I was told the building I was living and employed in would be demolished in three years to make way for a skyscraper complex (now in place). That three years turned out to be five. So my dream had come true, and I was on the streets every weekday. Setting up the table and tracts daily at Circular Quay continued for a while. Then I got the idea of preaching a short gospel message to people at City street intersections. That was while they waited about two minutes for the traffic lights to give the green “walk” signal. There were many such busy intersections in downtown Sydney. It was really a captive audience!
My favourite spot was opposite the Town Hall. Crowds were there heading for the Underground Railway. I made multi-coloured placards containing Bible verses and held them aloft. At first I was too nervous to speak, but as time went on the Lord gave me the boldness to preach. At the same time I was attending a Toastmasters club once a week, which helped greatly with the public speaking.
THE DEVIL’S TRICKS!
One thing I quickly learned, satan hated what I was doing. He tried all kinds of methods to discourage and stop me.
Sometimes people would whisper into my ear, "Don't be a fool, all these people are laughing at you". One said, "If you stay here you'll be with Jesus a lot sooner than you expect". I just ignored it. Other times people would try to get me into a lengthy discussion on some side issue of Christianity. Of course while doing that, I couldn't be preaching on the blood, the cross, forgiveness and salvation, new life through the gospel.
Then satan would bring on his heavy artillery in the form of people who would angrily rant and rave, yell and shout. The tactic is to scare off Christians who don't know the Word, but I had read in the scriptures that Jesus cast out the spirits with His Word, so that's what I did. I realised that behind the person was a spirit which was driving them to behave in that way. They were being used by the devil but didn't know it. So I spoke Bible verses to them. "Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." "When the enemy comes in like a flood, I will lift up my standard before him." The person didn't know what I was saying - but the spirit in him did! This brought victory every time, and they went away.
PHILIPPIANS 4:19 IN ACTION!
God met my needs wonderfully in those years. People gave me banknotes on the street, though I never asked for money. $50, $20, $10, $5. One day on the street corner, I met a believer from the United States. I invited him for dinner that night and when he was leaving he pulled out a $US100 note from his wallet and said: "God told me to give you this." All of these happenings did wonders for my faith. I saw the scriptures come alive in my life. (To be continued in Part 3)