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Becca Dickerson

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Amazing Experiences for a First-Time Outing for Team Members in Gettysburg

April 18, 2023

Written by Dan & Connie Klunk

Our first outing at the St. Francis Xavier Christmas Bazaar in Gettysburg was amazing!
Our advantages:
ď‚· Our table was right inside the door as the people entered.
ď‚· Brochures had to be punched in order to enter raffle which drew people to us.
ď‚· Announcements were made if prayer is needed to visit our table.
We came with the intent to “observe” Becca because of her experience :). Within minutes of arrival…a lady came up asking us to pray for her sister. Dan and I prayed with her and she cried the entire time. She was alone for the first time at the bazaar. Her mother (who died this past year and loved the bazaar) always came with her. She was very sad. About an hour later, I saw her from a distance with a smile on her face and a bag in hand. She immediately came over and showed me her purchase. I said it is good to see you smiling. She then left and came back a third time….now remembering that her parents got married at Annunciation church and asked for directions so she could come visit sometime. She then asked to exchange phone numbers ….”so she could contact me and perhaps get together to have lunch”!

Later,  another person came and got the brochure stamped and didn’t say much. Sometime later, I saw her looking over at our table…..and suddenly she approached me and said “Would you pray for me…..I was just diagnosed yesterday with breast cancer”. Another….shared with me “good news” …that two years ago her now 10 yr. old granddaughter was diagnosed with cancer and is now cancer free! And during those two years watched her daughter-in-law and how she handled things and realized she really knows God.

Dan encountered several non-Catholics as he was handing out rosaries. Some said “no” however two actually took the rosaries and the brochure on how to say the rosary. Dan encountered a woman who asked for prayer for her sister who just lost her son. One lady took the miraculous medals and shared with me that her mother was Catholic. She shared with me that she listens every week to Dr. Schuler on TV. I then offered her the brochure on the reasons to return to the Catholic faith….however she declined. Dan also encountered a man who said he has 10 miraculous medals that were touched by Saint Mother
Teresa of Calcutta! Four he gave to his children and the other six he still has. Another man came up to Dan and took one of the miraculous medals and held it up and said: “THIS WORKS!” Dan said…yes, I know, and showed him the one he was wearing. One woman told Dan that after her mother died she found her mom’s miraculous medal! Dan told the woman that the same thing happened to him….he found a very large miraculous medal and now keeps it near the picture of his mother.

After a long conversation with a woman, I asked if there was anything she would like me to pray for her…..she gave a huge sigh….and began saying “I have a cyst on my arm…..and many other issues….yes, please pray for me”. One of my friends from church stopped at our table to see what we were doing. My friend’s sister was
with her who is having heart issues. As they walked away, her sister turned and said “Thank you for all you are doing”! My friend decided to take a miraculous medal out of the basket….and as she looked at the medal….it was a medal of ST. JUDE!! My friend was in awe and so were we (we didn’t know where that came
from)! It was the saint of the impossible. My friends’ three sisters are all going through almost impossible illnesses and she is their support. She held tightly to the medal as she walked away.
Parishioners from Annunciation (who we seldom get a chance to talk to) noticed us at the table and stopped. We explained why we were there and told them they would see us “greeting and welcoming” tomorrow at our parish in a new ministry called St. Barnabas. They said….they will look for us tomorrow.

Several people wanted us to pray for their children who no longer go to church. One person had a question for Father Lyons about “will her husband know her when she gets to Heaven?” She was very emotional and began to cry…..still missing him terribly. Stayed and talked for awhile and seemed comforted as she walked away.
Overall, we all prayed with many people that day. Some came to us…..and some we asked if they needed prayer. All were hurting in many different ways.