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March 13, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

Can it be over already?  We just sent out an update requesting prayer for the dental team!  Yes, friends, the week has come and gone, and we can honestly say, the Lord has done great things!  Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the Guyanese crew and the incoming 31 member dental team.  It was a crazy busy week, and we praise God for safety on the roads, health and strength, team unity, and many, many more answers to prayer along the way.  We can best sum up the week with this report "just in" from the team leader, Dr. Scott Hodges:  (copied here for you)

"Just a short note to thank you for your prayers while we were traveling and doing dentistry with the Guyanese team again.  It is hard to believe but this has been the 15th year going to Guyana.  

Travel went well, for those of you who had a different experience in years past with missed flights. broken bus, landing at the wrong airport and sitting for 5 hours, etc. things went very well

All the suitcases made every connection and everyone stayed healthy.  

The Guyanese team worked so hard to have things prepared for the team of 30.  And please remember to keep praying for them and they follow up with those who came through the clinic.  Here are the stats for this year:

 

Salvations                 32

 Patients                  522     cards some taken home and not returned

Prophys                  489      

Exams                  >500

Fluoride                  492

Extraction

 perm.                       84

 primary                      4

Restorations

 teeth                      447

 surfaces                873

Sealants                   76

Radiographs            50

Endo  (root canal)      40

 

  Please continue to pray for the team as they try to readjust to their normal daily lives post trip.  Trying to get some much need rest.  Preparing for boards for some. But most importantly continuing to experience of God in a new and fresh way"

 

added note from Kathleen on the work done this past week:  Guyana has a dental culture of "pulling teeth", rather than trying to save them and doing preventive care.  It is not uncommon for people in their 30's to have a full set of dentures as their teeth have already been pulled out due to decay.  The dental teams have had a huge impact on educating both the population of Berbice in dental care, as well as the opportunity to work with the Guyanese dental students from Georgetown in teaching new techniques and the importance of hygiene/saving teeth.

Again, we are so grateful for your prayers on behalf of the team.  Lives were touched, souls saved, teeth cared for.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Your missionaries in Guyana,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


March 3, 2017

"...praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"  Revelation 7:12

Dear Praying Friends,

Where does the time go?  We blinked and it's the month of March already!  Time truly does fly by these days, so we are reminded once again that we need to redeem the time, and continue to "be about our Father's business".  We serve a great and awesome God, who delights in answering the prayers of the saints.  Thank you for your faithful prayers on behalf of the ministry of church planting in Guyana. 

Once again, we are sending a photo update of this past week at the Tain parsonage project.  The old house is really starting to look nice, as the finishing touches are going on.  The ceiling is painted, bathrooms and kitchen tiled, electrical work is done, doors are hung, stairway is in place.  Next week, the inside will be painted, plumbing goes in, and a bit more concrete to finish the inside driveway.  Long days and short nights for Andy and the crew!

Speaking of long days and short nights, the dental team arrives tomorrow morning, March 4.  There are 30 people in this group, so Kathleen has been busy getting our house ready to host and feed them all.  Lord willing, by this time next week, we will have a dental clinic photo update to send, along with a report of the 4 1/2 days of clinic to be held at the Bath Bible Church.  Please pray for pastor Willow and his wife Evelyn, as they will be hosting the clinic at their church across the river.  Pray for the dental team, the evangelistic outreach team of pastors and helpers, the hosts, and the hundreds of people coming through the clinic in just a few days.  This is an intense time of coordinated effort on the part of the dentists, hygienists, their helpers, the ABC pastors, and those who cook, clean, do the laundry, and transport a group this size.  

It is a privilege to serve with you, our dedicated prayer and ministry partners in evangelism.  May the Lord continue to bless and encourage you in your walk with Him.

With love in Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

 


February 25, 2017

Dear Praying friends,

It's been a very busy week both here in our home at Nigg, and at the Tain project.  Attached you will see a photo update of the progress on the parsonage.  It's starting to look really nice!  Many hands made light work on mixing and pouring all the concrete for the driveway going into the church yard from the road.  Since this was also a week of classes for BBI/SRTS, the pastors "volunteered" to work a couple of afternoons on that particular area.

Pastor Doug Knorr, his son Josh, and friend Jerry had a very tight schedule, between classes M-F  (pastor Doug), and working at the project (Josh and Jerry). Pastor Doug also preached at the Tain Bible Church on Sunday, Josh preached at Hampshire, and both assisted in making our annual Valentine Sweetheart banquet special for the 20 couples who attended at Hampshire.  

Yours truly had her hands full taking care of little ones while parents took classes, and making sure the guys were well fed along the way.  Lunches were shared with a different ministry couple from the ABC at our dining table every day, as Pastors Doug and Josh met with them for encouragement and counsel.  Early this morning, we said our farewells as the last of the visiting crew made their way to the airport.  Thank you, men, for your sacrifice of time, resources, and energy to come alongside us in the ministry.  Thank YOU, our prayer partners, as we truly depend on your committed prayers on our behalf.  

