Siparuta Mission Academy - Missionary For Life - Guyana
Organized by: Diana Iversen
Siparuta Mission Academy (SMA) is an SDA Christian secondary school located in the Amerindian village of Siparuta, Guyana, on the Suriname border. SMA opened in September, 2007 to give young people the opportunity to attend secondary school. The school operates under the umbrella of GAMAS, a volunteer organization led by David Gates. The school’s mission is to equip students spiritually, mentally, and physically with the heart and hand service required by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in order that they may be economic, social and spiritual leaders in the global community, winning souls to His kingdom.
Missionary For Life (MFL), is a group of young missionaries who have committed their lives to Christ in service. They are an army of youth who have gone to Siparuta, Guyana to finish the work that has been in progress since 2007 when Siparuta Mission Academy was founded.
MFL missionaries work via a purely volunteer organization called Gospel Ministries International (GMI). GAMAS is part of GMI. They are not on any kind of payroll. They continue their work relying on the generosity of donations received. They have done a tremendous work with the resources they had but now are in dire need of financial support so they can complete the work that is pending.
These are some of the most pressing needs. Update will be posted as work is completed.
1) Proper windows and doors for the school building so they can get certified to have exams at their school. At the present time, students lose a week in travel going by foot and boat to the closest village where exams are given. This loss of time can be eliminated by giving exams in their school
2) Windows to keep the animals out of the kitchen area and off of the tables. The kitchen also needs to be expanded in anticipation of the increase in student attendance. It is barely functional for the current student population which presently numbers 46 students
3) Dorms for the workers who help with daily maintenance and upkeep
4) A separate dorm for male students
5) Guest housing
6) Showers: 2 for the girls and 1 for the boys. Presently, the boys go down to the creek or river to bathe. They must be quick as there are pirana in the river!
7) Block walls as dividers to separate the different divisions of students into class units
8) Laptop computers; a minimum of 10
9) WiFi printers X 2 with a WiFi router
11) Everyday school supplies
12) Water tanks X 4; 450 gal. capacity
13) Submersible water pump; 110v to pump water from the creek to the campus
14) A 5000 watt inverter to provide power to all buildings except the cafeteria
15) A 2000 watt inverter for the cafeteria
16) Solar batteries X 2; 180 amps each
17) Solar panels X 4; 240 watts each
18) A bathroom by the cafeteria
19) Wiring and other building materials with which to complete the school and other associated buildings
20) Outboard engine; 150HP. They have a steel frame boat but it is not in use cause the current engine is non-functional
21) A runway. Presently, it takes a day to travel by boat and bus to Georgetown to pick up supplies. A runway would cut down this travel time to about 1 1/2hrs. It would also facilitate delivery of medical care; especially, emergency care
22) Additionally, a monthly stipend for each missionary which would be used to purchase such things as personal care items
Your help with this worthy project will be an answer to "a whispered prayer".
Please give as the Lord impresses upon your heart!