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Analysis: Guam vs Engand

I am trying to analyse what it is that gets in the way of a man knowing his need for God. In Guam people are so ready to accept it and receive Christ. Here it is hard. We are as a nation largely self sufficient, too proud to admit we need help, to ourselves or other people and un willing to accept that we might ever be wrong. Is that scathing - sorry. Heck - when we see a miracle here we reason it away as happy coincidence or a due to medical science - anything but divine intervention. In the House Drop-in Centre for youth we have seen miracle healings. The doctors prognosis had been bad but hands, thumbs and arms have been restored completely to those who have allowed us to pray for them. Are those healing miracles attributed to God? No! Why? We, the brits, have difficulty in admitting we are wrong! So sad! My prayer is,

Father God,
Please heal this nation, open eyes and ears to know the truth about you. Let the people perceive the spiritual bondages they are living under and may your Church arise to heal, comfort and release the captives with your power and authority and love. Let us bring understanding where there is non and to proclaim the Greatness of You, the only Creater, Living and Active God. There is non like you.

Your steps to salvation

A - accept
You need God in your life. Accept and receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savour.

B - believe
In the virgin birth, the life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus. That if you had been the only person on the earth that he would have died just for you. He loves you so much. That through his death everything you have ever done wrong can be washed away by his blood. You can be made clean and can now have a personal relationship with the living God. That in making Jesus Lord of your life you can receive the promise of eternal life in heaven. The alternative is eternally horrendous.

C - confess
That you have done wrong. Living your life without him is sin (and I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t ever done a wrong thing or spoken a wrong word, had a wrong thought even). Ask for his forgiveness - he will forgive you.

D - do it
Turn from your sin and follow Jesus. Make it your goal to do as Jesus does, to live and walk and think and talk like he does. We cant do it without him. Ask him to help you - he will help you.

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Packing it all in

Thursday December 9th
I spent the morning and the afternoon at OEC with the ladies. They really are lovely and we all were surprised at how quickly my 3 weeks had gone. They were sad when they realised that would be the last time I would be with them at their classes. In the evening I attended an AA meeting as a support worker. I wouldn’t have gone (I didn’t think I could) but Amanda had encouraged me to come saying I was a really great group and that she would be there. So I went along with our resident ladies only to find that Amanda couldn’t make it this time. So funny. I did meet Linda again though - she is so sweet. It was good to run into her again. It was a really good encouraging sharing and supportive meeting which is complimentary to the OEC programme. A good experience.

Friday December 10th
A group of us went to Marble Cave which is a fresh water cave - I think a spring where you can swim, jump, climb and explore. A little like pot holing in places. It was great fun. Heather, Ash, Cathy and I went in. It was much colder than the South Pacific but it is a truly magical cave. We took some tea light to light up little areas. Jessica and Ricke didn’t go in. Jessica was recovering from some nasty bug and thought better of braving the waters. I however was very courageous and adventurous. I jumped in off a rock and clambered through to other parts of the cave others were not prepared to go. I was an amazing place. We then went on to the coastal cliffs for a while and just took in the beauty of Gods creation - the power of the see. And from the cliff there - you really could see the curvature of the earth. Breathtaking!
We were brought back to our various places. I showered before Monica picked me up and took me to the Chamorro Village for some last minute shopping - then we had a late meal at Chilli’s which was really good. I had a fish dish with rice and steamed veg. Really good! Then home to bed.

Saturday December 11th
Wrapped various little gifts for the resident ladies and Rosie. Hope they like them. Rosie put on an aerobics video at about 10:30am. Most of us joined in for some of the time but some of us had already been up ages and had showered. Didn’t really want to get too hot and sweaty before I went out with Rosie’s mum and dad. Bev said she had already done loads of exercise having been up since 7am and had been busy around the house. Late morning Rosie took me over to the Zimmerman’s home and we went on from there to Jeffs Pirates Cove for lunch. Before setting off there Allsion and Rob presented me with a lovely necklace which is crafted into the image of the Guam seal. It is a beautiful treasure for me. I also gave them a Chamorro made (I think) carved wooden vase. I hope they love it - It does go with their home. Allison Rob, Ash and I set of for Jeff’s Pirates Cove.

