Saturday, May 17, 2003
Meg Ellis

9:00 a.m. - I wait for Kathie & Dewey. I saw a woman wrapped in a blanket; she seemed to be wandering without a direction.

As I headed on walk around area, same lady passed by again. People waiting on benches by bus station; each isolated on separate bench. Pray that they find Jesus and are no longer alone.

9:20 a.m. - Kids' Day families with children of all ages. There are tents lined up along the lake. They appear to be part of Kids' Day. Some families seem like they are a single unit, while others are fractured.

9:50 a.m. - A parade went down Main Street. Street was lined with families and children. Families, children of all ages, adults. Just as I was thinking it would be a great place to witness, Main Christian School band came marching by playing "When the Saints Go Marching In." They went on to play a secular song. Father, I pray that the chance to share Christ has not passed by. I lift this city up to You, Lord. There are lost and hurting people here -- people looking for peace which only You can give; looking for it in drugs, alcohol, witchcraft.

10:10 a.m. - The vendors along College St. by the park selling food, plants, clothes. One was selling black and white pictures. They seemed to carry darkness with them.

10:30 a.m. - Saw an old man reading a newspaper, woman carrying her bags, a group of college-aged young adults hanging around looking sad. A group of high school kids hanging out.

10:35 a.m. - Biker drinking beer in a group by the parking garage. Two men in an alley exchanging something.

10:40 a.m. - A dance team from New England Performance of the Arts.

10:45 a.m. - I have met both who have spoken and those who have not. Lots of smiles; sad; some lonely. Town has really picked up with people. - Meg Ellis

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