I don't really know how to begin to express how awesome my journey to Guyana South America was. It was fulfilling and enriching to my Mind, Body and Spirit. I really thought that I was going to work and be a blessing to the people, but by my second day there I felt abundantly blessed myself.
As I prepared myself for the journey I wanted to make sure that I took everything in. I wanted to experience the culture the best I could in the short amount of time that I would be there. I wanted to be prepared for all that I would see that was not like the norm, all the sights, and different food, and the smells. The flight was about 5 hours from New York city overnight. I woke up to the most beautiful sight I have ever seen in nature. I woke up and watched the sunrise while in the sky. It was amazing and I felt it was the perfect message for the trip "See Beauty in Everything God Created".
It was just a fantastic trip. The Guyanese people that I encountered are a very loving people. I was in Guyana over Valentine's Day and was surprised to see that Valentine's Day is a really big deal! Every where we went on Valentine's Day people were dressed in red and wishing you happy Valentines. Some of the teenagers and children from our sister churches even made Valentine for members of our delegation. The holiday is more about family love and not just romantic love and I thought that was very nice. Families who can afford to go out to dinner together.
One of the highlights of the trip was the women's health fair we convened. We had a really good turn out. I had the opportunity to work with group of teenage girls and we had a slumber party. It's funny because teenage girls all over have the same issues, the same interest and everything.
Well I can't really sum up the whole trip here, but I am sure I will be referring to it more from time to time. But I will leave you with some photos.
Yes that is a KFC in the background, there was also a Popeye's Chicken and a Pizza hut. This little girl (in her school uniform I loved seeing the kid's in uniforms) sold oranges (yes green oranges) in the market place after school 6 for $100. That was like 50 cents US.
The Guyanese love President Obama! I asked a few people why the like him and the general consensus was "he doesn't just care about the United States he cares about us all!