Honeymoon Where?

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Early on January 24th, Martha Lynn (Noland) Rushmore and I boarded a small aircraft in Memphis, Tennessee. We winged our way down to Miami International Airport in Florida to catch our next flight, a bigger airliner, which would take us to Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Since the Memphis airline company and the one we used leaving Miami do not have “code share,” we had to retrieve our two checked bags and then get in line at the ticket counter for the next air carrier to check our bags to our final destination. Between arrival and checking our bags, we were afforded time to have our “last meal” prior to exiting the USA—hamburgers, fries and cola.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-19We departed Miami late afternoon that day and arrived in Guyana around 10:20 p.m. local time. Brother Nigel Milo, as always, was there and waiting to greet and to cart us to his home in Linden—also our home away from home and base of operations for the following six weeks. As we were leaving the next morning—once more up and about before sunrise—we unpacked and repacked for the next morning’s flight to the interior of the country. Lastly, we bathed before retiring at 2:00 a.m., only to arise at 4:00 a.m. for our journey to begin.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-15Off to Paramakatoi, Martha and I were accompanied by a plane load of about six persons—including the pilot. A little over two hours of skipping through the clouds over the dense jungle canopy, we passed our airstrip, banked left and dropped from the sky to land at an Amerindian village for which I have a special place of endearment in my heart. Of course, aside from the mountain landscape that I adore so much—identifying with it because of having been reared in a similar environment—Paramakatoi is so special to me because of the dear Christian brothers and sisters that I have come to love more and more with each new visit.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-4Martha enjoyed the mountains and the people as much as did I. Yet, we were there for a reason—the first of 16 seminars that are to take us from border to border and parts in between throughout the 10 regions of Guyana. Hand in hand and with heartstrings securely attached, Martha and I can do anything nearly anywhere for our Lord Jesus Christ. Over the next three days with our brethren, Martha taught ladies five times and taught the children twice; I presented six lessons to either the men or to the entire group.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-2Martha had many “new experiences,” which she decided to document daily in her journal. Among the occasions reminiscent—but not fondly—of days gone by—not the good ole’ days—were outhouses. Of course, to add to the moments was the daily and spontaneous rain showers, but she braved even that—proudly—in her Steeler’s rain poncho!

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-5These Christians are active, not only in their own village, but they have already of their own accord and owing to their own initiative begun evangelizing distant settlements. Brother Nigel and I participated with these Christian men in reflecting upon how to proceed further and in what ways either Christians from Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ in Linden or American Christians may be able to be of assistance. Whatever is undertaken, brother Milo encouraged the congregation to carefully consider “sustainable” growth that includes primary local Christian responsibility for continuity in these new works.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-10Sadly, Martha and I had to leave Paramakatoi on Friday morning for the coast, from which we began this jaunt. The mist each morning that rises from the ground upward in the hills is breathtaking; all of the scenery is spectacular. Not least, the local “Walmart-Post Office-Airport” counter is manned ably by Sam; upon learning that Martha and I are newlyweds, he gave us a “wedding present” of two free fruit drinks. Like me, Martha happily befriends especially the little ones, and after we amply spoil them rotten, we give them back to their parents!

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-7However, returning is easier said than done, because one must travel first to another mountain town of Mahdia and wait for the little planes to finish shuttling freight to mining camps and hamlets before hauling passengers.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-1When we finally arrived back in Linden, there were duties awaiting, though for Nigel and not for us at this time. Brother Milo was called upon to participate in the opening of a new day school. Afterward, a package had to be delivered from Paramakatoi to a person in Linden; a mother had sent some Amerindian foodstuff to her daughter who is away temporarily. Lastly, Martha and I tagged along with brother Nigel as he taught a Bible lesson at the local youth hostel; high school age children come from the outlying areas to board while they complete public school grades that are not available where they live in the interior.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-6We received one complaint from our dear brethren in Paramakatoi—we didn’t spend enough days with them! They are jealous for our time, and they convinced us to spend several more days with them in 2018 when we return, Lord willing. Martha and I are devoting six weeks in Guyana to permit us to hold seminars with and for brethren in every region of the country, but especially Christians in remote areas hunger and thirst for “more” lessons, whereas often in metropolitan communities, even Christians seem to be almost “too busy” to take time for spiritual matters.

96-dpi-4x6-paramakatoi-8Honeymoon! What honeymoon? Yes, Martha and I wed on January 1, 2017, but we “have hit the ground running” with appointments in various stateside venues as well as 16 settings in Guyana from January 24 through March 9. Upon our return to the United States, immediately, we have appointments in Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Since we will not have any “free time” until March 22, just maybe we will construe time spent in the exotic, tropical paradise of Guyana, South America as at least a precursor to such a thing as a “honeymoon.”

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