St. Mark’s gospel today breaks open for us the encounter between Jesus and Bartimaeus. As you may recall, Bartimaeus is a blind man who, in answering Jesus’ question, “What do you want me to do for you?” replies, “Master, I want to see!” (cf. Mk 10:51). Bartimaeus is a beggar, who not only asks something of Jesus, but cries out to Jesus. And Jesus responds to his cry, not only for sight, but to be heard, known and seen as one who has dignity.
Isn’t that all of us, really? Aren’t each and every one of us crying out in some manner or another as Bartimaeus did, wanting someone to hear us, to see us, to know us, and ultimately to love us? This is why we created The Rescue Project. When we offer others an opportunity to encounter Jesus, to come to know who He is and what He has done for us, people come to know who they are and to whom they belong. And when that happens, we begin to see! We begin to see not just some things differently, but everything differently.
Perhaps over the summer, pray about who God may be asking you to invite to The Rescue Project. Ask Him who might be the people in your life who are crying out to be heard, known and loved and to see as Bartimaeus did.
We have a lot to share with you this week! Enjoy the Rundown.
Your sister on mission,
The Diocese of Toledo is hosting a Running Rescue Equipping Day led by our team on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish in Perrysburg, OH. Take a look at the flyer below for more information. You may register now at www.toledoconference.com. Leaders in Cleveland, Columbus, Erie, Detroit, Lansing, Saginaw and any other surrounding dioceses are welcome to come and get equipped to bring TRP to your parish, home, school or anywhere people are! We’re excited to see you there!
THE RESCUE PROJECT LIVE IN ATLANTA
Just a reminder to spread the word and invite your friends and family! Father John is coming to Atlanta, GA to preach the gospel on September 9, 2023. Register now at https://rescueproject.us/live/.
MORE RESCUE LIVE EVENTS IN THE WORKS!
And speaking of Rescue LIVE, we’re currently in conversation with 6 more dioceses that are interested in bringing a LIVE gospel event to their areas. Please join us in holding these opportunities in prayer! The Holy Spirit wants to set the globe on fire with the power and love of the gospel of Jesus Christ because God wants His world back!
MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT COMING JULY 17TH!
That’s all we can say! Really! How’s that for a teaser? Seriously, we have a big announcement coming July 17th that we can’t wait to share with you! Stay tuned friends.
Our target shipping window for those of you who ordered merch is roughly June 16 or 17th, just in time to wear your TRP gear for summer vacation. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
AND SPEAKING OF VACATION …
Meet our friends, the Morans from Washington, who are traveling the world … literally! And look at what they’re wearing. These tremendous ambassadors for The Rescue Project are not only sporting some cool gear, but putting Rescue Project cards everywhere they go. You can create these business-sized cards by clicking here. Please consider imitating the Morans and spread the word about The Rescue Project far and wide.
MORE EQUIPPING NEWS!
As always, we look forward to connecting with you to talk about transformation in the Church on Friday, June 30th at 11:30 am EST. Mark your calendars.
Should you miss our conversation, you can access it at your leisure by visiting watch.actsxxix.org
RESCUED PEOPLE RESCUE PEOPLE
If you’ve witnessed transformation through The Rescue Project, we’d like to invite you to click here to learn how you can help rescue others by your prayerful and financial partnership in the work of ACTS XXIX.
WHAT WE’RE HEARING
“After Episode 3, I heard God speak to my heart and say, ‘Welcome home! I’ve missed you.’”The Rescue Project Participant