One of My Most Valued Possessions

by Steve Ray on July 3, 2017

It is the 4th of July and Janet and I are sitting in an airport in Tel Aviv Israel. We were just in Egypt two days ago and were so happy to get back through security into Israel heading back home to America.

IMG_3271One of my most valued possessions enables us to travel through all these countries, but more than anything else, in allows me to enter back in to the most wonderful and free country that has ever existed–the United States of America.

So what is this possession I am so proud of? It’s our United States passports declaring  that we are citizens of this marvelous country.

On this 4th of July Janet and I pray that God will bless America and our new president.  I feel that God has given our country a reprieve and I hope we will use it wisely.

We are proud to be Americans!


Here you’ll see a picture of Masada, and the sunrise over the Dead Sea along with a map to show you our route. In the picture with the fortress in the Red Sea we could see 34 countries Israel, Egypt, Jordan and  Saudi Arabia .

Also a picture of our crew in front of the “Welcome to Egypt” sign. driving through Egypt we were stopped by security every few miles. They are on the lookout for ISIS and other radical groups.

You’ll also see our crew with all of her camels laying on the ground resting just before we get to Sinai (ha ha). We arrived at Saint Catherine’s monastery and arrived at our hotel which is a one star hotel. There are only a few hotels way out here in the middle of nowhere and all of them are one star hotels.

It is pretty rustic out here in the wilderness. My wife sat on the toilet and mosquitoes flew out from underneath.  Last time we are here at Mount Sinai we woke up with mosquito bite welts all over her body. We brought some spray this time and hope it will help. She’s a saint!

Tomorrow we leave at 4 AM on camels for the long trek to the top of Sinai. Camels take us 2/3 of the way and then we have to scramble up rocks the rest of the way. But we want to present the full and honest story of Elijah and Elisha. It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it :-)  Read 1 Kings 19:8-15.

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I must say that Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation did a very fine job of interviewing Janet and I about our recent visit and conference at the “Rock of Gibraltar.” They not only did a fine interview but interspersed it with pictures and segments of my talks.

I was invited to give a weekend conference at the “Rock of Gibraltar” which is a country of only 2.6 square miles with 30,000 citizens. They asked for five talks which were all well attended. The talks centered on apologetics and why we should be proud to be Catholic – and how to be better Catholics.

The interview was conducted at the conclusion of the conference (when I was exhausted and my voice weary) but they did a great job explaining my talks, the conference and the Catholic Faith.

There is always a suspicion that at “secular” production might do a hack job – but I must say, these folks did a marvelous job relaying what really happened and told the truth. No fake news here!!

Hope you enjoy the half hour interview divided into 2 YouTube sections! Thanks again to Wesley Tacon and Stephen Cumming for such a fine production.




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