Love is in the Air!

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Do you cry at weddings?  If not, you might have cried at this one.

Saturday, August 23rd Olivia & David were married!  This wedding was an honor to attend, for two reasons.  First, because Olivia is one of the most beautiful people you’ll ever meet, and her hubby David is a gem too.  Second, this wedding was the first of its kind in Bartica!

There are only 37 in our small congregation.  Of these, many were married in a legal civil ceremony, or married before becoming witnesses.  The rest are teenagers and babies, and therefore single (thank god). Thus, many in our congregation had never attended a witness wedding before. So to assemble in our new Kingdom Hall, hear a Bible based talk, and share in the celebration with David & Olivia was a privilege, and one I know I’ll remember for years to come!

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One of the things I love most about weddings is oooh-ing and ahh-ing over whatever bouquets and artistic floral arrangements the bride has chosen.  However, fresh flowers are woefully difficult to come by here in Bartica.  It’s nearly impossible to find anything other than artificial flowers for weddings, funerals, home decor, etc.  Since Isabella and I are unanimous in our adoration for the real thing, Olivia gave us the go-ahead to create a tropical bouquet for her.  We went to a local green house about two miles away from our place and scouted out some options.  Thanks to Isabella’s eye for floral design, this above photo is what we came up with.

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Wannabe Florists.

Wannabe Florists.

The ceremony took place at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Vows and rings were exchanged along with dozens of hugs afterward, and Roman gave the talk.

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Olivia & her Mom, Shoba

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David, Olivia and David’s mom Joy

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Christiano, dressed to impress! I love his wind-blown, hair-gelled look!

After the ceremony, we headed to Joy’s house for a reception. We dined on the traditional faves – Curry, Chow Mein, Fried Rice, and Cookup – and one of Joy’s bible student’s made a spectacular cake.

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So happy to have shared in the love and joy of this special day!

♥♥♥

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Voyage to Itabali

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I’ve often heard of a small riverside village approximately 15 minutes away – via boat – from Bartica.

We traveled here this past Wednesday, much to everyone’s delight, filling two speedboats and combing through one river to get to the next.  Destination: Itabali!

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An AtTRACTive Campaign

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Mid-way through the campaign and our congregation has been having a ball out in service!  A record-breaking TEN auxiliary pioneers and FIVE regular pioneers – an honorary 2 currently “outside” – have thus far made August a historical month for Bartica!  These stats are impressive because Bartica is just a little, tiny congregation of 37 publishers.  We are small but mighty. ♥

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Angie, Vivica, and Latoya – 3 of our auxiliary pioneers for August!

 

It’s been great to traverse the outlying areas of Bartica, where it’s very possible we’ll cross paths with a large Orangutan or Puma.

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Anything could be in these bushes.

 

Ok we have like 0% chance of seeing anything like that.  But onward we press!

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We are so not afraid of large Orangutans or Pumas! Just malaria.

 

Olivia knows how to Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!

Olivia knows how to Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with Shoba, a wonderful sister in our hall who has lived in Bartica for ages and knows just about everyone.  Here she places a tract with a neighbor in central Bartica…

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…which he gladly receives!

We love working shoulder to shoulder with all of you during this month-long campaign!  ♥

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Plantain Poor-idge

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I only recently learned the beauty of Plantain Porridge.  So easy to make – and so cheap!

Plantain Porridge is eaten by adults and children alike, but it’s really the babes that eat it most. From infancy, little ones drink it from their bottles like their American counterparts drink formula. Since plantains are a staple and very cheap (about .60/lb), it’s a common way for families to feed their babies.  And seeing that it’s a dense and filling meal, high in calories and carbs, it’s no surprise that infants here are plump butterballs;  indeed, Guyana is full of giant babies, and plantain porridge is the likely culprit.

He’s Hungry.

When Amber was visiting, she learned the recipe for plantain porridge and created a magnificent pot of it for all of us one day.  It’s gluten-free, organic, local & simple and thus earned a regular place in our breakfast rotation.  Best of all, it’s a supercheap breakfast, since you really only need 1 plantain to yield a decent pot. Plantain Poor-idge: it’s the go-to meal when you’re poor.

