment and will be performing for their fans. If you know anything about Korn you will know that they are quite dark and demonic. When we got back to the church later that night we had a look at the video that Peter had filmed whilst I had been preaching. It turns out he had been standing in the crowd for at least 10 minutes. You often wonder how you reach the rich and famous of this world. I pray that through all the darkness and the drugs he remembers what he heard and that the Lord grants him repentance and faith.
What a week we had. Please pray for all who heard the gospel and for those who took tracts. We want to see sinners saved. So pray with us. God is mighty to save!!