This will be our last newsletter to our friends from Guyana. This past month has really flown by with training a Guyanese couple to take our place in the office as part time service missionaries. The sister took time last week to get our her own Christmas decorations and she has cleaned and decorated the office to look more like a home that an office. That is great. The Elders will love it.
During the past month we have spent quite a bit of time with a humanitarian service project with the 6 lions clubs in Georgetown. They were recipients of a container of clothes, hygiene kits, school kits, shoes, and quilts. As part of the project we purchased flannel and hemmed 500 baby blankets, and purchased the supplies for newborn kits.
Yesterday, we and some of the members helped about 40 of the Lions club members assemble the 500 kits. It was great to be a part of it and see how dedicated they are to improving the lives of their fellow Guyanese members.
Today we attended fast and testimony meeting in the Demerara branch. It has been such a privilege to be able to hear the members bear their testimonies. Most of them are still new converts and only a few of the young children can say that they have been born in the church.
A few years ago, there were many people who joined the church because they learned about the material things that the church could give to them. Then after finding out about the commitments they would have to make, they left.
Now the converts seem to realize more the spiritual blessings of the gospel and they are stronger and better members because they have a desire to give back. It would not surprise me to see a stake soon and maybe even a temple here.
For those of you who do not already know, we will be returning to Dayton on December 19th, and we will speak in church on December 29th, along with Wesley and Roxane's son, Jordan, who is returning from his Ukraine mission. We would love to see all of you there.
Love, Elder and Sister Beutler