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
Hello, Many of you know Derrick from your mission work to the Amerindian Villages in Guyana, South, America.Derrick has been the Toshao (Captain) of Moraikobai Village for some time now. Jerry
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