Sunday, December 29, 2013

Visit to St. Cuthbert's Mission

November 7, 2013

Elder Beecher in the tourist shop, looking like an Amerindian warrior!

Elder and Sister Bird came to visit and we started off on our adventure.

The clouds were beautiful.  The road was long and desolate.  The red sand reminded us of southern Utah:)

Finally after 45 minutes or so some signs of life.

Love the clothes flapping in the breeze.

We visited the village store and met a couple sweet ladies.

One lady demonstrated how they make their baskets.  They dye the grasses and make beautiful designs.

We were good customers.

Here we are in front of their gathering place.  They have a big celebration in September for Amerindian Days.

Elder and Sister Bird are from Driggs, Idaho.

We walked up to see the river.  
Elder and Sister Bird came to Guyana to help the Senior Missionaries write up Public Affairs/Humanitarian projects.  They serve on St. Vincent.  We took a drive out to see St. Cuthbert's mission, and Amerindian village.  We were surprised.  We expected something more primitive, but they had fairly nice homes, a windmill, water tanks, even a police office.  We enjoyed a peaceful outing!

Some December Stories

December 29, 2013

It has been a busy month here in Georgetown.  
Public Affairs and Humanitarian meeting.  Elder and Sister Carter are celebrating their anniversary on Dec. 12.  Starting on the left, Elder and Sister Moore (new humanitarian missionaries, Elder and Sister Beecher, Elder and Sister Esplin, Elder and Sister Samaroo, Marcia Mckenzie and President Benn, Brother and Sister Surujbhan, and Brother Acosta.

Delivering newborn kits to the St. Joseph Mercy hospital with the Lion's Club.  Lion Angel, myself, Lion's Club President Ray Seebarran, Rowena Bowen and the Mom and new baby

We had a big gathering at the hospital.  The news reporter was even there.  Elder Beecher, Elder Moore, Lion Davi, two nurses in the back, myself, Lion Angel in the back, Rowena Bowen, Sister Moore, and Brother Acosta.

We took the Moore's to see the zoo which took about 20 minutes.  Elder Moore stepped into a fire ant bed while looking at the manatee.  He danced around trying to brush them all off as they were climbing up his legs.  He got several bites.

This animal looks like a rat with long legs and no tail.

The harpy eagle.

This monkey looks like he has an extra leg.

December 18, we drove to Suriname with the Carters and Elder Richardson to get our visas renewed.  We can only get a 3 month tourist visa.  It is so lush and green in Berbice!

A common sight, guys with long braided hair, note the beads in the braids.  Here we are waiting for the ferry.

We passed this home with lots of Christmas decorations.  Many homes had their decorations up.

There are some nice homes along the way, and also some like this little one.

We helped serve at Bernice Mansell's Christmas dinner for the elderly.  She is standing here with the M.C.  There were about 300 in attendance.  Bernice is 85 and her foundation helps many organizations and individuals.  Hygiene kits from the Church were their Christmas gifts.

They asked if we had anything we could bring to share.  We thought of a suitcase full of eyeglasses.  We thought they could try them out and if they worked for them they could keep them.  They wanted a pair even if they didn't work.  We gave them all away.

Gift bags, and a gathering around the eye glasses.

I wanted my picture taken with these cute brother and sisters.  The girls have their hair all fancy for Christmas.

Delivering Christmas hampers (bags) for the Vreed en Hoop branch.  Me, Christine Jones, Chanel, Joycelyn and the two babies, and Aneeza Cuehlo Douglas.

We delivered the gifts with Elder Loewen and Elder Stephen.  We had to walk through the shoe sucking mud and grass up to our thighs to deliver one hamper.  It was chigger heaven.  Elder Beecher got about 15 chigger bites, and even though I had on knee high rubber boots I got about 75 bites that popped out on Christmas.