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Grace Chapel’s Childrens Outreach: Week #3

On Thursday night we were back at the park for one more kids club! This marked our last Thursday outreach for a while. We may go back to the park in late August (details to come). Whatever the case, though there were not many out at the park, the Lord provided about 6-8 kids for a great evening of teaching, singing, learning and even snacking! He also provided a large crew of volunteer workers from Grace Chapel! I am humbled by their desire to serve and their faithful devotion to co-labour for the sake of His Name. They mingled with all of the adults at the park, looking for opportunities to spread the Gospel – they are a great encouragement to me. 

Again, Mary K. led us in a song filled with actions, volume and crazy fun! Daniel S. used a couple of tricks to teach us about the greatness of the Bible and the forgiveness of sins. The boys vs. girls game was a blast – I think the ladies won this time. For our lesson we looked at how God’s Provision of the Law ultimately points to Christ. The Law was a great stage upon which to preach the Gospel. Some of the kids who were there had never heard of the 10 commandments before, nor about Adam and Eve – oh that we continue to spread the Word to a biblically illiterate generation! May the Lord help us.

I was delighted to meet a Christian family (Alex, Elaine, and Samuel) from another Baptist Church in Markham. They came to check out the evangelistic ministry and expressed how encouraged they were to see the Gospel being preached to kids at the park. Their encouragement was a great encouragement to me. Alex took the picture below. This is a picture of the sketch at the beginning of the message:

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By the end of the message, we had looked at the 10 commandments that God provided to Israel to arrange a way for them to have a relationship with him. However, they broke his law and were cursed. We considered what Jesus said when he came: “you must be perfect” (Matthew 5:48). We considered how like Israel, we have sinned. We are not perfect. We need God to provide us with a way of having a relationship with him. Indeed, He has provided – CHRIST!

After the kids club, Rafi and I came across two friendly grade 11 students who were playing basketball (at the park). We asked if we could play with them. They were cool with that. We had lots of fun. I was happy, not only to play basketball, but also because the Lord opened the doors for us to share the Gospel with them for a while afterward (and to give them the NT Scriptures as well). Please pray for them.

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Grace Chapel’s Childrens Outreach: Week #2

The Gospel was proclaimed again! Thursday evening was another beautiful night at the park area of Lincoln Alexander School in Markham! I was delighted to co-labour with many of the saints from Grace Chapel. This evening was very different than week #1, for we had more kids to minister to (which was great!), but not nearly as many adults to interact with afterwards.

We started the evening program with a boys versus girls game (and the caterpillar competed as well!). The kids solved a word puzzle, which read, “God’s Power Points to Christ.” God’s Power is the second P that points to Christ in our summer series in Exodus: Exploring Egypt to Sinai: 4 P’s that Point You to Christ! Here is a picture of the word puzzle by the end of the game (which the boys won this time!):

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Thereafter, Daniel S. taught a truth using a trick. He taught that God has power over all things in the universe. He is the one who holds all things together. Here is a picture of the climax of his trick (how is he holding up the pole?!!):

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Mary K. led us in a really fun and dramatic song again! Afterwards, I preached the Gospel using the sketchboard. Here is a picture of me preaching Christ from the Passover:

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In our first week, we had around 6 to 8 kids (or so). By the grace of God, this time we had around 15! Here is a picture of what the final sketch looked like (the title was supposed to say “God is Powerful to Save!”):

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In the first square (top left), I taught about God’s power displayed in the the first 9 plagues in Egypt. I explained how each of the plagues represented that God was more powerful than the Egyptian false gods. We talked about the fact that we too have false gods. In the second box (top right) I explained how we are like Pharaoh in that we have sinful and hard hearts like him (with a host of our own false gods). I taught that “we want to be the kings and bosses of our lives,” but that such sin is the reason why we die. Just like Pharaoh deserves death, we deserve death.

In the third box (bottom left), I described the plague of the death of the firstborn. We looked at the Passover and how the firstborn sons of Israelites were saved by the blood of the lamb.

Thereafter, in the last box, I preached on God’s power displayed in the parting of the Read Sea. This was a great way to talk about how God can save us from our sins. Thus, I went back to the third box and painted the Cross, preaching the Gospel and emphasizing how God’s power points to Christ and how Christ is powerful to save us from our sins.

Though we were not able to have many conversations with adults afterwards, Pastor Habib was able to give a NT to a Hindu man who allowed his two children to enjoy our entire kids club because “it is good for them to learn more about Jesus.” This man listened to the entire message himself! Praise the Lord for his glorious Gospel – may it spread throughout all of Markham.

Week #3 (of our 4 week series) is this Thursday night at 7:30!

Grace Chapel’s Childrens Outreach: Week #1

I thank God for Grace Chapel. I was very encouraged Thursday night to work with around 10 of the dear brothers and sisters from Grace Chapel, not to mention my lovely fiance (who is in the process of becoming a member of GFC!). I was greatly encouraged by their willingness and their resolve to take the Gospel to the park at Lincoln Alexander Public School. A group of people had distributed around 500 fliers in the area on Wednesday. However, even though the fliers did not seem to be the draw, there just happened to be many people in the park Thursday night (which was beautiful).

After looking at 2 Corinthians 5:11-21, we did some training on how to do an evangelistic outreach in the park. Thereafter, we did some informal training in evangelism (Q & A). Then we spent some time in prayer, seeking the Lord for grace and help. And boy did the Lord ever answer prayer!

