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Douglasville / West Georgia

Country: United States
State or province: Georgia

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Jeremy Noonan

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Summer Concert Outreach Discovery

June 9, 2024

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A team went out last Wednesday to reach out to people going to the first weekly summer concert at the Douglasville amphitheater.  Christine and Pat joined me before the concert; Gertrude, who is new to St. Theresa's, joined me afterwards.  We set up a table on the Church St. sidewalk across the street from the Douglas County Museum.  Unlike Monday night at the food truck, most people did not accept the offer of a Rosary as they passed by, because their focus was on getting to the amphitheater to find a good seat.

It was a wonderful, Holy Spirit led experience, as we handed out rosaries and went among those who really needed to hear God's Word. It was a beautiful and deeply moving afternoon! - Christine

I noticed across the street a group of people exit an office and another group standing around waiting to get in. I wandered over there to inquire about this place.  Turns out it is a social services office that includes a DUI court.  People were also there for family counseling and addiction programs.  Seeing an opportunity, Pat and I grabbed a handful of rosaries to distribute.  Here was a group that felt deeply their need for divine assistance!  And they had time to talk.  One young woman had just finished a family counseling appointment with her mom.  She had the name Jeremiah tatooed on her arm - the name of her son.  I asked her what she knew about the prophet Jeremiah and shared with her the promises of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31.  She said she didn't know what it meant to be "born again" but before I had a chance to answer, she was called back in to the office.

Next I met a guy named Ashton who exited the building on a electronic bicycle, which was his new mode of transportation since his license was suspended.  He shared that he was finishing an alcohol addiction program.  Though he had been baptized, he was not active in any church.  I shared the Gospel with him, describing Sin as analogous to addiction, and why I had become Catholic.  I offered him a ride to Mass and left my contact info.

People in desperate situations, whose lives have been wrecked by sin, gather here daily.  What an opportunity for evangelism!  I plan to call the court this week to discern the best way to reach out (and to make sure our efforts are not disruptive but helpful to what they are doing).

Gertrude and I returned at 830 to reach concert goers on their way from the concert.  This proved more effective, though some people seemed eager to get home and didn't stop.  We had a few quality conversations.  There was a group of 3 young women who walked by with a wagon full of refreshments.  They were their to sell healthy snacks and drinks.  Neither was active in Church, though they all had a Christian background.  They listened receptively as I explained why Mary is so important and why we pray to her.

This was Gertrude's first time doing an outreach, so she mostly just listened, but when people come out for the first time I want to involve them in a conversation.  When theses ladies left, she shared with me her ideas about using the wedding of Cana to explain Mary's role.  Then a young couple - a Hispanic woman named Anna and an African-American man named Jay - walked by.  We had run out of rosaries and so started offering Miraculous Medals.  Anna was very interested in the Medals and she also wanted our last Rosary.  As I explained the Rosary to her, I invited Gertrude to share more.  She passionately and eloquently shared her thoughts about the wedding of Cana.  I told Gertrud afterwards that perhaps she has a spiritual gift she didn't know about!

Neither Jay or Anna went to church, but said they were involved in some kind of home Bible study.  Anna was so eager to learn that she took a copy of each of our brochures! Reaching 'Gen-Z' young people like this who are unchurched but spiritually open is the main reason why we do this.  Moving forward, we are going to setup at 8p for the Wednesday concerts to reach folks as they leave, and establish a separate time to setup at the DUI court.