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Drive Thru Prayer 6/5/21
June 6, 2021
We had a hot but successful outing. The temperature was 89 at noon when we finished, but we had shade to sit in and a little breeze so God was good to us.
Due to the hot weather, we had few people walking on the sidewalk compared to other months. However, Dave, who stopped by last year and both April and May this year, brought his wife to meet us. We knew from previous meetings that Dave and Lisa have had housing issues in the past and Lisa, who is in a wheelchair, has health issues. Sharon asked if they are pro-life. Lisa stated she is and was adopted as a baby. We gave her copy of "Unplanned" by Abby Johnson to read and Phil explained why being pro-choice is harmful to women. Sharon also briefly explained how Catholics believe that suffering can have a purpose and can be offered as form of prayer to help others. She gave Lisa the brochure on suffering who seemed interested to read it. Lisa asked when we would be out again. Sharon explained the first Saturday of every month barring bad weather or a funeral at the church.
Phil and Peggy spent a lot of time with Rose Marie who needs heart and lung surgery. They gave her comfort and a renewed mission to use the rest of her life, no matter how long or short, to spread Christ.
Two young women , Shien and Shawnshay, stopped by the prayer station to ask for prayers for Shawnshay's job situtation. SPSE evangelist Dave them rosaries and directed them to the materials table to pick up brochures on to pray the rosary and a rosary CD.
While we had very few encounters, we believe we are making a difference and look forward to the first Saturday in July.
Serena, Sharon's daughter, noted we need to add a box of tissues to our supplies as the past few months people tearfully poured out their troubles to Phil and Peggy at the prayer station. Sharon also decided to use the lines on the back of the "Great Catholic Audio Talks" to write "Drive Thru Prayer, 1st Saturday of the Month," along with the church address so interested people can stop by and visit with us again (and maybe listen to some of the SPSE talks if interested).