Please pray for us and our national coworkers as we now prepare for the dental team due to arrive a week from today.  There is still much to be done in preparation for the clinic.  It will be held "across the river" in the Bath Bible Church.  Pray for pastor Willow and his team there as they look forward to hosting the clinic from March 5 - 9.

Continue to pray for the completion of the Tain project.  The local crew will continue to work non-stop until the house is ready to move into...Lord willing, in just a couple of short weeks.  

Thanking God for you,

Kathleen for us all.

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


February 17, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,

This past week the guys were really blazing the trail at the Tain parsonage project! The Michiganders and the national crew worked side by side to make amazing progress, as you will see by the attached pictures.  Three sore, tired, but well fed men said their farewells on Wednesday night.  We barely had time to change out the sheets on the beds before the next crew arrived, again from northern Michigan.  We welcomed pastor Doug Knorr, his son Pastor Josh, and friend Jerry to our home very early Thursday morning.  They had a very long trip coming in, but that didn't keep them from heading out the door to the project the afternoon of their arrival.  

Once again, we are so grateful for your continued prayers and support, from which we draw much encouragement and strength in the Lord.  

In Him,

Kathleen for us all.

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


February 9, 2017

Dear Praying Friends and partners in ministry,

It has been another busy week of work at the Tain parsonage project!  Lest you may think that all we do is pound nails and mix concrete around here, there is also a full ongoing ministry schedule to maintain as well.  That is why we appreciate the extra hands who come alongside and give a boost to those who have boots on the ground.  And on the scaffold.  

Next week Tuesday we say good bye to our young hard working friend Caleb, who leaves just before Mike, Joshua and Tony on Wed.  Their time with us has gone by way too fast, and we will miss them.  The same Wednesday evening, pastor Doug Knorr, his son Josh, and two other men arrive.  Pastor Doug will be teaching in the Bible Institute, and our crew at Tain will have three more men joining them, Lord willing to help finish the last stage of the parsonage project. 

Thanking God for you,

Kathleen for us all

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


February 3, 2017

Warm and Sunny Greetings from your missionaries in Guyana!  This has been a busy week for the workmen at Tain.  Andy, Caleb and the Guyanese crew have worked tirelessly as you can see by these attached pictures.  Monday night, Feb.6, we will welcome three more men from Michigan to come alongside us in the endeavor.  The guys have "saved" the roof for the new crew to tackle, so watch for the transformation in the next installment of the saga of the Tain parsonage project!

 

Grateful for your support and prayers, Kathleen for us all.

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


January 27, 2017

Sorry! 

Forgot to add these two, they give a greater perspective on what the guys are working on this week...

Thanks so much for your continued prayers on our behalf.  Kathleen for us all.

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


January 27, 2017

From the Girwarnauth's in Guyana:

More pictures of the Tain Parsonage project in full swing...

Thank God for continued dry weather and job safety!  

We will be joined by 3 more Michigan men on February 6

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639


January 22, 2017

Warm greetings from your missionaries in Guyana!  

We will try to do weekly pictorial updates on the Tain parsonage project.  This is the “first” sample of what the guys have been doing just in the past week…the "white" guy is Caleb Stagg, who came all the way from Tustin, MI to help with the project!   So far the weather has allowed for long sunny workdays, with minimal rain interference.  Thanks for your prayers on our behalf.

Blessings,  

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

 

 

 

 

 


  January 14, 2017

Psalm 97:1   "The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice."

Dear Praying Friends,

Warm greetings to you in this new year!  As we look at the calendar for 2017, we realize we can make plans and set dates, but only God can accomplish what truly needs to be done.  We look forward to what He has in store for our family, the ministry in Guyana, and in your lives as well.  Our hope and trust is in the Lord, who reigns and rules over all.  

Thank you for praying for us as we travelled back to Guyana.  The trip went well, until we were informed upon arrival that our expected driver, Bro. Ravi, had gone to the hospital that very day with a heart attack. (Bro. Vijay met us at the airport instead)  Ravi is one of our leaders at the Hampshire Bible Church, a faithful brother in the Lord with a wife and four young children.  God spared his life, he had surgery to open the blocked arteries in his heart, and praise God, he is able to serve the Lord and lead his family once again.  So we literally "hit the ground running", or walking as is now the case with Andy.  His knee is doing it's job, but he has had to learn to delegate more (which is a good thing), and enjoys once again being back with the work.  

We have attached some pictures of the parsonage renovation now in full swing at the Tain Bible Church.  The Guyanese crew are at the site every day now to put in the foundation, and lay the groundwork for the men arriving from MI to assist.  Our first visitor is Caleb Stagg, who arrives Jan. 18.  Then three men arrive on Feb.6, who will then overlap with the next group arriving Feb.15.  Please pray for these men, as they work alongside the Guyanese crew in this very hot and humid climate, for safety on the job, health and strength.  Praise God for funds to complete the parsonage project!  We look forward to see Him provide the needed additional $20,000 for the rest of the Tain ministry: fencing project and new building to accomodate the Bible Institute.

