by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent

LETHEM, Guyana (BNc)  — Graduation ceremonies were held July 13, for ten graduating students of Guyana Christian University, Lethem, Guyana. Tom Holland, President of GCU, traveled to Guyana and delivered the commencement address.

Approximately 75 were in attendance for the graduation ceremony and the reception for the graduates, family and friends.

A dinner was held at Takuto Suites Guest House to honor the graduates and wives. Held by candle light, it provided a beautiful setting brought on my happenstance. The fuel truck making a delivery to power the generators throughout Lethem became stuck on the 300 mile dirt road from Georgetown to Lethem. It was unable to make the delivery; therefore the dinner was held by candlelight.

Instructors who have donated from 2-3 weeks during the two-year Bible training period came from different areas. They were: Mark Jamison, KY; Marshal Underwood, Mobile, AL; Bryan Evans and John Langham, Eastern Short, Daphne, AL; Archie Honea, Broken Arrow, OK; Brian Pitts, Woodburn, TN; Mike Lyle, TN; Ken Mohammed, Trinidad; Thomas George, Director, Lethem.

Already the students have accepted the responsibility of working in different villages. The graduates and their new locations are as follows:

  • John Campian is working in the his home village of Moco Moco.
  • Elroy McGarrell went to the village of Yupukari, where a new church building and house were completed in May, 2010.
  • Richard Dorrick has returned to his home village of Karasabai and will be working in the satellite village of Tiger Pond.
  • Walford Donald has returned to preach in the village of Woweta.
  • Kinnard Moses has returned to work with the church in Annai village.
  • Innocent Simon and his wife, Dorthy, have moved to Moruca where the church was established in March 2011. Dorthy is from Moruca and had not seen her mother in 30 years, since the day she married. During the campaign in July, Dorthy’s mother was taught and baptized.
  • Glen Brown has moved to work with the church at Krawdarnauwa.
  • Omadat Persaud has begun working with the Culvert City congregation, where Guyana Christian University is located. He will be assisting the director, Thomas George.
  • Ernesto John will be working with the congregation which the students of the school established across the border in Bon Fin, Brazil.
  • Sylvan DeFritas is still to be assigned a work.

A new session and group of students will begin studying in the two-year program at Guyana Christian University, January 1, 2012.  For more information contact Jerry O. Davidson at or call 251-510-9350.