Our recent trip to Guyana was a tremendous success. Our doctors and assistants saw 1,997 patients during the four and one half days and much good was done for the physical health of these individuals. Additionally, 49 people were baptized into Christ during the week and almost everyone accepted an offer to study about the pure gospel of Jesus Christ. One report from our follow up team indicated that another 10 had been baptized in the days after we left Guyana. What a blessing it is to serve God in such a direct way!
Each day several of our team members left to visit local schools. They were greeted by lovely, smiling faces of the wonderfully well-behaved children. These teams taught Bible stories, had puppet shows and crafts for the students. Many of these students found their way to crusade each night as a result of the teaching in the schools. What a great work this was!
Several of our team members who had prepared to be personal workers were instead recruited to work in other areas of the clinic. These individuals did a fantastic job and quickly learned their new responsibilities. In every aspect of our trip, each of our team members worked hard and all were willing to accept last minute tasks without complaint.
Crusade services were held for four nights with each night gaining in attendance. The children were always in a greater number than the adults and they were always sitting up front and ready to sing. Following a short period of songs, the children were dismissed to the lower level of our complex where a very hard working team of teens and adults presented Bible lessons to them. The attendance of the children for Monday through Thursday was 102, 154, 157 and 232 respectively. The adult crowd ranged in size from a low of 87 on Monday to a high of 156 on Thursday.
Many weeks of prayer, planning and training were required for our trip to Guyana. Our team members grew spiritually and the family of God grew numerically. One challenge before us now is to continue to be reminded that God needs us all in His service every day. In Joshua 24:15, Joshua said that he and his house would "serve the Lord." While there are many ways in which we serve God, we must never forget that we should be doing our service on a daily and continual basis. Find your way to serve God here and put your talents to work for Him now! May our efforts to serve God in this area be fruitful and beneficial to the cause of Christ! Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement during our trip!
Seventh and College Church of Christ, Mayfield, KY
Bulletin Article, 1 July 2001
See related Team Leader Report (9-17 June 2001)
Read what Ted Edwards wrote about Serving God in Guyana this year
Link to Guyana Missions Home Page