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Planning and Preparation, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Planning and Preparation

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Today is one week since we arrived at our "Quamina Suites". Time is flying by. It is a day spent here 'at home' preparing for our next few assignments as well as meeting with another minister in a one-on-one session.  Again, as we meet the ...

More learnings and insights...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

More learnings and insights....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... from the Dutch era of Guyana ownership, they are now no longer entitled to the rights of their own land.    there is a very nice low-alcohol shandy produced in Guyana that we are enjoying at the end of a hot sticky day :)  ...

First Impressions, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

First Impressions

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... find your way around!! Once through Immigration - a long and slow process - we were greeted by Berle, the administrator from the Guyana Congregational Church (GCU) National Office. We were then taxied into town - about a 45 min journey on sealed but rough ...

Churchs Chicken...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Churchs Chicken....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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  Since arriving here we have been amused by the name of one fast-food outlet named "Churchs Chicken". We keep talking about going there for lunch one day but haven't made it happen. So the staff here decided they would make it happen and join us ...

More ponderings......., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

More ponderings.......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... or coloured population who occupied the intermediate levels. The pure Africans remained at the lowest level. Taken from  http://www.guyana.org/features/guyanastory/chapter25.html  Interestingly today, as I was told by one of the ministers here, ...

Recommendations and Reports....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Recommendations and Reports.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Following the meetings over the past couple of days with the office staff, today was the time to meet with them to discuss our recommendations from what they had told us of the issues. We met with Milli and Paulette as they are the two who are primarily ...

Work around home...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Work around home....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... Ministry to Children.    Now as the day comes to an end we await for the macaroni cheese (a popular dish here in Guyana) to finish off baking in the oven downstairs. I am actually very pleased with myself with how I have managed to finely cut ...

The Kaieteur Falls, Kaieteur Falls, Guyana travel blog

The Kaieteur Falls

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... to see tiny communities dotted here and there in the rain forests. Some communities were larger and obviously mining areas. Guyana is rich in minerals. Gold and diamonds are widely mined throughout the interior. It was pleasing to see areas where mining ...

The Amerindian Exhibition and much more....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Amerindian Exhibition and much more.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... had a small amount of jewellery. It certainly was interesting going and seeing these people at work. These are the indigenous people of Guyana and mainly live in the interior.         From there Berle decided to take us to visit ...

Let the 129th Annual GCU Assembly Begin....., New Amsterdam, Guyana travel blog

Let the 129th Annual GCU Assembly Begin.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... . This makes for interesting conversations as we are hosted here along with Rev. Noel Holder, who is also a nurse and was Guyana’s first male midwife. As well as pastoring a church, he oversees the nursing training here in Guyana as well as working ...

"Leading Through Change" Berbice Workshop

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Following a very early night and one of our best sleeps, we joined Yvonne for breakfast. It is lovely catching up with her again. She so enjoys the company. She is an amazing woman who loves to give generously in a quiet, behind-the-scenes sort of ...

The Georgetown School of Nursing, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Georgetown School of Nursing

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... a tabu subject.  And even of more fascination was the fact that they actually started early!!! Now that is a first for us in Guyana!! The Rev. Noel has booked me in again in a couple of weeks to go and do a session with his General Nursing students ...

One-on-One Commences......., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

One-on-One Commences.......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... countries like Jamaica have a lot of visiting people coming in to teach, resource and encourage them but this very rarely happens in Guyana. It is something she misses so greatly values it when she has the opportunity. She is keen to see us often to talk ...

The Young Adults' Event, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Young Adults' Event

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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With just 10 days till we leave we ran our last event today. We still have a number of crucial meetings before us as well as preaching the next 2 Sundays but today saw the last of the "events" we have been scheduled to run. It was the GCU Young Adults' ...

Georgetown central..., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Georgetown central...

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... down town". We didn't really know what that meant but hoped it meant we would have the opportunity to change our US dollars into Guyana Dollars. We did that and much more!!!   We were taxied into the centre of town so we could have a look around. ...