Pastor Doug Knorr and his son Josh will be arriving with the last group, as pastor Doug is teaching a module at the Bible Institute and Seminary for our national pastors.  On Feb. 19,  the Hampshire Bible Church will host a special Sweetheart Valentine banquet for their couples.  Kathleen will be hosting a different pastor/wife for lunch every day as they meet and fellowship with the visiting pastors as well during the week of classes.  

Please be in prayer for the 30 member dental team, under the leadership of Dr. Scott Hodges.  They arrive March 4,  and will be staying in our home here at Nigg.  Their days will be long and their nights short, as they must travel "over the river" to the Bath Bible Church early every morning to work in the dental clinic.  There are always many details involved in hosting a medical team, including the paperwork for the government approval, duty free concession, travel in country, set up of the clinic, and feeding and hosting this amazing group of dental professionals!  We covet your prayers before, during and after this endeavor.  

Thank you for praying for these many special requests, as we look at the first quarter of this new year.  We are so grateful for the Lord's providence in our lives and ministry, through the faithfulness of God's people.  Together, let us claim this promise for 2017:  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit".  Romans 15:13

Grateful for His grace,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

 

 


December 28, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,       

We trust you had a wonderful Christmas as you remembered the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  We were privileged to share the holiday with our children and grand children.

Below, you will find a photo reminder of the urgent project request going out today...the Tain parsonage project.  Yes, as soon as we return to Guyana January 5, the wheels will be turning to get all the materials on site and the renovation underway.  As of this date, the project is seriously underfunded, but we are trusting God for the finances to at least complete the house in time for pastor Steve and his family to move in before the end of February.  It is not too late to consider sending a gift toward the Guyana building project fund through PIEI.  There are a few northern friends committed to coming down to help build, but the bulk of the work must be done by our Guyana crew.  They are hired labor, so the request going out today is for the remaining $30,000 needed for the Tain work project.    This is enough to renovate the old house on site, as well as build the wall around the church yard, and begin building the new Berbice Bible Institute classroom next to the parsonage as well.  Every little bit helps and every dollar is used as designated, stretched as far as it can possibly go in seeing this to completion. 

All gifts are tax deductible, and can be sent directly to our mission, or through online giving. Please request the funds go towards the Guyana building project fund.

Please feel free to email us with any questions, we would love to hear from you!  

Grateful for His grace,

Andy Girwarnauth

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

Best way to contact us anywhere in the world:  andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

 


December 9, 2016

It's been a busy morning! Thanks to Kathleen's brother Tim Wittenbach and his crew for moving and loading the crates.  Thanks to Greg Koster and NTB trucking for hauling the crates to the dock in New York.  Thanks to all who had a part in bringing the needed "stuff" that went into the crates!  We are looking forward to being on the receiving end when the ship finally unloads in Guyana to unload and disperse everything -  hopefully by early February.  The Association of Bible Churches in Guyana is blessed to have such wonderful partners here in the USA to come alongside them in ministry.  Blessings to you this Christmas and always! 

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

For our address from August 18 - January 1, 2017, please email us at: andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

Best way to contact us anywhere in the world:  andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com


"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."

December, 2016

We are sending you Christmas greetings from snowy Michigan this year!  It has been many years since we have been able to spend Christmas with our family, so we are blessed to have the opportunity to be here.  Thank you for your prayers, beautiful cards, and calls of encouragement.  Andy had a rough few weeks after surgery, but praise God, is getting around much better these days.  His regular therapy sessions will continue through the end of December, and as you can see by the attached photo, he is able to stand now and get around most of the time without aid. Our children and grandchildren will be able to join us for Christmas the week before we return to Guyana on January 4.

We were invited to attend a special event honoring our friend Dr. Scott Hodges recently.  The West Michigan Dental Association presented him with their "silent bell award" for his many contributions to dental health in the community and around the world. It has been our privilege to host  Dr. Hodges and his dental teams who have partnered with us in Guyana for many years.  They are even now preparing to return again in March, 2017 with at least 30 team members.  The impact they have had through dental care in Guyana, as well as the eternal impact of evangelistic outreach to the hundreds coming through the clinic, is beyond estimation.  Please pray for the many details of preparation both here in Michigan and Guyana as we anticipate the dental team March 4-11.

Speaking of teams, Andy has been busy (in spite of being a semi-invalid) making phone calls and meeting with folks to put together small work teams for January-February.  The Tain parsonage/fence/school project is still on the agenda, so if there is anyone at this late date still wanting to join us for a week or so and help with the construction, it's not too late!  Andy has plans laid out and the goal is to have pastor Steven and his family in the renovated parsonage  before the dental team arrives, Lord willing.  Please pray for the needed funds for this project to come in, safety on the job site, and all the details of getting this done in time.  

