SUMMERDALE, Ala (BNc) — Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindian villages in Guyana, and the mission team traveled to Guyana October 14 – November 4, 2013, for another soul-saving effort. They worked in five Amerindian villages, with a total of 17 baptisms.
Those participating in the campaign were: David Myers, director of the campaign in Aishalton Village, Deborah Baker and Rusty Locke, Wildwood, FL; Jerry O. Davidson and Hazel Rands, Summerdale, AL; Chester Meeks, J.T. Beard and Scott Floyd, Booneville, MS; Jennifer Gondos and Brandon Myers, San Antonio, TX; Stephen Kelley, Mt. Pleasant, TN; Larry Kirby, McMinnville, TN; James Pendley, Gadsden, AL and Danny Rader, Bridgeport AL; Ken Mohammed, Trinidad; and a host of Guyanese Christians.
Team members traveled to Aishalton Village and conducted campaign services with 70-80 attending each night. A ladies Bible class, with 15-20 ladies attending, was conducted each afternoon. Each night a Bible class was conducted for the children. The nightly services and classes were held outside using generators for lights. Three baptisms resulted from their efforts.
In Kradaur Village several of the Amerindian preachers taught God’s word and baptized four souls.
Over 90 Bible studies were conducted the first two weeks of the three-week mission effort in the two villages.
Ten members of the team returned to the states October 28. Remaining team members went to Yupukari Village for worship on Sunday. Monday they made an arduous trip into Katoka Village for a week. Nightly services were conducted and ten precious souls were baptized and added to the Lord’s church.
Exciting news came when the village council of Katoke Village gave the congregation permission to build a church building. This means the church received an acre of land, and ground breaking ceremonies were held.
The mission team worshiped with the church at St. Cuthbert’s Mission village, November 3, before coming home the next day.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I will be married 55 years on December 18. We have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.