Sunday, February 7, 2010

Abu Dhabi & Al Ain Video, Preaching I & II

by Steve Ray on February 7, 2010

Today we arrived in Abu Dhabi. Along the way we saw the world’s tallest man and tallest building (pictures included in the video). We had a powerful time in the outdoor crusade with 2,000 people in attendance for two hours. It was marvelous!

Today I ran and took pictures and a video of the amazing construction. Then we drove to Al Ain near the border with Oman. I gave two talks to the Catholics there and had a nice meal with the priests and the Family of Faith Foundation team. We were very well received. We then drove back late at night to Dubai and arrived at the apartment of Adolph and Prabha Dias, our marvelous hosts.

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Tallest Man, Tallest Building

by Steve Ray on February 7, 2010

IMG_6348 Yesterday in one day we saw the world’s tallest building (here too) and just by a fluke accident, the world’s tallest man too. We went into a gas station for the restroom and to get espressos and he walked in.

P1030250His name is Sultan Kosen. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records and is 8 feet 1 inch tall.

Quite amazing! (A picture of him with the world’s shortest man.)

On Monday we will visit the world’s tallest building and go up to the 124th floor and take pictures. Stay tuned :-)

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Dubai Part II: My 1st Run, Talks & Meet the People

by Steve Ray on February 7, 2010

screen-capture-9Video No. 2 from Dubai. Here you can see it from the ground as I run 5 miles, then I take you to the conferences and you can see bits of my talks — and JANET’S talk!

You will also see these wonderful Catholic people. In the Arab Emirates there are on 17% local people, the Arabs who are from these kingdoms, the remaining 83% are foreign workers, many of who come from India and the Philippines — large numbers of Catholics.

The Vicariate of Arabia is the largest diocese in the world and the bishop is in charge of 3.9 million Catholics in the UAE, Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.

I am speaking at all the churches in the United Arab Emirates and each parish is drawing thousands of Catholics all hungry to learn the faith better and learn how to defend it because there are many sects here who are luring Catholics away.

I will soon put up the video from Abu Dhabi where I gave two talks to 2,000 people and ran around the area. Then tonight I speak in Al Ain and then to Fujaira before speaking again in Dubai. Stay tuned! (A sample of the many comments, below.)

Dear Steve & Janet

Its me again and I was up your blog today and found this very beautifully said short msg..

Attended St. Mary’s talks on Wed and THU and really want to say, this Apologetics seminar was  an important milestone in our faith life…. never before we heard someone telling us how powerful a church we were… told Fr. Varghese that we need to have it once a year or more often.

Hearts are overflowing with gratitude….. started reading your book. Must get it autographed on Wed..

Started getting Noah our 11 year old son into memorizing Scripture at a generous 1 Dh per verse… (started with John 3:16).  That was a wonderful msg / tip for all parents. Thanks so much!!!

God bless

Wilfred and May Franco

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