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.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

First Few Days!

Here is the mission house we are staying in. It is very crowded. Since school is out, quite a few missionaries are here in Georgetown for a break, and to pick up supplies, etc. When I arrived at midnight, two days ago, there were 11 or 12 people staying here. The floor was covered with mosquito nets and beds. There are 2 bedrooms--one has 4 bunk beds; the other has a double-size bed for a couple. They were all full! Fortunately, James Ash knew I was coming, and woke up and oriented me to the house. He thought there was a bunk bed empty, but there was a body in every one! See the little bare space in front of the water dispenser? That's where I put my luggage and slept on it (well, sort of--the mosquitoes ate me alive) the first night, Thursday. We were lucky to be able to stay in the double bed Friday night, because one or two people left! The bags by the water cooler are things just purchased from the market.

Here we are in the kitchen, preparing our food for Sabbath. As you can see, there's a lot of people working on different things!

Georgetown was built 3 feet below high tide level. So, there are canals all over the city, and a sea wall on one edge of the city. Here is a picture walking along the seawall. That's the Atlantic Ocean!

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