May trip report


Dear Guyana Friends,

Our trip was a wonderful mixture of ministering to children and prisoners and each opportunity seemed like our favorite until we experienced the next. By the end, none of us could choose what was the most special moment as we saw God bless everywhere we went. 

We did music and puppet shows telling Bible stories and application at an orphanage, two churches and two girls' homes. Each place we had a wonderful time connecting with the children. May God's truths be hidden in their hearts. Mahaica Girls Home is the one we went to last summer and our Guyanese team now goes back there twice a month to minister. One thing they do is encourage scripture memory and have a special verse on each visit. If the girls have learned it well, they get a prize. It was a thrill to me to see girl after girl, all ages, get up and hold the mike and say their verse. Those truths will be hidden in their hearts forever, no matter what they face in life.

On Sunday afternoon, Carolyn taught a puppet seminar to 7 children's teachers who are very excited about using what they learned to make their stories come to life. They said that when they have practiced a little, they want to send a a video of how they are using what they learned. 

Greta delivered her powerful testimony in the women's and men's prisons and at both had inmates come up to her to express how much of a blessing it had been to them as they saw in her that you can still have peace and hope when HARD things happen in life.

The dedication of the chapel at the New Amsterdam Prison was more special than we had imagined. The chapel holds about 100 and the prison officials were not only present but spoke to men and women prisoners who were in attendance. There was also media there. The director of prisons in Guyana (the highest ranking official) stood and gave his testimony and thanked our ministry for building the chapel which will also be used for educational classes and anger management classes. He gave a heartfelt thank you as did the Officer in Charge of this prison. We are so very thankful for the great relationship we have with the prisons in Guyana and now they allow us access whenever we are able to serve. Our Guyanese team ministers to this location, men and women, twice a month as it is the only one that is near where our team lives.

The last photo you saw was taken after the crate arrived and Jai went back to deliver a special blessing to the Boxing Club. When the Camp Street Prison burned, all the gloves burned up and that was almost a year ago. We were asked if our ministry could bless them with some new gloves so we sent four pair of gloves. There were some very happy boxers when Jai delivered them.

Another unusual thing happened which was a first for us. We were in an accident after we had traveled back to Georgetown. Praise God it was just a fender bender but God ended up using it for his good. The man who backed into us (ignoring a very long warning honk) on a small dirt road jumped our throwing accusations amidst curse words and soon we realized that he was very drunk. The police had to put him in jail for the night as he blew a very high number on the breathalyzer. The officer told Jai to come back at 9:00am to give his statement. We were praying that the matter could be settled before we left on Monday because it is expensive for Jai to travel from where he lives in Berbice back to Georgetown. On Sunday morning, we were having breakfast at the hotel which was very close to the accident sight and the man appeared, all sobered up. He came in to our team and apologized and asked for forgiveness. Of course we forgave him and he and Jai were off to sign papers and go to his house to get the money to pay for the damage to our van. While there, the man's wife who is a Christian asked Jai to pray for them as the drinking had gotten out of hand and was even threatening the man's tire business. Jai prayed for them and I am sure that is not the end of that story. Before we knew about his wife being a Christian, we had invited the man, Sonno (please pray for him) to go to church with us but he said I will go with my wife today. We also found out what a God of details we serve. The pastor of the church where we were going and have served at his church several times, Swan Elim, used to be a drinking buddy of Sonno before he was saved. We could not have been able to make that up. What a mighty God we serve!!!!

Thank you for all your prayers. By the way, the best news of all, six women prayed to receive Christ the day we visited the women's prison. Your prayers are a vital part of this ministry. 

We are somewhat short on the funds for the June village trip. Each month the trips cost about $3500 because of all the distant travel. Would you consider giving a love gift so our team can go again to reach those who need to hear the good news of the gospel? If so, make the check to International Celebration Assn and mail to me at 8333 Providence Rd. Charlotte, NC 28277.

Blessings, 

May Trip Itinerary

2018 May Trip Itinerary

TUESDAY- May 8—Please pray for our travel day. Greta and I will come from Charlotte and Carolyn will come from NY and meet in Miami. We will then travel from Miami to Georgetown, Guyana. Pray for safe travel, no problems with luggage or flight delays. We will stay near the airport the first night after arriving late.