Though we did not have any kids with us, as a team, we recruited six kids who joined us at the beginning of our program. We began the night with a very fun boys versus girls game. The word puzzle read “God Keeps His Promises.” Then Daniel S. provided a magic trick (object lesson), which taught us that the Bible has the answer to the most important questions about God and life. Mark K. lead us in a highly energetic Bible song for children. It was filled with actions, volume and lots and lots of fun! I think everyone in the park was watching us (and I know they all heard us)! This surely drew a lot of attention, which was great, for thereafter I taught from the sketchboard. I preached a message called God’s  Promises Point You to Christ. By God’s grace, I was able to teach Exodus 1-3 and show how God’s promises (of a people, land, and a son) ultimately point us to Jesus Christ. The Lord gave me grace to preach the Gospel to the children in an age appropriate manner. Thereafter, Sandra gave an announcement advertising the summer sports camp that Grace Chapel is running through out July. And Sammy pulled though by delivering a prize for the best behaved boy and girl and even popsicles for all the kids!

By the end of the program there were around 8 kids on the tarp, but there were many onlookers (including many adults from the side, who listened to the entire preaching of the Gospel). Our team went to them afterwards and talked to them about this free summer kids club and about Grace Chapel and the summer sports camp. Furthermore, many of us were able (by God’s grace) to engage in one-on-one evangelism with many of the adults and youth – praise the Lord! May God’s Word spread in Markham.

The Lord truly blessed us – it was a very encouraging evening; the kids loved it and are planning to go and tell their friends to come and join us next Thursday night! Please pray for us that the Lord would continue to give us boldness and that we may be men and women of sincerity who show that we are Christians by our love and who do not shrink from preaching the Gospel. Amen.

Here is a picture of what the sketch looked like by the end of the preaching:

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If you would like to find out how to recieve training on how to learn to use the sketchboard, please comment on this post and I will email you back, directing you accordingly. By the way, I do not have artistic talent; I learned how to use the sketchboard from open air evangelists in Boston – it is really not that hard.

A Meeting with a Crazy Man

On Thursday night, Daniel S. and I went out to the corner of 16th and Woodbine (in Markham) before the children’s outreach. We looked to the Lord for grace, reading from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17. We asked the Lord to help us to be men of sincerity as we spread the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Though the Lord opened doors for us outside of the Tim Horton’s as well as at the plaza, he also ordained a very interesting dialogue with a man at the bus stop. Praise the Lord for the buses in Markham – they do not come as quickly as the buses in Rexdale! More time to converse!

I approached him and offered him a free coin with the 10 commandments on it – to which he declined. In a polite manner he told me that he did not want to talk about religion. With sincerity, I responded “why?” He said, “I do not believe in religions.” I assured him that I too do not believe that any man can work his way to heaven. 

As we talked he said, “I believe God is in me.” He shared how everything is God. I appealed to the sky and to the world of created things suggesting that surely there is a creator. I asked him how all things came into existence. He was not sure, but he did not seem to want to discuss intelligent design.

After this little discussion on the created world, I proceeded to ask him some point blank questions. “Have you ever lied?” He said, “no.” “Have you ever wanted something that someone else had? Have you ever been envious . . . ?”  He replied, “no, never; I do not care for a bigger house or what other people have.” I explained what Jesus taught about lust in Matthew 5:27-28, and then asked him, “have you ever had sexual thoughts toward a woman who is not your wife?” He was silent, but only for a moment. He said, “no,” and went on to explain how he looks at women without lusting. I asked him if he had ever sinned or done wrong and he said “no.”

He told us that he knows right from wrong because of his basic instinct. He also stated that he always obeys this instinct. When he said this, I was thinking of Romans 2:14-15, which confirms the truth that man has a conscience that bear witness to what is right and wrong. However, I did not refer to this passage, but simply asked him if he ever makes mistakes. He said, “yes.” I said, “what if you are mistaken about some of your basic instincts?” He said, “no, they are right.”

The topic of heaven and hell came up and he said, “heaven and hell are here.” I assured him, “this is not hell – this is mercy; we are not getting what we deserve.” Even so, he did not agree. He described how everything is God and that he (J—) was at least 1000 years old. Accordingly, I take it that he believes in reincarnation. I forget the exact number, but it was at least 1000 years. I was shocked, for I have never heard anyone make such a claim. He went on to tell us that he is crazy. Daniel and I smiled; we did not know what to say. What he was saying certainly sounded crazy, but he did not seem to have an mental problems; nor did he seem to convey that idea. Rather, he seemed to delight in being different and having his own way of life, thought and belief, which make him “crazy.”  One major problem with his way is his persistence in thinking that whatever he believes is true. Such a notion shows that he is trying t play God. He is trying to de-god God and create his own reality.

I would have liked more time to try to show him that one’s subjective belief does not render things true. Rather truth exists outside of us whether we believe it or not; and somethings we believe simply are not true. Whatever the case, the bus was coming so I only had time to share two verses with him; I felt it wise to leave him with the very words of God which I had read in my Bible reading that morning: 1) “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8); and 2) “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 John 1:10). He spoke a few more words as he left to go on the bus; he seemed thankful for our talk and gave us a friendly good-bye.