Our fourth and final day of Mission Ottawa saw us take some time for ourselves for a change with a few shopping errands for the boys of Georgia and a lunch treat at a Five Guys hamburger joint. Vernon and Wayne twisted my arm to get me to go and I have to confess, I've been converted! Mmmm gooood!
Our time on the street was shorter than usual but not without effect. We made our annual appearance during the four o'clock rush hour at the Metcalfe Street transit station where Vernon held the cross, Kim handed out tracts as Wayne and I took turns proclaiming the gospel to the waiting (and seemingly indifferent) commuters.
This was the same bus station where last year at this time I happened to film a man named David who was waiting for a bus and whose heart was being warmed to the hearing of the gospel by the faithful and powerful preaching of brother Robert Gray. As it turned out, David's heart was softened and as God had it be he died just three weeks later, no doubt ushered into the glory and rewards of heaven through His Saviour.
The bus terminal was busy. As Wayne proclaimed the gospel, Satan attempted to shut him down through the protest of a woman shouting the familiar line, "Nobody wants to listen to you!" Kim immediately intervened and successfully led her away from him and tried to reason with her. The women refused to hear her plea but did not pursue the silencing.
As I preached the gospel on two separate occasions, two men tried the same thing, loudly trying to convince me to shut up and take the message elsewhere. It didn't work and the full gospel was presented. And, despite what the hecklers might have assumed, there WERE those in the crowd who were clearly listening the word of God being preached.
Following our time there, we headed for one of the bridges that cross over to the Province of Quebec. There with four of our crosses, including one with that asks, "Are You Ready" in French, we stood in line about 40 feet from each other for over a half an hour as hundreds of cars made their way across the provincial border with many more eyes falling upon the messages, planting seeds of contemplation for some we are sure.
Mission Ottawa 2014 is now over. Vernon and Wayne are done but only for now. They have left for Toronto where they will join Bill and Jenny Baker for "Mission Toronto" for three days of gospel spreading before heading home to Georgia.
We are so grateful to the Lord for giving us yet another opportunity to put on Mission Ottawa. It is such a special time of the year for those of us involved. We are grateful for God's kind provisions, His grace and His power to help us "boldly make known the mystery of the gospel" to the lost of Ottawa. We are already looking forward to Mission Ottawa 2015.
Thank you, Lord, for the joy and the privilege it is to serve you and bring you glory in the process.