Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day #1 Guyana

I recently returned from an exciting soul winning trip which included places in South America and the Eastern United States. The first stop was Guyana, which is the only country in South America where English is the main language. I was invited to preach in 3 different independent Baptist churches there, and it sounded like a great place to do some soul winning since virtually everyone speaks English, and the demographic is similar to that in Botswana.

I was picked up at the airport by two friends of mine, Rob and Shane, who are both from Toronto, Canada, and have been to several of our soul-winning marathons. The first thing we did after we left the airport was head to Shane’s cousin’s house, which was where we would be staying.

Shane’s cousin, Wayne, is a cool guy who lives totally off the grid out in the middle of the jungle. He has a generator and solar panels and collects rain water. He also raises waterfowl and chickens and is surrounded by the various crops he is growing.

When we got there, I took a shower and got settled in. Since the rain water is limited and used mainly for drinking and cooking, Wayne showers in water from the creek called “black water.” In the shower was a bucket of dark brown water, which I dumped over myself with a little cottage cheese tub. Although the water is brown, it doesn’t make you dirty. Believe it or not, the dark-coloration is due to some kind of herb in the water, so it was like showering in herbal tea.

Once everyone had gotten cleaned up, we headed to Georgetown, the nation's capital, to do some soul winning. Our team consisted of Rob, Shane, and me, and we did about three and a half hours of soul-winning. Next we got together with a local pastor for lunch. We had a great time of food and fellowship with him and continued soul winning with him until it got dark, so in about six hours total, we had 20 people saved.

In the evening, when we were waiting to get picked up by Wayne, who was both our host and driver, the power went out in the pastor’s neighborhood. We had to use our cell phones to illuminate the room during the hour we hung out there. We then went to a restaurant for some fried chicken, and we headed back to Wayne’s. I went to bed looking forward to preaching on an Amerindian reservation the next day.

Guyana is a beautiful country, and people are very receptive to the Gospel. Day One was very productive, and we were having a great time.

Here is a sermon on "Common Sense Missions."

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