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MIRACLESoFFAIThbyCarmenMcCannaAsourplanetookofomChicagoIanxiouslywonderedwhattoexpectommyupcomingtrip.WhatisamissiondioceseandwhatdoesCatholicExtensiondotohelpthemWhenwelandedinTulsaIwasveryexcitedtoseewhatwouldcomeothenexttwodaysinthe115-degreeheat.DuringourtripImetmanywonderulandinspirationalpeople.OurvisitwiththemembersoFuerzaTransformadorastayswithmetoday.IwastouchedbytheirstoriesothetransormingpoweroaithinGodandhowtheyuselovetochangetheheartsogangmembersandpeopleaddictedtodrugsandalcohol.TheFuerzamemberswereoncesotoughandangrybutthentheychangedintosomeothemosthappyandacceptingpeopleIhaveevermet.Thistypeoconversionwasalmostimpossibleormetobelievebeorethetrip.IrealizedthatIwaswrongtothinkthatsomepeoplecouldneverchangeaersomanybadchoicesintheirlives.SinceIwasayounggirlIhaveheardandreadstoriesoGodspowerthroughmiraclesandlieconversions.ButonthistripIactuallywitnessedthesestoriesinperson.Iwasgivenagreatgiagioinsightintomyselandothers.IsawtherealmiraculousworkoamissiondioceseandhowCatholicExtensioncanhelpmakethesemiraclesoaithhappeneveryday.oenergeticCatholicssharedtheirreal-liestoriesoconversionandtransormationandalsotalkedabouthowtheyinterveneinotherslivestoshowthemanotherway.WhenPeteaskedaboutstrategiestheyusetotrytogetthroughtopeopleoneyoungmansimplyansweredLove.HewastotallyandcompletelysincerePetesaid.Helookedmestraightintheeyeandwentontosaythatinhispreviouslieitwouldbeconsideredathreattolooksomeoneintheeye.ThebigtoughormergangmembernowgoesdoortodoordressedinblackcarryingaBible.Itwasunbelievablypowerul.HisliewastotallychangedbywhatJaimehadputtogether.WhatIsawwasatotalandcompleteconversion.LikePeteyoungCarmencameawaywithmorethansheexpected.AspeoplestoodreadytoshakehandsandsaygoodbyeshewatchedtheyoungmenomJaimesgroupembracingoneanotherandtheirnewoundiendsomCatholicExtensioninatightstronghug.recalledhowspecialthechurchwastoitsparishionersandhowhospitablethepeopleweretotheCatholicExtensionvisitors.AerdinnerFatherLeoMedinaledtheCatholicExtensionteamoutsideotowntoseeaProtestantchurchon10acresthatwasorsaleor70000.Thegroupmarveledatthepossibilitiesachancetoexpandtheparishaplacetobuildcommunityandanopportunitytomoveoutotheircurrentcrampedleakybuilding.WhatreallyhitmewashowmuchwetakeourownparishesandouraithorgrantedPeteremarked.WhilemostoussimplyexpecttohaveCatholicinstitutionsinourmidstthesepeoplearesavingmoneyandevenhopingtojusthaveachurchinwhichtocelebrate.SeeingalltheyhadseenopenedPeteandCarmenseyestothestrongaiththatexistsinthemissiondioceses.Butitdidntpreparethemorthenalstopwheretheymetormergangmember-turned-religious-recordingartistJaimeTorres.Jaimeandhisteamarecommittedtosavingthelivesopeoplewholiketheyoncewereareattheirlowestpointeitheromdrugsorgangviolence.CallingthemselvesFuerzaTransformadoraTransormingForcethisgroupTseemreptsftecildrenandfamiliesfSanJuanDiegMissincurcinStilwelloklamagtwww.catlicextensin.rgspring13CarmenMcCannasaresammentwittecildren.YutministryparticipantsfrmteSanJuanDiegMissinJaimeTrresfteDicesefLittleRckusesmusicandlvetreactrubledyut.