Thursday, January 12, 2006

Our Schedule in Guam & the Philippines

by Steve Ray on January 12, 2006


Here is our schedule for the next three weeks. Keep us in your prayers. The yellow highlighted areas are where Tim Staples will be joining us. We invited him to come along and he is excited for the new adventure.

This will be Janet and my fourth “MIssionary Journey“ to the Philippines and our 2nd to Guam. We will be very busy but it should be a very blessed time. May God use us to encourage and defend the Catholic faith among these marvelous people.

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Where the Heck is Guam? :-)

by Steve Ray on January 12, 2006

Tomorrow we leave for the middle of no where – way out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. This little island is 1,300 miles east of the Philippines and 4,000 miles west of Hawaii.

Besides a few tiny scattered islands there is nothing out there. It has 160,000 people, of which 120,000 are Catholics. Do you know the name of the island yet?

Yup, it is Guam! And they are under assault by the cults and sects swarming onto the island.

Archbishop Apuron has invited Janet and me back to the island again this year to help explain and defend the Catholic faith. There are a number of radio interviews planned, conferences for the priests, general public and even for the schools. I will share my conversion story along with a class on how to raise a Catholic family and a seminar for priests and religious.

So, tomorrow we hop on a plane for a 13 hour direct flight from Detroit to Tokyo — grueling. After a 24 hour layover in Tokyo, we take another 4-5 hour flight to the middle of no where, er, I mean to the tiny island of Guam in the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean. After that we fly to the Philippines for over two weeks — and Tim Staples will join us there.

At the longest point this island is only 30 miles long and at its widest it is only 8 miles across. After living my life in the vast expanses of farmland in Michigan, I might get claustrophobic! They are providing us with a car so we can explore the island during a free day or two.

I will try to keep up with blog while on Guam and the Philippines to give a short journal of our apologetics efforts along with some pictures. Keep us and the Guamarians and Filipinos in your prayers. Long live the Pope; long live the Church!