There have been opportunities for us to visit some of our supporting churches for fellowship and as Andy is able, to even preach.  We have one more date for Andy to preach before heading back to Guyana, so if you are in the area we would love to see you!  The service is at Alton Bible Church in Lowell, MI at 11am on December 18.  The next event on our personal calendar is the shipping out of two large crates!  The crates are packed and ready to go to the docks in New York, where they are loaded onto a ship bound for South America.  A special thank you to all who so generously gave of their time, treasure, and even travelled long distances to assist to bring donations of the many needed and useful items to be packed in our shed.  Yes, this is a project that requires a storage shed, lots of wood, screws, and muscle to put together, not to mention the packing, loading, and hauling overland to the docks.  Lord willing, both crates will be delivered to our house in Guyana before February, unpacked and distributed before the dental team arrives in March!

We have so much to be grateful for at this season of thanksgiving and joy.  We look forward to the new year with anticipation as we return to the ministry of church planting in Guyana.  Blessings to you and yours this Christmas!

With joy,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

For our address from August 18 - January 1, 2017, please email us at: andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

Best way to contact us anywhere in the world:  andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com


                                                                                             November 1, 2016

It is a beautiful fall day here in Michigan!  As I sit looking over the golden maple trees through the morning sun, I am reminded of the many blessings of the One who created it all.  He is Lord of all, yes even this election "time" of year.  Andy is blessed to be able to vote as an American for the first time!  Needless to say, he is very excited about the opportunity.  We have so much to be thankful for, and would like to use a few lines from Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 to help illustrate a bit of what we are experiencing at this "season" in our life:  "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

..."a time to heal" ...  Andy had his knee replacement surgery on October 27, and was home 24 hours later!  Nurse Kathleen has had her hands full keeping track of his pain meds,  ice on the knee, and making sure he does his therapy.  Praise God, he is already making good progress and gaining more mobility by the day.  We have been blessed by the kindness of many friends and family who call, bring food, and visit us.  We enjoy visitors, so if you're in our area, please let us know and stop in sometime.  The "before surgery" picture includes one of our Canadian brothers whom we met in Guyana as a missionary!  Ian and his wife Linda stopped by just before Andy's trip to the hospital.  

..."a time to break down, and a time to build up"... You know we can't let this note pass without mentioning the next work project in Guyana!  Already work teams are being formed to join us in January and February 2017.  The plan is to renovate the old house on the Tain church property to house pastor Steven Inasi's family.  There is a lot to do at Tain, so if the funds are available, a building for the Bible Institute must be put up, and a wall to enclose the church property needs to be built.  We are trusting the Lord to provide, He always does.  If you or someone you know are interested in helping with this project by way of joining a work team or sending funds, please call us at the number listed at the top of this page.  Now is the time to talk to Andy about anything concerning the ministry!  He would love to be able to share and explain the latest developments and how you can partner with the church planting team in Guyana.  

The goal is to be back in Guyana by January 4, Lord willing.  There is much to do there once we return, so we covet your continued prayers during the remaining time here in the USA.  Our Guyanese brothers are faithfully doing the work of the ministry in our absence, and assure us that all is well.  Not a week passes that we don't hear from one of our Guyanese brethren.  They keep us informed and are great at calling or emailing. This is the age of technology, which brings even those who are far away very close to us!  

We trust that this Thanksgiving season will find you rejoicing in the many blessings of the Lord of the Harvest.  He is LORD of all the earth!

Love in Christ,

Kathleen (and Andy)

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

For our address from August 18 - January 1, 2017, please email us at: andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

Best way to contact us anywhere in the world:  andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com


 September/October, 2016

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths"  Proverbs 3:5,6  (ESV)

Dear Praying Friends,

Thank you for praying for us as we made the journey back to Michigan after a very busy but fruitful 8 months so far this year in Guyana.  The Lord is using the medical expertise of several doctors and therapists to help in the slow but necessary healing process for Andy's knees.  We are learning to wait on the Lord for His time as to the exact date for surgery, and will keep our prayer partners posted when that does happen.  

Currently, Kathleen is in Guyana through Sept.22, as she has the privilege of hosting two men from MI.  Pastor Bob will teach the book of Nehemiah in the BBI/SRTS  extension next week, and his friend Terry will be using his carpentry skills to build benches.  Kathleen has her Guyanese friend Shellie staying with her as together they make sure these guys are well fed and on time for everything.  Andy is still in Lowell, keeping busy with doctor appointments and connecting with some ministry partners in between for meetings and encouragement.  

We have a few pictures (below) to just give a visual update on what recently occurred here in Guyana, as well as what one of the goals are for next year in Guyana.  First, the team pictures are from the week that Pastor Jim Samra and his family, along with the team from Calvary Church were here in August.  They had a great week of teaching VBS in two different locations, assisting at the ladies Rally day at Hampshire, and evening evangelistic crusades.  It was a packed week of ministry which saw many decisions for Christ as well as the edification of the saints.  

The pictures of the "old house" are to help visualize the next phase of construction at the Tain Bible Church.  The house was purchased and moved next to the church.  The goal is to recruit a "work team" to come early 2017, along with the needed funds, to renovate this house into a parsonage for pastor Steven and his family.  Please pray with us that the Lord would provide the team(s) and monies needed to accomplish the task at hand.  Any questions can be emailed directly to us, we will be happy to give more information and details for this and other projects on the horizon.  

