Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Launching of our Self Reliance Center - November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013 was the launching of our Guyana Self Reliance Center.  Elder Gay, Brother Mike Murray, and Elder Cornish were here on October 22, and after their visit they gave approval for a Self Reliance Center in Guyana.  Many people have been working to help get everything ready.  We have had Self Reliance Committee meetings, a meeting to teach the doctrine of self reliance to the district and auxiliary leaders, Brother Negron arrived and trained the SRC committee, and the new staff for the center.  Yesterday we took Brother Negron and picked up Brother Alvarado at the airport.  On the way home we stopped to pay a visit at MaCorp.  Miguel Oviado, who is over the training there learned about our returned missionaries and their dedication and a plan was made to teach a mechanics course at the church.  Then we had a nice lunch at the Pegasus and hurried to get the rooms set up and ready.  Elder Beecher and I had to go purchase a couple tables.  We were surprised to see that the tables were mity-lite tables manufactured in Orem, Utah.  
We cooked a dinner for the district presidency, Elder Gamiette, our Area Seventy, Brother Alvarado, and Brother Negron, President Goodluck, and ourselves.  Then a training for all the district leaders, after which there was a Devotional and ribbon cutting.
The talks were all about the hastening of the times, and how Heavenly Father is ready to bring his people out of poverty but it all begins with personal righteousness and paying tithing.
Our center will have regular hours, and one-on-one mentoring.  Many workshops will be taught; Planning for Success, Career Workshop, Self-Employment Workshop, and others.  We still have a lot to do to get everything lined up, but it is an exciting time. 

President Bharat, President Benn, President Sobers, Brother Alvarado, President Goodluck, President Reese, President McKenzie, Elder Gamiette, and President Chin cutting the ribbon for the new Self Reliance Center.

Elder Gamiette, Brother Negron, President Goodluck, and President Sobers.

Brother Alvarado, Elder Gamiette, Brother Negron, President Benn, President Goodluck, and President Sobers.

                     President Goodluck, Sister and Elder Beecher
Elder Beecher, Brother Negron, Brother Alvarado, and Elder Gamiette

President Sobers, President Goodluck, and President Benn

Christopher Jordan and Geoffery Watson

President Sobers, Chairman of the SRC and Brother Barrow, Vice Chairman of the SRC.

Sister Singh, Christine Jordan, Elder Gamiette, and Suzy Wong-yip

In the center, Sister Johnson, our District Education and Employment Specialist, and President Bharat from the Vreed-en-Hoop Branch.

Sharmain Ramsay and Sister Chin

Sharon Surujbhan, Sister Murray in the back, Roger Ramnarain in the black, and President Benn

Christine Rawlins in brown, and Candacy in the pink

Top picture: Christine Braithwaite, Suzy Wong-yip, and Sharmain Ramsay.
Bottom picture: President Reese, Sister Norris, Samantha Reese, two sisters from Prashad Nagar, and Sister Goodluck

Sister Rowena Bowen who is over public affairs for Guyana.

A sister from Demerara, and Sister Baccus, RS President from Prashad Nagar

Nicole Baccus, the employment specialist for Prashad Nagar.

We had a nice crowd at the Launching.  I think there were over eighty persons in attendance.  We need to set our hours, advertise, train our mentors, and get started!  We see Heavenly Father's hand at work.  Things are happening.  This SRC will bless many lives.

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy to see the SEC up and running ... and to see all the beautiful faces of people we love!!! Congratulations for your success in making this dream a reality for the wonderful people of Guyana. We love you all!