Love Hobart is an outreach ministry in the city of Hobart, Tasmania. We initially started with the Rock Cafe in February 2012, but since May 2014 when the cafe closed, we have been out and about on the streets of Hobart where we meet many people each week. We share the Gospel, answer questions (if we can), pray, give hugs, listen, buy food when needed and just endeavour to show Jesus through our words and actions. In June 2015 we started a youth night every Friday from 6-8pm with food, table-tennis, pool and informal 'God-talk' for the youth we meet through the street ministry. We have also had a free sausage sizzle in Franklin Square. This opened up many opportunities to share the Gospel as people were generally blown away by what we were doing and were very happy to listen to us share about Jesus and the power of the cross.
We have met many people and we are building relationships with those that we meet regularly on the streets. This has become a source of great joy and encouragement as we share the Gospel, impart godly wisdom and just be a friend to the lost, lonely, homeless, hurting, sick, the struggling and the broken. We give out Bibles and we also get to pray with various ones with many different needs. What a privilege to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
In all that we do we seek to be polite and respectful, generally asking permission to share about Christianity or to pray etc. We are impressed with the politeness and openness especially of the younger generation towards us and we are enjoying building many friendships.
Love Hobart's church, 'Church on the Rock', meets every Sunday at 4:30pm at Criterion House, Mathers Lane, Hobart. On Monday nights from 6-7pm we have our church prayer meeting outside in the Hobart CBD (as we don't have a building to use during the week) which can make for a very interesting prayer meeting. Sometimes, others in the park want to know what we're doing and we've even had some of them join us. We often get to share the Gospel before, during and after the prayer meeting with those around.
For further details contact us here.
We also train and equip others in evangelism and from May 2015 we started running our training seminar 'Fearless Evangelism'- how to share the Gospel in every day life. This includes lots of practical tips on how to approach people, what to say and how to navigate through a conversation to share the Gospel.
Love Hobart also manages Vision College Hobart which trains and equips Christians by giving them practical and theological training. Vision College Hobart is a sub college of Vision College in Sydney, Australia which provides nationally recognised qualifications to its graduates. You can start with cert 3 in ministry and theology with the option of going through to higher levels of study, including diploma and advanced diploma. At this time all courses are correspondence based but when the need arises we will look at resuming lectures.
In light of the current situation in Australia we have put in place a COVID-19 Plan. A summary of our plan is as follows:
Sanitise hands on arrival with sanitizer that’s provided.
Sign in the attendance register
Keep 1.5ms distance from others outside your immediate family
Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Wash hands as often as possible.
If you’re sick, stay home.
FEARLESS EVANGELISM TRAINING SEMINAR- no cost
Practical training by Helen Devenish and team.
Watch this space for times and dates.
Or contact us to book a seminar at your church wherever that is (travel expenses negotiable).
So far we have run the seminar in Tasmania, WA and ACT.
For further details please contact us here.
Our very first Fearless Evangelism training seminar was on May 2nd 2015. Sessions 1 & 2 can be listened to here. Sessions 3 & 4 can be listened to here. And sessions 5 & 6 can be listened to here.
The above video was recorded in 2017 for the Church Together of Southern Tasmania. It shows footage of Helen sharing the Gospel in Hobart. Her voice-over is a prayer for the city of Hobart, specifically for the youth.