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, March 24, 2008

March '08 update

Many of you are wondering "where in the world are Gary and Toni?" We are in the USA, at the moment. This was not our plan, but sometimes there are things that we can't control. We left Venezuela with the full intention of returning in a month-- after we got our visas, passport, documents, etc. taken care off. Just a couple of days before our scheduled return, we got a call from down there advising us to wait a bit before returning, as the political situation there was such that it would not be good for us to return right then. We re-scheduled to return about 3 weeks later. Again we were notified a few days in advance that things were worse and that we should not even plan on returning at this time. If we wanted to go get our things there, it should be done under the cover of darkness.

Needless to say, this has not been an easy time for us. In consultation with the Gospel Ministries administration, it was further determined that the area where we had planned to set up our own airbase (near the Colombian border) was no longer safe for Americans. The news of this last week verifies that decision! Now that all of this has happened, and we have been trying to understand God's plan in all of this; Gospel Ministries (GMI) has offered us the option of going next door to Guyana. It used to be British Guyana so English is spoken there. (Now we have to practice that!) There is a lot of need and lots we can do there. In fact, we will have the option of doing much more there than we would have been allowed to in Venezuela. It will be easier for Toni to use her nursing skills, especially. They have needs for not only plane services, but also for medical help in the villages, medical launches on the rivers, schools, churches, agriculture, construction, etc. We understand that it is very beautiful there and the climate is even nicer than where we were.

While we have been here in the States, Gary has been working on getting some more flight training done, finishing his commercial rating, and getting his jungle flying training done, as well. We are leaving for Michigan in a week to go do the jungle training. We had hoped to do a lot of this training while in Venezuela since it is so expensive here, but it hasn't worked out that way. So as soon as we can get this training done we will head to Guyana to work, hopefully by mid April.

If you haven't ordered your copy of our DVD from Venezuela yet, there is still time. It is free. All Bob needs is a mailing address from you. You can email him at: amdabob@cox.net We want to thank each of you for your continued prayers for us through this difficult time. We don't know why the Lord has allowed the doors to close in Venezuela at this time, but we hope they won't remain that way long. In the mean time, we will go to serve in another area of God's vineyard next door. We want to say a big thank you to those who have been supporting us. 100% of your donations go into our account and is used for our ministry. This will not change, even when we go to Guyana. Thank you very much. Keep in touch with us.

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