This will be the third District convention we have attended in Guyana, and its always a treat to enjoy the Caribbean flavor of the conventions here!
Side Note: It would seem that the Guyanese have stomachs of steel because many will eat just about anything, for example one day we were in a taxi and the passenger asked him to stop at one of the little stands along the road that sell snacks and get some food for his kids for dinner. So he pulled up the stand like it was a drive though McDonald's and told the lady what he wanted. So she grabs a few clear cups and fills them with what looks like some kind of soup. He then has his son get out and collect the “soup”. As they bring the “soup” into the car we cant help but notice that each of them has some vegetables and a chicken foot sticking out of it! And they are just eating this soup like it’s the most delicious thing in the world, the man even picks out the chicken foot and puts the whole thing in his mouth! Doesn’t spit out anything! So Lara and I are struggling not to laugh out loud, but I cant help but to ask them what they are eating. The man says “Dis heea sous you know... ya want it?” I declined and asked him if he said its called “Sous?” He said yes, and that its like chicken soup. So there you go.
Lara was happy to have two of her bible students come to the convention, one of which came to all three days for the whole session! After she came to Friday, she went home so excited she talked it up the whole night to her husband and he decided to come on Saturday! This was quite a feat, considering he hadn’t been to any Christian church in years since he hated the Baptist style meetings, with all the yelling and clapping that goes on. So he was very impressed by the calm and dignified spirit at the convention and has started to listen in on his wife’s study more regularly.
This first one isn’t really an experience but more like a demonstration with the mother that’s trying to stay calm when the daughter takes an angry tone of voice with her. For those of you in the states that remember this demo, you might have noticed the extreme tone and volume of the daughters voice as she screams at her mother. We learned from the first outburst and the second time we quickly covered our ears.
Another experience was given by one of our local elders who has a severe disability, Brother Lekraj. The experience was about coping with disabilities and health problems. Everyone in the audience listened closely as our brother related the many difficulties he deals with. For one he has only partial use of his legs, which were severely damaged when we was run over by a tractor as a child. So now that he’s getting close to 60 years old he has a great deal of pain from the muscle and bone damage. He also struggles with stomach ulcers since he has to take so much medication for his pain. So he was asked what he does to keep strong spiritually, and he explained that he tries to never miss any of the meetings even though it’s always a trial to get out to the road and find transportation to the Kingdom hall and back. He said by keeping regular at meetings and service it keeps his hope alive of the Paradise where he will have a healthy body and legs and will finally be able to walk without crutches!
As usual no Convention would be complete without a Need-Greater Party, and since we lived so close we got to have it at our house! Michelle helped a lot since we were a little overwhelmed doing it for the first time, but everyone chipped in generously with food and drinks.
We really enjoy having these gatherings since for one thing, its a chance for us all to see everyone! Since the congregations are so spread out (Often 10-20 miles apart) we rarely see other need-greaters unless they have a car or we travel to their KH. Plus we just love to hear about all the experiences everyone is having in their local territory and the experiences of all the New need greaters. How they got here, what they had to do to get here, and how Jehovah helped them.