Saturday has been a relatively calm day for our stay in Guyana.  We have had ample time to study for tomorrow’s final flurry of activity, time to read and to rest.  Dad went to the Cuban dentist today and got his work done very effectively for $165 U.S. dollars.  I went with Pastor Katryan to the market, which is at least five times as busy on a Saturday as during the week.  Even the gray clouds and intermittent rain showers could not keep the people away.

The two times the Katryans have visited us in Oklahoma, they have made us a special Indian curry dish, which I always remembered fondly.  When I mentioned this to them, they promised to make it during our stay, and today they did.  Rice with curried pork, and dhal (split pea broth) to pour over the top was our lunch, and it was extraordinarily delicious; so much so that I ended up eating more than I should.  Of course, mere curry wasn’t enough.  We had to have salad, jello, a cookie, and plantain as well.  I do not cease to be amazed at the lavish hospitality we have been recipients of during our stay in Guyana. 

Later in the afternoon, Corriverton Baptist held a gathering for children.  I was honored to address the group of three girls and four boys, ages 7 to 14, and spoke to them from Psalm 34:11-16, emphasizing that God’s words and commandments are for children as well as for adults.  I also pointed them to Christ’s saying, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me,” and showed them that God’s grace is also for children.  They listened well, though the youngest boy was a little skittish throughout.  He had already been rebuked by Pastor Katryan for playing during prayer time, so apparently he has trouble sitting still.

 After the lesson, while the children played, the Katryans showed us around their old house, which the church building has been constructed over and around over the years.  It was their home for many years, mainly designed and built by brother Almond, who is a remarkable (if unlicensed) architect and builder, in addition to his many other skills.  There is ample space and furnishings there for an adequate parsonage, but presently no occupant, since brother Katryan is presently filling the pastor’s role at Corriverton Baptist since the last pastor resigned approximately a year ago.

On the way to dropping the children off at their homes, Dad and I were left at a little snackette, which serves various treats and refreshments, and also provides phone and internet service.  The owner is the same man who lived in the U.S. for 30 years before returning to Corriverton.  From there, I was able to call home and talk to Joy for about half an hour for $300 Guyana dollars, which equates to about $1.50 American.

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