Years ago faithful workers were urged to “beg the master to send more workers”. Yep, in Guyana there is such a need for “more workers”. We used to feel like Bartica had an astronomical need, more than anywhere else. Well, to a certain degree, it is true. Bartica congregation of just 35 or so publishers…only 2 pioneers…has an entire Region 7 to cover. But this past weekend we had our Annual Pioneer Seminar and Circuit Assembly and learned that really the entire country not only has a need but they are working just as hard to cover their assigned regions. Here is a map of Guyana divided up into the various regions, you can see Bartica by the red dot in the top center….and you can see how vast our territory is for Region 7. We actually have the 2nd largest territory in the entire country. There are about 7 rivers in our territory also one prison.
Our friend, Aiza (pictured below) recently went with other friends to Regions 8 and 9 and spent 20 days in areas like Paramakatoi and Monkey Mountain. Upon reaching the first village they started 50 bible studies. By the end of their trip, they had showed at least 400 videos and given 1000 pieces of literature to very interested villagers. Look at how much was accomplished in 20 days! And there are no witnesses in these areas so the people of course were asking with great enthusiasm, “when will you be back!?”
Another friend of ours who is also very busy in her assignment is Yolanda Smith. She lives in Baramita and is a translator for the Carib language which is spoken by the majority of the people in Baramita.
For years the interested people in Baramita met in the structure pictured below. But just this month a new Kingdom Hall was constructed. It took a year to complete. But as you can see from the photos below, it was truly needed. At the first meeting in the completed Kingdom Hall, there were 630 people present! There are only a few tracts and 2 brochures in the Carib language. Also, right there nearby is the RTO (Remote Translation Office).
Yolanda was telling us that because there are so many who want to study, they have to study with people in groups. Sometimes there are even 50-100 people in one group study. And imagine all these people not only want a bible study but they attend all the meetings as well. Also, there is a literacy class that is held too. And Carib is a very hard language.
Look at how many attend!
It is very encouraging to see all the hard work being done by faithful workers all over this country.
So Friday, October 27th we enjoyed our pioneer seminar and meeting up with friends. We both reconnected with pioneer service school classmates. And then Saturday we enjoyed our assembly and then a fine dinner at New Thriving Chinese Restaurant with more friends. We truly cherish these times because all of these close friends are serving as pioneers or in special fulltime service in far parts of the country and so we usually only see each other 2-3 times per year. But when we get together, it’s as if we were never apart.