Let the 129th Annual GCU Assembly Begin.....
Trip Start Jul 04, 2012
97Trip End Sep 30, 2012
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The opening service of worship was again wonderful as the young people lead the worship. It was a rich blend of the old and the new.
Procedures started more than an hour after it was scheduled to and never caught up all day!!!! It began with a worship service lasting for about 3 ½hours. It is always interesting watching another organisation have their annual meeting. They are really struggling with so many issues and are at crisis point so there is lots of discussion as everyone has their say. Like in every organisation, there is always one person who likes to express views and is a challenge to the chair. It is almost amusing to be an observer.
So it has been a long day. We are now being hosted by a lovely women, Yvonne. She tells me she is 72!!! I thought she was the mother of the 15 year old she cares for. She looks so young. For 40 years she lived in London, where she worked as a nurse. 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 for the Ministry of Health. With the school of nursing across the road and 3 nurses in the house all trained in different countries, the conversation has been rich and deep – well maybe not so much for Barry!!!
Yvonne’s house is "interesting"!!! (a good word to cover many aspects of life in Guyana!!) While it would be on the more 'wealthy’ end of the spectrum, as is common here, many do not keep up with maintenance. It just doesn’t seem to be important to most even if they have available funds. She is having ‘problems’ with her plumbing so we have been introduced to bathing with a bucket of water and a calabash. It is the shell of a type of gourd. We used it to pour the water over ourselves. Some taps worked and others didn’t. Like all places we have been there is only cold water. But it is hardly cold in this climate and actually beautifully refreshing. The toilet was in the ‘not working’ category so again we just bucket-flush that. All good experiences for us…… that just seems fine and normal. Good that camping rough has been so much part of our experience in the past!