We have been thrown right into ministry here in Guyana, and it has been both exciting and challenging.
We have done quite a bit of kid’s ministry with YWAM Guyana. Here at the base they have a literacy center that runs twice a week and they help the kids with reading, writing, and computer skills. It is also a normal occurrence to have children show up on base just to hang out. The first day we were here we had the opportunity to do Sunday school at a village in Parika, Guyana. We met about 20 kids, played games, sang songs, talked with the parents, and told the story of Noah’s ark.
Kid’s ministry comes naturally to the majority of our team, so we enjoy doing it. We have had numerous opportunities however do to church ministry where the pastor gives us the whole service to do what we want. We are able to do dramas, testimonies, sermons, worship, and pray for people. It has been a challenge, to me at least, to get up in front of a group of people and speak to them. I am so proud of my team for stepping out in faith and giving sermons and testimonies and really putting themselves in a vulnerable position for God to move.
It has been intimidating and terrifying to have to step out in our faith. Sometimes we feel as if the ministry we are doing isn’t really effective or isn’t worth our time, but we need to keep in mind that God knows the bigger picture and we may never know how or what effected someone. God is pleased in us simply taking that leap of faith and being obedient to Him.
-Ashley Woods January 2014 Leadership DTS Guyana/French Guiana outreach