This morning after breakfast I was dropped off with sister Nalin at the skills centre (Guyana uses the British spelling as well as driving system), which is on the premises of Roadside Baptist Church. I met and visited for half an hour or so with the pastor of Roadside, brother Terry, and also the pastor of Living Stone Baptist Church, brother Moti Harlaal, both of whom do some work at the centre. Afterwards brother Terry took me upstairs and introduced me to the class of remedial students, which I will be speaking to during each of the weekdays. This class includes students from Hindu and Muslim backgrounds, as well as many from broken and violent homes. They looked very nice in their school uniforms, white shirts with name tags, and black pants for the boys and skirts for the girls. One of the girls was dressed in traditional Muslim garb, head scarf and all (hers covers only her hair, not her entire face). I spoke to them for about 45 minutes on the subject of God and His attributes, touching on the omnipresence of God and the omniscience of God. They were for the most part quite attentive, and some looked uncomfortable with the idea that God sees and knows everything we do, no matter how secret we try to keep it.
After that was over, brother Katryan dropped Dad and I off at the open air market, which contains countless little shops and booths selling everything from cigarettes, to hats and necklaces, beverages of every variety, candy, etc., etc. We saw perfume shops, souvenir shops, at one of which I bought a belt for myself and a necklace for my wife, as well as the meat market, where fresh duck, chicken, beef, and other varieties of meat were on display, as well as all kinds of exotic fish. All of it was extremely interesting, albeit no more interesting than sitting on the shady bench behind a cane juice stand and watching the people of Corriverton go by.
I suffered through a bout of indigestion for part of the afternoon, but felt better soon after drinking Dad’s remedy of vinegar water. Tonight Corriverton Baptist Church held the revival meeting, with several brethren from the other two churches coming in, so that the building was very full. There was a blackout before the service began, not uncommon in a country with dubious electrical facilities. But the church had a generator which they used to get the lights, fan, and organ on, so all was well for the service to proceed.
My subject tonight was repentance and faith as the fundamental message of Jesus, from Mark 1:14, 15. The Lord blessed me with freedom from distractions, freedom from any thoughts of unbelief, and a very attentive congregation, as I attempted to describe the necessity and nature of repentance and faith. A few of the people seemed very moved, both during the message and also during brother Katryan’s closing exhortation, and the believers in the congregation were very appreciative.
There were a couple of interesting incidents that caught my attention tonight, one of which was that one lady (I later found out she was Pastor Moti’s wife) knew of me through sermonaudio. She had heard some of my messages against Feminism from my series of sermons on The Damnable Doctrine of Equality, and said she liked them. Also present was a 27-year old lady who is deaf and mute. She is adept at lip reading, and carries cards so she can write messages for people in order to communicate. When I asked about her, sister Nalin explained that she, like many Guyanese, comes from a very troubled family background, and has been under many different religious influences in her life, including Muslim. Lately, she has been in a Pentecostal church, but recently has been coming at least sometimes to Corriverton Baptist. It would be wonderful to see the Lord take her heart and seize it for the truth.
We enjoyed another good supper after services of chow mein, salad, rice pudding, Indian bread made by brother Moti’s wife, and some of the tastiest pineapple I have ever had. And now, having visited with Joy and taken my cold shower (there is no hot water in our bathroom, but the climate is warm enough that is no problem), it is just about time to retire for the night.