Missionaries Head to Guyana with Hundreds of Backpacks
Updated: Apr 3, 2018
Backpack International (formerly Backpack Guyana), is not your mother’s team of missionaries. In less than one year, Backpack Guyana Founder Oslyn Rodriguez was able to mobilize her unique vision.
What started as a conversation with some friends and family members quickly spiraled into a unified mission to serve underprivileged children in the Village of Ross, Guyana.
Ross remains one of the forgotten communities in Guyana. With many of the families there struggling to make ends meet, support from abroad is vital.
Mrs. Rodriguez, who was born in Guyana, says she realized on a family reunion trip to Ross in 2015 that she needed to do something.
"I served as a missionary in other countries," says Rodriguez. "Why not give back to my own Guyanese people?"
The volunteers, a mixture of U.S. natives and Guyanese nationals, facilitated a vacation bible school for three days. On the third day, children who attended were given a certificate of completion as well as a backpack stuffed with school supplies for the new school year.
With such success, Mrs. Rodriguez plans to continue the vacation bible school next year.
This article was written by Chelsea at Massive Vybz on August 04, 2016.
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