By Sir Lionel Luckhoo

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Lionel's father, Edward Alfred, one of Moses’ six sons, became the first East Indian solicitor in the colony in 1899, and later Mayor of New Amsterdam. Young Lionel was educated at Queen's College, Georgetown, before coming to London to study Medicine at St Thomas's Hospital. Realizing that he could not stand the sight of blood, he switched to Law, and was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1940. He left for home on the day of Dunkirk, to set up in legal practice with his brother as Luckhoo & Luckhoo, in Georgetown.

He has delegated authority to us. " (John 13:20) "God is your source, not man" said Sir Lionel. "Lay your hands on the sick, and they shall recover! Don't neglect going out and doing Jesus' work" he continued. "Take up your cross and follow Jesus. He wants you as an ambassador to share the Good News.

He took Silk in 1954, and was appointed CBE in 1962. During the early 1960s, Luckhoo acted for the maverick cult leader Jim Jones on a child custody case. Jones held sway over a great many Guyanese, duped by his fake healing ceremonies and seduced into adopting his free-love lifestyle. In 1978, Jones orchestrated the mass suicide of some 900 people in his commune known as Jonestown. Luckhoo later admitted that dissuading the deeply unstable Jones from committing suicide on an earlier occasion was one of his greatest regrets.

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