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, November 30, 2007


It's late Fri afternoon, we will see if we can type this and send it yet today. Never know--with the internet the way it is! (It's like changing the speed of dial-up to high speed in the reverse-- much worse than dial-up).

David Gates got here last Fri night, and left yesterday afternoon. He was here only Sabbath and yesterday. Becky and a student from Bolivia were here the whole time. They ate at our house and helped with the food expenses. It gave us a chance to get better acquainted with them. They have their own little churuata they stay in when here.

Monday, I went with Becky to a small village about 1 hr by road (very rough road) (15 min by air) called Chirikeyen. They have operated a layman's bible school there in the past. It has been closed the last two years due to lack of a director and support. Anyway we found a new director, (a teacher retiring here who has retirement pay so won't cost us anything) and he will start getting things ready in the next couple of weeks. The thatch roofs have to be repaired and some minor repairs on buildings. They hope to start classes soon after the first of the year. The new district pastor is all fired up about it. He wants to have laymen go for a month to study, then to an unentered village for 2 months, then attend 2 weeks of classes; then 2 more months in another village and 2 more weeks of training. I will be David's representative here for the school, will also handle the overseas money for it; and help coordinate movement of people and supplies via the airplane. I can't do the flying myself until I have a license here, and get checked out in the plane. Bob will help with that, until then. We also plan to use these students in our district when we get there.The students will be taught how to give bible studies, grow a garden, teach first aid, and keep the church running when a pastor isn't there.

Wed night, Becky was nearly electrocuted. She had gotten out of the shower to answer the phone. She was still wet, and needed to turn on a light to get a phone number. When she reached to turn the lamp on ,it shocked her and she couldn't let go. No one was near enough to hear her. She realized she couldn't get away. She cried out to the Lord and suddenly Someone (we think, an angel) knocked it out of her hand and it ended up on the other side of the room. She ended up on the floor. She has a small burn on her hand and a very sore shoulder. She can't raise her arm up. That is the 3rd person the devil has tried to kill in 6 weeks. Myself, in my plane, then 2 weeks later Bob, in his crash here; and now her. The devil doesn't want us here. Time is very short, and he is pulling out all the stops!! Thankfully we serve a God who is still in control and has won the battle.

David is anxious for us to get our new area opened up. Now he believes that the 172 is too small and we need a 182. So now we have to raise the money for one. Bob needs a 206 here because he flies a lot more people. We had leads this week on a 182 and a 206. Both are only 10 years old and have low hours. We could have had them both for about $110,000 US. The 206 is sold and we are still trying to track down the 182 to see if it is still for sale. If we can get good ones at that price, we won't repair the crashed one. God knows our needs here and He will provide for us some way. We would appreciate your continued prayers in this matter. David wants to open another area north of here in the delta with a float plane and a launch. Then the union asked this week if we could open a fourth base in the Northwest region. The harvest is ripe, the workers are few!! Guess this is kinda long so will sign off. We just wanted to give you a short update.

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