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Report From Beecher Freedom Fest

September 10, 2021


We recently spent the afternoon at a booth in Beecher for their annual Freedom Fest, moved from July to Labor Day weekend due to COVID. Below are testimonies from two of our evangelists. We hope to see you out with us at one of our next events!

Although our location didn't have the best foot traffic, we were conveniently located next to the taco booth, which is how we met "Joe".  Joe kept glancing our way while he waited for his tacos, giving me the perfect opportunity to strike up a conversation.  Joe revealed that although he had fallen away from the Catholic Church many years before (he believed he could pray on his own without the company of other people), he believed in Jesus and read the bible.  When I asked him if he followed what Jesus said in the bible, he enthusiastically agreed.  I then responded that in the bible, Jesus said we should build a church.  Joe became silent, clearly deep in thought.  My fellow evangelist, Bill, asked Joe for a favor.  Bill requested that Joe go home and pray that God would lead him in the right direction, whatever that may be, in terms of membership in the Church.  Joe said he would.  Joe then accepted the SPSE pamphlet "Reasons to Return to the Catholic Church", and left to pick up his tacos.

We've been fortunate with our vendor booths to have some interesting conversations with our neighbor vendors, and this afternoon was no exception.  Nick learned that taco salesman "Manny" was in formation for the diaconate!  On the other side of us, after chit chatting all day, cigar box saleswoman "Rita" accepted Angelica's invitation to pray together and took a Miraculous Medal.
Please join our team in prayer for the souls we encountered that afternoon!
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Another testimony is below:
It took a little while for people to warm up to us, but as the day progressed we had several people coming to our booth and taking sacramentals and rosaries. The young man sitting seen in the picture sitting behind our booth, John, came out with us for the first time to evangelize, and he said he loved it! He was very comfortable talking with others, and it seems his reading of Bishop Barron, Scott Hahn and the like really helped him and he is excited to come out again!
One woman came up with her husband and said she needed another rosary, and asked her if we knew how to pray it. She said she has a hard time remembering how, so we gave her one of the "How to Pray a Rosary" pamphlets and explained it to her as a walk through Scripture.

Another woman came up and asked for prayers for her daughter in law and son. She really liked seeing the St. Michael medal and took one, saying she prayed to him a lot. Asked where she went to church and she said she was Lutheran, but liked the beauty of the Catholic Church. We prayed together, but didn;t have a chance to invite her to come deeper as she soon parted. Please pray for her intentions and for her conversion to the Catholic faith, and likewise for all those non-Catholic Christians and non-Christians alike we encountered and prayed with today!
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