Always Be Prepared
October 14, 2021
1Peter 3:15 “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” Are you an evangelist full-time?
This past weekend I had the privilege of serving with a healing ministry on a young adult (under 45) retreat. These young men and women are amazing. Their honesty and vulnerability before the Lord is a witness to me.
Adoration, healing ministry and confession were offered outside on a crisp, clear autumn evening. One young man came for healing prayer for forgiveness for an ex-girlfriend and pornography. After the prayer, I sensed the Lord telling me to ask him if he prays the Rosary. You know, if you ask someone to give up a bad habit or a sin, you have to replace the void with a good habit or virtue. He said no, he needs help with his prayer life and did not own a Rosary.
Since we were in the parking lot, and my car was 25 feet away, I asked him to take a walk with me. I opened the back of my SUV and revealed my mobile bookstore. He asked for a blue Rosary and as I was untangling it for him, he helped himself to the pamphlets on “how to pray the Rosary”and “sexual purity.” He also accepted a Miraculous Medal. He walked away at peace and armed with a battle plan.
It was an anointed evening for sure, and I was glad I had my trunk stocked. It wasn’t planned, but the Holy Spirit was working overtime that night. I don’t think I will ever remove my SPSE supplies from my trunk! Thank you Jesus!
Not So Good Neighbors
October 5, 2021
Well, since one of the suggestions was a food pantry, we decided to go across the street from our church and try praying with people using the services of "Good Neighbors" food pantry. The day was foggy and dreary, we could feel the mist from the cloud we were in. We prayed before we headed across the street...a binding prayer and one to the Holy Spirit. We placed our wagon about 4 feet from the driveway before the pantry opened. Unfortunately, it was a new location and we didn't realize people must "preorder" their goods, because they were only driving up in a line to have their trunks loaded. The learning experience came when the person in charge told us to move. We politely told him we had a right to be on the sidewalk. He told us there will no proselytizing in front of his store. We repeated again that we had a right to be there. So, of course, the police were called. They politely told the man we had a right to be there, after which the man quickly called us names and other things and walked away. We stayed for 90 minutes, but seeing no foot traffic from the door to the parking lot we left. We may try again on a non dreary day, especially to prove that we weren't "bullied away." We told the man we'd pray for him. We did give out one rosary with a promise to pray for Paul who was on his way to work.
Sometimes The Holy Spirit Zig Zags
September 22, 2021
The Holy Spirit has been prompting us to "take it to the street" for several years. In August, 2016, eight of us ventured out, door to door, with the newly founded Legion of Mary. The experience was wonderful and we were able to uncover children who needed baptism, marriages which needed validated and people who needed to return to our parish. Through a number of years we struggled with getting people to go out on the street. For the most part, our group wanted only to do nursing home visits as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Members left as they became more and more physically unable to perform the apostolic works required of Legion members. In June of 2017 several of us took the Basic Evangelization Training with Steve Dawson and Brian Lee at St. Francis DeSales parish in Akron. Our hope was with training, we would renew the vigor in our LOM groups for going door to door. In the end, between infirmity and covid, our Legion of Mary was officially disbanded in summer of 2021. The Akron team of SPSE also disbanded. But, you see, the Holy Spirit wasn't about to let us just sit, so after meeting with Fr. Jared, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, we decided the solution was to reignite St. Paul Street Evangelization team here in Cuyahoga Falls. The mission was the same: save souls through Mary, the promotion of the Rosary and evangelization on the street and door to door. The advantage was a slightly less structured format and a lesser, looser time commitment. After a prayerful summer and some online refresher courses, St. Paul Street Evangelization - Cuyahoga Falls Team was officially "born again" so to speak. Please pray for our team and encourage anyone in our area to email me at email@example.com for information on joining our team or inviting us to your parish.
Oktoberfest, Riverfront in Cuyahoga Falls
September 18, 2021
Don, Matt and I headed out to Oktoberfest on a hot sunny day. It was Matt's first time out. The Lord is graciously sending us evangelists and people to pray for. Our first encounter was with parishioners of Saint Joe's so we knew we had wonderful prayer warriors lifting us up today. We prayed with 10 people. One woman was Jewish with her two daughters whose husband is Christian. We shared similar stories about the prophecies which Jesus fulfilled and His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the similarities between the Levitical sacrifices of the Jewish people and our Catholic Mass. She was interested in the information, and I invited her to St. Joe's for Mass and she took info on the Catholic church. She had asked for prayers for our country...which of course led into a beautiful conversation about founding principles and morals and common ground. Her two young adult daughters and herself all took Rosaries. One woman stopped and asked for prayers for her son in the military who may have to quit rather than be forced to take the shot. We prayed to Our Sorrowful Mother, and I explained the devotion to her. She is a former Catholic and now attends non-denominational Chapel in the Falls. She took information on "return to the Catholic Church" and we talked about going to Confession and the Real Presence in only the Catholic Eucharist. She took a bulletin from St. Joe's and I gave her my phone number to go for coffee. Another young man with a small baby stopped and agreed to get prayer. He was very open to hearing about the Catholic church, lives a block away. He also took a bulletin from St. Joe's and we invited him to Mass. He took info on becoming Catholic and was very grateful for our prayers and our ministry. The three people who took Miraculous Medals let us put them around their neck.
