Guyana Missions Trip

Philly Area Friends,

My church, Bread of Life, is sending a Team to Guyana April 19 – 24. I and 3 others will be traveling through Guyana.

Guyana is a small country on the northern side of South America. It is the only English-speaking country on the continent. The people are relatively poor and many still live in underdeveloped towns and villages some of which are only accessible by boat or plane. According to The Guardian, they have a high percentage of mental illness, witchcraft and they have the highest suicide rate in the world. Their high poverty and murder rate are also serious problems.

This country NEEDS the love of Jesus. One of our Team Members grew up in Guyana and has assembled a group of devoted National Christians who are willing and ready to do wonderful works as a platform to reach out to the people of Guyana with the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they need our help.

We are being sent to do the following:

Meet and encourage 4 Pastors – often the pastors in Guyana feel isolated and under prepared. We hope to encourage them through prayer, fellowship and by bringing them books to encourage and help build their faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Meet with a retired medic – She is retired, but because of so few options, many individuals from the interior (remote villages) come to her house for treatment of diseases such as malaria, fevers, coughs and sickness as well as a “stopover” so she can triage, treat or administer first aid and stabilize individuals to help prepare them for a long trip into the city where individuals can receive hospital treatment. Someday she would love to set up a clinic, but until then she does what she can literally from her house. We would like to bless her with some supplies.

Survey and investigate how to turn a house into a Dorm for students from remote villages. – Even with good grades, some students have no choice but to stop school after 8th grade because they cannot afford the cost of boat rides, some as long as 20 miles, to get to a more populated area which has a high school. The house we will visit is owned by one of our team members. A Widow of a Pastor is ready and willing to be the house mom. All we need to do is convert the house and raise funds to keep it going and feed hungry high school students during the week.

Here is how you can help:

We have 3 or 4 suitcases which can weigh up to 50 pounds in which we can bring supplies for the Medic and Ministerial books for the Pastors. If you live here in the Philly area and would like to make a contribution of goods, we would appreciate it very much. We need Ministerial books and supplies for the Medic.

Donations can be brought to Bread of Life Church in Upper Darby or Delaware County Christian School’s Upper Campus in Newtown Square or message me to arrange a meeting place. We would need these donations by Monday, April 17.

Medic Supply Suggestions:

-sterile gauze dressings and rolls – all sizes

-bottles of painkillers (unopened)

-tweezers, scissors, small tubs (often can be taken after a doctor/emergency care visit if you ask for disposable supplies that were used on you)

-antiseptic cream (small packets especially helpful)

-bandages (1 inch thick and larger)

-soap

*Please note – we are not taking clothing or food supplies.

Thanks for your help!

Mark

P.S. I am trying to “earn” my way for this trip. So if you are interested in having a Family Portrait Session, I would love to take your pictures! You can check out my work at http://strohm.photography. Typically a 1-hour session with at least 30 enhanced digital photographs is $150, but I will do it for any amount you would be willing to give to help me be a blessing to the people of Guyana. Message or call me.

So, what do you think? Tell me below.