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25th Anniversary Convention

Two missionaries who helped connect Garifuna believers from different countries at the first Garifuna convention came to participate in this anniversary celebration.

Two missionaries who helped connect Garifuna believers from different countries at the first Garifuna convention came to participate in this anniversary celebration.

The Convention began with the recognition of those who initiated the first Garifuna Convention 25 years ago. Missionary Steve Shank (center of photo) was instrumental in bringing Garifuna Christians together in 1990 for mutual encouragement. There were 30 in attendance. This year hundreds gathered to celebrate what God has done among the Garifuna people! Where there were three or four believers in 1990, there are entire churches today.

Standing room only at the start of the 25th Annual Convention!

Standing room only at the start of the 25th Annual Convention!

We decided not to take seats from Garifunas who had traveled to this 4-day event, thinking we’d be able to stand at a window to enjoy the service. It seems others from our town thought of the same thing. We could hardly get close enough to see what was going on!

Pastor Nino (right) is the head of Amiga, the group that organizes this event each year. Marcial (left) translated between Spanish and Garifuna.

Pastor Nino (right) is the head of Amiga, the group that organizes this event each year. Marcial (left) translated between Spanish and Garifuna.

Almost everything took place in two languages: Spanish and Garifuna or English and Spanish. The one exception was Pastor Galileo’s announcements, which were only done in Garifuna. The whole congregation would laugh uproariously, and we just hoped for the future when we will understand what he’s saying!

It was truly an honor to be included in this occasion. It gave us much more understanding of the history of the Garifuna church internationally. Participants came from Garifuna churches in New York, Houston, New Orleans, and all along the coasts of Belize and Honduras, as well as a few other places. We rejoice in what God has done among the Garifuna people, and we rejoice in what He will do in the future!

 

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