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Nancy Hoyt

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Suburban Station Feb. 5, 2022 (Feast of St. Agatha)

February 5, 2022

Nancy and Keith (i.e., from Morrisville PA team) went downtown on Saturday morning to do St. Paul Street Evangelization at Suburban Station in Philadelphia.  With books, medals, rosaries, sign and granola bars on hand, we were ready!  Since the pandemic, the station is not quite as busy, but there still was good foot traffic to allow us to reach out and speak to many people and to pray with several.

Our first encounter was with a woman named Michelle who blessed us for being there and told us that she prayed for happiness, which she said we all need more of these days.  Next up Rayford spoke with us about how he wanted to get more involved with ministry and that he felt a calling to do more.  A fellow Michael accepted a blessed crucifix with miraculous medal and he told us that he was Jesus.  Funny thing... we agree with him because he was certainly our Lord in disguise, as St. Teresa Calcutta reminds us of whenever we serve the poor.

Mindy, a lady from Downingtown, came over and thanked us for our ministry.  She told of her church and ministry, Hopewell and Hope Point Methodist, and how they were trying to discern how to serve God with evangelization ministry.  We prayed together with her for clarity of path forward.  She was so pleased to see us and our little prayer station.

Our little team spoke at great lengths with Martin.  He told of how he has battled alcoholism and drugs his entire life, with times of healing and times of relapse. He spoke of many family members who drank themselves to death. Martin told us that two days ago a woman friend told him how he needed to clean up.  He told us he agreed and that he wants to get into treatment as soon as possible and that he knows he must reject worldliness and turn to the Lord for strength.  We prayed with Martin for his healing and strength and Martin prayed for us.  He was raised Baptist and was well versed in the Bible and had great confidence that God was going to see him through for healing from addiction.  His apartment had burned down in November and he is living in a shelter now.  He also prays for provision of a new home as his name is on a waiting list.  He was pleased to receive a blessed crucifix and St. Michael the Archangel / guardian angel medal.  Martin and Nancy exchanged email addresses and follow up was promised, both ways.  Martin told us of his gift of teaching, which he certainly did have, telling us of God's love and many Bible stories.  He wishes to be able to share this and teach young folks who are in need of help.  He had spent some time in prison and wanted to help others live good lives.

Finally, a young man named Drahp came up to our little team.  He told us that he desperately needed prayers for help with his anger and rage.  Drahp worked nearby at the mural arts and he showed Nancy the windows and art.  It was truly beautiful!  The windows and the interior were filled with little hearts and art and it looked to be incredibly joy filled place, even though it was currently closed.  What a God-send in the station!  He plans to look to God for help in self-control and looks forward to continuing to work at the shop.

All said, another beautiful outing where Jesus was with us all of the time, in the faces of a hurting world and in our hearts and prayers.  Praise God for allowing us to be His little instruments of love, peace, and hope.

Please consider praying for the following people and their intentions:

Michelle - for happiness

Rayford - to find some type of ministerial work

Michael - for his wellness and safety

Mindy - for her church and evangelization ministry

Richie - for prosperity

Indian man - for his son Victor and for Victor's deceased mother to be in heaven with Jesus

Martin - to be healed of his addictions and for doors of opportunity to open for him to teach, for a new home

Tom - for safe and effective arm surgery and for excellent healing and recovery

Drahp - for peace and love instead of anger/rage, for faith, for self control

Timothy - to get a new home

Melissa - for healing from her mental and physical illnessSPSE Team Photo

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