The day dawned in near cloudless beauty as the saints in Lethem assembled together to worship and commune
around the Lord’s table. Christians from far and near were together for a single purpose and that was to praise God and glorify his name.
Thomas George, the preacher at Lethem/St. Ignatius church of Christ and the director of Guyana Christian University offered a strong message in the Bible class hour on being faithful and steadfast in service to God.
It was humbling to be allowed to offer the sermon. Our text was from Matthew 14:22-33. We observed three key points:
- Sometimes following Jesus is difficult,
- Jesus wants to hear our call for help, and,
- Jesus always saves.
The services were filled with passionate singing – voices only – and moving prayers. The simplicity of the services were refreshing.
Afterwards, the men met to plan next week’s service and to identify ways to better serve the Lord. A brief women’s meeting planned upcoming events for the ladies and the children.
The Christians gathered again in the evening for more singing and prayer and a message from Philip Duncan, a former student at GCU as well as a former member of the Guyanese Parliament. He spoke on the need to both give and accept rebukes and reprimands while in the service of the Lord.
Afterwards I sat on the steps of my apartment and watched a crystal clean Guyanese sunset. As the sun submerged into a sea of deep golds, yellows and pinks I thought of my family and the Christians in Alabama who were just beginning their evening services.