St. Paul Street Evangelization – Stories From The Street

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In This Issue

1. Word on Fire’s Brandon Vogt Hits the Streets
2. Street Evangelization Takes off in London, England
3. South Windsor, CT Checks-In

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Word on Fire’s Brandon Vogt joined the new Orlando, FL chapter of St. Paul Street Evangelization for an hour and a half last week. The team handed out literature, books, and rosaries, speaking to those who passed by about the Catholic faith.

Sometimes team members will become discouraged if they don’t experience dramatic encounters or conversions right away. Brandon offers some advice:

“Just do it! You might be nervous, and you might feel silly standing out there if nobody approaches you. That’s fine. We talked with about 10 people in 1.5 hours, and only made real headway with 1-2 of them. But don’t worry about the results. The important thing is just to show up!”

When our teams go and evangelize on a regular basis in the same area people from the local community get to know them and expect to see them. That is why our joyful witness is so important. The community begins to get a sense of who we are and whether or not we are trustworthy.

Our teams are thanked every day for being so friendly and approachable. While someone may pass by a team once, twice, or a dozen times without ever stopping our faithful witness may lead them one day to engage us and seek out more information. If we can be approachable we will begin to serve as a bridge of trust from the public square to the local parish, leading others to encounter Jesus Christ. If you have ever become discouraged as an evangelist, don’t worry and be of good cheer. God is pleased with your work in the vineyard, and he will grow the harvest.

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39

St. Paul Street Evangelization does not charge any kind of fee to our nearly 200 teams. We depend on monthly gifts from our supporters to keep our apostolate running. Will you help us continue to expand throughout the world today?

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Street Evangelization Takes off in London, England

SPSE’s new London team set up for their first outreach session close to Westminster Cathedral, so close in fact they drew the attention of the secretary to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. It was an amazing encounter, said SPSE team leader John Rodger.

Although finding evangelists “interested in going to the streets with the Gospel message” was tougher than expected, the team headed out with three. During their outing, team members met many Catholics who were surprised to see other Catholics “actually out on the street”. They also met Catholics who needed “encouragement in matters of their Faith”, as well as non-Christians who nevertheless were interested in the Rosary. One nice conversation the team had was with a non-Catholic Christian who took some information, as did many other people.

Although the London team found their first session “a learning curve”, they made some valuable contacts. A friend of the evangelists plans to advertise the work in his newsletter. And two other friends have ordered signs and plan to hold an outreach in Bournemouth, with hopes of starting a chapter there. Team leader John Rodger tells us, “I sense the time is right for this to expand.”

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South Windsor, CT Checks-In

SPSE’s team in South Windsor, CT, reports great success. They attend events such as the town’s annual Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair. The team’s pastor and other priests from their parish support their evangelization efforts, and even plan to join them on future outings.

Team members talked with many people at the Strawberry Festival. One was “Stuart”, a 17-year-old who had been raised a non-Catholic Christian but told the team he was interested in becoming Catholic. He was working a couple of booths down from the SPSE team, and stopped by three times during the day. He accepted a Rosary, medal, and literature on the Catholic Church. Later, he brought over two of his brothers, who were both non-believers. To one, the evangelists gave a pamphlet on the existence of God. To the other, they gave literature on the Catholic Faith. They also gave the brothers a door hanger showing Mass times at their local parish, and invited them to the church tour that was a couple weeks away.

The evangelists also met many inactive Catholics. One woman said, “I grew up Catholic, but haven’t been to church in years.” When asked why, she responded, “Life, I guess.” Evangelist Donna acknowledged how distracting life can be, and the woman accepted a Rosary.

The team was also happy to report that a couple had come up to their pastor after Mass and told him they had come back to church because the evangelists were at the Strawberry Festival. The leader of the parish evangelization committee had told the team she thought she would never feel comfortable evangelizing. But she joined the team effort at the Strawberry Festival. Afterward, she said she “was overjoyed” by the experience and wants to go out with the team again.

Thank you, South Windsor team! Stepping out and evangelizing really is a source of great joy. And SPSE’s model makes it easy to get started and enjoyable. Have you become of a member of SPSE? If so, thank you! If not, please pray about doing so today

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Upcoming Training Events

Coming Soon
August 14-15 | Basic Evangelization Training – Sacred Heart Major Seminary
August 15 | Teen Encounter Workshop – Sacred Heart Major Seminary
September 18-19 | Basic Evangelization Training – St. Paul / Minn.
September 11 | Basic Evangelization Training – Michigan State University

Just Announced
September 12 | Basic Evangelization Training – Franciscan University of Steubenville
October 8 | Entertaining Angels Hospitality Training – Archdiocese of Detroit
October 9-10 | Basic Evangelization Training – St. Mary Parish, Port Huron, MI
October 16-17 | Basic Evangelization Training – Wilmington, NC
December 12 | Basic Evangelization Training – Austin, TX

Bring SPSE into your diocese, parish, or university for Basic Evangelization Training, Evangelical Apologetics Training, Catholic Hospitality Training, or conference talks. Email adam@stpaulse.com for more information.


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