Grand Island, NE.
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This report comes to us from team leader Dennis with our team in Grand Island, NE:
Recently, we made a trip to our local Farmer’s Market. We had about 20 people come to our area. We gave away 12 Rosaries and prayed for 3 individuals. There were more Catholics than expected. They were glad we came. They said they didn’t know we had a local St Paul Street Evangelization team in town. It was fun because most weren’t on a mission and stayed around and talked to us.
The majority of people we talked to wanted us to come back again, but unfortunately the next day the owner of the property called and said he’d rethought his permission for us to be there. Sadly, he asked us not to come back. He said we didn’t do anything wrong, but didn’t want a lot of religious organizations to come and change what the Farmer’s Market was originally set up to be. While it is disappointing, we trust that God will find another venue for us to evangelize.
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Tried this at a couple of farmer’s markets near Mechanicsburg PA and they said no for the same reason. I did witness to a fallen-away Catholic who was an owner and he said he appreciated my heart to introduce people to the ways of God, especially during these times.
Seems I have seen some products made by religious brothers or sisters (jams, jellies, honey, etc) that SPSE might be able to team up with and present their products, thus getting SPSE back into local farmers markets. SPSE then gets to evangelize and religious brothers and/or sisters get to have their products available in farmers markets. A win-win!
Seems I have seen religious brothers and/or sisters who sell products such as jams, jellies, and honey, etc. Perhaps SPSE could team up with such organizations and get back into farmers markets displaying their products. SPSE could then evangelize and the religious groups could have their product displayed at farmers markets. Seems like a win-win!
In Detroit we simply moved across the street from the market. We’re on the public sidewalk between the free parking lot and the market. It turns out to be a great place to evangelize. Maybe others can do the same thing. Just move a bit so you are not in the official market area.