The following report comes to us from team leader Lucy with our team in Boise, ID:
A previous visitor stopped to chat. He had mentioned to us his hopes to retire to a Catholic country where Our Blessed Mother has appeared. He talked with Chuck for a few minutes, mostly about housing prices over there. He asked when we were going to another purported apparition site. I thought it was a bit too close to an active war zone right now.
A well-dressed man stopped for a Rosary. When we asked if he was familiar with it, he said he didn’t speak much English. Asked what his native language was, he said something like Kirundi (Burundi). He had heard of Jesus, but was not Christian. Besides the Rosary, we gave him its pamphlet, as well as a copy of the Good News/kerygma, suggesting he use an online translator to read it.
A man declared that “praying on beads to dead people” wasn’t Biblical. Though he slowed down to make this statement, he didn’t stop, until Chuck wondered aloud if he thought it was okay to ask another person to pray for him. He agreed that it was, but not to ask “dead people”. So, the evangelist pointed out that in the Bible, God said he “was not the God of the dead, but of the living”, while specifically referring to certain “dead people”. Also, “dead people” were there for Christ’s Transfiguration. The evangelist began to mention the “great cloud of witnesses” from Hebrews as an example of more “dead people” in communion with us. But the man interrupted to say he would love to stay and argue, but was late for something and moved on. May our visitor’s love for God’s Word help him see that God’s love and membership in His family do not end at the grave.
Praised be Jesus Christ! Please pray for God to send people to this team with hearts prepared to perceive their need for Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes from their efforts.