Great Conference in Henderson (Las Vegas) Nevada!

by Steve Ray on January 6, 2008

This weekend Janet and I visited Henderson (Las Vegas) NV where I spoke three times at St. Francis of Assisi parish. This was put on by Craig King and a lot of marvelous Catholics. We met many Filipinos, some of whom we have mutual friends in the Philippines. We also especially enjoyed Rich and Kevin and their families. They were recently Evangelicals involved in InterVarsity Fellowship. They are still in love with Jesus — but have now also discovered his Jesus' Church.

(Click on images for larger pictures! Photography by Kevin Love.)

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It was great talking with everyone — many with amazing stories of God's grace in their lives. One man (named Glenn? – let me know if I have that wrong) was there when I visited about 10 years ago and at that time decided to start an Apologetics Club. Since then he has seen 300 people convert to the Catholic Church. Steen, another man who attended 10 years ago, said that visit changed his life and he is now in charge of RCIA with 65 people in his class this year.

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These are amazing folks! It was a joy to be with them. They were full of love for Jesus, excitement about evangelizing, and full of enthusiasm for the Catholic faith. They brought us in to edify them, but they may not know it — but they certainly edified us!

The picture of the large group was taken during lunch when we had a special time to talk with the catechists. What a bright and enthusiastic bunch of brothers and sisters in Christ. It is most gratifying and exciting to see this kind of renewal going on in the Church around the country! This week we are on our way to Canton Michigan and New Orlean Louisiana.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Craig King January 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Steve,

Thanks for the great presentations that you gave here @ St. Francis of Assisi. I pray that the fruits will continue for years to come. It was a pleasure to meet you and Janet. I am still reading the comment cards that people turned in and it is safe to say that people grew much stronger in their faith and knowledge if the faith from your talks. One of my catechists said to me “Craig, you only made one mistake bringing Steve here; you will never top him with anyone else.” I will e-mail you copies of the comments once we compile them. Thank you again and God bless you and your family!

Craig

Aaron Young January 7, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Steve,

I just wanted to thank you for an excellent experience on Saturday. The background on Caesarea Philippi just blew me away and I left with a much deeper understanding of the Rock. I help Craig and Steen out with RCIA and I led our catechumens in our Gospel discussion the next day. I must have referred to your presentation 5 times during the short period I had with them. Who knew so much of your presentation could apply to the Visitation of the Magi? Thank you.

Aaron

Connie Weikel January 16, 2008 at 11:33 PM

This is my first visit. I am looking forward to the Israel reviews. My friend in Bible Study is DeeDee Simon. I pray for a most spiritual trip for everyone.

God Bless.

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