It is a privilege to be able to share once again the ongoing work of the Lord here in Guyana.  The church planting efforts of the house churches, the faithful ministry of the national pastors in their villages, the weekly television broadcast, and the Bible Institute continue on in spite of our absence.  The goal is to return to Guyana the first week of January, 2017, Lord willing.  We covet your prayersfor those who are truly "on the front lines" of the harvest and we are so grateful for your faithful support which enables us to partner together for the glory of God in Guyana.

In Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

For our address from August 18 - January 1, 2017, please email us at: andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

Best way to contact us anywhere in the world:  andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com


     AUGUST, 2016

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for His steadfast love endures forever."   Psalm 136:1

Dear Praying Friends,

The year is flying by for us, as you all have probably experienced in your own lives. There is much to be thankful for as we have seen the Lord's constant abiding love and faithfulness.  Recently we have shared concerning the new baby born to pastor Alexa and his wife Debra.  We are grateful to report that baby Lydia is doing very well, and was able to be in church for the first time this past Sunday! She is truly a living miracle of God's mercy and grace, and a testimony of answered prayer.  

Thank you for praying for the VBS/crusade team from Grace Bible Church, IN.  Pastor Pete Helland and his group had a very effective ministry in spite of the oppressive heat and humidity of July!  Many decisions for Christ were made in the services held at both Tain and Hampshire villages.  New believers are coming out to church, and the pastors are encouraged by the response of many who are opening up to the gospel.

This week, Pastor Jim Samra and his family will be arriving along with 12 other team members from Calvary Church, MI, for ministry.  They will conduct VBS for both Bushlot and Hampshire villages, as well as evening crusades in different locations around the village of Hampshire.  Lisa Samra is the speaker for the annual ABC Ladies Rally on Saturday, August 6, to be held at the Hampshire Bible Church.  Please pray for this team, that they will be able to minister effectively in the hot August temps, to the children, ladies, and families they come in contact with.    Packed into this schedule there is also an opportunity for this team to go into the local orphanage home and "love on" the children one morning.

Just three days after the team flies out, we will be returning to Michigan for an extended period of time so that Andy can have the surgery he needs to repair his knees.  Please pray for us, as we go through this period of expected surgery and recuperation.  We have a few speaking commitments, a wedding, and a brief visit to Guyana in September (Kathleen) to host Pastor Bob Sponable and his friend  as well during this time.  The BBI/SRTS classes continue into the fall with pastor Bob teaching the book of Nehemiah, and Dr. Boodram teaching Ecclesiastes.  Andy's messages are broadcast weekly, in spite of his absence, thanks to Marks work in editing and generous gifts sent through PIEI.  

We are finding God's grace and strength to be sufficient as we trust  Him each day.  We covet your prayers for our national pastors here in Guyana, as we leave the oversight of the Association of Bible Churches in the hands of Pastor Vishal.  The ministry of church planting, discipleship and evangelism continues whether we are in Guyana or not, praise God!  There is a seasoned ministry couple arriving from MN for a few weeks in October to assist with the Hampshire Bible Church, please pray for Don and Meg as they take on this responsibility in our absence.  

Once again, we are so blessed to be able to share with our special friends and prayer partners what the Lord is doing here in Guyana.  Your partnership in our lives and ministry is a great encouragement as we serve for the glory of God.  

Love in Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

For our address from August 18 - January 1, 2017, please email us at: andy.girwarnauth@gmail.com

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July 4, 2016

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him."  I John 5:21

Dear Praying Friends,

It is time to give you an update on our little Lydia Daniella.  I realize the last note concerning her situation was very optimistic.  I have since come to realize that her condition is much more serious than we were first informed.  The doctors and nurses here do not communicate well, if at all, concerning the true status of a patient, although this private hospital is doing better now that I am on their case.  I found out that the nurses who care for Lydia like to tell the parents and myself "baby might be discharged today", when actually the opposite is true.  Without going into the details, suffice it to say, I am SO thankful to have a "mother/baby" nurse daughter (Jennie) that keeps me informed as to what is really going on.  

It has been an emotional roller coaster for myself and Jennie these past 5 days.  We decided it was best to have Debra move back into the hospital so as to be close to the baby and nurse (feed baby) on demand.  Praise God, the hospital agreed to give her a room for only $10 US per day.  Arrangements have been made to have a church lady cook and send meals for her.  (hospitals here do not provide food).  This is actually a blessing, as Debra has consistent caring and praying visitors in and out several times a day.  Alex is now fully informed as to the seriousness of Lydias condition, at my insistence.  Remember, the medical profession here is about 50 years behind modern medicine in every way.  They have a nice little room with one incubator in this hospital, but it has become quite evident that the nurses are not confident in even running the incubator properly.  I have to bite my lip, since it is very difficult for me to keep my mouth shut when it comes to making certain observations.  The medical profession in Guyana simply are not trained to discuss patient information, answer questions, offer insight into what to expect, etc.

After much agonizing prayer and making sure that Debra was well cared for,  I decided to join the ladies in Georgetown for the pastors wives retreat.  So as I write, I am in the hotel where we will be having our meetings for the next 3 days.

