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November 15, 2020
After several months of neglecting to go out to the streets (winter and summer), my wife (Barb) and I have gone to the Ann Arbor Farmers market for 3 weeks (10/24; 11/7 and 11/14). The first time we were joined by another team member, Bob, whose holiness is nothing less than attractive. A new team member (Katie) joined us and she was heaven sent. She had a natural out-going approah which was quite inspiring to me. While I was getting nothing but "No thank you" and being ignored, every time I looked over to Bob's direction, he was talking to or praying over someone. When he came over to where I was, another man stopped as Bob engaged him (he was crippled and unkempt). We ended up praying over him and Bob got silent for a minute. Then he prayed for something that happened to this man when he was a boy. After we were done praying, he said "how did you know about that?" . I jumped in and said God was speaking to him because he loved him. He was truly impacted by this and walked away with more hope than when he came . In the last 2 weeks, it has just been my wife and I. We were able to give out a fair number of rosaries and miraculous medals. Barb engaged a woman who identified as a Muslim but was admittedly more in name than in practice. She was very open to the gospel. She shared in subsequent texts that her husband had lost his job and his unemployment was ending. We offered to help and ended up giving her a christmas tree and some diapers (she had 4 young children). In the last session on 11/14, I offered a miraculous medal to a girl walking quickly by when she turned and accepted it eagerly. I asked if she was Catholic and she said no. The Holy Spirit nudged me and I boldly asked if she would consider becoming Catholic. She smiled and said, (not exact quote) "who knows, I could be converted!" She then rushed off while I was totally at a loss as to what to say next. I prayed immediately for her conversion. Another woman stopped to talk to Barb, named Megan who was open to receiving the rosary and some literature. She said she was "spiritual" and Barb prayed over her for her request of serenity, peace and guidance. Another woman excitedly said "really!" when I offered a free rosary. She said she had just moved from California and she lost her rosary. I told her about a local parish church (to which we belong) and invited her to attend. She said she would check it out. I finally remembered to take a selfie of our outing and it is included with this post.
I will try to report on each outing as they happen so this does not have to be so long.