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Plenty of work in the Vineyard! - 2020-10-04

October 12, 2020

Plenty of work in the Vineyard! So thank you again for your prayers for the Boise Catholic street evangelization effort!

A non-Catholic Christian couple, perhaps in their early 30s, passed us by. But the second time they came through the square, they stopped for a free Rosary. The woman chose one, and we began explaining the devotion. Then the man said, “Yes, I’ve become very curious about Catholicism.” That alerted e. Chuck, and he briefly shared with our visitor what brought him to conversion a few years ago. He lamented that we normally had a Catechism to give out but didn’t have room on our table anymore. E. Lucy, however, quickly produced our last copy out of our bag and gave it to him. By the time they left, they each had a Rosary, as well as a copy to share of the Catechism, and 3 basic FAQ pamphlets: “What About Mary?”, “Marian Doctrines”, and “Common Objections”. Please pray for them?

Three men stopped, who might have lifestyle issues that could make it difficult to embrace Catholicism. Two men stood back, while the third responded to our offer of a free Rosary. As we explained the merits of praying the Rosary, he asked if he could have the pamphlet called, “What About Mary?” The other two men declined a Rosary.

A family group walked by and a boy (?), almost a teen, edged toward the table. But the parents declined, so the whole group walked on. A few seconds later, the boy came running back, while the family waited at a distance. When e. Lucy asked if his family was Christian, he said no. So, besides a rapid-fire introduction to the Rosary devotion, she had e. Chuck grab a copy of the “Good News”/kerygma pamphlet to give him.

“John”, the parking lot attendant, stopped again to chat. E. Chuck offered him a Rosary, and he said he already received one from us, and had it hanging up somewhere at home. We encouraged him to get it out and use it for prayer.

A woman, displaying pictures of bat-winged creatures on her tattoos and clothes, left a group of two other people, one of them wearing a pointy, wide-brimmed hat. The woman wanted a free Rosary. E. Lucy got one out for her, and asked if she knew anything about Christianity. When she said no, e. Chuck got a “Good News”/kerygma pamphlet out for her, too. Neither of her companions came over. Please pray for them all? This stuff is hard to break away from. May Our Lady help them!

A couple went by, the woman saying they were Catholic and already prayed the Rosary every day. E. Chuck asked her to pray it once for us! She said she would, and then thanked us for being out there.

A man named “Denver” reminded us that he had stopped for a Rosary a couple years ago, and had played us a song. He was grateful for the Rosary, said it was meaningful, and had given it to his grandmother. He was now back in town to help his parents. He chose another Rosary and played us another song, this time on his harmonica.

Altogether, the two evangelists gave away 15-20 Rosaries, 1 copy of the Catechism, 2 copies of the kerygma, 2 copies of “What About Mary?”, and 1 copy each of “Marian Doctrines” and “Common Objections”.

Please pray for us again today? Ask God to send people to us prepared to perceive their need for Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church, and that much good fruit for His Kingdom comes of today’s efforts.

Our work continues, 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).

P.S. Thank you again for your prayers, and your words of encouragement: Katie777, CajunJoy65, Katherine438, Barb, and Randy!