WEDNESDAY- May 9—Today we will travel several hours to Berbice where Jai lives and settle in at his home. We will build the puppet stage for Carolyn as she has sent Jai the lengths of PVC pipe and the connectors that she will need to set up her puppet stage. In the afternoon we will go to an orphanage and spend time with the children. We will do fun songs, have a Bible story with puppets by Carolyn and play some games. Please pray especially for Carolyn as she teaches truths from the Bible.

THURSDAY-May 10—In the morning, we will visit the Women’s Prison in New Amsterdam. There will be music and Greta will give her testimony.  Please pray that the women’s hearts will be tender when hearing Greta’s story and that they may learn anew or be reminded that we can go through very hard things and still praise, worship and serve our Good Father with joy.  There will be a chance for counseling with the women who request it.

At 4:00 we will have a children’s event at a nearby church when school is out. There will be music and puppet ministry.

FRIDAY—May 11—This is a very special morning that absolutely thrills my soul. We will go to the Men’s Prison at New Amsterdam and have a very special service. This is the prison where we were asked to build a chapel. Last summer, the large prison in Georgetown burned to the ground and a lot of the inmates were moved to New Amsterdam Prison so it is very crowded. The room where we have had our services in the past is now used as a dorm so our Guyanese team has been doing their services outside. The prison officials asked our ministry if we could build a chapel for them. We put out the plea and many of you helped us with this project. We bought the materials and the prisoners did the labor. It is now complete and this morning, we will have the official dedication of the new chapel/Christian library. What a thrill! We will have music, Greta will share her testimony and either Jai or Dave will preach. Please pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for many changed lives; salvations and growth for those who have already accepted Jesus.

In the afternoon, we will go to New Life Christian Center for a children’s event. Please pray for open hearts as we interact with these children.

SATURDAY—May 12—In the morning we will go to Mahaica Girls’ Home where our Guyanese team goes weekly. We will have a children’s service with music and a puppet Bible message. I can’t wait to be back at this girls’ home that touched our hearts so greatly this summer.

Between our morning and afternoon events, we will go to Georgetown for a little touring and shopping.

In the afternoon, we will go to Hararuni where Carolyn will teach some of the children’s teachers how to use puppets effectively in their teaching. Last summer, two of the ladies approached us and said they had been praying for puppets and the ability to use them to improve their effectiveness in their lessons. God heard their prayer, we sent puppets and now have Carolyn who is a specialist in this area to teach them. We will also have a service with the children at Hararuni. Please pray for these ladies to learn a lot about puppetry.

SUNDAY—May 13—This morning we will worship with the congregation at Swan Elim where we have been several times and feel like we are family there. Pray for the service and for the power of the Holy Spirit to teach all of us that day. Dave will be preaching.

In the afternoon, we will have a children’s service with the children of this community. May God open their eyes to learn something new and draw them closer to Himself.

That night, we will need to get to bed early as our flight the next morning is at 5:30 am and we have to be at the airport two hours early.

MONDAY—May 14—Please pray for easy travel and that we will get many opportunities when we get home to share the good news of what happened in Guyana. Telling about our trip can open many doors of opportunity for us to share Christ when we get home. I pray for boldness for those opportunities. 

 

 

April Trip Report

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris We get back last night from our long trip this is a trip we will never forget 

At the first village we had 2 nights of celebration crusade and the turnout was over 250 with a paperlation of about 290 137 people give there life to Jesus Chris 

Then from there we move on to the big gospel fess where we expect about 700 people but thank God they was over 1000 people was there at the fess 208 people give there life to Jesus Chris 

We left Sunday morning to go to the next village on our way we stop at a place to buy gas and a young man when he sees our truck passing he ride his bike and come reach us at the shop and said to me back in February we was at there village and I preach about fornication and he and his girlfriend was living in fornication they both give there life to Jesus Chris and want us come back to marry them

When we get to the next village Sunday morning the people there was waiting for us to do the morning service we also do 2 nights of celebration crusade the turnout was over 300 142 people give there life to Jesus Chris the people in that village call us the three Hebrew boys 

Thursday morning we move on to the third village that same night we had a heavy rain and just about 45 people come to our celebration crusade 14 people give there life to Jesus Chris the second night the rain stop and over 200 people come to our celebration crusade 72 people give there life to Jesus Chris 

I thank you for your prayers and support the harvest is ripe and ready and I thank God for the big harvest we had this pass week 

Bless jai 

March/April Request

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

 

We are leaving this evening for another trip to the region 9 savanna this trip will be a very special one for us we will get to the first village by 12pm Thursday to do 2 nights of celebration crusade and a good Friday morning service,

On Saturday 31st they will be a big gospel fess where they expect over 700 people from all over region 9 savanna and people from Brazil also and we are invited to sing and preach at the gospel fess,

Then we will move on to 2 other villages and do 4 night of celebration crusade please pray for us as we travel on trails road and rivers and pray for a harvest of sols for God kingdom 

Bless jai 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP IN GUYANA

Dear Ministry Friends,

I have two requests. 

