Five of our team departed Greensboro, NC on Thursday at 7am. We had a long layover in Miami but that gave us a chance to connect with our 6th team member, Beth Ann - who lives near Dallas. It's not "easy" to get to Guayan! We finally arrived around 10:45pm but by the time we loaded the supplies and drove 45 minutes to Georgetown, it was 2am before we hit the bed!
We woke up early Friday and enjoyed our orientation with Caroline's Promise Country Coordinator, Angie Hemric. She did a great job of teaching us some culture tips and preparing us for our week of ministry. Most of the afternoon was spent purchasing items that we will give to the families of Plastic City. The highlight of the day was spending a few hours at the Ruimveldt Children's Home and Care Center. Twenty precious kids occupied our team screaming "Auntie-push me!" and "Uncle -play with me!" What fun!
We will depart early Saturday morning and head to Plastic City where we'll join members of the Vreed N Hoop Church. Our day will be spent canvassing the community so we'll have a better feel of who lives where, if the children are going to school and what the greatest needs are.
Special note: This community was named "Plastic City" about 15-20 years ago when squatters began making their home from items they found when the tide came in, like plastic bags...thus the name, "Plastic City". However, the Pastor of Vreed N Hoop renamed the area "Prosperity City" based on 3 John 2 which says, "Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers." We have decided to follow their lead and start calling this area "Prosperity City". We are excited about the hope that is being reclaimed for these people!
We appreciate your prayers and are so excited about what God will do tomorrow.
ALL of our luggage arrived on time!
Today was overcast with cooler temperatures than they have seen in weeks!
Angie - our Guyana Coordinator has done such a great job preparing fr us and sharing her passion!
~From Lisa Holbrook, Executive Director, Caroline's Promise