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Hagerstown Square July 29, 2014
September 16, 2019
Our first encounter at the square was with Tara. We were still setting up when I invited her to take a rosary. She said sure! We had a great conversation with her. She was raised Catholic and her husband is Catholic but she is currently attending an evangelical Baptist church. She brings her son there. It turns out she knows a friend of ours who just started a very popular prison ministry in our town who is also a member of our Church. She was a delight to talk with and took a pamphlet on returning to the church and one on Confession along with rosaries. She was quite happy to see us and seemed open to the possibility of returning to the church. Please pray for Tara.
We were then, out of nowhere, surrounded by BMXers, and skaters. (we set up in front of a skate shop). Maria and I had good fun with these kids. They love the different colored rosaries. Maria showed them how to pray and discussed church with them. Maria is a very popular and successful youth group leader in our church. They all left with a few rosaries around their necks, and some knowledge of who Jesus is and the Catholic Church.
Our next friend was a young guy named Caleb. Caleb was a pleasure to meet. Very friendly and sincere young man. He is currently not going to church but believes in Jesus and is open to visiting St Mary Catholic Church. He wants to learn more, we gave him rosaries and how to pray the rosary. I’ve seen him around town before and he’s seen me. So it’ll be easy to keep in touch. His girlfriend is pregnant and they intend to keep the baby. We prayed with Caleb. Please say a prayer for him and his girlfriend and their baby.
Our next encounter was with Scott and Mike. They both approached the table at the same time. They are also new in town and looking for work and housing and both are open to a relationship with Jesus and maybe even the Catholic Church. Scott is a fallen away Catholic who has been away for awhile. We spoke for awhile about his spiritual life and the possibility of returning to church. We gave him pamphlets on returning to the Church,Confession and the Eucharist as well as a cd on The One Church. He took rosaries as well and said he would pray and come up to the church and see a priest.Sounds great. Pray for Scott. Pray for his return and a job and housing. Mike didn’t know anything about the Catholic Church but is so elated about a very promising job interview and housing that he will be moving into soon that he felt inclined to thank God. Obviously he is open to a relationship with God and seemed interested in what we spoke of about the Catholic Church. So we gave him info about becoming a Catholic and how to pray the rosary as well as Scott Hahn’s conversion story. He is going to stop by St Mary Catholic Church tomorrow to talk some more about this. We all prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for the many blessings he has received. Please pray for Mike’s conversion.
Hagerstown Square, June 17, 2014
September 16, 2019
I (Bill) forgot a camera again, sorry. Next time I will tie it to myself. Today Glenn and I welcomed a new member to our team,Dominick. He and Glenn are good buds. Neither of these guys are really new to evangelizing, so they picked up on our methods very easily. They both have the summer off from school and work part time at a wilderness recreation area, and are off on Tuesdays and are fired up about street evangelization. Praise God! We set up at the Hagerstown Square at 11 AM. It was a little slow at first perhaps because it was hot and humid. Then one by one people stopped and took rosaries and pamphlets and chatted for a bit. It was a very pleasant experience. Some will visit the church I hope. I ask for prayer for one person especialy, his name is James. He is a very quiet soft spoken guy in his late twenties. He is going through a very difficult life experience, he has lost everything he owns, and is open to change and a relationship with God. A friend invited him to a Baptist church, but he said its only open on Sundays. I spoke with him about St Mary church here in town which is open all day every day. And since I work as a volunteer there I can easily meet him there any day. We prayed with him and he will be meeting with me Friday AM at the Church. He felt much better after our prayer and took some pamphlets about our faith and seems quite open to learning more about the Catholic faith. Pray for this man please. This is what it is all about folks, being able to bring someone who is hurting and has had enough of the pain to a relationship with God. Thank you Jesus for bringing James our way and we know he is in your hands. Thank you Glenn and Dominick for a great experience and a job well done. God bless you.
Hagerstown Fairgrounds June 14, 2014
September 16, 2019
Sorry, no pictures today, forgot camera. This morning Debbie and I (Bill) set up our table at the Antietam Cup soccer tournament at about 10 AM. There were plenty of people there but we didn,t have the number of contacts I was hoping for. We set up near food consessions, and got lots of exposure but everyone seemed in a hurry trying to get food and get back to the fields where their kids were playing. But we did still have contacts. Some were just quietly checking out what we had and seemed surprised to see us there. Which is a good thing. Hopefully we fed their curiosity in a good way. Several people stopped to see about local Catholic Church Mass times for the weekend, since they were there for 2 days from out of town. So we were a welcome site for them and a good help. So all in all it was a positive experience that we had. We stayed for 3 hours. It was a joyful evangelization experience!