While we were at the Cove we visited a local artist who works with wood and sells their work. There were some gorgeous pieces and Allison bought a cross - this time for herself. It was a really lovely piece of work. At Jeff’s I had fish again having enjoyed the fish I had at Chilli’s the night before. I had a grilled local white fish - the name of which escapes me with red rice and a lovely side salad. That too was a lovely meal. We then looked a Jeff’s museum which had a lot of history explained about the island and had articles on the Japanese soldier that had been surviving on the island since the Americans invaded and liberated Guam from the Japanese in the war. He didn’t know the war was over and was only captured and returned to Japan a hero in 1976 I think. Correct me if I have the year wrong. I investigated a Japanese WW2 Pill box which had been preserved on the beach as part of the museum and then we then found some shade by the cove and chatted a while.

Later in the day many of us were at Rosie’s house. Chatting having fun, taking pictures, making truffles watching DVD’s. Allsorts was going on. Rosie helped Amanda set up a Facebook account and Amanda was delighted to have photos taken of her that she actually liked. I was pleased to be able to see Amanda again, and Tabatha her daughter. Later, on the way to the Micronesian Mall to see The Voyager of the Dawn Traders in 3D, Rosie and I stopped off at Cathy and Ricke‘s to deliver a photo of them in a frame I had brought by way of a thank you for entertaining me so very well. I was sad to have missed Ricke though, he was supporting someone at a production and wasn’t in when I called. We then met Allison, Ethan, Ash and Monica for the film which was spectacular. I really was packing it in on my last day. Went home finished packing a kipped on the sofa for not too long before having a shower at 1am on Sunday morning and Being picked up by Monica to go to the airport at 1:30am.

Sunday December 12th Dec The journey home
So my day started at 1am - yawn.
Monica was great. She went into the airport with me and I booked in and then walked me upstairs to the gate. I did the wandering round the duty free shops - bought a Guam dolphin handbag charm clip on time piece which later sadly got lost, probably when packing and unpacking hand luggage at Seoul or something. Never mind. The departure time for the flight to Seoul was 3:50am. Anyway when going through the boarding gate, a man calls my name - Mrs Brett! - Mrs Brett! I turned around and indicated that I was Mrs Brett - stepped to the side and waited for him to catch up with me. Are you travelling alone? he asked, and I said that I was. By this time I was thinking that maybe he was going to search me or something but instead he said ‘we are upgrading you from economy to business class, just from here to Seoul, not all the way to Heathrow, is that ok?’ I smiled and said yes it is - thank you very much! I swapped the ticket I had in my hand with the one he had in his and got directed to my bigger seat with more leg room and silver service. Got a good bit of sleep on that flight too. Don’t think I would have slept so well in economy. Thanks God. He blesses me. I sat next to a young student who was returning to South Korea for Christmas. She is studing in Guam. She was a little nervous of flying. I prayed for her.

Seoul airport was as impressive as I had remembered it on my way to Guam. Clean, welcoming, free crafts, the enactment of a procession of the emperor and his wife again, free wifi (I face booked with Ed before my battery ran out). I should have packed my leads and adapter in my hand luggage and I could have stayed on line longer there and updated with my blog sooner I arrived at Seoul airport at about 7:35am having lost an hour during the flight and my flight to Heathrow was to depart at 1:10pm so had quite a bit of time to kill. I boarded at about 12:40 and we set of on schedule. I had an isle seat this time - I expressly requested one so I could move around abit without disturbing anyone while getting out. We had personal entertainment systems and mine was working fine this time. I watched Toy Story 3 and found myself struggling to hold back the tears! It’s a cartoon for heavens sake I can hear you say - believe me I was saying that too. Also watched a bit of Eat, Sleep and Pray but it got interrupted by a meal and I never got back to it. Did watch Avatar though - that was good! Didn’t read but slept quite a bit. It seemed to take an age. I kept looking at the flight chart on the entertainment system to see how far we had got and it seemed we were not making any distance at all at times. I was sitting with a mum and teenaged boy Alex, who were originally from England but were now living in Australia and were going to family in England for Christmas. They had stayed overnight in Seoul after flying from Brisbane the day before.

