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Mormon missionaries resuming their work in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Mormon church is slowly rebuilding its public profile in Guyana after the government ordered dozens of its missionaries to leave last fall because of outdated documents.

Church spokesman Leslie Sobers said Saturday the church has resumed donations of medical equipment to charities in the South American nation.

Sobers declines to say how many missionaries are now in Guyana after some 40 church members left to comply with the government's Sept. 2 departure order. Police say no more than 20 missionaries remain.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said it hopes to replace the missionaries who departed. The church has been sending missionaries to Guyana for more than 20 years.