Guyana Mission 2010

Paul Hickerson

In 1996, David Newberry (Lubeck, WV) and Bob Long (Waverly, WV) helped establish a new congregation of the Lord’s church in Kwakwani, a bauxite mining town located on the Berbice River in Guyana, South America.

The first full time minister for the congregation was the late Herman Andrews, a pioneer Guyanese preacher from Linden. The congregation continued to grow in the next few years with the assistance of mission teams returning twice yearly to help conduct VBS and hold weeklong campaigns. Presently, the congregation is served by Brother Norbert Thomas with several men taking leadership positions in the Lord’s work.

Over the years, additional congregations were established downriver on the Berbice at Hururu, Aoraima, Calcuni, Bamboo Landing, and Moranama. Traveling by boat to preach, Guyana native Wayne Sauers continues to serve these congregations. They are supported by the Waverly, WV and Lower Paw Paw, OH, congregations. Bob Long and Tom Tucker have made several trips to encourage them and recently spent time there in February 2010.

Another congregation was also started at Ituni, which is located halfway between Linden and Kwakwani. They are now supported by the Norval Park (Zanesville, OH) and Lewisville, OH, congregations.

During February 2010, David and Jean Newberry (Little Hocking, OH), Charlie and Robin Cramlet (Little Hocking, OH), and Paul and Carolyn Hickerson (7th St. McConnelsville, OH), worked with the Kwakwani congregation in a campaign focusing on Home Improvement for the families. Attendance averaged over 90 nightly with David Newberry doing the preaching.

Four precious souls were added to the Lord’s church during the campaign. The sponsoring congregation is the Lubeck Church of Christ in Washington, WV.

Another group is planning to return in August 2010 with David Newberry and Steve Fuchs (Lubeck) working to plan the campaign with Brother Thomas and the Kwakwani congregation.

Many other congregations and individuals here in the states are continuing to assist in the gospel’s being proclaimed in the Berbice area of Guyana. –545 S. Elliott Rd., Stockport, OH 43787.

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