A WEEK IN GEORGETOWN, GUYANA
We flew from Trinidad to Guyana on Tuesday May 20th. It’s about an hour flight with nothing of particular note until we were over the South American continent. The tree cover was a vast forest carpet in shades of green with sprinklings of yellow.
Occasionally there was a ribbon of light brown that meandered through the carpet. We were still quite high but you could tell they were muddy rivers, some of them very large.
The Guyana airport was fairly well developed and it was easy to come into customs. The Francom's picked us up and drove us to the Pegasus Hotel.
The drive was very West Indies.
Drivers cutting in and out of their lane with abandon. With left lanes turning right, right lanes turning left and it was another defensive driving course. for the most part traffic lights, stop signs, direction signs and passing obstacles are just a suggestion - everything goes and passing on a blind corner, hill or major intersection is common.
Street vendor in the open air market of Guyana
Crowded Streets of Georgetown
They also have horse and donkey drawn wagons on the main streets
hauling building products
hauling building products
Even the Mrs. under a parasol
By the time we arrived at the hotel I was dripping wet and there was barely enough time to take a quick shower before heading over to the chapel for blessings. They have a very nice chapel. I was told that there were about 250 members in this branch.
We were a few minutes late but quickly started. There were two pronounced that afternoon and the Francom’s waited and then drove us to their home where we then met the Poulsons. The six of us enjoyed a nice dinner and visit. By 8:30 we were exhausted and the Francom's took us back to the hotel and we went to bed early.
On the 21st we had three blessings from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Two of the young men were from a tribe that I haven’t previously seen. They were both of Indian extraction and I was happy to have had the opportunity to pronounce their blessing. The spirit was very strong and I felt that all three of the young men were the pioneers of the West Indies. I could see in all three of them the next generation of leadership. They each had a wonderful spirit of missionary work and a desire to do all in their service to Jesus Christ. They were all in their early twenties. It was an honor to have been with them and to see such devoted recent converts.
During the five days of our stay in Guyana we had thirteen blessings. The majority of the blessings were administered to missionaries, prospective missionaries or young couples. As said earlier, I was very impressed with the wonderful people here. They truly are a generation of future leaders. With several having received their lineage from a tribe I haven’t previously encountered, I was impressed that these youth were the predecessors of the next generation that would be an army in countries that are just beginning to have the gospel introduced to them.
In saying that, I make reference to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland speaking about the “WONDERFUL TIME FOR THE CHURCH IN ASIA”. “We move steadily into the future. India will be one of our miracles, we will live to see a remarkable work unfold in India. The Spirit of the Lord is moving over this vast area,” he said. “It would be undeniable, it would be impossible not to grasp, not to feel that there is a great work unfolding here.”
One of the many unique mosques and temples in Guyana
West Indies forest flora and deadfall
Harpy Eagle of Guyana
A magnificent bird, with a six to seven foot wingspan, that
I've always wanted to see in the wild
When I saw it in the Guyana Aviary
I was saddened by its isolation in a wire cage
The city waterways were filled with a variety of water plants I have never seen before.
The plant leaves looked like lilies and the seed pods looked like poppies.
The flowers were very large and showy. It appeared that they only lasted for a day or two at most and then they turned to seedpods
One leaf nicely frames Sister Linton
Georgetown is several feet below sea level. It was occupied by the Dutch and they built a massive seawall that stretches for miles.
The saddest part of the city was the rubbish that was thrown everywhere,
waterways were choked with styrofoam containers
A wonderful Guyanese brother
ready to serve a mission
More unidentified Guyanese water plants
We visited the ATM at our hotel to get some Guyanese Dollars
decided that $200 USD should be enough for the few days we were there
were shocked when we received $41,000 GYD
Our pizza that night cost about $4,000 GYD