Grace Ministries Update
Never early, never late, always right on time.
In our last update we shared some of the many delays that have become the new normal for our lives and ministry. The delay in our immigration paperwork came to a head over the last few weeks. I (Greg) had come to the capital city to receive a work team from the States. When I attempted to board my return flight with the team, I was detained by immigration at the airport due to “overstaying” my immigration visa. When I showed the officer the letter from our law firm to prove that we are in the process, only awaiting the final approval from the immigration office, the officer emphatically told me that I was not allowed to travel! The Bible teaches, “A soft answer turneth away wrath.” God helped me to patiently take a tongue lashing in the immigration office. With only minutes to go before my flight, the officer relented and allowed me to travel. Once the team was finished with their work and back in the capital a week later to return home, we decided that we needed to go as well. On the day before our departure, we spent most of the day in the Citizenship department trying to get our temporary work permit papers. This process was delayed on into the following morning, just hours before our flight. With just minutes to go before departure, a ministry friend contacted the head of immigration on our behalf. With virtually no time to spare, our paperwork was approved! We are now required to leave Guyana and return with paperwork in hand. On May 4, I will be returning to Guyana after a short stay in the US. Please pray for the final steps of our immigration process to be completed over the next 4-6 weeks – or, in God’s perfect timing!
Kumwater Village - Amazing Grace Baptist Church
Since January, we have devoted a great deal of our ministry time in the little village of Kumwater. This church, Amazing Grace Baptist Church, has experienced more than its share of setbacks over the past several years. The people are discouraged, and the attendance is down. Most Sunday’s we are ministering to a small crowd of no more than 15-20 – but can we tell you, we are right where God wants us! We are starting to see signs of life coming back. Over the past several weeks 4 precious souls having given their life to Christ! People who have been out of church are returning. We will be launching a TTI (discipleship) training class in May. We are asking God to break the spiritual apathy in the community and to raise up men and women for God – please pray with us.
TTI (The Timothy Initiative) Training
Making disciples who make disciples
In addition to the startup of TTI training in Kumwater, we expect to have TTI training active in several villages by the end of May. We are confident of TTI training taking place in Kumwater, Whitewater, and Blackwater villages. We are hopeful of training in 4 additional villages. TTI, is an “obedience-based” discipleship training program. Most Western churches have a “knowledge-based” approach to discipleship. Obedience-based discipleship focuses upon equipping workers to share Christ and make more disciples from the very beginning. Our TTI training will take us right into the July-August youth camp time, where we hope to see some of our new disciple-makers involved in the camp ministry.
- We have yet to see “normalcy,” return to our life. So much has been unsettled. We think we can see some light at the end of the tunnel this month.
- Capitalizing on the many open doors – we need God’s wisdom and leadership moving forward.
- Our team is actively raising their support to join us in Guyana. Pray for God to open doors and open hearts in their efforts.
- We are in the process of acquiring an additional 5 acres to our “main campus.”
- We are asking God to hold this deal together and bring this to reality.
- Pray for our three boys, Joshua, Josiah, and John, as they make important life-altering decisions now and over the next several months.
"Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest ." Matthew 9:38