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                                                Next Trip Leaves October 14, 2013 

                                2 week team returns _ October28_ 3 week team returns _ November 4, 2013

If your congregation has a group that would like to participate in a campaign please contact Jerry.

                                                                                                                                                                

2013 Results

                        Baptized    Restored   Weddings     New Congregation Established

March Trip          30               2              0                         0

June Trip               8               7              0                         0

October Trip       17              2               0       Rec'd permission to build a building in Katoka Village.

 

2013 Total         55              11              0                         0

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Amerindian Missions ~ Guyana                                                                                                          May 14, 2013

Dear Brethren,

Greetings to you in the name of the Lord. I hope you are all doing well by the grace of the Lord.  As for Frances and me, we are doing fine. The main thing is that we are still making progress toward our goal of carrying the Gospel to the Amerindians of Guyana.

Our latest trip took us to Katoka Village with a population of more than 700.  This village is located in Region 9 in southern Guyana.  We had a team of 8 Americans, 2 Trinidadians and about 20 Guyanese Christians.  We traveled to Katoka in our mission truck, an army truck and several motorcycles.  This was our first time to visit this village.  The captain of the village, Randolph Brown, issued permission for us to come there to conduct a campaign for Christ.  Our travel went well until we came to a creek where a small wooden bridge was not able to bear the weight of the army truck.  In an attempt to drive through the creek, the truck got stuck. The truck, which was loaded with all of our campaign supplies, had to be unloaded.  After a lot of work, the army truck made it through the creek.  We loaded everything again and continued toward the village and came to the Rupununi River. This was as far as the army truck could go. The only way to cross the river was by using a pontoon barge.  This required several trips back and forth until everything and everyone was across the river.  Once on the other side, we had to make several trips from the river to the village using the mission truck and a tractor with a trailer to get everything into the village. There were two buildings that we were able to use.  One was used for our kitchen and the other for conducting services.

As soon as we arrived in the village our cooks went to work preparing a meal for our trail weary team. Since there was no guest house in Katoka, we had to set up our tents where we would sleep for the next nine nights. Each member of the team was issued a tent and a sleeping pad or air mattress.  We located the bath house where we carried a bucket of water each day to take our bath.  We also were pleased to have a newly built out house.  In the building where the services were held, we had new benches which Archer Moses and his wife, Laureen had made. Archer is 27 years old and a student at Guyana Christian University in Lethem. We were really impressed when we learned that they had borrowed a chain saw, bought the gasoline and cut the wood for the benches. Archer’s wife is from this village and is the sister of the village captain’s wife.  

On the first full day in the village we started with a devotional after having a breakfast of sausage, eggs, grits and freshly baked rolls and coffee.  We divided the team into small groups to canvas the village to tell the villagers about the campaign. The two primary religious groups in the village are the Anglicans and the Christian Brethren Fellowship.  After being taught, Lennox was the first one to become a Christian. The mission truck was used to carry those wanting to be baptized to the river, about 3 miles from the village.

We delivered school supplies donated by the Point Fortin congregation in Trinidad where Ken Mohammed is

the preacher. These were presented to Marcil Laurindo, the Headmaster of the Katoka Primary School. He invited us to present a lesson to the students from the Bible.  This is something that we cannot do in our own country. What a shame!  Also a lot of medicines, donated by the North Side congregation in Corinth, MS, were presented to the head health worker, Jeff Marco.  Both of these men expressed their sincere gratitude for what we were doing to help the people of their village.  Members of our team were able to present the Gospel to both of these men and their families.  Although they did not obey the Truth, we pray they will in the future.  Please pray especially for these two men because they have tremendous influence in the village.

In addition to medical and school supplies, we distributed Bibles, clothes, belts, bears made by ladies of various congregations and over the counter medicines to those who attended services on Sunday.

I commend all of our mission team for working so well together.   They all set a great example of servitude and as a result, 23 precious souls were baptized.  I wish I could tell you the details of the people we met and taught.  The Gospel seed was planted and in due season the Lord will give more increase.  There is no doubt that this effort was a historical event.  The Lord’s church is now established in Katoka and this village will never be the same. For those who went and for those who supported us to go, together we did a work of which I am convinced that the Lord is pleased.