We did eventually arrive on schedule at Heathrow airport. My luggage arrived at the same time as I did which was great and Andy and Viv were waiting for me when I came through departures. They are so lovely and it was great to see them again. I think I got home about 7pm and very strangely William seemed very surprised to see me when I arrived. He knew I was coming home on Sunday but didn’t know exactly when. Wasn’t able to keep in touch with him much on Facebook so we weren’t really in touch while I was away, though I had left a copy of all my flight details for him. I was greeted with a lovely load of washing up a minor breakage but otherwise all was well.

Today is Saturday 18th December. I returned to work on Tuesday and have only just got around to updating my blog, sorry. I am so glad I have bothered to do this though. Already my visit to Guam seems to be a dim and distant dream and many of my memories would have been lost without this. I feel as if I am a world apart from it already, the Narnia analogy really is a good one. I know I will be back, though I am not sure when. I have left the shell horn with Ash for safe keeping. It is for the calling of the Chamorro people into the kingdom and for declaring Guam as the Lords. The horn is to live in the sanctuary, I hope people will blow it in my absence.

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My Guamia - I know I shall be back

Saturday 4th Dec
I went to Inarajan Pool again but his time with the ladies and Allison. Took a lovely picnic and Sandie and Glen and their lovely family were there too along with Ash. It was a lovely afternoon and we spotted an octopus in the pool. When approached it inked as it scarped. We also saw a couple of sword fish in there and others as well. I really is a beautiful place.

Sunday 5th Dec
Went to church and was included in worship again. The teach was great and was about problems and the perspective we have on them compared with God‘s perspective. How Gods perspective is so much different from ours. What can seem to be enormous problems to us are insignificant to God. If he has directed us to do something and there are obstacles in the way that’s his problem not ours. All we need to be is willing to do as he has asked. Very appropriate I thought - thanks God.

Cathy Ricke and I grabbed a subway lunch before going to a fabulous beach at Ritidian Point. It is at the edge of a jungle which is a kind of national park, is protected is closes at 4pm. I went snorkelling for the first time over the coral reef. Saw black cucumber plant, clams, alsorts of tropical fish, coral teaming with life sea urchins. Had a lovely evening meal at Cath and Ricke's and was dropped off at Sheilas and stayed with the ladies there for a while before coming back to Rosies. What a day!

Monday 6th Dec
I went to Alupang Beach Club on the Dolphin watch package courtesy of Allison. Allison, Ricke, Cathy, Greg and I went. Jojo was meant to come but had to stay and wait for the man to finish mending the air conditioning, the engineer had arrived an hour late. Food was laid on and was good, we were shown how to weave with palm leaves, I made a necklace, we were also shown how to deal with a coconut and watched coconut candy being made. I dont like coconut really - but this tasted good. I am guessing the differance being that it was fresh coconut. We were then taken by bus to the quay were we caught a boat. There was a banana boat ride towed by the tour boat which Ricke, Cathy, Greg and I went on while Allison took pics with Cathy’s camera. I am hoping to get copies of them. Then we went in search of dolphins and found them. They were spectacular - there was quite a big group of them. I have movies of them - which I have posted on Facebook including a movie of a very acrobatic dolphin. He was obviously very happy to spontaneously summersalt for us like that. So wonderful to see them wild and in their natural habitat. Went snorkelling again and saw angel fish and sword fish and others. I might get some of those photo’s soon from Greg - he was able to take some underwater by taking his camera with him in a very clever waterproof case with room for his zoom lense to work. He took a pic of me in my goggles and snorkel underwater too. Cant wait to see that - what a hoot!

If visiting Guam going on one of the Alupang Beach Club days really is a must - there are different ones - some include jet ski, kayaking and diving I think, equipment also included so you dont have to have your own gear. I would highly recommend it!

