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 29, 2008

Life in Guyana

We had about 13 people over for lunch yesterday. We didn't know most the mission house was coming . . . one of the families brought a big dish of lasagne, and another lady brought a small dish of something. we had also invited the doctor and his wife over. they are both doctors from Cuba, and have 2 daughters. They have only been here 3 months. He's doing pretty well with his english. She and the kids are not. I had made a huge pot of rice and another one of beans. Not fancy; but food. I also made a cabbage/carrot salad, and we had watermelon. We had plenty of beans and rice left over. S0, I guess we'll be eating them this week!!! I didn't know we'd have the lasagne when I made the food. Anyway, we ate and visited then went over to the botanical gardens for a walk. They were having a lot of weddings--or at least pictures were being taken of the wedding parties. There were some interesting trees, manatees eating grass in a pond, some beautiful big pond lilly type of flowers in the swampy areas. It was nice.

There is a van that belongs to GAMAS (Guyana Adventist Medical Aviation Services) that we've been using some. On Thursday night--it was parked right outside of our gate, and someone broke in and stole the battery (just cut off the cables), and airplane parts. The guys had to borrow the other doctor's van. He's from the US. They had to take him to the airport at 6 am that morning because he went back to the US to bring his wife and kids back. He has a 3 y/o son, and they just had twin girls 5 months ago. Now she's coming home. Anyway, since then, they have been using his van. Last night, his van was broken into, and the battery and a cd/tape player stolen. Quite discouraging. There is a security company that is supposed to be watching the premises at night, but I guess they sleep a lot--they certainly aren't doing a very good job.

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