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May 16, 2021
Today we had our 2nd outing at our local farmer's market. At the beginning, both St.Paul Street Evangelization team members felt it....the sting of the enemy, manifested through irritation, anger, bitterness, resentment, and a lack of desire to love others. When we honestly and humbly admitted our feelings, we confirmed and recognized it as a possible attack from the enemy. Shortly after prayer involving repentance, renunciation, and faith, we were able to see that God had His own (mightier) plans in store for us this day!
It began with an answer to the team's prayer for more team members. We specifically asked for God to lead laborers to us. A team member was shown a face, it was someone the team member knew but had not seen in a long time, and did not have her contact information. Today, God brought that very person to us as soon as we arrived. We were able to explain to her St. Paul Street Evangelization and that we are in need of team members, (oh, and no pressure or anything, but God told us YOU would come!). The new member accepted our invitation, and said she will love to attend the next training session we had scheduled, which happened to be that very night!
Then, God led a woman (we will call her Pam) who sheepishly approached our table and confessed that she "is in need of some direction". Once we introduced ourselves, and reassured her that she had come to the right place at the right time, she quickly and tearfully admitted that she has not been living a good life, but has been praying for God to help her get her life back in order. We prayed for the Holy Spirit to come into Pam's heart and the team members sensed that God wanted to remind Pam she was a beloved daughter, to remind her of the gospel message, to forgive those who hurt her, and invite her to reconsecrate her life to Him (she was a baptized Christian). Pam advised she was short on time, but was open to prayer, so the team shared the gospel in 3 minutes, led her in a prayer of forgiveness, and invited the Holy Spirit to come into her heart and continue to lead and guide her. She was given a "Good News" pamphlet (and shown the prayer of consecration to pray at a later time), a miraculous medal, a rosary, and a "How to Pray the Rosary" pamphlet. She promised she would stop by in the future and let us know how she was doing. By the end of the encounter, her countenance had changed, she appeared calmer, more hopeful, and joyful.
This is why we love sharing the gospel and doing this work. We get to take part in God's plan for others and the world. There is nothing more rewarding than to realize you and Jesus are walking hand in hand and recovering lost ground from the enemy. We pray for all those we encountered today, and we pray that God continues a good work in us to make us better evangelists.