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Kildonan, Guyana

March 1, 2020

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Saturday, February 29, 2020, the World Evangelism & Media Team was with the Kildonan Church of Christ in Guyana, South America. Several area congregations were represented, and as before, Martha addressed the ladies and the male team members spoke to the combined group as well as separately to the men present. This was our final workshop for 2020 in Guyana; Martha and I have been in Guyana for 30 days. Our team of Frederick Darrell, Nigel Milo, Martha Rushmore and Louis Rushmore provided edification for brethren from all 10 regions of Guyana. We hope that our efforts will contribute to the future appointment of elders and deacons, congregations striving for a greater degree of fiscal participation in their presence and labors for our Lord, a move toward a greater role in self-edification and less reliance on foreign teachers, a greater and sustained evangelistic zeal even in the absence of missionaries on the ground with them, and heightened pursuit of modesty and moral purity. Always, Martha and I are likely more encouraged than those to whom we go, hoping to encourage them. Plans are already underway for the 2021 nationwide workshop in Guyana.

Mabaruma

February 28, 2020

Frederick Darrel

Wednesday, February 26, the World Evangelism & Media team flew from Ogle in metropolitan Georgetown to Mabaruma. That evening, brethren Frederick Darrell and Nigel Milo preached in a crusade or a Gospel meeting for the Church of Christ at Hosororo on a high hill above Mabaruma. The meetinghouse was full of members and their children.

Thursday, the team spoke to a gathering of several congregations in the church building at Hosororo. Nearly every bench was filled. Some brethren had traveled several miles by boat before finishing their trek by land. Brethren Frederick Darrell, Nigel Milo and I addressed brothers and sisters on the theme “If Not Now, When?” Martha spoke to the ladies.

Friday, the team flew back to Ogle. Martha and I did a little shopping in Georgetown as well as walked the ocean side of the seawall so my wife could collect some more sea glass. Leaving Georgetown, we paused at Hope Children’s Home, before continuing our journey to New Amsterdam, where we were to lodge once more in preparation for our final workshop of 2020 in Guyana, South America.

Enmore Church of Christ

February 24, 2020

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Our venue today for this year’s World Evangelism & Media Workshop was with the Enmore (Guyana, South America) Church of Christ; these brethren were gracious enough to host again in 2020. Many congregations were represented, some of which traveling far to be present. The auditorium was full. Martha Rushmore spoke to the sisters in Christ, while Frederick Darrel, Nigel Milo and I (Louis Rushmore) spoke to brothers and sisters or for one session to the men present.

A large contingent of members from the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ in Linden were present—three vans full. Burnham Drive and Blueberry Hill churches of Christ from Linden were represented, too.

I have difficulty understanding Guyanese Creole, but I presumed that since we’re all supposed to be speaking English, Guyanese brethren could understand me better than I understand them when they converse with each other. Today, a sister in Christ informed me that this is the first year over the years I have been going to Guyana that she understood my English. She wasn’t sure whether I was speaking more clearly or if she had become accustomed to my speech.

It appears that all in attendance were please to be there and were edified. I know I was happy to be present, and I was edified also. After a long day, traveling to the venue, returning to Linden and approximately six hours of program, we were all tired. A stop at the mall along the way home was a welcome interlude.

Women’s Inspiration Day

February 23, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ

Congratulations to the ladies of the Amelia’s Ward congregation for a very special ladies’ inspiration day. Glory be to God for all the hard work that was done leading up to this day. There were around 340 ladies and young ladies at this event. Some of the ladies came a day early and stayed a day longer because they were from the Essequibo coast. They had to catch a boat to get back across the 20-mile-wide river.

The ladies of at Amelia’s Ward go all out for their women’s inspiration day. This year, the colors were blue and silver. All decorations were blue and silver. Most of the ladies and young ladies wore blue or white dresses with blue on them. Most of their shoes were sparkly silver or gold. They were all well-coordinated and looked very beautiful. Great job ladies.

There was congregational singing, solos, poems, skits, Bible games and three speakers. They all did a great job. My favorite talk was about “Let It Go.” They talked about letting things go from our past and moving forward. The young ladies did a skit of letting anger, lies, worry, betrayal, denial and doubt go. It was very to the point. Of course, these things are easier said to do than it is for us to do them. We need God’s help!

We had a snack, a nice lunch and then a small Jell-O salad for a second snack. These ladies and men did a lot of preparation for this great day of fellowship and worship to our God in Heaven.

