Travel Blogs from Guyana

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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 ...

Walking the Sea-wall, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Walking the Sea-wall

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... and very chatty. He is an Amerindian from the interior. It was really good to meet one of the indigenous people of Guyana. He was telling us about growing up in the interior where people don't have a lot of material possessions, including cars. ...

A Great Breakthrough, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

A Great Breakthrough

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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Early on in our time here, we became aware of a lot of dysfunction and unhealthy practices that have been happening at the top level of the GCU. It has taken a good part of our time here to connect all the puzzle pieces and understand what is going on ...

Self-Care Workshop and Sharing Resources, Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Self-Care Workshop and Sharing Resources

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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... gift. These people are very generous in this way. Barry was given a pair of handmade leather jandals that are made here in Guyana. I was given a gorgeous handmade leather purse, bangles, earrings and a necklace. It does mean so much to be receiving these ...

Transform your walk..... Transform your world....., Georgetown, Guyana travel blog

Transform your walk..... Transform your world.....

A travel blog entry by barry.clare

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  Today was the launch of the Renewal Programme as we met with the ministers and pastors. Following the initial welcome and introductions, the Rev Nikki Ashwood from Jamaica kicked off with an extended time of worship and devotions. Worship is so ...

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 ...

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