Travel Blogs from Guyana

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Meeting with the Members of the Churches, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Meeting with the Members of the Churches

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... with a convicted experience that He is the answer to life - and want to assist the church in being relevant to the people of Guyana who don't know Jesus. Like our church back home, the GCU struggles to move with the times and be relevant. There are the ...

One month down...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

One month down....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Well, we have been here now for one full month and I see have just broken the 1,000 mark for the times people are checking our blog. It astounds me that so many people are following us. Incredible really.  As is becoming our norm, the ...

Training and Equipping Ministers and Nurses...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Training and Equipping Ministers and Nurses....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... under the sink. We choose at this point to ignore each other!!!  We will not be sad saying goodbye to these furry little beasts of Guyana. Last night when I went out to the fridge, which is in the dark on our landing, I stepped on a bat!!! Again I am ...

Near and far...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Near and far....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... clients by Skype and have a good session. We are just so grateful for the technology of today and that even a country like Guyana, struggling as it is, is able to supply these links. Indeed the world is a very small place. What ...

Doing Type with the Youth, Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, Guyana travel blog

Doing Type with the Youth

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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After a spell of quite warm weather, yesterday and last night were cooler. So for the first time we slept with no fans on at all. And then didn't require one on this morning. We wonder if we are actually acclimatising!!!   This morning we were ...

Good to be back

Good to be back "home".....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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After 3 very full days, it is good to be back "home" again in our little flat at Quamina House. Rosie's family were coming through Georgetown on the way to a family funeral so they brought us back, stopping off to show us Sapodilla on the way. It was ...

Back to work..., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Back to work...

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... on training and meetings with the ministers, pastors and leaders. Georgetown is situated fairly much in the centre of the coast of Guyana so that means we will be spread out between the west, here in Georgetown, and to the east at Berbice where we were ...

The Children's Conference, Vauxhall, West Bank Demerara, Guyana travel blog

The Children's Conference

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... 't think they had ever seen their hair for themselves.  The area in which we were today is just across from one of Guyana's newest building sub-divisions. We were talking to one of the women who told us the houses (which are good solid homes) cost ...

From Sherlock Holmes to Santa Claus, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

From Sherlock Holmes to Santa Claus

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... in the church but also in his place of work. He is a highly regarded maths teacher who now lectures in the University of Guyana. With the support of the University as well as GCU, CWM has sponsored him to do his masters at the University of West Indies ...

We take so much for granted....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

We take so much for granted.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Another day has passed as life here is feeling "normal" for us. It has been another quieter day with just catching up casually with the staff downstairs, keeping up with emails and Facebook as well as another appointment with one of the ...

Driving in Georgetown!!!, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Driving in Georgetown!!!

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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After an uneventful day catching up on lost sleep (our body clocks are still on NZ time), Paulette, a minister with the GCU and the GCU National Secretary, picked us up this evening and we traveled via taxi into town to visit the National ...

Rock my soul....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Rock my soul.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Another Sunday has passed and we have once again enjoyed fellowship with the beautiful people of Clarkson. Again we are just so enthralled with the singing. They have no musical instruments other than one tambourine and their hands either ...

Out for Lunch...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Out for Lunch....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... scheme through the GCU which empowers young people into a self-supporting business. Employment is a real challenge for many here in Guyana.  Ayana is a lawyer here in the city. They are both very impressive women so it was great to have more time ...

The Local Market, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Local Market

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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As we write this it is 8.45pm and 27 degrees with a humidity of around 70%. Thank God for fans!!! Last night was so hot even with the fan in our room. Barry got a reasonable sleep but I still have to adjust now that we haven't got air-conditioning ...

The Bourda

The Bourda "Mall"

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Today is the first day we have had nothing scheduled here for a week. It has been a pretty full on time running workshops and speaking at various events. We have been looking forward to today. It began early seeing this fella (apparently a ...

Ebeneezer Church, Den Amstel, West Bank, Den Amstel, Guyana travel blog

Ebeneezer Church, Den Amstel, West Bank

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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    An 8am pick up saw us up early and heading west out to Den Amstel on the West Bank Demerara, where we were involved in the church service out there. The young people led praise and worship from before 9 - when the service was due to begin ...

