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Lucy Stamm

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May God protect and greatly bless you and all those you love - 2020-09-27

October 4, 2020

Significant encounters awaited our lone evangelist last week. So thank you again for your ongoing prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort.

Here is our evangelist’s report:

With a couple Rosaries hanging from each finger of my left hand and pamphlets in my right, I gave away 6 Rosaries: three to people who were raised Catholic, and three to non-Catholic Christians who were curious. One went to a young couple who were very interested in how the Mysteries were prayed. The bulk of my time, though, was spent in conversation with the following two people.

“Manny” had stopped at the table a year or so ago, and even showed up at Mass once afterwards. This time, he stopped to talk. You may recall that Manny had been raised Catholic in Germany, and that a great number of his family members are enslaved to the enemy of all humankind. He emigrated to America more than twenty years ago to get away from that influence, with which he was becoming increasingly enthralled. He still struggles, still believes himself possessed, but has given up on prayer and the Church. Instead, he relies on himself and his own strength, and claims that it is working. I pointed out, over and over, that the one he is fascinated with is the father of lies, and that Manny’s lack of confidence in prayer and the Church is the result of his believing some of those lies. This made him angry and he stormed away. Ten minutes later, though, he came back. But, the more I pointed out that obedience, humility, and the Church were what he needed, and that the one he served was lying to him, the more angry Manny became. He left, saying he had “given up on the Church”. Please pray for Manny’s soul!

A young woman named “Crystal” stopped. Her parents had no faith but had sent her to Catholic schools for the education, and in the hope that she wouldn’t get in trouble. In college, Crystal gave up what faith she had. Then, in her late 20s, she felt she had an encounter with Christ and became a non-Catholic Christian. She shared a couple of her objections to the Catholic Church. We discussed them at length but without resolution, and parted amicably. Pray that her heart softens toward the Church.

Please pray for us again today? We expect our team to be back to full strength this week, God willing! So, please ask God to prepare people’s heart to perceive and accept 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.

Building trust and establishing relationships takes time, but worth every minute. 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).