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, November 12, 2007

Pathfinders to the Rescue

Pathfinders to the rescue in Venezuela. Friday night, Nov. 2, tragedy struck the small village of San Antonio which is just a few miles from the school and airbase. We were having one of the torrential down pours, when a funnel descended over San Antonio. It took off the roofs of 15-20 homes and half the roof off the school building there. This village has very few if any Adventists in it. Sabbath the call went out for help. The small village of Maurak, which is mostly SDA, and is next to the academy and the airbase responded. Sabbath afternoon with rain showers off and on the people of Maurak went around collecting food and clothes for San Antonio. The Pathfinders were in Class A uniform doing their part. We loaded up trucks to haul people and the collected items to the village. Upon arrival it was easy to see the damage. Homes with no roofs, just walls standing, trees and power lines down all over. People were gathering up the pieces of roofing and trying to salvage what they could and starting to repair the roofs.

In the middle of the village was a large Churuata (a round upside down cone, covered with palm thatch and open around the sides ). They began to unload the food and clothing inside the churuata and the village leaders were helping. The military came and was assessing the damage as well. Dark clouds began to form and when it started to down pour everyone went to the churuata , including the military.

Then the pathfinders in class A uniform began to sing to everyone. They all had to stay and listen or get drenched when leaving. After several nice songs, the leader had a few words about Jesus and His love for everyone. Then they prayed, about then the rain let up so people began to go about the clean up again. The rain brought them all together though to hear the singing and devotional.

Then the pathfinders helped organize all the food and clothes so the village leaders could give it out to those who needed it worst. There was a very large table stacked high with food and lots of bananas and potatoes under the table. There were also lots of clothes. These all came from the Adventist village of Maurak. They don’t have much to give either, but they gave what they could and the Lord blessed! It appeared to me that He had multiplied the food to make it go further. I’m sure it made a great impression on the people there. There were also many government leaders there as well as the military, to witness this service to the community.

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