1. We are in need of children's books for our libraries. The two libraries that we set up have no children's books and when they come in, Jai will add them to the shelves. Please email me if you have books and we will arrange a meeting place or a pick up.

2. The New Amsterdam Prison that is near where our team lives and where they go three out of four Tuesdays every month is very over-crowded because of the prisoners that were transferred there after the fire at the big prison in Georgetown. The room where we have always had our services is now housing inmates. The number of inmates has almost doubled and the good thing about that is that more prisoners have the chance to get good teaching very regularly. However, they are having to meet outside for lack of a building and the prison has asked our ministry if we could build a chapel. We are delighted to have this opportunity. The materials will cost $4,000 and there will be NO labor cost as the prisoners will build it. When completed, there will be a dedication service at which our ministry will be honored. That is glory to God and another level of connection with the government so we can continue to have access to get in and evangelize. What a blessing. We are trusting that the funds will come in.

Would you please pray about being a part of this opportunity? If you feel led to give, please make the checks out to International Celebration Assn and mail it to me, 

Beth Puckett

8333 Providence Rd.

Charlotte, NC 28277

 

Thank you so much. To God be the glory!

 

March Report

Hello Ministry Friends,

Praises are in order for what God did on this March trip with 5 Americans and 5 Guyanese, ministering together as one family. We went to two remote river villages and had a fantastic time with the wonderful people and saw God's hand move in a powerful way. There were 120 SALVATIONS, two of them being people at a hotel where we stayed. That was a divine appointment.

The first village was Upper Pomeroon and that is where we slept on blow up mattresses on the floor of the church. During one of the nights, there was a loud animal altercation somewhere very near us. We came to know that it was between a dog and a wild cat that were fighting under the church which was on 5 foot pillars. Jai took a flashlight and a board to see what was going on. The wild cat was about 2 feet long and after the fight, was on the joist just under where Megan and Jeanne were sleeping so no wonder it was so loud. Jai poked the wild cat with the board and he ran off. We saw tracks the next morning in the sand to confirm that it was no house cat. HAHA!

The two mornings of teaching for the ladies and the two nights of Celebration services were excellent, drawing new believers to God and encouraging those who were already Christians. Megan's music was wonderful and the crowd loved singing along with the praise songs our Guyanese team led in. During Jeanne's last teaching session we had a powerful answer to prayer. The ladies had paddled on the river to get there and several had to bring their young children. Jeanne was about half way through her lesson on prayer and the power we have as Christians since we have authority over the devil and demons. One 2 year old boy started running around the church and disrupting to the point that it was hard for Jeanne to concentrate. We couldn't take him out because there is no yard around the church as the river at high tide covers the surrounding ground. Then a little 2 year old girl started screaming and wouldn't stop. The ladies were unable to even heard Jeanne so she stopped and asked everybody to pray, using the authority that we had been learning about. It was evident to her that there was a disturbing demon in that place so she confidently plead the blood of Jesus over the church and the children and demanded that the demon that wasn't welcome in that place leave and not come back. WITHIN 30 SECONDS, BOTH CHILDREN WERE FAST ASLEEP IN THEIR MOTHERS' ARMS. What a mighty God we serve.

Wesley Caldwell who is the manager of the Lifeway Store in Pineville was able to get all the books organized and ready to put on the shelves that the men on our team built right there in the church. They had unfinished wood that they planed, cut and then built the shelves. It will be a wonderful resource for the church members and the whole village.

Lifeway also donated stuffed animals for every girl in both villages and the boys received balls. Some said it was the first toy they had ever had. Upon checkout at the LIfeway store, customers had a chance to donate $5 for a toy for a child in Guyana and all those stuffed animals were sent to Guyana. Praise God for our new relationship with Lifeway.

We also left behind Kristi's Bible studies for those serious about growing deep in their faith and left Sunday school curriculum that was donated by Hopewell Baptist Church so the congregation will have great study materials.

We are so grateful for the wonderful trip and thank you for praying for us while we were gone. Please continue to pray for our Guyanese team and for all those who accepted Christ.