Tuesday 7th Dec
Spent all day at OEC and I was with the ladies during the morning and afternoon the afternoon. Really enjoying it and although I am not recovering from dependency from drink or chemical addiction I am really getting a lot out of the material myself. The material can be applied to all sorts of situations and addictions. People with food issues for instance. Between lessons - lunch time I was really able to get into the word reading about 10 chapters. It was quite an amazing breakthrough for me. Often reading anything just sends me to sleep whatever the time of day and especially after lunch of at bed time. Even first thing in the morning I have a problem sometimes. It was great to be able to sit down and read without any such problem. I think something may have broken in the spiritual over me concerning this. Hope so! Another miracle? I just read and read and couldn’t put the bible down. I jammed with Ash and Jessica before coming home to spaghetti bolognaise. Bev is a good cook. Later she made cookies, they too were amazing.

Wednesday 8th Dec
Spent all day at OEC and with the ladies morning and afternoon again. The ladies are great and so open. Some Ladies only come because they have to and although that is the case for most of them most look forward to it I think, seeing what has been achieved already by the programme they follow here. It is a marvelous work being done and is acknowledged by the state government who give some funding towards it and seeing the success rate. There is a wonderful team of people who sort out health and welfare issues and organise meetings in respect of where the ladies live when they have completed the programme. For many it is not good to go back where they came from because there are too many triggers. They are much more likely to stay clean and free from their drug and drink habits in a place outside of their original neighbourhoods. We have some serious times of prayer and business and laughs in between too. I feel so at home in this environment. It’s like putting on a taylor made jacket on, it fits. The weather reached 102F/40C today - and I survived!. The OEC has good air conditioning and I was there most of the day but still I wouldnt have thought I could cope with such temperatures and it seems I can.

We had meat loaf at Sheila’s with the ladies in the evening which was fantastic. Went to the Celebrate Recovery meeting at the OEC after that and chatted with Allison and Jessica. Allison is planning a trip on Saturday on Friday to a cave with a spring where we can swim, Marble Cave. The ladies will be coming too. In the evening we had a couple of DVDs showing and Bev made a mexican salsa. It was amazing, she is so good!

My journey home starts in the early hours of Sunday morning. I had it in my head that it was Saturday morning so I am please - I have gained a day. Sad to miss the Sunday service though. Would have been nice to say goodbye to everyone there.

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Catch up time

Not been here for a while. It is now Friday December 2010 21:30 pm. Lots has happened and there are lots of new photos on my facebook page - haven't figured out how to post photos on Travellerspoint yet. Time escapes me to be honest.

Saturdays adventures took me to a high point overlooking Sette Bay. The hills or mountains (what you call them depends muchly on where you come from, I come from near Cambridge England so they are mountains)) look like they are covered in a lush carpet of moss - of course they are not - all kinds of foliage covers them and they are jungles really. They are beautiful and I can't quite capture the effect on the camera sadly. We, that is Ricke and Cathy and I then went on to Umatac Bay which is where the Spanish first landed on Guam. Ferdinand Megellan was the man and he anchored here on March 6th 1521 and laid claim to the country. The Spanish built an interesting bridge. It is maintained today in grey with red trim and has the effect of being out of toy town really. Quite strange. You can see though how the Spanish gained and kept control over the bay and the town and were able to regulate who and what got in and what did not. There were also two forts either side of the outermost points of the bay, one of which has been preserved, cannons and all. I am hoping to export some pictures which will help you all get the idea. Mr T from the A Team keeps a Carabao there. If you really want you can have your picture taken on it for $5. I didnt but I did take a couple of pictures of the beast. They seem quite placid but I am assured they can get narked and flick you up into the air if they have a mind to. I am also assured there is a difference between a bull and a carabao though I am not sure what it is.

We then went further round the coast to Inarahan Pool passing Bear Rock on the way. It really looks like a bear! Amazing!

As soon as we arrived at Inarahan pool we had our lovely picnic lunch and as we were eating Allison turns up with her friend Amy. They were hoping for a quiet time together. We figured this and largely left them alone. They were practicing listening prayer there. What a great place to do that!