All in all, it was a great day for our first attempt at this venue. It was very crowded, but hard to find shade. Next year we will put them at the top of our list and hopefully cover more time slots. A great place to meet people from Cuyahoga Falls, and being on the sidewalk, it didn't cost us money!
Praise Jesus! Holy Spirit guide and nudge the people with whom we talked today. Pour out your Holy Spirit in Cuyahoga Falls!!
Cuyahoga Falls Farmers' Market
September 17, 2021
Our second outing was much more fruitful! Thank you Rita for stepping up and out! We prayed with 11 people and handed out 14 Rosaries. We prayed against alcohol addiction and against cancer. We prayed for conversion for the husband of a Catholic and he was moved to tears. One young woman refused the Rosary then turned around and said, "you know what, I'll take that Rosary." She had attended her Catholic grandmother's funeral that day and we prayed together for her grandmother and for her own return to the Catholic Church. She accepted wearing a miraculous medal. The woman we prayed for healing of cancer also accepted wearing a miraculous medal. Her friend whom she was visiting just moved to the Falls and is looking for a church. We invited her to St. Joe's and gave her a church bulletin. The woman with alcohol addiction does not go to any church but is a Christian. We invited her to RCIA at St. Joe's on Monday, she lives a block away from the church. We were visited by our old friend Mike who has been following us of late. We also invited him to RCIA at St. Joe's on Monday.
It was a wonderful afternoon and we were joyous over the number of people who turned around and came back for prayer or literature. Thank you Jesus for those you sent to us today. Mother Mary draw them to Jesus. Thank you Lord for our beautiful Catholic Faith!
Mary's Birthday Gift to Us!
September 8, 2021
Thank you Mary, and thank you Jesus. Don joined us today at the Rosary, a new team member. We welcome him with open and grateful arms. Two new parishioners joined us this evening for the Rosary, and one may join the SPSE team. A gentleman we spoke with last month came back again and this time Don and I were able to give him the kerygma, a personal testimony and pray with him for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the gift of faith. He has a lot of questions and is looking for a study group. First step: Return to the sacraments!! He's an excellent candidate for Symbolon on formed, small groups or the Seeker Small Group Program. The earth is moving...can you feel it? We need to have an onboarding plan in place for these souls the Lord is sending us! Thank you Momma Mary for your loving care!
First Outing Under the Belt-Eye Opening Experience
September 4, 2021
I was packed, ready and willing to go. I even had the names and descriptions of 3 people I felt the Lord wanting me to pray with. I came with expectant faith. Well, we came, we prayed. As a first outing I learned how to unfold and refold the wagon, though, like a gas station map, not the way it was originally intended. This is a sad, evil place. My prayer warriors were from St. Bernard Parish 5 in all. One couple was celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary by witnessing on the sidewalk. A few other Catholics, one from Mayfield Hts, came to pray. No other evangelists joined me today.
Prayer is sadly needed here. Actually, an exorcism is needed here. Hopefully we can line the sidewalk. Unfortunately, it's not a place for evangelization. As you can see, the "deathcorts" line the drive including the apron and you cannot approach the cars. The clients come in from both sides in the back and we are not allowed to go up to them. My hope was to at least be able to pray with some of the clients, but they were unapproachable. I said several rosaries with my friends from St. Bernard Parish. I will go back, perhaps just with the Catholic sign and a back pack. I met a lovely pastor and his wife and 4yr old daughter from Holmes County. I gave my number to two nice Catholic young men in an effort to recruit them for our evangelization team. I met a lovely retired sister residing at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron. She was thrilled to see a Catholic evangelist! I hope to meet up with her again! I gave out rosaries to the Catholics who were there who forgot theirs. Some of them took pamphlets to help their family return to the Catholic church. At least the cars honking on the street got to see a "Catholic" sign on the sidewalk for a change.
Just for fun, I struck up a conversation with two young men, evangelicals, who were preaching with their bullhorn. Their knowledge of Scripture passages quickly put me to shame. I will be more prepared next time, if we end up here again. I was like a toddler babbling in defense of the Catholic faith. They were kind and smiling, but what I didn't feel was love. I tried to talk about the Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, but they had an answer for that which I was not equipped to refute. I need a Scripture scholar with me!!!! This was a tough first outing. Until I recruit more people and gain more experience, I'll stick to Farmers' Markets and shopping districts. Perhaps the people there will be more amenable to receiving prayer for healing and hearing the word of God. I was joyful to see a sidewalk full of Catholics there, however! I ended my afternoon before the Holy Eucharist, praying for the women who left that clinic with bags of drugs today, and for those misguided souls who serve as "escorts." #ComeSoonLordJesus #MultiplyMyLoavesAndFishes
September 1, 2021
PRAISE THE LORD! Passed the first Basic Evangelization final exam and the "Street Ready Call" interview. We're ready to go, and I'm getting prepared to be a good coach! Take a leap of faith. Join us on our outings (see the calendar) starting this Saturday, September 4th at the abortion clinic 2127 State Rd. Cuyahoga Falls, Oh 44221.
