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Tampa Riverwalk - 1/16/21

February 11, 2021

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It was such a blessing to be back on the streets again on a cool winter day here in sunny Florida. This was our first time doing face to face evangelization since COVID 19 first reared it's ugly head, and it couldn't have gone any better. Not only did the weather cooperate, but we had a lot of foot traffic both with and without masks. We had ours on, over the nose, under the nose or hanging under our chin depending on who was being evangelized. No one gave us negative feedback concerning being out in public during the pandemic.

We had a fine turnout from our team (regulars - Mike, Reuben, Stacia, Bob, Vic; newbie from Jesuit HS - Jorel; and special guest from the Chicago NS Team: Mark Kollar). Everyone had their share of great interactions:

  • Above is a picture of Mark performing a healing on Filipe's foot. He went from complaining of his inability to walk without pain to walking with a big smile on his face.
  • After seeing the many rosaries on our table, Nancy came up to me and said she used to pray the rosary with her mom. I offered her one for her mom, and she broke down crying since her mom had recently passed away. (Way to go, Bill.) We immediately said prayers for the repose of Yolanda's soul.
  • One unusual request came from Jacob, who asked for the strength to resist temptation "entirely".
  • Adeliese asked Jorel to pray for her son who was discerning the priesthood. What a blessing to have a young man on our Team.
  • This happened a few times: One of the guys would offer a medal/rosary to a passerby who would politely decline. Not twenty feet further down the sidewalk Stacia would offer the same item to the same person and they would end up engaging in prayer and conversation. I'll be the first to admit women seem to be more approachable than men.
  • A number of visitors asked where they might attend Mass tomorrow. Evidently there was a girls HS volleyball tournament nearby and some of the HSs were Catholic.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all who evangelized with me that wonderful day. Regardless of what COVID does, the Tampa SPSE Team is going back out to the streets.

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