History of Davis Indian Industrial College Now Paruima Missionary Academy
In 1906 O. E. David responded to the call of missions to arrive in Georgetown as the superintendent of the newly organized conference. While in Georgetown, he studied the geography of the country. He learned of the aboriginal Indians in the interior who were uncivilized, nomadic wild Peoples of the forests also called ‘children of the forest’. They had their own dialects, tribal customs and cultures. They knew nothing of civilization, lived in thatched huts and wore no clothing except some beaded skirts or animal skin around the waist. They hunted animals, caught fish and planted cassava and plantains.
At this time it is worthy to note that God works in a marvelous way. Just about the same time in 1883 when W. J. Boynton was impressed to send tracts to the British Guiana that God revealed himself in a dream or a vision to an Indian chief. In this vision the chief saw Jesus, who opened before him the plan of salvation. The chief heard the story of creation, the fall of man and of the sacrifice of Jesus for man’s redemption. The sacredness of the Sabbath was opened to him, followed by a revelation of the coming of the son of god in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. God also gave to him a glimpse of the new earth and told him and his people more about these things.
The chief was attentive to the heavenly vision and began to change his manner of living. He put away all his wives but one. The offering of human sacrifices ceased. The chief began to observe the Sabbath and instructed his people to do likewise, and although they had never seen the written word, the gospel was preached to them.
For years the Indians in that area kept the Sabbath according to the commandment. The old chief passed away, and with his passing the faith of many grew dim, and they gave up the teachings of the gospel. Some still adhered faithfully to the truths which they had accepted, and they waited patiently for the coming of the ‘man with the Book.’
In the year 1910 Pastor David, having heard of the waiting Indians, made plans to get back, somehow into that area in order to bring what help he could to them. A gold miner named George Dinklage, who lived in the Cuyuni District, offered to take him up the Cayuni River in his dugout canoe. The offer was accepted and the trip up through that tortuous river trail, with its rushing cataract and tumbling rapids, is a matter of thrilling interest. It took three weeks to make the trip to the home of the miner. Pastor Davis became ill and could not press on from there over the miles of savanna and jungle that intervened between him and the Indian people. So, after studying the truth with Mr. Dinklage for some days, he returned to Georgetown.
A year later, the burden upon his heart for those Indian people having become increasingly heavy, he determined to make the trip once more. So he travelled the Cuyuni River and arrived at the dinklage home. Upon arriving he was stricken with malaria and had to go to bed. As soon as he was able to be up once more, he said, I must press on to mount Roraima to see those Indian people.’ Against the advice of the miner he set out with a group of Indian carriers and guides. The trip was extremely difficult, but he reached his goal. However, the fever still burned his bones.
Day after day he gathered the Indians around him and taught them more about the truth of God and the coming of Jesus. He taught them to sing some of the simple songs which Christians so much enjoy singing. As the languages of the Indians were different from his own, he spoke through an interpreter, but the songs were taught in the English Language. The inroads of malaria had weakened him greatly, which, together with lack of proper food, brought him to the brink of the grave. His strength had waned, and he was emaciated so that he could not rise from his hammock. Calling the Indians around him, he pleaded with them to be faithful and wait for the next man who would come with the Book after he had passed away.
The Indians buried their “God-Man” in the savannah with a bark shroud for his coffin and his own coat for a pillow. At the foot of the majestic Mount Roraima he rests, awaiting the call of the life-giver. He had given his all that others might be ready for the coming of the redeemer.
Elder Davis interior trip was very rewarding; he baptized 128 Indian families, and built 3 churches. His diary reads ‘God has especially blessed in the trip. I had a complete mission at Paruima River, another near MT Tulamung, and then we came to Mr. Roraima. Just finishing establishing a mission when I was taken sick.’
In the history of Seventh Day Adventist Missions, British Guyana is best known for its “Davis Indians” a common term in Seventh Day Adventist parlance.
As a result of the work and sacrifices of elder Davis, today we have 4 churches and four schools among the Amerindians of Guyana. About 90% of the Indians in this area are Seventh Day Adventists.
The current Project Manager /Administrators are Sis Janetta Tuzincinova and Bro Rastio Tuzincin and we have 35 students currently on campus.
Today the schools in Paruima and Kaikan are maintained by GAMAS and its missionaries. We have our own airplains to do free Medevacs; Praise God. The need is assistance with fuel for our planes as we give free medevacs at no cost to the government and patients.
How you can help:
- We have great need of food to feed the missionaries and students in Paruima we need $200 USD per person for the month.
- Funds for aviation fuel to fly the missionaries and food into the jungle and for medevac’s from the jungle, (which service we provide free of cost to the Interior and patients, but costs us $300 USD per flight.
- We also need inverters, batteries and solar paneling so as to provide electricity to the school. The inverters and batteries were stolen from the school.
Any assistance given to help with these would be greatly appreciated. We do approximately 12 to 15 flights per month at $300.00USD per flight. If this is an area in which you wish to donate and cater to, you are mostly welcomed to do so.
Send your donations to; ‘GAMAS Flight Base’ c/o Tim Tillman, GMI Accountant 874 S McDonald Rd SW McDonald TN 37353. Phone: +14234731841
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