words that our team decided describes our experience in Guyana thus far.
God has already been working in such a mighty way and we are so thankful to
be a part of what He is doing here.
To say that the last few days have been busy would be an understatement!
After arriving Friday morning, we briefly stopped at our hotel to get
changed and then we went over to Plastic City. The PAL program
(after-school tutoring) has outgrown its space, so the men in our group
assisted some Guyanese men with pouring concrete to expand the outdoor space
where the lessons are held. The women stuck with Angie and walked
throughout PC to invite residents to the Community Fun Day we planned for
Saturday. Afterwards we were able to spend some time with the PAL kids
playing games and reading their favorite stories. With two or three kids
partnered with each one of us, I don't know who enjoyed it more, the kids or
the team members! There is nothing quite as special as having children hang
on your every word.
After a good night's sleep, we were ready to go for the Community Fun Day.
We were blown away by the response from the people of PC. Although it was
difficult to keep track, we would guess that we had about 175 children and
adults participate. Big attractions included our giant tent, balloon
creations (everyone was amazed that hats could be created out of balloons!),
flip flops and face painting. Young boys enjoyed improving their soccer
skills with Brad and Colin which then led into a community soccer game. We
were also kept busy with taking free family portraits, teaching oral
hygiene, and ended our time together with some kite flying. Everyone agreed
that one of the highlights was watching several of the PAL kids do a moving
dance to "We Are the World" that they came up with on their own.
Another great part of the event was being able to work alongside the people
of Vreedenhoop Wesleyan Church. We are so excited to see how God is going
to continue to use this church in PC as they keep working with PAL and start
other work like community health education. Our "Three Little Piggies" skit
seemed to go over well and it was awesome to see how Angie was able to use
it to talk about the importance of building a firm foundation for our lives,
both physically and spiritually. The Vreedenhoop church members were
available for anyone to talk to about how to improve their lives in these
ways. Please remember the church in prayer as they continue to shine God's
light in Plastic City. We can't wait to see what He is going to do next!
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