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, June 27, 2008

One week in Guyana

It has been one week since we arrived in Guyana. Wow, a lot has happened. We faced strong headwinds on our flight down here in the Maule airplane we purchased in California just before we left. It took us an extra day to get here because it slowed us down so much, but the Lord parted the weather so we could stay on course most of the time. We flew the islands down to get here. Toni flew down commercially since it was too tight in the little 4 seater with 3 adults and 2 small kids already. That way she was able to bring some luggage for us as well. She had quite a flight but the Lord was with her and she and all the luggage arrived together. We had to leave the plane at the international airport upon arrival, as they hadn't issued a permit to operate it in the country yet. Monday, they informed us that our request would have to go to the cabinet meeting with the president,that meets only once a week. The next day, we went back to the Civil Aviation office, and they handed us a letter stating it was OK to operate now. God intervened and we were spared days and weeks of waiting. We have been trying to get the Cessna 172 inspected here so we can fly it, too, but have hit many delays. We had to do many repairs and touch up paint to make it look better.
When we arrived we stayed at the mission house which has two bedrooms and one bath. There were ten other people already there, and more than enough mosquitoes to go around! We spent 2 days there and then moved over to an apartment by the hospital which has twp bedrooms and two baths and only us and the couple I flew down with and their two small kids. So much better and quieter! Toni has been cooking and cleaning as the place had been left a mess. She has gone shopping a couple of times. Amazing what you can buy here, but you pay the price. Anything from Mott's apple juice to cedarlakes vegefoods.

Gas is expensive here too. It's about $4.50 per gallon. It's very warm and humid here and yes-- we have seen a few of the bird people.
Today I made my first medical evacuation, (Gary Roberts was with me) (5 hr flight) of a missionary doctor who is in her 80's, single ,and has been in the mission field about 50 years, the last 10+ here in Guyana. She hasn't been eating or drinking and is very dehydrated. Just got our Brazilian visa again so we can go to Venezuela soon (we hope) to retreive our belongings from there since we left expecting to return.
Hope all is well with you, thanks so much for your prayers, God has been answering them and it is a privilege to serve Him.

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