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Lucy Stamm

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God Evidence - 2023-11-26

December 3, 2023

God answers prayer, and sometimes we notice. So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Not only was that annual decorated tree exhibition going on in the main convention center, but the new city-sponsored “ice” skating rink had opened in the middle of the business park. We were asked to move out of the center circle. So, we set up on the busy north corridor. By the end of our session, two buskers had also set up shop, 1 on either side.

Thirty-somethings “Nolan” and “Dakota” wondered what we were doing, and Dakota asked if e. Chuck would pray for them. After the prayer, the evangelist noticed their smirky smiles, so he asked what was up. It turns out that Nolan had gone from being a highly active, well read Christian to being a non-believer, and that Dakota, a Christian, was hoping to make his friend uncomfortable. Despite the prank, they stayed to talk and argue, and even expressed interest in returning to continue the conversation. Despite his tenacious, pride-filled conviction that there is no God, Nolan very much wants God to be real and is dedicated to seeking the truth. May The Way, The Truth and The Life help him to realize his desire. Please pray that Nolan and Dakota return to speak with the evangelists again. Please also pray that God continues to draw Nolan back to Faith.

If you are a long-time follower of this apostolate, you may recall “Martin”, from about a decade ago. At that time, he asked prayer to be freed from “demon rum”, and e. Lucy and a non-Catholic Christian visitor prayed for him. This week, immediately after the following encounter (too late!), e. Lucy thought she recognized Martin in the man with long black hair who stopped for a Rosary. He asked e. Lucy if she were Christian. Yes! He asked what church she attended, then grimaced when she named her Catholic parish. Then he kept repeating that he identified as a member of a particular, often anti-Catholic, denomination of non-Catholic Christians. E. Lucy affirmed that this is a good time for Christians to be standing shoulder to shoulder, in perhaps an  unconscious echo of that previous encounter. Our visitor shook hands with both us as he took his leave. Please pray that he remains free of addiction and grows in his love for Jesus Christ.

Two girls in their early teens stopped. They weren’t Christian, so e. Lucy encouraged them to take their questions respectfully into their meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

Three employees from the juice bar directly across from where we set up came to us separately for a Rosary. The first declared his non-belief in God but was glad we were out there encouraging others to faith. May God grant him a return to the one true Faith, and may He bless the others!

The man with the changeable accent (encountered a few weeks ago), and whom e. Lucy pegged as “the merchant” from a few years back, came and wanted another Rosary, pointing to the fanciest one on the table. She said no. We cannot be a party to the selling of blessed items. May God heal him and grant him the courage to be truthful.

There were lots of people passing by, but very few conversations. People seemed to be in a hurry, either to get to the activities in the center of the business park or to get back home. Still, the two evangelists gave away at least 20 Rosaries and the pamphlet on how to pray it.

Please pray for us again today? Ask that God send people to us 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 of today’s efforts.

Jesus came to save us, and that’s still His desire. So thank you again for your prayers and other support for this apostolate. In turn, may God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love!

“Go with the strength you have” (Judg 6:14).