So, thank you Bob Wilson for stretching my brain during our “Street Ready” interview call. However, this old brain does forget things. Folks, I made what could have been a fatal error when I quoted Mark 16:17-18 & Matt 10:8 in response to Bob’s role-play question of “why are you so confident in your beliefs?” Well, he quizzed me on whether I really believed WE could pray for someone to be raised from the dead (as someone on the street may have.) Here’s the miracle story I was too flustered to share. Folks, we BELIEVE every word in Scripture!! Matt 10:8 “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.” Mark 16:17-18 These signs will accompany THOSE WHO BELIEVE: in My name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Pastor Jim Baker of Zion Church in Powell, Ohio also spoke of witnessing someone raised from the dead, but I can’t find the testimony. I have seen fear leave, pain leave, backs straightened, cataracts cleared, hearts returned to flesh. Jesus heals! NOW, go out and pray with people on the street, proclaim the Gospel, and EXPECT signs & wonders! Love to all. Praise Jesus!
Matt Loboda is a personal friend of mine. He grew up with my children, down the street in Garfield Heights, Ohio. His daughter, Joy, was raised from the dead. Here’s his story: https://lepantoin.org/light-shineth-darkness/ I BELIEVE!!
God Has a Sense of Humor
August 25, 2021
Praise Jesus! God has me giggling today! First shipment arrived from SPSE store on Saturday with rosaries, miraculous medals and holy cards. The same day in the mail I received this handwritten letter from and a leaflet about the Jehovah's Witness conference in my area. You better believe Ms. Crawl will be receiving a few SPSE pamphlets and a blessed miraculous medal in return! If you have not had a chance to check out the available tracks, you can do so here: https://evangelizationschool.com/store/product-category/pamphlets/english-pamphlets/. There are also free mp3 audio files to burn and hand out. Great refreshers! Today, our signs were delivered. Setting up my "street ready call" interview and studying for my final exam! Have you gone through the free videos yet? Don't forget to click "sign code of conduct." Praying for the possibility of setting up on State Rd. by the abortion clinic from 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Saturday Sept. 4th as our first outing. Email me your thoughts. The earth is quaking...getting ready for a mighty move of the Spirit! Can you feel it? Come and see!
August 23, 2021
The Blessed Mother is indeed blessing our ministry. Last October, two people approached us while we were saying the Rosary. One was a non-Catholic who wanted to learn the Rosary and how to read the Bible. The other was a Catholic who is currently away from the church. Last week, someone also approached us who is currently away from church, but he came to pray the Rosary with his own Rosary! We talked about returning to Confession so he could receive the Holy Eucharist. He took the pamphlet on Confession, and "Returning to the Catholic Church." God sends "Divine Appointments" even for the Rosary.
As soon as some of you have at least watched the free videos, we can go out. We only need two at a time. Let me know. There is a Farmer's Market going on now at High Point Glen park, Fridays 4pm-7pm until October 1. We can stand on the sidewalk on Front Street downtown, anytime. When you're ready, let me know. There are some basic standards for evangelizing with SPSE, so we all want to be on the same page, and you have to digitally sign the "Code of Conduct."
Our friends from Lorain County/Vermillion team have this to report from Jamie's Flea Market in Amherst: Saturday, August 14th; 6 evangelists, prayed with 115, 5 signed up for RCIA, prayed with 7 for addictions, several made the consecration to Jesus. Saturday, August 21st; report from 1 of the evangelists, he prayed with 73 people, 1 signed up for RCIA (a 19 yo who will go to St. Raphael for class, numerous consecrations to Jesus, prayed for 7 addicts and 2 for healing. All for the glory of God. This team will be at the Lorain County Fair Mon-Sun 10am-8pm. Stop in and see them, or at least keep them in your prayers, and those whom they meet. I'll be going out on Thursday to meet with them!
Thank you all for your love of Jesus. Thank you all for wanting to share the truth of the Gospel. We need you and each of your unique gifts!!
August 20, 2021
"In development" is a great phrase. It means, not yet ready, still growing, pain of stretching, exhaustion in training, sadness at setbacks, hope for new horizons, faith in the future. We started door-to-door evangelization in 2016 through the Legion of Mary. It's tough, not for everyone, nor the faint of heart. But, through it all, Mary has pushed and prodded. This is evidenced by the number of strangers we have encountered during our public recitation of the Rosary. Now a new opportunity has presented itself with Saint Paul Street Evangelization. I hope you will prayerfully consider whether the Lord is calling you to this amazing ministry. I will be going out to the Lorain County Fair week of August 23 to practice and pray with our brothers in Vermilion and Lorain County. You are all welcome to visit with them as well, to "taste and see." If you have not yet registered to be on a team, fill out the contact form. Those already receiving an intro email can begin their training right through this website. The online training is wonderful, featuring presenters such as Dr. Mary Healy and Peter Herbeck. Don't forget to come to our public Rosary listed in the church bulletin (you might even get a chance to hone your skills). God bless you for clicking through. Stay tuned for updates.