Guyana is Beginning to Open
In our August update, we talked about waiting. Now the operative word is anticipation. The airports are now opening in Guyana and we are anticipating returning to our ministry. This has been the longest period I have been away from Guyana in over 20 years. As we anticipate our return, we know there are many uncertainties ahead. Times of uncertainty are times where we see God at his best. The virus has infected dozens of the people we minister to, including one of our pastors. Most of our people have faced shutdowns and challenges to getting basic necessities for their families. We don’t have a full picture of what we will find upon our return, but we know God is in full control. We ask you to pray about two dates. I (Greg) hope to get in-country December 1 to prepare for our return. There is a whole host of logistics that are there to look after. Once I can set some things in motion for our return, I would come back to get Wendy with an anticipation of a January 5, 2021 moving date.
Most of our ministry activities in Guyana have been shut down due to local measures related to the COVID virus. Unlike ministries in the developed world, we do not have the luxury of online services. One bright spot has been the outreach efforts led by Pastor Paul in the Warau villages. In fact, through the generosity of our partners, we were able to provide Paul with a new boat made for the small creeks and passages leading to the remote areas he passes through to reach the people. Paul is setting the stage to begin early next year with The Timothy Initiative curriculum to make disciples who make disciples. The efforts are creating the platform to plant churches among a largely unreached people.
The bulk of ministry operations have been shut down, but we have been able, through our ministry partners, to move forward with some ministry investments. In Port Kaituma we have added a ministry boat and repaired another. In Hobadiah we have done extensive repairs to the church building. In Blackwater we are completing rebuilding, repainting, and providing new church benches to increase our capacity. In Sebai we have done work on the church building. In Hosororo, our new ministry hub, we have seen an incredible transformation of the property. We now have a beautiful property that is ready for development, and more importantly, life-changing ministry.
We have maintained an active ministry schedule since the first week in August. Our calendar includes churches from Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Iowa. We are encouraged and hopeful in all that we have seen in these great churches doing great things in a very challenging season. God’s people are making a difference!
1. Health and well-being of our people in Guyana. COVID cases still on the rise. Some of our village churches are trying to slowly reopen.
2. Ability to return to Guyana and approval of our Visa.
3. Monthly operating support – presently it is not strong, and we are anticipating a major drop in January 2021.
4. Developing a major new ministry partner - hopefully much more on that later!
5. New villages and new people open to the spread of the gospel and planting churches.