Plantain Porridge

Yield: 4 servings

1 large green (unripe) plantain

1 1/2 C water

3 T Sugar

1/2 t Vanilla

1/2 T Butter

Directions:

Heat 3/4 C water in a small pot on the stove.  Peel the skin off of the plantain and cut into 4 or 5 small pieces.  Add to blender along with 3/4 C water.  Blend for about 45 seconds or until you have a nice purée.  Add blended plantain to hot water and stir.  The porridge will thicken.  Add butter, sugar, and vanilla.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve. ♥

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The Convention @ National Park

 

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Our Regional Convention was held this past weekend in Georgetown, Guyana. It was a history-making convention because 3 – THREE- from the Bartica congregation were baptized, and simultaneously at that!  Literally, they were all submerged at the same time, making things diff for those of us on the photographer’s end. So now they can forever boast that the three of them were baptized together, and mean it to the fullest extent.  Managed a couple individual shots of each:

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Latoya

 

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So a triple baptism was a definite highlight, and another was the proliferation of sari-clad sisters!  I was sari-eyed at the array of color, the jewels, the graceful flow of the fabric.  If you weren’t wearing a sari, I feel sari for you! ;)

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The weather was mild and overcast for the first two days, the perfect climate to set up a blanket in the grass and feed your hungry baby.

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Samantha & Joshua

 

It was, as always, great to see those serving in the far-flung corners of Guyana and converge with them for 3 days.  Below are sisters Diane & JoAnne…

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…and Sabrina, who serves in a remote area of the country called Mabaruma.

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Sabrina & Isabella, or Isabrinella

We had to have a little Bartica reunion whilst mingling…

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And yes, be it 90 degrees or higher, we don’t forsake our morning coffee!  This picture didn’t capture our to-go cups, but we clutched them in hand as the morning sesh began.

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We are so delighted to have 3 new sisters at our hall, two of whom I have had the privilege of studying with for just over 2 years.

 

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We couldn’t miss the opportunity to take a family photo.  This one was snapped right after we bought plantain chips. Yum.

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Regional Convention – Georgetown, Guyana – July 11-13, 2014

 

 

Back in the Saddle

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The sun warmed my back from the plane’s window as soon as we touched down on a remote airstrip in Guyana.  What a relief to be back in a country where your toes are never cold and “chilly” is a foreign word.

First order of business: Coffee at “Rituals”  – which in no way bears any resemblance to a coffee shop chain you may know of in the States… ;)

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It was back to Bartica straightaway for Roman, Isabella, and myself.  Friday was our first day back out in the ministry, where the whiter-than-ever fields remain abundant and ready for harvesting!

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So glad to see my girls Onika and Omega again!

Yes, they are this cute in person.

Yes, they are this cute in person.

 

On Sunday we dined on pancakes with bananas and a cane-sugar glaze and played beauty parlor before the meeting.

 

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I'm glad someone knew what to do with my hair.

I’m glad someone knew what to do with my hair.

 

So we are back in Bartica, back to the equator, where days begin with hyperactive chickens squawking and end with weird sandal-stenciled tan lines on your feet.  At least our feet are always warm. :)

 

 

 

 

 

The Convention @ Miller Park

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It was awesome to attend my first convention with an attendance of 30,000+!  The Regional Convention held at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 20-22nd truly had an international flavor, and I was ridiculously giddy

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kind of excited about meeting delegates from Tanzania, Nigeria, and those serving in foreign fields in the US!

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Meeting Wendy, who serves with her hubby in Tanzania.

 

Do not be fooled by my calm & collected expression.

Do not be fooled by my calm & collected expression.

 

These sisters live in Minnesota but originally hail from Nigeria.

These sisters live in Minnesota but originally hail from Nigeria.

 

Awesome to meet Rachelle, currently serving in the Karen field in Tennessee.

Awesome to meet Rachelle, currently serving in the Karen field in Tennessee.

 

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Had to get a pic with Sari-clad Michaela, who served in Guyana for 3 months last winter.

Milwaukee delivered its typical June-uary weather, but we did form a little Umbrella Village when the sun extended it’s warming rays for a  few precious hours!

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We heard stirring first-person accounts of those serving in far-flung corners of the globe, like this sister who had lived in the Congo and related how the congregation supported & protected her during perilous times of war.

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It was great to see familiar faces too…

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Our Regional in Georgetown, Guyana is set to commence this Friday, July 11th.   Looking forward to it with gleeful anticipation a lot!

 

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