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.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Venezuelan Plane Found!

Greetings from the jungle: we have been waiting for over 4 weeks to get the Cessna 172 finished up, and down here so that we would have something to fly. Maybe this next week if we are lucky, we'll be able to fly—but there are no guarantees!!

We hope to have the final paper work to start extracting the crashed one out of the jungle by tomorrow-- if the promises hold!?? If these things don't happen next week, then it will most likely be after the first of the year. The elections are over now and the reforms were voted down. The president is still in until 2012 so things could still….

We missed it in the last bulletin, but we are now the proud grandparents to a granddaughter born to our daughter, Katherine and her husband Kalyn, about a month ago. We hope to see before too long!

We have found a 1970 Cessna 182 for sale down here that we are negotiating to buy for our mission project. We would like to have it soon after the first of the year and it is ready to fly. We would use it here at the airbase to do medical flights, and also to do my training. When that is done, and the other one is repaired; we would then take it where we plan to start a new base in Amazonas. It has low hours and is the best we have found for the money. It costs about $85K US. A large down payment has come in for it and we may be able to trade the 172 in for half of the cost or GMI will raise that half for us, in lieu of trading the 172. It will need about $8K US in improvements ( i.e. STOL kit, wing extensions, STC for auto gas, and large tires) so that it will be safer and cheaper to fly in the jungles here. A 182 would be a much more powerful and safer bird for us to fly and even cheaper than the 172 when you figure speed and less number of flights. We are amazed at how the Lord has provided thus far for this project, and we believe He will help us raise the balance of $28K in time.

As we celebrate the holidays coming up, let us remember the great gift that God gave each of us by sending His son to die for us that we might live with Him! May the new year bring us each closer to Him Thanks for your prayers and support!

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