Rochester Hills, MI. Today’s story features a team that went out with the theme of praying for healing our wounded nation. We know God wants to heal us, as scripture tells us: “If my people, who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray, seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land.”
The following report comes to us from evangelist Beth in Rochester Hills, MI:
I was blessed to go out with a prayer partner to evangelize at one of our more popular locations, the Rochester Hills library park. Traffic was light due to the weather, but I was able to have many conversations. My opening line was “I’m praying for our country, would you like to join me?” Most people said yes, and when they stopped I had a chance to talk more with them I asked if they had a personal intention to bring to God. There were many whose intentions focused on peace and unity. Some have specific needs for healing physical ailments or relationships. A few lingered to talk more about how they were doing and I continued to encourage them to recognize God in the midst of their daily lives. A few were not familiar with prayer at all. One young couple wasn’t sure how to answer the question “are you Christian” until I clarified by asking “do you believe that Jesus Christ is Lord?”
For an evangelist, stuck at home all these weeks, it was a blessing to get out to pray with people !! To share the love of God and encourage others in his HOPE. As people are emerging from the pandemic and quarantine to a world of riots there is a great need to encourage people through listening, prayer and encouragement. I felt that challenges need to be gentle in the form of an invitation to draw even closer to the fullness of God’s grace, mercy and peace. It’s a good time to remind people that Jesus is waiting for them inside every Catholic church; they only need to step in and be with him.
Praised be Jesus Christ! If you are wondering if it’s time to get back on the street to evangelize, I say “yes.” You may need to start small, but if you feel that familiar tug of the Holy Spirit, calling you, respond with a YES! God wants his world back…and he needs our help.