Boating to Bartica, Bartica, Guyana travel blog

Boating to Bartica

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... people living on them. Like all rivers we have seen in Guyana it is very muddy looking and is the reason that the coast line of Guyana has the muddy appearance of water. This is due to the heavy red clay soil in the interior that feeds the rivers and in ...

The Great Finale....., New Amsterdam, Guyana travel blog

The Great Finale.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... .  Church started at 10.30am. It was a combined service for most of the churches of the Congregation Union from throughout Guyana. Sadly those from Linden were not able to join us as tensions remain high there as protesters have now cut off access ...

We're Millionaires!!!, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

We're Millionaires!!!

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... In 1823, knowing that Parliament in London had ordered changes in the treatment of slaves which the planters in Guyana were resisting, he planned a peaceful protest among the slaves on the East Coast of Demerara. The planters and Governor ...

Men and Women..... Separate!!!, New Amsterdam, Guyana travel blog

Men and Women..... Separate!!!

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... when we get back home - but obviously with nowhere near the flare she has. She has also written a book of short stories based in Guyana. The Rev. Jeanette brought me the book as a gift from her to me. I was so touched. People here are so generous.   ...

Visiting Ingrid....., Haslington, East Coast, Guyana travel blog

Visiting Ingrid.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... recover. She was unconscious for several days and was going into renal shut-down. Due to lack of medical resources here in Guyana, her recovery is long and slow. She is presently staying with her sister, just east of Georgetown, so her rest and ...

Church with the Upper East Coast Group, Victoria, Upper East Coast, Guyana travel blog

Church with the Upper East Coast Group

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... a snack - we didn't see that anyone else was given anything so we were not sure what that was about. What we find here in Guyana is that hospitality is not big. I don't think we have ever been 'looked after' when we go anywhere. We are often confused ...

WOW God!!!!, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

WOW God!!!!

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... so watch out ladies, I am likely to come home with more than one pair of these unique treasures - purely to support the Guyana economy of course!!! Then this afternoon we had the first of our strategy meetings with Paulette and Keith, following up from ...

Operation Restoration, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Operation Restoration

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... a mandate from the United Nations to decriminalise the practice of homosexuality. Presently homosexuality is banned in Guyana with the sentence being life imprisonment. While homosexuality is relatively common here, no one has ever ...

More learnings and observations...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

More learnings and observations....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... shame commits suicide holding on to his belief of reincarnation that the next life will hopefully be better.  The majority of the Guyana Police Force are of African descent. This is because they are seen to 'stick to the rules' and make sure ...

Smiths Memorial Church, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Smiths Memorial Church

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... in Guyana and as part of this the GCU have a week in which the focus is on children and children's activities. Barry was here in Guyana last year at this time celebrating it out at Anne's Grove Church. It was a huge event there so that is something of ...

Our farewell Cocktail Party, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Our farewell Cocktail Party

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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As a farewell to us, people had been invited to come to Zoar Church where they had their large marquee set up. It was called a cocktail party, which here means that they have a light supper with juice. Apparently each group had been asked to provide an ...

Double Portion......, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Double Portion......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... the next generation did not understand the significance of being set free from the slavery of the Egyptians. When the slaves of Guyana were freed, they pooled the money they had received during the 4 previous years and brought land to build houses ...

Of Mice and Men....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Of Mice and Men.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... While I write, we have yet another "domestic" taking place across the road from us. Sadly domestic violence is a major issue here in Guyana. There are billboards all over the place as they try to address the issue. But still it is rife. There aren't many ...

Meeting with the Upper East Coast Youth, Victoria, Guyana travel blog

Meeting with the Upper East Coast Youth

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Up and at it early again as we headed out to the Upper East Coast to meet with the youth from that group of Churches, beginning at 9am. We were back at Wilberforce Church in Victoria - the church where Barry preached with Rev. Noel Holder a couple of ...

The Executive Meeting, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Executive Meeting

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... with a very interesting devotion in which he included a snippet from a letter in the newspaper this week. It said, "Guyana's emergence from statehood and future survival as a well integrated, modernizing, and respected nation depends, to a very large ...

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