The Amelia’s Ward ladies have a women’s inspiration day every other year. They have a lot of expense, and they pay for most of it out of their own pockets. They do this with loving and cheerful hearts. I also found out today that we have sisters in the USA that were a part of this body of the Lord’s church who send them items to use for gifts. What wonderful ladies! ~ Martha Rushmore

Paramakatoi Children’s Class

February 23, 2020

Wednesday, February 19 was a big day for the village of Paramakatoi. The first lady of Guyana was to visit. She was campaigning for her husband to be reelected for president. She was also dedicating the new water system for this jungle mountain community. There was preparation made for her coming all week and maybe the week before. There were hammers and saws going all day and evening long. Bleachers, stands for concessions and a large platform for the first lady and other government officials were built. There was a stand for the band and the emcee to play music until 2:00 a.m. for three days and nights.

On the same day, I had a very big surprise. About 200 or so elementary school children and their teachers came to the church building to entertain us. They were supposed to quote memory verses and sing for us; they program was supposed to take about 15 minutes. Well, I guess things got a little mixed up. Great for me! Louis came to me about 5-minutes before things were to start and asked me if I could teach the children a lesson. Sure, I can. He asked me how long my lesson would last. I said about 30 minutes.

This is how things proceeded. Brother Nigel led the children in two songs; Louis said a prayer, and then it was my turn. All the men left and had their own class on the porch of a neighboring shop. I introduced myself to the class and started the lesson. One of the men came in and told me about the memory verses. So, I had the children volunteer to say their memory verses. They did a great job!

I started my lesson on “Hear No Evil, See No Evil and Speak No Evil.” I had three children come up and help me. I told them that they were monkey helpers because the hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil were monkeys. (I have two sets at our home in Florida. One set has monkeys and the other has frogs.) They covered the ears, eyes and mouths. Then the whole class did the same thing. I tried to involve them all. Some got restless, but for the most part, the children did well.

Teaching the children has been the highlight of our work in Guyana so far this year. Another children’s class was in Monkey Mountain last year. When I finished, I had about 30 from age 1 to about age 11. I love the children here in Guyana. They want and give attention to Louis and me—maybe because we are white. They are all so loveable. ~ Martha Rushmore

Camping in the Mountains of Guyana, South America

February 22, 2020

Always before when our team went to Paramakatoi, we were able to lodge in the Amerindian guesthouse there, and over the years, its amenities have been upgraded. This time, however, government officials, who had come for the dedication of a water system, trumped our plan to reside in the guesthouse once more. Consequently, we camped in the classroom of the church building. Martha and I occupied one tent, while brother Nigel Milo slept in a pup tent. Brother Frederick Darrel slumbered nightly in a hammock. On the plus side, we didn’t have to walk to the meetinghouse—since we were already in it! The downside, though, was bucket and cup bathing in the shed for the ATV and using an outhouse.

We flew into Paramakatoi on a small twin-prop plane, and after five days flew out on a larger single-prop airplane. The flight to Paramakatoi in the mountains from Ogle on the coast was direct, but the return trip made stops at Monkey Mountain (a gravel airstrip) and Mahdia.

Martha and I were certainly out of our comfort zone, and our arthritis distinctly worked against us. I also battle low blood pressure.

The mountain village of Paramakatoi is the only place to which we go in Guyana where we get cold. Sweat clothes for sleeping at night and jackets at least in the morning are a must. We even bought a couple of blankets while there—extremely thin but unexpectedly almost too warm.

All four of us taught while visiting the Paramakatoi Church of Christ. Frederick Darrel, Nigel Milo and I took turns day and night, and Martha taught a couple hundred children and their teachers who graced us with their presence one morning.

A few excitements occurred during our time in Paramakatoi. Guyana’s First Lady officially commissioned a new solar-powered water system. Since it is nearly election time, her husband’s political party and the opposing political party were well represented in the crowded soccer field. Venders sold their wares and the music loudly blasted the village until 2 a.m. daily. The whole affair resembled a small county fair. There were more aircraft coming and going in one day than would usually arrive and depart over several months.

Near the conclusion of our time in Paramakatoi, we presented to attendees new Bibles. On our way out of Paramakatoi, we were able to give a preacher and his wife a ride to Monkey Mountain—saving them an 8-hour hike up and down serious hills; the plane was already going that way, so we quickly added them to our passenger manifest.

We believe that we edified brethren from the two congregations which assembled for our workshop. In addition, we encouraged them and commended them as well for their continued evangelistic outreach into distant villages. This little church, which hosted our program, in the edge and on the fringe of an otherwise busy world is self-supporting. Through their own initiative and ambition the congregation launched out with the Gospel comparable to the commendable achievements with the Gospel of the church at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 1:8). This little family of God meets three days a week for worship and devotionals to praise God and fortify itself.

Martha and I fawn over the little ones. Little girls especially are drawn to Martha, and I enjoy playing with the children, too.

It was a hard outing for us, and we exhausted all the clothes we brought to Guyana. We were delighted to shower and rest in a bed once more. I hadn’t shaved for a week!