The Pool(s) were a wonder of creation. They are a selection of natural rock pools deep enough to swim in. Beautiful tropical fish of may kinds can be seen there. I saw a ball of corral as big as a foot ball - sadly I didnt have a snorkle but I could see it clearly from the surface. Rick saw a lion fish and told Cathy and I not to go that way. They are harmful if they stick you with their spines. I think you can get quite ill from the sting.

It is not good to go beyond the natural barrier to the sea. It looks harmless enough as there is a lovely flat warn surface of rock that looks inviting to walk on but the waves can whip your feet from under you, suck you out to sea and then keep bringing you back in bashing you against the rocks which are very sharp and look like they are laverous. Reef shoes are needed, a snorkle and mask would be a really good idea for maximum enjoyment and appreciation. You must remember to apply suntan lotion as soon as you get out of the water, I got a sun burn because I didnt and it doesnt take long to burn. There are a series of sheltered communial areas for shade and eating in, toilets nearby and a store. Very nicely done and thought out.

Went back to Ricke and Cathy's, had an evening meal there which although I cant remember what it was now I can tell you that it was lovely. All Cathy's meals have been really good. Later Cathy took me home.

Sunday we went to the church service at OEC of course. It was fun being in the worship team. Beth is a inspiring worship leader and introducted a freashly penned worship song that just ushered in the presence of God and spoke of his greatness. My photos of the baptisms were slide showed on screan and I was invited to introduce myself to the Church and explain why I was visiting. We ate together at Church after the service. This doesnt always happen but everyone was invited to bring their Thanks Giving left overs to share. It was quite a feast. It amused me though to see all the children and some of the adults fill their plates with desert and passing on the main. Went back to the house after and changed into swimmies before being picked up with Heather by Ricke to go back and spend the afternoon in their pool. It was great - so relaxing no time limits and we could stay in as long as we liked. Showered and changed, mealed with Cathy and Ricke again and then watched a faith building vid, a documentary about the raising of a 3 day dead person called Daniel with live footage of him showing signs of life. Police said no way could that crash have been survived, the doctor certificated him as being dead (no signs of life, no breathing and no pulse, and cold) and the mortuary were witnesses to him becoming stiff as well. Still the wife - standing on the promises of God as revealed to her by him insisted that she take him many miles to a healing meeting. Her husband dying was in conflict with what God had said to her and she believed God and not the circumstances. Consequently Daniel is alive today and testifies as do the police, the doctors and the man at the mortuary to having been dead and life being restored to him by God. The vid/DVD is called 'Raised from the Dead' and Reinhard Bonnke was the main man at the healing evangelistic meeting. As I said before, vidio footage of Daniel coming back to life is recorded in it. Amazing. Went home - went to bed built up and very happy.

On Monday I went shopping at Ross with Jessica and Allison - I bought those shoes and that bag! Both were a bargain. Jessica liked the shoes so much that she bought some too! On Monday too was my first visit to the Second Chance store which is and Oasis fund raising Charity Shop. Later Jessica took me to the Jamacan Grill where I joined Allison, Rob, Ethan, Jojo and Monica for a lovely meal. Then home again.

On Tuesday we had devotions first thing in the morning. I had morning and afternoon meetings with the ladies at OEC
Chicken and Taglittelli cooked by Rosie - very nice and saw a scary film with Jessica and Rosie, well I was facebooking most of the time but still got the jist. It had me on tenter hooks that's for sure.

On Wednesday morning we all did devotions together ('Fight like a Girl' is a really good series by the way), had an OEC morning meeting and learned a couple of worship songs in the afternoon with Beth. This Sunday I will be on guitar and singing - Beth will be on drums for praise and keys for worship. We also have other singers joining us and ukalali players.

