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This report comes to us from team leader Josette with the St. John the Baptist team in Pottsville, PA:
It was a hot day and thunderstorms were forecasted. The last minute idea to offer free cold bottled water to show the love of Jesus entered our minds – so we went with it! Not a lot of foot traffic was expected at Stoyer’s Dam local park, but once again, God had other plans! We were surprised to find on our arrival that an unadvertised craft show was going on, so with Rosaries in hand, and free cold water to offer, it appeared to be another divine set-up!
We set up our table and started to pray as a team, thanking God for the opportunity to serve Him, and asking to be filled with his Holy Spirit of Love. Not many seemed interested in approaching our table (despite our “FREE WATER” sign), so we spread out and spoke to whomever the Holy Spirit led to us. We began by praying the rosary together, but didn’t get far into ‘The Creed’ before we were in the midst of many townsfolk. Although some kindly declined a rosary and/or prayer invitation, most graciously accepted. One woman responded, “I’m not Catholic, but sure, I’ll take a Rosary”. She was genuinely appreciative after learning “that anyone can pray the Rosary, Mary is the Mother of us all, and praying the Rosary is a powerful offering to Trinitarian God, through the intercession of Our Mother Mary”. Another young couple walking with their beautiful baby girl was very accepting of the prayers for blessing over their young family, and also very excited to receive a free Rosary.
This outing was big for St. John the Baptist team members, as it was the first scheduled outing together as a team following our training which completed in June. We were excited to put it all together and get our feet wet. Prior to ending the outing, we discussed our impressions, thoughts, ideas and suggestions on how to improve next time. We finished by offering a prayer of praise, thanksgiving, and intercession for personal intentions.
Praised be Jesus Christ!