BMMC: My Guyana Experience
I was inspired when I frequently heard about medical missionary work from renowned presenters of present truth. Further investigation led me to look at medical missionary training videos online. Also after hearing personal testimonies of others, I began my journey to understanding what is real medical missionary work. A statement that continually came up is written in Testimonies Volume 7 page 62.1 which states “We have come to a time when every member of the church should take hold of medical missionary work”. This statement was written in 1902 and I wondered, if that was true then how much more is it relevant now? So in the year 2016, I went to Guyana for training, to become a Medical Missionary.
God really sends answers when you need it. While talking with a friend, she informed me that there was a school in Guyana that trained medical missionaries and that one of her friends trained there. I ask her to get the information for me so that I could know more about this place. It was the Bethany Medical Missionary College. After receiving the relevant information, I told a sister from church who also showed interest in doing medial missionary training. She made contact with the administrators of the school in mid-2015, but since the training had already begun we had to wait till the next year. This afforded me time to prepare. I then contacted Mrs. Bollers via Skype, where I was interviewed and received the package for registration. I was now set to go Guyana – I would say with some trepidation, but I was on God’s mission. And was determined to learn as much from the experience as I could. As the latter months of 2015 rolled by, my excitement increased. I must say that my family and most church friends were very supportive of my choice.
In January 2016, flying over Guyana, I was amazed by the extensive forested areas and large rivers. There I had to quickly acclimatize to the culture and environment. The city and surrounding areas are typical of any city and abuzz with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But as we made our way to Bethany Village the terrain changed to open rice fields and then forested areas. The rivers in Guyana are quite expansive, taking hours to navigate and cross. The Supenaam area is where the ferry docked, then we got a boat to the village of Bethany. In these areas, as I suspect with many others in Guyana, are mainly navigated by the rivers. As we boarded the small school boat and headed in, the new experience that awaited me gave both emotions of excitement and trepidation. Small and large houses doted the river banks and the foliage got thinner and thicker as we headed further inland. Large trees hung over the river creating a natural sanctuary type atmosphere. On the banks of the river, washing and cleaning, sitting and working all took place. This reminded me of where God’s people would come to in the very near future. We finally docked at our location and thinking we had finally reached only to hear we had a mile and quarter trek to the school grounds! I kept wondering “where is this place?” The area is quite sandy which makes walking all the more difficult. But as we trekked through the thick forest, hearing the creatures of the evening and the stillness of the air. It was now apparent to me why we as God’s people always are encouraged in country living. After about 45 minutes of walking we finally reached Bethany Medical Missionary College. A lovely, open, cleared area where the forest trees created a natural wall of greenery. This was going to be an interesting 6 months!