March Request

Dear Ministry Friends,

This Sunday, March 4, five of us will be going to Guyana to serve in two villages along with our Guyanese team. Wesley Caldwell who is the manager of the Lifeway Store here in Charlotte will go and help us set up two libraries. His desire is to help our ministry in any way possible. Jeanne McNichols will go to teach a women's Bible studies each morning, Megan Tuttle will do our music (and general craziness, haha). Steve and I will be there to do whatever needs to be done.

SUNDAY--We have a 6:00am flight so we will be at the airport VERY EARLY. We arrive in Guyana about 10:00pm. We will stay at a hotel a little less than an hour from the airport.

MONDAY--We will leave early to travel to our first village on the Pameroon River. Please pray for safety on the roads and river. When we arrive we will have our first event; Megan will sing, Jeanne will teach the women and the men will cook our lunch over a fire. When the children come home from school, we will play games with them and just make friends. After dinner, we will have our first CELEBRATION SERVICE. Please pray for the women's Bible study and for the Celebration that God will draw people to Himself either for salvation or for growth. After the counseling is complete following the Celebration, we will sleep on blow up mattresses on the floor of the church where we will be for two night.

TUESDAY--Jeanne will get to start her teaching earlier since we will already by in the village. The men will start constructing the library shelves. After the Bible study, we will set up the library, give out reading glasses to whoever needs them and rest a little after lunch. Then we will have another playtime when the children get out of school and have another CELEBRATION SERVICE. 

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY--We will travel to our second village and do the same schedule as at the first village. The only difference is that this village is a 15 minute boat ride away from a town so we will stay in a hotel to sleep. We will be in the village both days all day, however. We will leave sermons for the villages to use in worship services using their generator as well as the Christian libraries.

FRIDAY--We will travel back on the river and roads to Georgetown, do a little souvenir shopping, see a few sights and have a nice lunch. Steve and Jai and I are hoping to be able to have a meeting with a relatively large church in Georgetown to see how we might partner. Please pray that this meeting will happen. We will try to have an early night of it since we will have to get up at 3:00am to make it to the airport for our 5:35am flight. 

Another update for you...I told you that Jai and Dave and Wayne are now able to go to the prisons (one male and one female)  close to where they live every other Tuesday. Since we will be on the above trip on the assigned Tuesday, they went yesterday instead. There were 6 women and 3 men who trusted Christ yesterday. Jai said there were lots of smiles and tears. The great thing is that we know all these new converts will be discipled as our team gets to go bi-monthly. Praise God for this new opportunity.

Blessings to you all,

Beth

 

February trip report

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

We get back last night from our long 17 hours trip it was a great trip when we get to the first village the truck alternator give up on us so we send to get one at lethem and it takes 4 days to get back so we stock in the same village for 4 days it was a big village with over 600 people and we do 4 night of celebration crusade and the turnout was over 450 people 255 people give there life to Jesus Chris

On Sunday morning me and my wife went to one church and Dave and wane went to another church we both preach at those church and 27 person give there life to Jesus Chris 

When we get the alternator we move to the next village and do 2 nights of celebration crusade and the turnout there was over 200 people and 83 person give there life to Jesus Chris 

We also get the opportunity to go to the canopy walk it is the longest Roop bridge in guyana it is a beautiful place 

Thanks for your prayers and support

Bless jai 

February Request

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

This morning we are starting ministry at the newanserdam both male and female prison we will do this every other Tuesday.

We also leaving midnight tonight for a day and a half traveling to go to the guyana Brazil border for another trip we will be going to 3 villages and do 6 night of celebration crusade 

Please pray for us as we travel on trails road and rivers pray for our safely and also for a harvest of sols 

Thanks Jai 

January 2018 Report

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

We get back last night from our first trip for this year indeed it was a great trip we went to three villages and do six nights of celebration crusade and 134 people give there life to Jesus Chris I want to thank you for your prayers and support we look forward for a great year as we keep going and preach the gospel to the lost 

God bless you 

Jai

January 2018 Request

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris

We are leaving early in the morning for our first trip for 2018 we are going to 3 villages and do 6 night of celebration crusade please pray for us as we travel on trails road and rivers and pray also for a harvest of sols

Thanks for your prayers and support 2017 it was a great year and we are praying for great things to happen in this new year

God bless you
Jai

December Christmas Ministry for Prisons and Children's Homes

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

Thank you for praying for us during the week of ministry to the prison and children homes it was a great week 

