2012 Streetwise Course
The STREETWISE street evangelism course begins in late January. We are beginning to receive applications so if you are considering applying this year please send in your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.We are looking forward to holding the course in Poplar, East London. Last year we held STREETWISE in Richmond.
This year we are hoping to train people with the possibility that they may consider using their new found skills during the time of the Olympic games. It is also tremendous that the OAC STREETWISE course is now available to people in other cities around the country including, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Canterbury, and Plymouth.
Every Thursday within school term-
Around 30 years ago David Fanstone of OAC first suggested the idea to the then leaders of the Church and the outreach has continued, largely on the same spot, since then.
Oxford Street Outreach
We meet in the Church building for bible study and prayer from 7.00pm and try to get out onto the pavement at the junction of Oxford Street and Argyll Street by 7.30.
We have three main ways of evangelising.
Some of the team preach using the sketchboard whilst the rest form the beginnings of a crowd. At the end of the preaching the team members turn to the ‘stranger’ who will have inevitably stopped near them and say something like ‘Hello, I am with him/her (i.e. the preacher), what did you think of what they said?” From this we have had numberless gospel conversations that have lasted from 5 minutes to an hour and a half.
A second means of witnessing is giving out tracts to the people who walk by and trying to engage the person in conversation as they receive it. It is amazing how many people are willing to stop and talk about such serious things. Yet at the same time it is shocking how many people do not want to even think about the things of life, eternity, faith and God. In the goodness of God this shock seldom discourages us but rather encourages us to our knees in prayer for the lost.
Thirdly we have a table with a display of Christian literature in, about, 25 different
languages with a big bag underneath with other c40 languages! This always attracts
people to come and look and it is an easy ice-
How wonderful it is to be able to give literature, gospels and New Testaments to people from countries closed to or difficult for the gospel. Places like Saudi Arabia, Mainland China, Qatar, Burma and so many others.
We usually stop after 9 o’clock as the shops close and the people hurry to the tube to go home.
We gather together to pack up and them pray for the events of the evening, always with thankfulness in our hearts and voices for what the Lord has done in the life of these dear people who are complete strangers to us but who are known by and loved by Him.
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Last year we held STREETWISE in Richmond. This year we are hoping to train people with the possibility that they may consider using their new found skills during the time of the Olympic games. It is also tremendous that the OAC STREETWISE course is now available to people in other cities around the country including, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff, Canterbury, and Plymouth.
Over a number of years the OAC London team have been strengthening their connections with the leadership team at St John’s Church, Stratford. In the summer of 2012 we had the privilege of serving along side local believers in the grounds of the church. OAC staff and volunteers were part of a large team sharing the gospel with both local people and visitors during the Olympic and Paralympic games.
OAC Streetwise goes to the now world famous Stratford!
During 2012 Gareth Owen completed his training and was accepted at a full time OAC Evangelist. He will be specialising in street evangelism.
He continues to look for additional supporters in order for him to maintain his ministry on an on going basis.
Gareth, based in East London, and is now building contacts with churches in that area as well as continuing his long standing commitment to
outreach in central London. His leadership of the Leicester Square meetings has meant that OAC is now involved in two central London open air meetings every Thursday evening.
Gareth Owen qualifies as an OAC Evangelist
David, shown here using the sketch board,
came all the way from Australia to work
at St John’s during the Olympic games
As a result of our work together we are pleased to announce that we have been invited to run the 2013 Streetwise Course at St John’s.
We are looking forward to working with people from St John’s and those from other churches who come along to learn how to share their faith using both words and pictures.