By Mark Ellis
During an outreach at a train station in Sydney, Australia, a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) team member had a conversation with a man about Jesus that led to a very unexpected exchange.
After praying, the YWAM team felt led by the Sprit to the Blacktown train station, in western Sydney. “None of us had any idea what would happen, but we chose to simply walk by faith,” says Blair Coyle, part of YWAM’s Music & Arts Discipleship Training Staff.
“When we arrived, we asked God what we were to do next. We felt like we were supposed to go to the square just outside the station,” Blair recounts.
As they approached the square, they noticed the sound of worship music playing through a loudspeaker, and someone singing along karaoke-style.
They soon realized there was a street preacher sharing the Gospel outside the station. Blair approached the man to encourage him and they began talking. The man immediately asked if they were from YWAM and if any of them would like to share a testimony.
“Before I knew it, I had the microphone in my hand preaching to the passers-by about God’s love and plan for redemption in each person’s life, relating it to my own story,” Blair recounts.
People in the train station square began to turn around, stop, and listen. “I felt as though I was connecting to each person listening on a heart level. The Holy Spirit was getting their attention as I spoke,” Blair says.
After he finished speaking, Blair introduced himself to a man named Mark sitting on a bench nearby. Mark said he was from the U.S. and is currently involved in the casino industry.
“What do you do?” Mark asked.
“I travel around and tell people about Jesus,” Blair said.
A curious look appeared on the man’s face, and he asked, “Who is Jesus?”
Blair was taken aback for a moment. Then he began to explain who Jesus is, how he knows Him personally, and “how He speaks to me.”
Mark’s eyes lit up and he exclaimed, “Wait, Jesus is alive? Jesus speaks to you? How does this work? What is the last thing He spoke to you?”