Hagerstown Square, May 27, 2014
September 16, 2019
Maria and I set up our table at the square at 11 am. After about 20 minutes of people just walking by I began to think that the heat and humidity was turning them off, and then I realized we were just a little too far from them. We moved the table just outside of foot traffic and that did the trick! One after the other they stopped and hung out. We had a great time.
The first person to stop was Winnie, she is a local resident who was just out for her daily walk and I asked if she would like a rosary. And she did, and it turns out she had visited a Catholic church many years ago but has since not gone to any church. But because she prays everyday she took a rosary and a pamphlet on how to pray it. She seems to be happy that she stopped and made this contact and will hopefully take us up on our invitation to church. Keep Winnie in your prayers.
Katie was our next guest and she just moved into town from the next county west of us. Maria struck up a conversation with her and it turns out she had visited some churches from her previous home town and she is considering attending St Marys for a visit. Keep Katie in your prayers.
James and Baneeta stopped at the table next. Two friends out for a walk and they decide to see what we were doing. James said he went to Catholic grammar school in the 70’s but has not been to church in awhile. He took rosaries and information on how to pray them. We spoke for awhile about those days (Catholic school in the 70’s) and it brought back good memories. I gave him some pamphlets on returning to the church, the Eucharist, Confession and a “One Church” cd. Baneeta took rosaries and some information as well and we offered prayer and she asked for prayer for her niece Katie who may be going to a foster home soon. So we prayed and they were very appreciative for everything especially the prayer. I saw her a few hours later and she again thanked me for the prayer. Keep these folks in your prayers. We hope to see them at St Mary’s soon.
Don is a fallen away Catholic who went to a local and great Catholic high school St Maria Goretti. He played sports at Goretti back in the 70’s and loved it. He enjoyed talking about it and may visit church again soon. He currently attends his parents Methodist church now and again. We gave him some literature and hope to see him soon. He took a rosary and said he will pray. Keep Don in your prayers.
A fellow named Paul stopped next. Great questions! He doesn’t go to a church but wanted to know who built the first Catholic church and when. We will get back to him on that. He had questions about Jesus birth, Mary, Joseph, the Holy Spirit and why it all happened. We really enjoyed answering his questions and are pretty sure he will listen to the cd’s and read the info and pray the rosary. Of course we told him about our RCIA program and will probably be hearing from Paul. Keep Paul in your prayers.
Roger stopped by next. He admits not going to church but sounds like someone who has been giving it some thought. He believes in the Trinity, Jesus sacrifice on the cross and his death and resurrection. He believes in prayer as well. We asked him why not join the Catholic Church? He smiled and said he might just stop by and see us. He took roseries and a cd about Scott Hahns conversion as well as some other pamphlets. We hope to see him. Keep Roger in your prayers.
Hagerstown Square Apr 8, 2014
September 16, 2019
Our first encounter was Joey. Bill offered him a rosary and a tract on how to pray it. Joey is in his early 20’s and is a fallen away Catholic.His mom is still going to mass. He said he would like to return to church and Bill suggested St Mary which is close by. Keep Joey in your prayers.
Our next encounter was with Dax the manager of the skateboard shop we were evangelizing next to. He approached us and was curious and friendly. Turns out his mom still goes to mass, but he is fallen away. Bill suggested taking rosaries and some tracks on Mary and how to pray the rosary. Dax really enjoyed the encounter and seemed open to returning to church.Keep Dax in your prayers.
Sean returned from last week and asked for prayer concerning work. Adam led in prayer and and it seemed to help immediately. We offered more tracts in addition to what he took last week. He left a happy camper. Keep Sean in your prayers.
Reese and Sheree were our next visitors. They really liked the rosaries and were interested in how to pray them. Sheree said she was visiting a Catholic church in the past for several months, in the company of a Catholic friend. She stopped going and Bill invited her to St Mary and we’re hoping they will show up. Pray for Reese and Sheree.
Pam and Hazel were our last visitors. They both live near St Mary Church and both said that they don’t go to church but saw nothing stopping them from attending the 9:30 this Sunday. Pam is going to call her daughter Alice and invite her as well. Alice’s husband died recently , he was only in his early 30’s. They had 3 children together. They left with rosaries and lots of tracts and cd’s. They are very excited about attending St Mary Church this Sunday. We’re going to meet them there and take them to coffee and donuts fellowship after mass. Maria prayed a beautiful prayer for them before they left. New RCIA candidates? Hope so. Keep them in your prayers.