Emancipation Day - a Day to Celebrate Freedom., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Emancipation Day - a Day to Celebrate Freedom.

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Today is a national holiday celebrating Emancipation Day. 174 years ago today slavery was abolished. It is a day of remembrance. A day to celebrate their African heritage. A day of colour, music and culture. Along with the 5 girls from the UK, here on a ...

Monday, Monday......., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Monday, Monday.......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

... of Assembly and other commitments she has on, the trip to town has been postponed. Berle is also the National Guide Leader here in Guyana. Each year 6 girls come across from the UK to work on a project for 3 weeks. The girls arrived today so the bridge ...

The Ministerium, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

The Ministerium

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Today has been another one of those "WOW God!!!!" days. This morning we facilitated a ministerium. You may well ask what a "Ministerium" is? We had never heard of it before!!! It is a meeting of ministers and pastors. We had initiated this meeting, ...

A Day of Surprises....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

A Day of Surprises.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

Today has held all sorts of surprises...... First up we held a skype meeting with Rev. Nicqi from Jamaica. She was wanting to discuss some funding applications that have shown up a few surprises. As always it is a joy to converse with Nicqi. She an ...

Wildlife, Wanderings and Work!!!, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Wildlife, Wanderings and Work!!!

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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After several days of coming face-to-face with the less than desirable members of Guyana's wildlife, (note: Barry has got to hanging his jeans over the door to ensure he doesn't step into a mouse in the morning) this morning we awoke to a chorus of birds ...

Assembly Day # 3, New Amsterdam, Guyana travel blog

Assembly Day # 3

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Day number three of assembly began with a power blackout!!!! However this made no difference to procedures as they don't rely on power here. Blackouts here are very common. Life has to go on without power. I must admit, though, that I was praying it ...

A Day with the Youth......, New Amsterdam, Guyana travel blog

A Day with the Youth......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Again saw us with an early start. We are waking so early with all the animal life alive and rearing to go for the day – not to mention men with their carts calling out their wares from about 5.30am. This morning it was Gynips – a small fruit ...

A Relaxing Day Off....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

A Relaxing Day Off.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... are well stocked again. Our buzz was to find the cheese that we brought is NZ made - whoever would have thought we export into Guyana? It is an Anchor product. The downside of the day is finding out that the power unit of the data-projector has died. It ...

Young men / women shall have visions......, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Young men / women shall have visions......

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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As time has gone on it has become more clear to us that the Church here is not yet prepared for the programme of Renewal they were to embark on. There is much yet to get the programme advertised and clearly communicated to all the Churches of the GCU. ...

Leading Through Change Workshop, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Leading Through Change Workshop

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Today we facilitated the third of the four Leadership Development Workshops - this one on the topic of Leading through Change. Once again the workshop was well attended and greatly appreciated. It does blow us away just how much people appreciate having ...

Fyrish, Port Wellington, Hope Town, Fyrish, Guyana travel blog

Fyrish, Port Wellington, Hope Town

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... it; as was also shown when they presented us with a gift from their group of churches. We sure are collecting up Guyana souvenirs. Following the church service we were taken back into New Amsterdam. Because most people do not have cars, there is a real ...

On the loose alone...., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

On the loose alone....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... Micro-Credit and Youth Empowerment Scheme. This is a micro-enterprise scheme set up by the CWM and Caribbean Regional Empowerment (Guyana). They have provided finance for selected young people to set up and run their own businesses. They are given small ...

Moving Day..., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Moving Day...

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... very humid day so constant air flow is appreciated. All windows also have security guards over them. Security is a big thing here in Guyana.  Later on this afternoon, Berle, who works here as an accountant and whatever else is needed, took us to the ...

The Youth Conference, Parika. Essequibo, Guyana travel blog

The Youth Conference

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... bus out to Mt Hebron Church at Parika on the banks of the mighty Essequibo River. The Essequibo is the largest river of Guyana, effectively coming from down near the southern border with Brazil out to the northern coast here. While it is a large river it ...

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