The Dutch established the first European trading post in Guiana in 1580 and were soon joined by the English, French, and Spanish. In 1621, the Netherlands established the Dutch West India Company and gave it control of their colony, known as Essequibo. Guyana lies on the Northern Coast of South America and is laced with rivers, coastal plains, plateaus, flat-topped mountains, and savannas.
- Guyanese talk with their hands, especially when angry or excited.
- English is the official language and is used in media, education, commerce, and government. However, the spoken English that many people use on a daily basis is a dialect known as Creolese.
- Most Guyanese do not wear shoes inside their homes.
- The youth address most adults outside of their families as auntie or uncle.
- Cricket is the most popular sport in Guyana.
Source: Culture Grams
The beginning of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Guyana was through the ministry of the Rev. C. O. Moulton and James M. Taylor in 1908. In 1910 Taylor, with an evangelistic party, pitched a tent on the Bourda Green where a series of meetings were held in which many people found the Lord. By the 1920’s the Charlotte Street Church in Georgetown had over 1000 people in attendance, the largest Pilgrim Holiness Church in the world. The work spread from Georgetown to the interior where the Amerindians lived, reaching Nickerie in Suriname in 1943. A station was opened in the interior at Paramakatoi in 1950. Missionary Doris Wall has served in Paramakatoi since 1968 and recently retired in 2012. The Pilgrim Holiness Church united with the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America to form The Wesleyan Church in 1968.
Today, Guyana has a strong Bible College which serves The Wesleyan Church of Guyana, Wesleyan churches of the Caribbean and other denominations in the Georgetown, Guyana area. The school is led by Dr. Marlon Hestick. The Guyana Bible College offers certificate, diploma, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees. The College averages over 50 students per year.
Ivan Williams, District Superintendent