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.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Guyana bound!

It has been a while since some of you have heard from us. The reason for this was because we had more questions than answers! We now believe we finally have some of our questions answered.
We have been in the USA much longer than we had expected. We were ready to return to Venezuela at end of January. We were notified just a few days before we were to leave that the government there would not allow us to fly down there. Since we were in the States trying to figure where to go next, we decided to take advantage of the time and finish up some flight training. So, I started on my commercial rating and mission flight check out. Due to weather and scheduling problems, it took longer than expected. With a lot of help and generosity from staff at the Andrews University flight school, we now have both of these requirements completed.
We have a target departure date of the end of May. We have been asked to go to remote areas of Guyana and provide air service where there isn't any now. Guyana is next door and east of Venezuela. They speak English there, as it used to be called British Guyana. We will be doing medical emergency flights-- flying in supplies to our schools, and moving lay workers, medical personnel, and pastors to various jungle locations. Air service is about the only way possible to reach many of these villages.
The pictures we have seen and the information we have is that the countryside where we will be located is very pretty with rich jungle and lots of rivers.
Toni will have more than enough to do there as she will be helping with medical emergencies that arise, doing primitive cooking and house chores, and flying with me to make purchases in the city for the schools and us.
We don't always understand the Lord's timing with all the delays we have had, but we know that He is in control and will work out all things according to His will.
The plane that we purchased in Venezuela, will continue to be used in Gospel Ministries service there. The other Cessna that crashed is still being repaired. The government isn't letting planes leave the country right now, so it will stay there for now. The Lord will provide us a plane for Guyana so that we can serve in the remote villages there.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Time is running out very fast for this old earth and we must spread the good news of Christ coming as fast as we can.
May God bless each of you.