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19 June 2000

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food..."

Genesis 1:29

Up at 6 AM, but sleep was very little last night.  Breakfast was scrambled eggs with peppers, bread and peanut butter.  Last night and this morning we have been served cherry and 5-finger juice.  Good stuff.  We've gathered together for orientation before our work begins...  
Our welcome party will be tonight at Susamachar (meaning "Good News" in Hindu) a little Methodist Church in town.  Shannonme and Kurt will arrange our xtra special activities.  This morning Waveney is discussing the waterfall and how special it is.  The water falls 741 feet.  Kaieteur.  Her face is all lit up.  Her smile is Wide and her eyes are twinkling when she calls the fall special!
We will be divided into 3 teams:
  1. Paint ceiling (All purpose facility)
  2. Finish ceiling (Communication Center)
  3. Extend tent structure & height

The team then rallied together and got right to work.  Well, not exactly.  We all had to wait for the treasurer (Jake), the leader (Steve)<--did he go? & Bill Upchurch to get back with supplies for the hard core jobs to get started.  Meanwhile some of us started painting the ceiling with white enamel paint using 4" brushes.  This was truly a feat of engineering to rig up scaffolding for average height women to reach an extraordinarily high roof.  No problem though!  We did it, using work tables and stages...

We performed synchronized brushing to N'sync music, sung a cappella of course.

We painted and painted!  We painted the ceiling, the floor (by accident), the stages (by accident), the tables (by accident), ourselves (by accident), and each other (maybe by accident and maybe not!).
Some fun things that happened...
While Jodi was trying to paint the trim around the far side of the room.  All of a sudden a village of spiders decided to join us.

All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be detestable to you.

Leviticus 11:20

Well, Jodi especially.  She screamed.  Mosquitoes were expected, spiders weren't.  Fortunately Jodi worked through her fears and finished that area (I would have taken princess points and gone to get a guy J)
Later in the afternoon, school children from the neighborhood found the guys outside working on the tent "Super" structure.  David, Jake, Todd & Brett were out working on this particular project and at this point was putting the finishing touches on their paintjob.  Todd got the kids to play Beavis and Butthead (we're gonna corrupt these poor kids <but it was funny>).  Then Jake tried to get the kids to let him paint a black polka-dot on their noses.  He decided to lead by example.  

...and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior.

Titus 1:3

Unfortunately in our fervor to paint Everything... I got a drop (nickel-size) of paint on my cheek below my left eye and it has eaten through the skin and has  left my face raw right there.  L

After a rough day, we adjourn to the YWCA for showers and freshening up because later that evening we were to have a welcome service at the Susamachar Methodist Church.  Sus-a-ma-char means Good News in Hindu.  The church itself used to be a Hindu spoken outreach mission.  Now everything is spoken in English and it is a church in the Georgetown circuit of churches.  
Rev. Barbara Lake presided and did a marvelous job.  Her sermon was about Matthew 20, The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.  She did a good job making us feel welcome and inspiring her congregation to come and "join" us in the ninth or eleventh hour.  The next day 4 plus herself came to help!  I pray each of these young adults' lives we touch here are blessed!  Rev. Lake introduced several individuals/groups to perform or welcome us.  Coffee said a nice prayer.  In it he said,"...have your own sweet way among us..."  A portion of his prayer I think I will take away with me to use to help me remember to surrender my life, soul, worries, love, hate, passion, doubt, stress, & desires to the Lord. He will lead me in the right direction.
Waveney expressed something really beautiful.  She said...

The LORD will guide you always, He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.

Isaiah 58:11 

God has touched AHUMC young adults to devote their time and energy working with Guyana.  By us being here we are inspiring the Guyanese congregation & young people with our Spirit and Faith to renew and continue their faith in the LORD.  Rev. Lake went on to say that if we fail to go when God calls we will miss the beauty, love, and bounty of God's Love he has  in store for us.  So true but so hard to always follow.
During the passing of the peace I met two Margeries.  Both very fun and kind.  One Margery was wearing this bright green hat.
Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.

3 John 1:5

She was telling me about her sisters in the United States.  How she lives just a couple of blocks away.  She told me I was a jolly young girl and that she liked me.  How nice and comforting to feel accepted by the people we've come to share our love and skills with.
The second Margery was sitting next to me at the keyboard.  She had curly, curly black hair and a bony face.  She was very inspired with music to share at every turn.  She told me of her son who works with the peace corps and the work he does.
There was a 10-yr girl who danced for us, Shanig.  She was very graceful and inspiring.  
Every movement matched the music exactly.  Every beat was perfect.

After the service we went to the Kingston Church recreational area to enjoy fun, song, dance, and food.  Kurt, Shannamea, Floyd, Nijel, Coffee & Tontea (Tante) and two more girls.
Kurt gave a very dramatic presentation of a Trinidadian poem 'This Hand.'  We danced, the drum was played, we sang (hummed) the chicken dance!

Of all the culture things we could have passed on.  Go figure!
One special highlight was the juice.  It was Sar elle.  

The red juice was made from the Hibiscus (good) flower and the yellow punch was made from the bark of a tree (and was very bitter).
J prepared our food and made sure we were comfortable.  Bless her.
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