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.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ready to depart

Well the time has finally come again for us to head South. We returned to the States in January with the intention of returning to Venezuela in three weeks. We found out just a couple of days before departure, that the government wouldn't let us fly down there. We are now ready to leave for Guyana. If you don't remember your geography, it used to be British Guyana and is next door to Venezuela. While we have been here in the States waiting for things to develop so we could go there, we have been busy. We spent several weeks in Berrien Springs, Michigan doing more flight training and finishing my commercial license. We were also very happy to have our kids and granddaughter plus Toni's sisters and mom come to visit us all here in North Carolina two weeks ago. That was really special and the first time in years to have them together at once.

We are trying to find a plane to purchase for us to fly in Guyana because the one we got in Venezuela, we are not able to take out of the country. The pilot who has been there for the last 6 years is able to use it now, since the other one crashed. We are still lacking some funds to purchase one yet but we are trusting that the Lord will open some doors for the funds to come in that we need yet to make the purchase.

We are planing to leave for Guyana either tomorrow or Monday. We will be flying down in a small twin engine with another couple who have worked down there 6 years doing what we will be doing. Gary and Wendy Roberts are currently working in Africa and have come over here to fly us down and help to orient and get us started down there. It will take about 20 hours of flight from here in North Carolina to reach Georgetown, Guyana.

We don't know where we will be based yet, for sure. There is another pilot down there already who will get some training there with me. Most likely we will stay at a base deep in the jungle were the only water is in the river or rain; and electricity comes from solar panels that may charge our batteries and maybe a light bulb for a couple of hours.

We will have access to internet when in Georgetown at the internet cafes. Hopefully phone service when in town too.

There is a Cessna 172 in the country now for our use and the other pilot that is starting, also. We need another one so that we can be based in different areas serving a great area with air service. We will be doing the medical evacuations as well as flying in supplies to remote areas and moving bible workers as needed.

It has been hard to understand why we have had so many delays and change of plans this last year, but we know that God is in control and His timing and ways are hard to understand sometimes, but we know that someday when we look back , we will see the wisdom of His time and ways. Things in the world are not in good shape and we believe that Christ is coming very very soon.

Thank you for your prayers and support. It is faith-building to see the hand of God working in our behalf and your prayers have a lot to do with it. Please keep it up.

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