Our speaker, Indra Boodram, has arrived from Tobago with her husband, daughter, and friend.  I actually considered canceling this retreat due to the events of recent days, but have peace about going forward.  The Lord has shown me that this hotel will become a place of prayer as our pastors wives come together and pray for Alex and his family during this time.

This is what we know for sure:  Lydia must be in "baby ICU" through this week Saturday.  We still are taking a day at a time.  Alex and Debra know that every day with Lydia is a gift, and they are grateful for the precious life they have in the moment.  Thanks to Jennie's medical contacts, there are two Neonatologists now communicating directly with Lydia's doctor.  Praise God for this major blessing!!  Pray that with the information they can now glean through the overseas doctors, the antibiotic and oxygen therapy, the nurses care, Alex and Debra's love, and the prayers of God's people around the world, this little one's life will be spared.  

We are trusting God for a miracle.  Thank you for the encouraging notes along the way.  We are so blessed to have a praying support team!

In His Hands,

Kathleen for us all

Please continue to pray for all those who are caring for this precious baby.

Please continue to pray for all those who are caring for this precious baby.


June 30, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,

Today I am sending out an urgent prayer request for one of our young pastors family. Alex and Debra were married last year shortly before pastor Robert (Canje Bible Church) died.  This young couple immediately took on the mantle of leadership of the Canje Berea Bible Church.  A few months later, they were excited to announce that they were expecting their first baby.  

Yesterday morning, a beautiful baby girl, Lydia Daniella, was born to Alex and Debra. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have a special medical account at PIEI to cover the private hospital expenses incurred in ensuring a safe environment for our pastors families.  I was able to be by Debras side during labor and delivery, so saw first hand the concern and then immediate reaction of the nurses and doctors when Lydia was born.  She had ingested meconium in utero and is being treated for serious complications from that.  

Debra was discharged this morning from the hospital, so is staying in our home where I can see that she has proper nutrition and new mother care.  The baby will stay in baby ICU as long as it takes to stabilize her situation.  Please pray for this family.  Debra is looking forward to attending the pastors wives retreat in Georgetown next week, but of course we all are looking at the health of mother and baby first.  

Pray for a miracle recovery with no complications for baby Lydia.  Our little private hospital here in Berbice is not fully equipped to deal with newborn emergencies.  The baby is not able to travel to Georgetown to a larger hospital, but even then, there is no neonatal doctor in all Guyana.  

Pray for Debra's recovery from childbirth, her separation from baby (we will visit as often as possible), and the emotions, hormones, etc. she is going through.

Pray for Alex as he must care for his congregation and pastoral responsibilities throughout this time in addition to his family's needs.

Pray for me, as I care for Debra, and for wisdom to deal moment by moment with whatever may happen.  We are trusting in the Great Physician, knowing that our God will carry us all through by His grace.

In His Hands,

Kathleen

Please pray for baby Lydia

Please pray for baby Lydia


June/July 2016

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds."    Hebrews 10:23,24

Dear Praying Friends,

Once again we write to update our beloved prayer and support partners in the ministry of church planting in Guyana.  At times we need to be reminded that the One who called us is faithful, and He WILL do it!  (I Thess. 5:24)  It is such an encouragement to know that there are so many who come alongside the ministry of the Association of Bible Churches.  We are truly blessed and grateful.  

These past few months have been filled with incoming guests who left the comforts of home and the demands of life and work to minister to our people.  They have shown what it means to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds".  In April, we had visiting pastor/professor, Aaron Browning and one of his leaders, Mark Loar in our home.  They taught on "Church Polity" and did an excellent job communicating to the BBI/SRTS students.  A week later, our annual "Day of Prayer" (see pics) highlighted the need to serve one another, as demonstrated by the washing of feet.  It was humbling to see so many of our leaders desire to show their love in this way to one another.  The last week of April, our  daughter Jennie, her family, and a team of medical professionals from Faith Baptist Church, MI came.  They worked hard as every day they traveled to a different village and ministered to the churches and their people.  This proved to be an effective way to reach several hundred women and teen girls with much needed health care and information.  Their love for the Lord shone through every outreach and had a huge impact both physically and spiritually in lives.  (see pics of Jennie's family and team)  This team also was privileged to bring back little Diraj to his parents, the child from Hampshire that Kathleen sent for surgery on his cleft palette and lip to MI in January.  Praise God for modern medical care and the "Healing the Children" foundation.

Following the all too short week of medical ministry with Jennie's team, the Clevenger family stayed on for one more week of teaching.  Ryan taught a BBI/SRTS course on "The Trinity", and Jennie continued with daily clinic, home, and hospital visits in the Nigg area.  Grandma and Grandpa Girwarnauth took advantage of the extra time with Eleanor to spoil her as much as possible!

Immediately following the medical outreach in April, an optometry team, led by Dr. Julie Hanson, arrived on May 8  to set up clinic in the Fyrish Bible Church for a week!  This team was ably hosted by the Crabwood Creek pastor and his wife, Vishal and Naomi.  Hundreds of needy Berbicians came for free eye care and glasses, as well as hear a clear presentation of the gospel.  Many accepted Christ.  

