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.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Explosion!

Just a note to let you know what is happening from our view on this side of the world. I have been doing lots of flying. I did some on my own and then when David Gates returned this last weekend, we did several more flights. We hauled in some fuel to store at one of our schools in the interior.Then we will have it when we need it to get back to town, and not have to pay that $12.50/gal price.

We also worked on a large satellite dish that we are setting up in the depths of the jungle, so that we can down load our Christian TV station and then re-broadcast it to the local villages.This way, they can have some good TV to watch when the generators are operating. We already are doing it in a town near the Brazil border.
Gospel Ministries International is operating a T V network in Bolivia and via satellite is broadcasting to most of the Spanish speaking countries of South America. We also have a station in Spain and another in Brazil that broadcast in Portuguese. Just in the last few weeks and months the doors have been opening for us to get licenses and permits for stations in Europe and the Caribbean for us to broadcast in 9 languages with satellite coverage that will cover most of Africa, the Americas, and Europe and some into Asia by the end of this year. Governments that have not wanted us to broadcast, are now open to us coming and broadcasting. We have been told time and again that it won't or can't happen and now all of a sudden it is happening. We don't know where the funds will come from yet, but if God can open all of these doors, He can provide the means with which to do it. These stations are being operated and run by volunteers. I could give you a lot more details, but then this would become a very long story. God is working to get the message out that He is coming right away! Living outside of the USA we can see how the economy there is about to collapse. The dollar is not even accepted in some of these countries anymore because it is not trusted and worth so little.

We have been flying several medical emergencies out for medical attention and transporting people who are too old or have young babies to villages where they need to go. I will soon begin taking students to school so they don't have to hike days in the jungle (young students) to go to a Christian school. We are operating 3 schools in the country at present. We have requests to start 3 more right away, now that they have seen the kind of students coming out of our schools. We also expect to go from 1 pilot for the country to 3-4 pilots by the end of this year.


Time is short for the message of Christ coming and the doors are opening fast for a short time to give everyone, one last chance. The final reaping appears to be beginning. We have seen God's hand working in so many ways, it is humbling and yet exciting to see Him work.


Thank you again for your prayers and support. It means so much to us. If you would like to support this great opportunity in reaching the masses by media, note on your donation, "media"


May God bless you as we finish up the last days of earths history!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guyana Happening


We have been here nearly a month now in Guyana. So much has happened, yet so much remains to be done. Gary Roberts who flew down with me in the new plane and who has been training us to fly here, had to return to Africa for an emergency there. He won't be back here to finish the training until early August if all goes well over there. He really needs our prayers for the mission he is on over there right now of trying to help another missionary. Before he left though he got clearance for me to fly into several airstrips here in the country. We have also been working on the Cessna 172 that we have based here trying to get it repaired and inspected so the other pilot in training here can fly it as well.
This is going up the trail from David Gate's house in Kaiken. We stayed there Friday night--had a wonderful bath in the river. It was nice and cool. No piranhas there!

This last weekend David Gates was here and flew Toni and me into the interior for part of our training. We spent 2 nights there at different villages getting to know the Amerindians better.


While there, we made several medical evacs and moved some elderly people that needed to relocate. A few minutes by air versus a couple of days of hard hiking was appreciated. Also moved some young mothers with babies. It gave us a taste of life in the interior. On the way back to Georgetown we had to stop at a town to get more fuel due to all the med evacs and ended up paying $12.50 per gallon. Here is David Gates buying the expensive (!) gas in Kamarang.




While there, the local Doctor came and asked us to please wait while he got some lab samples together that needed to go to Georgetown since we were the last flight of the day. Here is the hospital.




When we arrived in Georgetown, a taxi driver showed up to see David and he offered to deliver the samples to the lab for free! Oh God is good to provide what we need when we need it!
It is hot and humid here and rains at least every other day and usually some every day. We flew down to the south last week to the border with Brazil, then went by land through Brazil to Venezuela, where we were last year; and we were able to pick up our stuff that we had left there.



On the return trip ,we left half our stuff in Lethom--the border village we had flown to since we needed to bring a pastor who was there, to Georgetown. Here is Borther Jacob's house where we left our stuff. Looks like I will be going back down there this Friday to pick up a teacher, so maybe we can bring the rest of our things with us then.
People are so grateful to have a plane flying here again to help them. We have been giving out Bibles and felt sets to different churches to help with their programs, too. Yesterday while at the airport working on the plane, one of the security people came up and asked if I had any Bibles I could give him,because he has friends requesting them. A babysitter to the lady down stairs asked Toni last week for Bibles and religious reading material for the new church they are starting up, evangelistic series and Bible studies they are giving.
The mission here has a Toyota van that we use for getting around town. We drive on the other side of the road since it used to be British here, but at least the steering wheel is on the other side as well. It is taking a bit of getting used to though, shifting and driving on the other side.
This is just a little taste of what we have been doing. We will try to post some pictures on our blog site to go with this.
Thank you for your prayers and support. We see answers to prayers here all the time. What a great God we serve and He is concerned about the little things too!! We look forward to hearing from you!