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South American visiting U.S.
churches, learns about farming

Derek Narine jumped at the chance to climb into the cab of a Massey Ferguson FieldStar II while touring Cox Implement Company. He said his family uses manual equipment to farm the 200 acres of rice they grow.
Megan Heyl
Staff Writer

Derek Narine of Springlands, Guyana, is on a six-week tour of the United States and is partnering with several Church of Christ organizations and members in Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Florida to do mission work and speak to various congregations about what God has done for him.

"One of the topics I love talking about is to get prepared," Narine said. "We don't know the future. We don't know what God has in store for us."

The unknown is something Narine is certainly experiencing in the States. Coming from a small community known as Black Bush, he said there is a lot to take in here. He was particularly impressed by the interstate system as most roads he is used to traveling on are only wide enough for one vehicle.

However, his eyes lit up the most when getting to explore the farm equipment at Cox Implement Company in Hoxie. While there, he got to see tractors, combines and many other pieces of farming machinery, all the while asking questions of J.R. Cox and David Abbott, who is hosting Narine while he is visiting.

Narine's family owns a small farm in Guyana operated by four brothers and their father. The family farms 200 acres of rice, yielding two crops per year. All the work is done by Narine's brothers and his father manually with small farming equipment.

Narine said they have nothing on the scale of the equipment here where he farms. However, when sitting in the cab of a Massey Ferguson FieldStar II combine he said, "I think I could drive this."

Entering the second week of his tour, Narine will continue to visit different congregations and learn more about farming in the States. He said his last week will be in Florida, where he will get to visit with some family there.

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