We have been blessed with excellent visiting professors this year, including Dr. Jim Thompson, from Wilton Bible Baptist Church in AL.   He taught the book of Romans in May to the pastoral students.  

Along with all the guests, our life and ministry here at the Hampshire Bible Church, as well as within the ABC continues at a steady pace.  We have been protected so far from mosquito borne viruses, which accelerate during the current rainy season.  The road traffic continues to be hazardous, praise God for daily protection as we travel from one end of this region to the other.  The weekly television broadcast goes out with the help of our faithful assistant, Mark.  Sunday morning messages are taped, Mark edits them, the DVD is dropped off at the station on time.  Technology is a wonderful way to reach thousands with the gospel!  Folks from all walks of life share with us how they are challenged, encouraged, and blessed by these messages, to the glory of God.

Please pray for these requests:

- Summer teams:  June (work/teaching team from Millersville Bible Church, PA)

                                 July  (VBS/Crusade team from Grace Bible Church, IN)

                                 August (VBS/Crusade/Ladies Rally team from Calvary Church, MI)

 -  Pastors Wives Retreat: July 4-6 with Mrs. Indra Boodram and guests

 -  House Churches starting up: So far 10 new "house churches" have been started since January of this year, all across the Berbice region as extensions of the Bible Churches, their pastors and members.

 -  Kwakwani ministry:  We have been asked to come alongside this ministry started years ago by the ABC, in the interior of the Berbice region.  Pray for missionaries Scott and Faith Adams, as they consider the BBI/SRTS students Prem and Anita we are sending to them for continued mentoring and training.

  -  Andy's Knees!   It has become necessary for us to return to the USA this fall for Andy to get much needed surgery on his knees.  We will keep our support family updated as to when he will be able to preach/share/visit as able.  

Thank you for reading and praying over this rather long and detailed newsletter!  We appreciate YOU, your prayers, and faithful support.  

Love in Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

PARTNERS IN EVANGELISM INTERNATIONAL:  GUYANA

Mission address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

(Association of Bible Churches in Guyana)


March 15, 2016

Thank you for praying for the dental team!  Last week, 25 dental professionals, including dentists, assistants, hygienists, and helpers, came to Guyana to work with the Association of Bible Churches.  This year they set up clinic in the Bushlot Grace Bible Church.  During the four and a half days of "hard labor", they were able to see over 540 people of all ages come through.  Everyone heard a clear gospel presentation, had their teeth cleaned, and were able to get fillings, root canals, restorations or extractions if needed.  Praise God, there were 47 decisions for Christ during the week.  It was a privilege to work alongside these dedicated servants, who were willing to work long hours to provide excellent care to all who came in.  

We have attached several pictures to help visualize all that transpired in such a short time.  Again, we are truly grateful to all who prayed for the team, the Guyanese helpers, and ourselves, as it was an intense time both physically and spiritually.  

All for Jesus, 

Andy and Kathleen

Partners In Evangelism: Guyana

Mission address:  5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission website for information and giving:  www.piei.org 

Please specify Guyana for all tax deductible gifts: national pastors account, projects account, or Girwarnauth's support.


March  10, 2016

Today was the last day of dental clinic.  The team has worked very hard, and are tired.  But they are troopers!  Dr. Scott prepared special devotions to share each morning and it is evident that their servant hearts are fully charged to begin again.  Thank you for your prayers.  Many have accepted Christ in the clinic this past few days.  Since I was in our home during the day, these are taken from my perspective...will upload more clinic pictures when they are shared.   All for now, Kathleen


                                       March, 2016

"But we do not want you to be uninformed brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as those who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep."  I Thess. 4:13  ESV

Dear Praying Friends,

We have chosen the above verse as a reminder to all of us that indeed, we do not grieve as those who have no hope.  At the same time, we are comforted, knowing that our Lord and Saviour holds the keys to both life and death.  (Rev.1:18, Matt. 5:4; 16:19)   We appreciate all who remembered our family in prayer as Kathleen's brother Jon went through the valley of the shadow.  On January 30, Jon entered the presence of his Redeemer, surrounded by his loving family in California.  Kathleen had the privilege of returning for a short time to see Jon (having travelled to CA with our daughters and her sister), and then to be with her parents and other members of the family in MI just before returning to Guyana.  

Kathleen returned to Guyana on Feb. 2,  just in time to join Andy in hosting several visitors.  The first were ministry friends from Canada, followed by pastor Doug Knorr and Dave Croad from MI.  Pastor Doug did an excellent job teaching the book of Hebrews to our pastoral training students.  We were also blessed to have these men host our annual Hampshire Bible Church Valentine Date night!  Food, fun and fellowship were had by all. 

Many are wondering about the camp land project, and progress in that area.  Please continue to pray that the owner for the property in Bushlot is able to travel from New York and finalize the purchase of the land.  His wife has been very ill, making it necessary for him to postpone his trip.  In the meantime, Andy and the ABC board have been very busy working together on mapping out the goals and progress of the ministry in general.  Their board retreat notes are available for those who would like to see the direction they feel the Lord is leading for the future.

