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Crystal - St. Raphael

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State or province: Minnesota

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Sharon Hedman

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Free Food, Friendship, Faith 7-20-23

July 20, 2023

We had a glorious summer evening with a light breeze and seventy-two (yes, 72!) people served.   Within a few minutes we had served two dozen meals.

We had a return "customers" as usual, including one man who usually grabs a hotdog meal then goes across the street to his AA meeting.  Tonight, however, he had just been released from ER where he was treated for a leg wound.  He gratefully grabbed his meal then headed home to elevate his leg.

We also had Y... who immigrated a few years ago from an Asian country near Vietnam.  She knows very little about Christianity but is very eager to have her three young children learn about it.  Phil talked to her about our school and encouraged her to phone for more information.  She stopped by our table and chose medals for herself and her children.  She said she felt welcome at our event.

We also had a woman from Nicaragua with her niece and nephew.  She and her family member do not speak much English and attend a parish nearby with a Spanish Mass.  Phil encouraged her to return and attend our 10:30 Sunday Mass where she can speak to some of our Spanish-speaking parishioners.  She also chose medals and asked us to pray for the bishop of Nicaragua who has been arrested.

Jack carried a meal to a car to a grandma who was waiting in her car with a baby while her two older grandchildren gathered their meals.  The grandmother is caring for her three grandchildren while their mother is in rehab.

Sharon noticed that the Catechism she set out as part of our free books display was taken.  Several other books were also taken as the box had a noticeable space which was not there before.

Please pray for everyone we encountered and that Y... and her family embrace Christianity especially our Catholic Faith.