The Rushmore Newsletter

November 12, 2019

 

The Rushmore Newsletter for November 2019 has just been published to the Internet. Nearly 800 email notices are being sent at this moment to members and friends among the churches of Christ so interested brethren may access it online. An additional 1,000+ members of the church and congregations of the Lord’s church will receive printed copies through the US mail over the next several days. Martha and I welcome your questions, comments and participation in our labors for Jesus Christ stateside and abroad. You may access the November edition of the Rushmore Newsletter directly at https://www.gospelgazette.com/Newsletter/2019/November.pdf.

Workshops & Seminars

February 28, 2019

300 dpi 4x5 Port Kaituma 1On January 30, Martha and I flew from Orlando, Florida to Georgetown, Guyana, South America. Yesterday (February 27), we concluded a series of workshops and seminars for Christians and the churches of Christ throughout the ten regions of the country. Early on Monday, Lord willing, we will fly back to the USA.

Through the workshops, two Guyanese evangelists and we encouraged brethren with lessons designed to help save youth and to keep the youth saved. The intention was to stem the tide of wayward teens who are lost to their families and to the Lord’s church as they fall victim to ungodly, worldly influences and to the evil devices of Satan. In the seminars, we provided biblical answers to often-asked religious questions. The former were devised for Christians in general, whereas the latter were presented for preachers and church workers.

Brethren Nigel Milo and Samuel Singh and I taught men’s classes and general audiences. Martha taught ladies’ and children’s classes. It was also my privilege to teach for the Amelia’s Ward Church of Christ in Linden.

300 dpi 4x5 Paramakatoi 1Our travels took us to coastal and interior destinations. We labored among brethren from each of the three primary ethnicities, by the way, who harmoniously worship and fellowship together without distinction. For Guyanese Christians, race is not noteworthy among brethren; surely, Heaven will bear these earmarks, too.

Sometimes, we would be out and about for a week at a time, going to more than one venue before returning to our base in Linden and to the hospitality of the Milos and sister Jasmine’s mother, Bee. We’re no worse for the wear, though Martha once more proved to be bug bait, besides being my hearty and supportive coworker.

300 dpi 4x5 Paramakatoi 4Two small planes crashed during our tenure this time, and our last little aircraft broke down at another mountain airfield in the hinterland on its way to retrieve us. Repaired and with a mechanic on board, it finally retrieved us from Monkey Mountain’s gravel airstrip where we had waited all day. After a short hop to and a pause at another aerodrome in the nation’s interior, the same craft finally took us back to the Atlantic coastland.

God was with us, we believe, and we endeavored to be loyal servants of God. We think that Guyanese brethren were edified and empowered to act for themselves. Any praise or glory belongs to our God alone. Praise be Almighty God!

Where Are We?

October 13, 2018

Where in the world are we? Can you tell from these two photos? For one week so far, we have been abroad. Martha and I traveled just under 30 hours via three jet airplanes to a country 10 and a half time zones from Mississippi. For one additional week, we will remain here. Other than family members, let us know where you think we are.

Homeward Bound, Again

March 5, 2018

Martha and I winged our way from the United States to Guyana, South America on Tuesday, January 30. Five weeks later, we flew back to the USA on March 6.

During our 2018 visit to Guyana, we conducted simultaneously a workshop on “Back to the Bible” and a seminar on “How We Got the Bible.” The workshop was intended to edify and encourage Christians throughout the country, and especially the seminar was for enriching the knowledge base of preachers and teachers. Both teaching forums were hosted by various congregations throughout nine of the ten regions in the nation. Our modes of travel once inside Guyana included car, buses, small planes, a ferry and water taxis.

A hearty “Thank You” is due to brother Nigel Milo who arranges and directs the program annually. He also is one of the three speakers. Brother Thomas George and I were the other two speakers, and Martha had occasions during which she taught ladies’ classes. Brother George is a highly competent and diligent, as well as a humble, servant of God. We couldn’t have had a better companion for bringing about the workshops and the seminars than him. I believe that he and I established a good friendship. He and I also entered into a working relationship where brother Thomas George will mentor 16 small, remotely isolated churches of Christ among Amerindians. (He will be doing all of the work, actually.)

Some of the places to which we went with the Gospel this year included Lethem, Paramakatoi, Port Kaituma, Hosororo, Matthew’s Ridge, Kildonan, Kitty, Enmore, the Essequibo coast and Linden. We passed through such illustrious sounding named villages as Now or Never, Land of Canaan, and Garden of Eden.

The hospitality was grand, particularly at our base in Linden in the home of the Milos. Our strategy has always been and remains to major in edification and minor in evangelism, both thrusts being necessary to result in a spiritual harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6). We think that we achieved our goal this year, too; and we are already planning for 2019 workshops and seminars, if our Lord wills.

 

Included herein are some of the photos from our various venues. In addition, pictures and videos are available at https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008025647862 Thank you for making it possible for Martha and me to help encourage and edify our precious Guyanese brothers and sisters.