Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pavement Prophets on a Mission from God; from Blaring Bullhorns to Quiet Witness, Chicago's Street Preachers Offer a Rich Assortment of Soul-Saving Advice

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Pavement Prophets on a Mission from God; from Blaring Bullhorns to Quiet Witness, Chicago's Street Preachers Offer a Rich Assortment of Soul-Saving Advice

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Here's a list of my favorite street preachers:

The lady who wears the cross and buttons and proclaims the good news.

Cletus Smith, who works the Madison Street shopping area on the near West Side with his bullhorn and thanks the Lord for getting him up one more morning to sing his praises. He has a beautiful singing voice, and even people passing by and shopkeepers come out to hear him sing gospel songs.

Missionaries from the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, who proselytize and pass out pamphlets to kids from Henry Horner Homes. Their reason for traveling so far reflects their belief that "God sent us to save people from their sinful ways."

Fundamentalist evangelist Samuel Champers, who is a fixture on State Street. He says God has compelled him to exhort people with his bullhorn and microphone to turn away from evil and seek God.

Laszlo Kadar, who was a part-time evangelist working a job and doing God's work on the weekends until he had a stroke and was partially paralyzed. …

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