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Great to be Back!

August 4, 2020


It was wonderful to be back evangelizing at St. Leo's Kitchen!  My partners were not able to join me so Beth, kindly offered to be my partner.  Some of the guests were people that I have prayed with before and some were knew faces.  In almost all situations, people accepted our invitation to receive and join in prayer and, very willingly came to the table to choose a medal, a rosary, etc.  Each guest had their own story and cross to bear.  More importantly, they realized that we need to give thanks to Jesus Christ for the Bessings we have as we knock on His door.

We always feel so welcomed by the staff, who also enjoy praying with us, willingly accept precious gifts of medals, rosaries. etc and believe in the power of prayer.

I felt we were able to keep it safe, considering the new parameters with which we have to work.  Firstly, we evangelized outdoors (rather than in the building as we normally do), which was a most refreshing experience.  All people were asked to wear their masks, we had hand sanitizer available, we kept our social distance, and all items were placed in small plastic bags.

Thanks to the Holy Spirit for answering our prayers to find a workable way to continue this valuable experience of bringing the Word of Jesus Christ to more people! We will return some time in August, the date has yet to be determined.

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Great to be Back!

August 4, 2020


It was wonderful to be back evangelizing at St. Leo's Kitchen!  My partners were not able to join me so Beth, kindly offered to be my partner.  Some of the guests were people that I have prayed with before and some were knew faces.  In almost all situations, people accepted our invitation to receive and join in prayer and, very willingly came to the table to choose a medal, a rosary, etc.  Each guest had their own story and cross to bear.  More importantly, they realized that we need to give thanks to Jesus Christ for the Bessings we have as we knock on His door.

We always feel so welcomed by the staff, who also enjoy praying with us, willingly accept precious gifts of medals, rosaries. etc and believe in the power of prayer.

I felt we were able to keep it safe, considering the new parameters with which we have to work.  Firstly, we evangelized outdoors (rather than in the building as we normally do), which was a most refreshing experience.  All people were asked to wear their masks, we had hand sanitizer available, we kept our social distance, and all items were placed in small plastic bags.

Thanks to the Holy Spirit for answering our prayers to find a workable way to continue this valuable experience of bringing the Word of Jesus Christ to more people! We will return some time in August, the date has yet to be determined.

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A Simple Act of Kindness

April 14, 2020


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Sadly, we are not able to go to St. Leo's kitchen at this time, until the"social distancing"  order is lifted .  I have let them know that we are still praying for them, but we miss coming there and praying with them and we will return as soon as possible!  On Good Friday I was trying to think of how I might pass on the "Word".  So...on our daily "fresh air walk" of the day, I took some rosaries with me and fastened them on a fence that is near an Edison corridor.  When we returned on Easter Sunday, they were all gone!  Alleluia...Praise be to Jesus Christ!



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January 8, 2020 visit to St. Leo's Kitchen

January 13, 2020


As I walked into the kitchen, Lyon came running up to me, he had arms open and ready for a BIG hug while he announced , "It's not cancer!".  Last month Lyon had prayed with me, after accepting a rosary and a crucifix medal from us.  Lyon and his doctors were concerned that tests he was scheduled to have would show that he had liver cancer.  The tests proved that he did not.  He was certain that prayer played a big part in the happy results.  He wanted to give credit to me for praying with him but I assured him that this is the work of his Savior, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  I told him how pleased the Lord was that he came to Him in prayer and asked him to continue to do that every day.  After a few more happy hugs, he assured me that he would continue his prayers.  We sat down together and prayed, once again...God is good!

Many of the patrons, came up to our table for rosaries, medals, and most importantly prayer.  Several of them came up with a smile to show that they were still wearing the medals they received from us in the last couple of months:-).  Praise be to Jesus Christ!



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Giving Spiritual Nourishment at the Soup Kitchen

December 13, 2019


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Our first experience at St. Leo’s Soup Kitchen was absolutely wonderful! Liz and I feel so blessed to have experienced this day. We started by introducing ourselves and telling the people we were happy they were there for a nice warm meal, and that we were also there to nourish them but in a different way: with prayer and with the love of Jesus. We had 25 to 30 people wanting to pray with us and even more coming to get rosaries, medals etc. Everyone was so gracious and wonderful, filled with so many stories, and so appreciative of us being there. Many had tears in their eyes as they thanked us.

Interestingly when we were setting up, we were a little bit nervous about this being our first time on our own. One of the clients came up and told us she was so happy we were here and wanted to hear all about Saint Paul Street Evangelization. She gave us encouragement and made us feel more relaxed, assuring us that we would be very welcome there. We were there to provide comfort and support, but SHE was the one who put US at ease!

Then when we were leaving one of the managers of the food service came up to us and asked us when we were coming back. He said we were welcome there as often as we wanted to come and thought that this was a wonderful addition to the soup kitchen. He ended saying, ‚Äúwhere ever there is prayer it‚Äôs never bad‚ÄĚ.

Praised be Jesus Christ! A warm welcome to our new team at St. Leo’s in Detroit. May they reach many souls for Our Lord during their time at the soup kitchen!



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