I had a lovely evening with Jessica at Chamorro Village and brought some gifts and ate culteral food. Visiting the Chamorro village is a must while visiting Guam. It is open on Wednesday and Friday night but the best night to visit is Wednesday as they have all the morket stalls as well as all the shops open. There were fire dances the youngest was a six year old girl. I didnt vid until the end for fear of misshap but she was good! I got a whole video of the culteral dance display. It was a great evening. We ate their BBQ chicken, noodles and banana fritter on a scewer there and had a wonderful mango smoothie too. My best purchase? A shell that you can blow - it's a perfect 'E' and the shells were used by the Chamorros to warn around the island of danger, or attack and to call for help. It was a prophetic purchase and like the shafar is Israels trumpet call into the Kingdom, this shell is Guams. Am I Susan?

Thursday morning I was really fragile. We did morning devotions together but I didnt hear much of it. I was crying for the people of Guam I think and God is doing a work in me. I know I shall be back here, how when and for how long, I dont know but I know I shall be back. God is talking to me about Susan in the Chronicals of Narnia her gift was the horn to blow to call for Aslan.

I had meetings at OEC morning and afternoon. The ladies are amazing, growing so much and the material being used is so good. They really benefit from it. So do I!

In the evening I cooked a Chinese Chicken Stirfry with rice for Rosie and the girls, very nice. I think they liked it. Rosie and I chose a couple of vids and watched one of them - based on true story dating back to 1928 - intense, very! Gripping and tragic. 'Changeling'. It was very good but I dont think I shall watch it again.

Today, Friday I am at the Coffee Beanery at Tumon playing Catch up with the blogging. Got my Iced Mocca Coffee with Hazelnut Syrup which is lovely and am plugged in to the wifi. Rosie will be picking me up soon to either go to the beach or go to Ross store or both. I have been invited to Allison and Robs for a roast dinner this evening and am looking forward to that. I think I may have achieved all that I am able to at the moment as far as blogging is concerned. I will try to add pics, maps and vids at some stage but I hope my blog readers are content with my diary for now. Time is escaping me quickly and I cant believe that a week tomorrow I shall be travelling back home again. Must try to get an enviable tan before I return. TTFN. Ruth x ;) <3

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Black Friday

Woke up and went to the shopping mall with Rosie. While going there I was talking with Rosie about my theory on 'worship leaders', being 'in Christ' making us all priests and joint heirs with Christ and us all being created to worship God. So we are all supposed to be worshippers. I also talked about the morning chorus of birds - how they wake up and declare their territory in song. Some sound beautiful and some dont but they all do it anyway making a noise of praise to God. How we need to be doing the same - declaring Gods territory and being part of a global chorus of praise to God and declaring his territory and ushering the Son into the day. How people who have been told they cant sing need to be released to sing their unique and individual song that the Lord has given them. She recognised the power of this and Holy Spirit in her witnessed to it.

We met Allison and Beeper at the Micronesia Mall and did a whole load of enjoyable looking round. Black Friday is traditionally a day of sales after Thanksgiving so it had to be done. It's called Black Friday because its when retail economy goes from being in the red to being in the black. Met up again and had lunch in the food hall - there were all sorts of types of food stores surrounding a tabled area. I think most nationality's food types were represented you just choose which store you wanted to get your food from. It was great. I went Italian and shared with Allison. Rosie and I then went on to the Cinema where we met the others. It was Cher and Christina Aguilara in Burlesque, quite a raunchy Cabaret type film - I wouldnt take your kids to it or a man for that matter. It was enjoyed by everyone though and we all recognised the talent involved especially in the lead rolls. It had a happy ending and a good outcome. Wouldnt it be great if Christina was using that amazing voice that she has been blessed with for God.

Went home, read James, (faith without works, the power of the tongue and patience and perceverance), then googled some good worship on you tube before getting ready to going out. We had been invited to a get together with a christian couple on the US Navel Barracks. It was a very lovely and entertaining evening. We had supper outside in a kind of communial pavillion in the gardens behind their home. The hostess, who also works at OEC, was one or the 14 who had been baptised the previous day and he was a Christian Jew who had been praying for his wife since he was 13 (not having met her yet). They are a very happy and in love married couple. Actually, thoughout the evening I observed lots of good family relationships and interactions. Lovely people, lovely families. God is good.

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