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Douglasville / West Georgia

Country: United States
State or province: Georgia

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Jeremy Noonan

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Promoting the New Evangelism Ministry at St. Theresa's

May 26, 2024

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Fr. Leandro permitted me to promote the Douglasville SPSE team at Mass this weekend.  This was my first time speaking at Mass.  While I felt confident in the Lord, I felt unsure about what kind of response to expect, since I have sensed a reflexive hesitancy among Catholics to do this kind of evangelism.  In the end, I was very encouraged by the response!  Enough people expressed sincere interest to move forward with outreaches next week and I see the nucleus of a team coming together.

We will start by going to Food Truck Mondays the evening of June 3rd and to the first Wednesday concert at the amphitheater on June 5th, with plans to return each Wednesday evening in June and July (see the calendar for more details).  I would also like to plan a few visits to West Ga Technical College (down the road from the church) and do a July 4th outreach at the annual parade/festival.

Once I see who shows up and their level of experience, we will organize some kind of training to get better equipped along with some team building.

The picture here is from our missions trip to China in 2002 .  My wife and I had just been married a year; we led a team of college students to ostensibly study Chinese at a university.  There we met as many students as we could and invited them to a one-on-one investigative Bible study.  To keep this secret, we would always meet them off campus, and we all had a copy of a Chinese Bible on our PalmPilots (remember those!).  This was by far the best, most fruitful mission trip I ever did as the receptivity to the gospel was tremendous.