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 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!


Anonymous said...

It sounds like things have really opened up down there, and that you have some amazing opportunities to help people. I'm so glad. :) You are in my prayers!


Deb said...

I used the airplane pic as my desktop wallpaper at work - will keep you in my thoughts.

Deb :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the updates on your ministry in Guyana! You are making a difference in many people's lives, and we praise God for that. Glad to hear you were able to retrieve at least some of your things. Hope you're able to get the rest soon.

Olga & Ernie