Our responsibilities did not end when the campaign ended.  There are 23 lambs that will need further teaching and encouragement to ensure that they do not go back into the world.  We have made arrangements for Archer Moses to go back to Katoka every weekend to conduct services and follow up on those who were baptized and to baptize others who will make the decision to become a Christian.  The church will be meeting in the house of the village captain.  His wife, Lynetta, was baptized and is now our sister in Christ. As the village captain’s wife, she is responsible for preparing meals for people who come to the village on various business matters.  She therefore will be able to influence a lot of people that pass through Katoka by giving them Gospel tracts.

Since we left Katoka we have received reports of 7 more persons being baptized. Also Thomas George, the director of our preacher school, said he expected Jeff Marco and his wife would be baptized the weekend of May 5. I haven’t heard yet if this happened.

May the Lord bless you continually for your generosity toward the overall work of the Lord that we are doing together in Guyana, South America.

Working with you for the Lord,

Jerry O. Davidson

 Santa Rosa Village, Moruca, c/o Acquero PO, Mora Road, NWD Region 1, Guyana, South America

 

Dear Brother Jerry,

It is with gratitude and heartfelt thanksgiving to God that I pen these few words to you.

Fifty four years ago I was born a Catholic. I was schooled in the best Catholic schools in Guyana. I attended the Catholic seminary and the best University in the West Indies. I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 24, 1984.

Among my former colleagues are Catholic Bishops in the West Indies. Among them the Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana, who was at Santa Rosa, Moruca the day I was baptized in the waters of the Moruca River.  Twenty-two years ago I rebelled against the rule of Rome and was excommunicated. I felt like one moment I was a prince and the next day I was an outcast wandering in the wilderness. There were moments when I longed for the flesh pots of Egypt (Rome) but I survived as the years went by.

 

In my wilderness experience I have been near death’s door several times but each time the Lord sent His angels to show me the way. I often thought that now I would be a better minister of God’s Word, but my church would not have me.

Last year I left the security of a well-paid job with pension and medical insurance for my family and returned to my native Moruca. I trusted that God would show me a way to provide for my family. In nine months I fought for the leadership of my village. I did not win but I won enough votes to be made Deputy Toshao of our village.

 

In my capacity as Deputy Toshao, I learned that a team of Americans were coming to our village. Brother Marcello requested written approval which I gave and was happy to welcome on arrival in Moruca.

It is amazing how God worked. I have been searching and praying for many years that the Lord would send the right people into my life. In fact, only that morning I had asked the Lord to do just that.

In all my years no one had tried to evangelize me and I never thought that I would leave the Catholic church

even though I was an outcast.

 

It took the witness of two blind old people, Judith and Theophilus Francis, as they were led to the waters of

baptism to make me wonder about your mission. The joy in their heart triggered something in my soul.

So many questions were running through my mind. Are you guys for real? The first time the white man came they took our land! What do you guys want from us? Can I trust you? So many questions, so little time for discernment, yet I felt a yearning in my soul for a new beginning in my life.

 

I remembered as a young man a Christian woman coming to pray for me. As we prayed I felt a presence. I was afraid.  Then I felt great joy as a voice said to me, “Vincent, I love you, why don’t you trust me?”

I felt the same way as Gene and yourself prepared me for baptism. Satan was there in the car that Saturday afternoon saying “What will your friend the Bishop say when he learns what you have done? Do you not have a special invitation for tomorrow’s celebration? Indeed I had been specially invited to the (Roman Catholic) church the following day.

There was a war raging in my soul that afternoon. I believe I asked whether I could trust you. You replied, “Do not trust us, but trust the Lord. We may fail you, but he will not.” In fear and trembling I took the leap of faith and was baptized.  As I left the waters of baptism, I thought I would share the good news with my wife. She flipped! The devil laughed at me that evening! What to do? I found the answer in chapter 4 of the book, (The Beginning of our Confidence by David Pharr) who is in charge. Who is in charge? Jesus is in charge. I told Him my problem and went to sleep.

With Jesus help, and yours, my wife was baptized. We have a long way to go, but I am happy I made the first step.  I am still searching for the truth and each day I ask the Lord to teach me, guide and protect us.

May He also keep you strong in the faith. Do give my regards to all the members of the team who came to share the Word with us in Moruca. May the Seed you have sown bear much fruit. I remain your brother in Christ,

Aubrey Vincent LaCurz

Amerindian Missions - Guyana
Jerry O. Davidson, Missionary
Summerdale Church of Christ
P.O. Box 314
Summerdale, Alabama 36580

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