Part 1: What will we be doing there?
The team will serve alongside our full time Guyanese team. This is an evangelism trip using foot washing as an entry point.
* We will minister to children in churches and villages and to inmates in prisons.
* We will have praise/worship services that clearly explain the gospel and then wash the children’s and prisoners’ feet as we share the love of Christ and give them new foot wear.
* Ben, Sarah and Paul have been asked to present the gospel specifically to the teens in the villages. This is the first time this will be done on the Guyana mission.
* We will organize donated books and create libraries in places like churches, schools and prisons. Basically, anywhere we can. To date, over 750,000 Christian books have been donated, and over 7,500 libraries created since the inception of this ministry. A huge influx of books is about to become available from a church in Florida. Total God story!
* Bruce will help with the praise & worship.
* Kristi will serve as team historian.
* Check out more details about the mission and its past photos on the International Celebration website! (This is the ministry that was birthed from a Carmel mission trip taken over 20 years ago. It is still led by the Puckett’s, who began it, and God continues to grow it in ways no one could imagine.)
Part 2: Who is Guyana?
Originally a Dutch colony in the 17th century, by 1815 Guyana had become a British possession. The abolition of slavery led to settlement of urban areas by former slaves and the importation of indentured servants from India to work the sugar plantations. The resulting ethnocultural divide has persisted and has led to turbulent politics. Guyana achieved independence from the UK in 1966, and since then it has been ruled mostly by socialist-oriented governments.
Common law system, based on the English model, with some Roman-Dutch civil law influence.
Guyana Defense Force: Army (includes Air Corps, Coast Guard)
Tropical; hot, humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; two rainy seasons (May to August, November to January).
Mostly rolling highlands; low coastal plain; savanna in south. Guyana has 365 islands. Covered with rivers and a massive rain forest, it’s a rugged, unspoiled country, with over 90% of the population living along the coastal areas.
The third smallest country in South America after Suriname and Uruguay; substantial portions of its western and eastern territories are claimed by Venezuela and Suriname respectively. It is also considered part of the Caribbean, and is the second poorest country in the Caribbean after Haiti.
Mostly East Indian, black (African), mixed, and Amerindian.
English, Amerindian dialects, Creole, Caribbean Hinustani (a dialect of Hindu) and Urdu.
Guyana’s emigration rate is among the highest in the world – more than 55% of its citizens reside abroad. More than 80% of Guyanese nationals with tertiary level educations have emigrated. Brain drain and the concentration of limited medical resources in Georgetown hamper Guyana’s ability to meet the health needs of its predominantly rural population. Guyana has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the region and continues to rely on international support for its HIV treatment and prevention programs.
Average Life Expectancy
Hospital bed density
There are 2 beds for every 1,000 people in Guyana.
Major infectious diseases
Agriculture – products
Sugarcane, rice, edible oils; beef, pork, poultry; shrimp, and fish.
Bauxite, sugar, rice milling, timber, textiles, and gold mining.
Exports – commodities
Sugar, gold, bauxite, alumina, rice, shrimp, molasses, rum, and timber.
Imports – commodities
Manufactures, machinery, petroleum, and food.
Trafficking in persons
Guyana’s National flag is known as “The Golden Arrow Head”.
Victoria Amazonia – it’s HUGE!!!!!!!
Part 3: 23 Interesting facts about Guyana
1. According to the Worldwide Waterfall Database’s rankings of the top waterfalls in the world, Guyana is home to the No. 2 waterfall — Kaieteur Falls are 741 feet high, which is about five times more than the height of Niagara Falls. It is considered to be the largest single-drop waterfall by volume in the world.
2. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.
3. In size, Guyana is larger than New York state but smaller than Idaho.
4. There are 117 airports in Guyana, but only 6 of them are paved.
5. The highest point in Guyana is Mount Roraima (2,835 meters).
6. The national motto of Guyana is “One People, One Nation, One Destiny.”
7. Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters.” The longest river in Guyana is the Essequibo River (pictured below), which is 627 miles long. This is ¼th the size of the Mississippi River.
8. Guyana is the only nation state of the Commonwealth of Nations on the mainland of South America.
9. Guyana has the largest wooden church in the world.
10. The first group of people to settle in Guyana was Amerindians.
11. Guyana was inhabited by tribes like Arawak, Warrau and Carib before Europeans reached there.
12. Guyana has vast areas of rainforests which are considered to be the most unspoiled rainforests in the world. Almost 80% of this country is covered by forests which boast of rich biodiversity with some endemic and some atypical species of plants and animals.
13. The system of Dykes in the coastal areas of Guyana was introduced by the Dutch to prevent flooding.
14. One of the largest open-pit gold mines in the continent of America, The Omai gold mine, is located in Guyana.
15. Guyana is one of the most sought after tourist destination owing to its scenic landscapes, sandy beaches and rich biodiversity.
16. On November 18, 1978, American religious cult leader Jim Jones, along with his 909 followers, committed mass suicide in Jonestown in Guyana which threw the country into sudden attention worldwide. This mass suicide, done for political reasons, was considered the greatest loss of American civil life in a single non-natural event until the September 11, 2001 attacks.
17. Guyana is a founding member of Union of South American Nations since 2008.
18. Mount Ayanganna, Monte Caburaí and Mount Roraima are the highest mountain ranges in Guyana.
19. Mount Roraima and Guyana’s table-top mountains (Tepuis) are believed to be the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous novel “The Lost World”.
20. BBC telecasted a program called ‘Lost Land of the Jaguar’, which emphasized the huge biodiversity of Guyana.
21. Giant otter and harpy eagle are the two rarest species found in Guyana.
22. Guyana has different types of habitats such as marine, coastal, littoral, swamp, estuarine, palustrine, riverine, mangrove, lacustrine, savanna, brown sand forest, montane, cloud forest, white sand forest, moist lowland and dry evergreen scrub forests.
23. Cricket is a major sport here and it is a part of the West Indies Cricket team. Soft ball cricket (beach cricket) and soccer are other two major sports. Guyana hosted international cricket matches as part of the 2007 Cricket World Cup.