On Monday we went to the new amsterdam male and female  prison 11 ladies and 7 men trust Chris as there savior,

At the woman prison A fomer Hindu lady come up and share her testimony and she said 4 years ago when our team was at the prison she give her life to christ and l Baptist her and we give her a bracelate and she got on the bracelate still,

Tuesday we went to the lusignan prison morning and mahaica girls home in the afternoon 15 men give there life to Jesus Christ 

Wednesday we went to the timehri prison and sophia children home 21 men give there life to Jesus Christ 

Thursday we went to the Mazaruni 2 prison and 27 men give there life to Jesus Christ 

Friday we went to the NOC (juvenile detention facility) and after we finish our concert a girl from the NOC came up to give the vote of thanks and she was going home that same day and she also said that one of our team member wash her feet and led her to christ and l Baptist her 

Friday that was a blessing to me 

Jai

November Trip Report

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris

We get back this morning for our trip it was a great trip we had 6 nights of celebration crusade and Sunday morning service and 130 person trust Chris as there savior Sunday morning right after the church service 8 person dat trust Chris as there savior said they want to get Baptist so myself and Dave do a convert class with them and Baptist them in the wine river.

That was our last trip for this year in the jungle and we have one more big event  in December were we do Christmas concert in all the prison and the NOC (juvenile detention center) in  guyana this year we add a girls home and a children's home to our list we not only do  concert along but we buy lots of goodies and took for  the prisoners this year we want to  buy  little gifts for the mahaica girls home and sophia children home so I'm asking you to please supports us so we can get all these for this big event 

God bless you 

Jai

October/November Report

Hay ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

As you know we went to a trip we just got back we had to cut short our trip because of heavy rain and flooding we had 3 nights of celebration crusade and because of heavy rain in the savanna it was very difficult for people to walk in the savanna and came to our crusade but the few that come for the 3 nights 46 person give there life to Jesus Chris. We thank God for the rain because there are still lots of villages in the river area and because of the dry weather we could not go  this month we will start go back to some river villages. Thank you very much for your prayers and support 

GOD BLESS YOU 

jai

October Request

Dear ministry friends greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

We are leaving this evening for another trip to the region 9 savanna which will take us a day and a half traveling to get there please pray for us as we travel on trails road and some river we will be going to 3 villages and do 6 night of celebration crusade please pray for a harvest of sols 

We are coming to the end of this year and fonds are very low I'm asking you to please supports us for the next 2 months so we can continue to reach the lost for christ 

In December we will continue our ministry in all the prison thats when we do Christmas concert in all the prison and we buy some goodys and share to the prisoners 

Thanks Jai 

September Report

Hay ministry friends greating in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

Thank for your prayers as you know we went to a trip and just get back we have some breakdown on the trail with our vehicle's but we fix it an go again I can't wait  to give you the good news we went in the rupunune savanna for the first time thats in regon 9 and there are over 75 villages in that savanna and the harvest there is ripe and ready we went to 3 villages and do 6 nights of celebration crusade 211 person give there life to Jesus Chris one of the week have lots of people did not speak English they have there own indigenous language  but God have made it possible for them to understand the plan of salvation and many of them give there life to Jesus Chris please continue to pray and support us our gold is for the next 2 years to work in that region 

Jai

September Prayer Request

Hay ministry friends greating in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris 

We are leaving tomorrow morning for a norther trip this time we for the first time in regon 7 it will take us a day and a half to get there we will be going to 3 villages and do 6 nights of celebration crusade please pray for us as we travel on the road river and trail it will take us a long time to get there but the harvest is ripe and ready so pray for God to draw many sols to his kingdom 

Thanks for praying for me and Tracy our wedding was great and my wife will be going with me on this long trip 

Jai

August Report

Hi ministry friends greating in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Chris

As you know we went to a trip and just get back it was a great trip 7 of us went on this trip 5 was pastors we have my self and  Dave and  3 other pastor we went to 3 villages and do 6 nights of celebration crusade 127 person give there life to Jesus Chris thank you for your prayers and support

Jai

 

August Trip Prayer Request

Hay ministry friends greating We are leaving tomorrow night for another trip to the region 1 close to the Venezuela border we will be going to 3 villages and do 6 nights of celebration crusade please pray for us as we travel on the road river ocean and Creek most of all pray for a harvest of sols 

We had a great day today at the mahaica girls home and the Sophia children home 

 

Bless you

Jai