 One of our long standing goals has been to train an assistant for Andy in the "Final Revelation" taping and editing.  For years, Andy has done it all himself, which takes hours every week to prepare for the weekly television broadcast.  Praise God, a young man named Mark has taken up the challenge, and has proven to be faithful, conscientious, and diligent to perform the tasks required.  (see attached pics).  It is such a blessing and delight to see this dedicated young man sacrificially give up his free time to spend a LOT of time in our home working on the broadcast.   He has become like a second son to us.  

Please pray for the 26 member dental team, due to arrive here in Guyana on March 5.   They will be staying in our home here in Nigg (we have a lot of bunk beds!) and traveling each morning early for their all - day clinic at Bushlot Grace Bible Church. (Pastor Vijay and Mala)  This dedicated team of doctors, hygienists, and assistants work long hours to provide excellent, free care to hundreds of Guyanese.  This is an amazing week, not only for the wonderful dental care that our people receive, but for the fact that every single person coming into the clinic also hears the gospel clearly shared, are prayed with, and shown the love of Christ.  It is an intense time of ministry in every way, in which we know from experience is also preceded and followed by spiritual warfare.  So your prayers for the dental team, the pastors doing evangelism, the cooks, hosts, and numerous helpers, cannot be underestimated.  The team flies back to the USA on March 12.

Two more requests to add to your already long prayer list:  April 1 - 9,  Pastor Aaron Browning and Mark Loar from Northwest Bible Church, MN will be coming for classes.   April 20 - May 7, our daughter Jennie, her husband Ryan, their little Eleanor, and 5 others come for a week of village medical ministry, (Jennie's group of nurses and Dr.'s) and classes in BBI/SRTS (Ryan).  Eleanor will be keeping Grandma company....

We love and appreciate you all so much.  Thank you for so faithfully bringing us before the throne of grace.  

In Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

Mission Address:  PIEI, 5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana  

Note:  the piei.org website has a "giving page",(support for national pastors in Guyana, national director for Guyana (Andy Girwarnauth), projects for Guyana,  as well as a "Guyana page"  for pictures, updates, etc.   


December 30, 2015

"For nothing is impossible with God".  Luke 1:37

Dear Praying Friends,

As we look back over this past year, we again marvel at how our great God has brought us through.  We are sure that you can say a resounding "Amen" as well, as  this life we live is such a gift from the hand of a loving God.  Yes, there are always trials and difficulties to face, but our Shepherd knows how to lead us through each one and proves his faithfulness in every situation.  

We have decided to share some pictures of some of the events from this past month, as together with our Guyanese co-workers and friends, we celebrated the birth of Christ.  Attached you will see the Hampshire Bible Church all lit up with the message of Christmas, including the huge cross and star outside the building.  People come from all around to see the display of lights, as there is nothing else like it in Berbice.  And of course Christmas in Guyana would not be complete without parties, food, and fellowship!  It is a joyous time to come together and celebrate the birth of our Saviour.  Kathleen hosted the pastors wives in our home, there was the ladies party at church, the kids party, and the mens party... which meant they cooked a huge pot of curried sheep meat with roti! (sorry, no pic for that one) .And yes,  there was a night of caroling through the village, which meant decorating  trucks and filling the back ends full of singers and sound equipment!

Christmas morning in Guyana means everyone gathers at church for an early service of singing Carols and Christmas message.  It was a wonderful time of worship, along with special music with the bell choir and children's choir, followed by sharing out of Christmas apples,snacks, and toys for the children.  More fun and fellowship followed later on, as we were joined in our home for lunch by three families, all very dear to us in the ministry.  We received a special gift later on in the day from our own dear family in the USA, as our children and grand children all were able to FaceTime and talk "face to face"!

We look forward to a new year, and have already filled the calendar with teams, teachers, and special events.  Please pray with us as we seek follow the Shepherd into uncharted territory once again.  We can make plans, but only God knows the outcome and what lies before us.  So we ask for wisdom, perseverance, health and strength to do what God has laid out for us.  Specifically for the month of January, pray for the ABC board retreat which is designed to bring together all the pastors to pray, plan, and work through goals for the next five years.  Pray for the purchase of the camp property as the owner is due to arrive from New York during the month of January for the transaction.   Pray for the ongoing ministry of discipleship, training, and church planting throughout this region of Guyana.  Pray for Kathleen's younger  brother Jon and his family, as he is dying of cancer.  Jon knows the Lord but it is difficult to go through this as a family.

We trust that you will be encouraged and blessed as you enter into another new year of service to our Lord.  Thank you for your partnership through prayer and support of this ministry.  

Love in Christ,

Andy and Kathleen

Partners In Evangelism: Guyana

Mission address:  5518 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60639

Field Address:  Lot 28 Campbell St., Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana

Mission website for information and giving:  www.piei.org 

Please specify Guyana for all tax deductible gifts: national pastors account, projects account, or Girwarnauth's support.