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, October 29, 2007

Our House

We´ve moved into our temporary residence. It is much better than we expected. We have a decent mattress on the floor, bathroom and kitchen with stove, fridge, and washing machine that floods the floor.

We arrived at the airbase Wed. pm. Thurs. I was to go on a flight to take patients home, at the last minute 3 government officials needed a ride to investigate a situation. So, I got bumped, and waited in the airport. The pilot, Bob, was to return in an hour. An hour and a half later, I received word that he had crashed. No one was hurt. He got a gust on his tail and couldn´t stop by the end of the runway. The plane hit a log and flipped over. So, we are without wings at the moment. I´m thankful that I wasn´t in the plane--for a second crash in 15 days. God is good! Tomorrow, I´m going to the city to work on getting my Venezuelan pilot´s license. The plane that crashed was a Cessna 182 that we hope to start taking out of the jungle in a couple of weeks to get it repaired. What we really need is a Cessna 206 to really be safe here. That´s what everyone else flies. So we are praying for a 206. In the meantime, we are doing some of the projects that there isn´t usually time for. Toni is trying to get food and supplies from town and get our place cleaned and fixed up.

We´re enjoying our time here so far. Yesterday we took a hike up in the mountains in the jungle. It was a great view of the school, and the waterfall was beautiful. It´s the water source for the small village near where we are living. We hope to get internet at the base soon.

Coming to town to do it is difficult. Bob (the other pilot) is trying to work on his computer. His motherboard went out. We´ve only been able to get on about once a week. It´s great to hear from you. Things are expensive here, and the money is going faster than we anticipated, but we´re doing ok. The exchange rate is about 4,000:1--makes it fun to count the money. Reminds us of Bolivia!

It´s warm and humid, but a little cool at night. We´re still waiting to get our missing duffle bag. A taxi driver friend in another city was able to get it from the airlines--so, we hope to get it one of these days. Gary only has the jeans he wore--no other pants. Fortunately he has some shirts and underwear. Hope to get it this week. Most of the missing cooking stuff we´ve been able to borrow for now.

Please pray for a Cessna 206. Thanks for your support and prayers on our behalf.


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