February 22.  Migration is the main problem faced by the churches down here in Guyana.  It is difficult to find anybody in Guyana who has either not been to the U.S. or Canada, or has relatives there; often both are the case.  The rice mill owner, for example, is a citizen of Canada as well as Guyana.  Many of the remedial students have family in the States, usually New York, and if not there, most likely New Jersey or Florida.  One boy I met has kinfolks in North Carolina.  Several members of the churches have family in the U.S., and many are waiting on paperwork so they can migrate there.  One man left just this week for life in America.  Some go and come back, like the store owner I spoke with today who lived in the U.S. for 30 years before returning.  He knew about Oklahoma by remembering Timothy McVeigh and the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.  Many people receive money and other luxuries like cell phones from relatives in America.

Often this dash to migrate is splitting up families and creating great moral havoc.  It is not just cousins or uncles and aunts who are in America; often the mother is there, and the child is left in Guyana, most likely in a very precarious situation.  Or, a husband may migrate and the wife be in Guyana for months, waiting on her paperwork.  As may well be imagined, this opens the door for all manner of temptations, and pours fuel on the fires of immorality.  As far as the churches go, it is very hard for them to grow either spiritually or numerically, when so many members are departing for America.  Very often the people coming in to the churches are extremely poor, and often uneducated, so that the teaching in the church has to be kept on a fairly elemental level.  Nevertheless, we see in this the outworking of the Lord’s purpose that it is His will to save the weak and foolish things of this world to confound the things that are mighty and wise.