Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending three years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Bewani, 50 Km south of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We have started a new humanitarian aviation ministry here. In visiting with health officials and church people here, the need for an aviation program to reach into remote villages became very apparent. We are taking health workers and medicines/vaccines, into remote village airstrips and bringing out critically ill patients to the hospital. We also fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni is helping with the medical end of things, while Gary takes care of the flying part. We have several local lay missionaries we sponsor and we do ground transport for patients as well. We are volunteers here to serve our God and the unreached people of Papua New Guinea. We have a great need for more people to join in this effort.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Leaving for the Jungle

This morning I am leaving for the jungle for a few days to help take apart the crashed plane. We will take the wings, tail, and engine off; haul it up the steep embankment to the "runway" then down to the other end. We will take it down the embankment to the river to load on a dugout canoe. They think we can put it all on the one canoe.! Then we have a 3 hr trip up river to where we can load it onto a truck from the academy. From there, we will truck it 500 miles north to the repair shop. Hope to have it done by tomorrow night, but may take until Fri. We would really like to have the plane in the shop by Fri night if all goes well. The place where we are working is very hot and humid with lots of flying insects and creepy crawlies. Should be quite an adventure!! When we were there a couple of days ago taking out the instruments and seats, there were lots of butterflies. There is lots of humidity, and it is very remote. The "airstrip" is very short so we have to take fuel off and on at another longer strip before we go in. Toni will stay here and keep things going here. Will try to take some pictures that will show some of the fun.

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