Riding Rainbows

Louis at 64 Village

Louis at 64 Village

Saturday, January 30, 2016 was a travel day for me from Memphis, TN to Linden, Guyana, South America. I was fortunate to get a direct flight from Memphis to Miami, FL. However, my checked bag was not as fortunate, as it instead flew to Charlotte, NC. So, I waited to no avail for my bag at the luggage carousel. Later, I waited fruitlessly once more when luggage from Charlotte was being offloaded. Cutting close, besides resulting in unnecessary diligence and time on my part, the checked bag finally arrived in Miami in time for me to check in for my next flight to Georgetown, Guyana. Everything worked out – no harm, no foul.

Some brethren at Lethem

Some brethren at Lethem

Upon clearing immigration and customs, I emerged from the airport in Guyana into the loving arms of my dear friend and Christian brother, Nigel Milo. Subsequently, the drive to his home in Linden an hour and a half away, we arrived around midnight, and I got to bed within the hour.

River separating Lethem, Guyana from Brazil

River separating Lethem, Guyana from Brazil

Sunday at 8 a.m. the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ and I gathered for Bible class. At that time, I made my PowerPoint presentation “The Church of Prophecy.” Brother Nigel preached for the worship assembly. This was the first time that I had seen the completed, new meetinghouse; it is more than adequate, very commodious and an exceedingly useful tool for the growing local congregation. That night during worship, I gave my PowerPoint presentation “Come Meet Jesus Christ as Creator.” Following worship, the Christian men had their typical Bible class.

Below the international bridge

Below the international bridge

Early Monday morning, Nigel and I struck out for a small airport about two hours away on the Atlantic coast of the country. Along the way, we picked up our co-speaker, brother Wilbur Vyphuis; he is the preacher for the North Road Church of Christ in Georgetown. Not long afterward, we were airborne in a small plane, flying about two hours over the jungle to Lethem on the border with Brazil. Monday through Wednesday evenings, we three conducted a Gospel meeting that was well attended with a little over 100 persons present. All day Tuesday and Wednesday, we presented our seminar, themed to impress upon our Guyanese brethren the need to transition responsibility for evangelizing Guyana from American missionaries to themselves. We also provided suggestions on how to proceed in that regard.

small plane that we fly over the jungle

small plane that we fly over the jungle

Thursday a little after noon, we three boarded another little airplane and headed back to the coast from where we had come. Upon landing there were two horses at the runway – one of them on the landing strip, which could have severely impacted the safety of our touchdown. However, the horses were nowhere around at liftoff. Aloft on the way from Lethem to Ogle on the coast, our little aircraft literally flew over a rainbow – an uncommon vantage to view God’s creation (Genesis 9:8-17).

Nigel Milo at Lethem

Nigel Milo at Lethem

Then, we traveled by car southward along the Atlantic coast to 64 Village, the site of our next seminar venue. We were a few minutes late, but were delighted to find a full house. Several surrounding congregations were present and waiting. Brother Wilbur and I shared three lessons with the brethren over the next couple of hours or so. Later, we sought out a restaurant for supper and lodging.

Wilbur Vyphuis at Lethem

Wilbur Vyphuis at Lethem

Friday, we continued our seminar with the Church of Christ in 64 Village. We barely had enough time to make it from there following the conclusion of the night’s program to a local television station. Brethren Michael Hooper (my co-speaker in a former year for the nationwide mobile seminar throughout Guyana), Wilbur Vyphuis (this year’s co-speaker), Nigel Milo (the annual program director) and I hosted an hour-long, call-in TV program. We received more calls than we could answer, but each of us took turns and sometimes collaborated to provide biblical answers to religious questions that were posed by callers. This was the first occasion of an extended television presence by evangelist Michael Hooper.

Wilbur Vyphuis at 64 Village

Wilbur Vyphuis at 64 Village

The days ahead promise to be as active and rewarding as days up to now. We hope to be useful tools in the hands of God, to glorify His name and edify souls. Thank you, those of you have helped make it possible for me to be here in harness for our Lord.

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