The Western District Welcomes You!

Thank you for visiting the Western District Foreign Mission's Department blog. Our intent is to provide you, the pastors, ministers, and saints of the Western District and the United Pentecostal Church International as well as our friends who would like to visit a place to be informed of events happening in our district and to share their thoughts concerning missions with us. We appreciate you taking the time to look over our site, to read the different posts, and last but not least to share your thoughts.


Missionaries traveling in our district:

May 2012

~Dwane Abernathy - Belize, Central America
~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine

June 2012

~Robert McFarland - Israel/Palestine, Middle East
~Jason Long - Nicaragua, Central America

July 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~John Hemus - United Kingdom, Europe

August 2012

~Crystal Reece - Tonga, South Pacific
~Cynthia White - Jordan, Middle East


**Steve and Cheri Smith - Guyana

Steve and Cheri Smith

Region(s): Central America/Caribbean

Field(s): Guyana

Bio: Steve and Cheri Smith were pastoring in Illinois when they felt God’s call to serve in Guyana, South America. They served first as AIMers for a year and a half before receiving their appointment as full-time missionaries in 2002. Presently they have been working in Guyana for the past six years between AIM service, deputation, and are now into their second year of this term. Smith serves as the superintendent of the work and as the Bible school president. He and his wife both teach in the Bible school. She serves as the national Sunday School director, and they pastor two churches, including the headquarters church in the capital city of Georgetown. Their three children Alexia, Steven, and Cameron, are all involved in the work and enjoy serving the Lord in Guyana. He states, “We’re so blessed to be missionaries in beautiful Guyana, the ‘Land of Many Waters’.”

Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Area Coordinator: O. Steven Smith


Population: 700000

Area: 83,000 sq. mi.

Capital: Georgetown

Languages: English (official), Amerindian dialects

Religions: Hindu, 34%; Protestant, 34%; Islam, 9%; Catholic, 18%

The Cooperative Republic of Guyana, about the size of Idaho, lies on the northern coast of South America, sandwiched between Venezuela on the west and Suriname on the east. Brazil is Guyana’s southern neighbor. Tropical forests cover 80% of Guyana. An extensive network of north-south rivers drains Guyana’s highlands and flows to the sea. Politically, Guyana is the only nation state of the Commonwealth of Nations on the mainland of South America. Culturally, Guyana is Caribbean rather than Latin American, and it is considered part of the West Indies. The United Pentecostal Church of Guyana began as a mission of the UPC of Jamaica in 1976 with the appointment of Devon Dawson. It came under the auspices of the UPCI in 1982. It has 1,396 constituents, 15 churches and preaching points, and 26 licensed national ministers

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