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, September 19, 2008

Guyana jungle news

Life in the interior is very different than out here in Georgetown. The Amerindians are very friendly and hard working people--living on very little. We spent 2 weeks living out in a small village near the Brazil border, 150 miles from Gtown. I was using the location as a hub to do some of my training. It was closer to get to airstrips in the area without having to fly back and forth to Gtown. Toni was there, also, and she was asked to teach a class in Spanish in the local govt. school one day and then helped and observed several days down at the medical clinic there. We stayed in a wood cabin by the airstrip while there. It was 2 stories tall with the "kitchen" down stairs and sleeping/living qrts upstairs. The kitchen was very small and dark and not very satisfactory for Toni. There was running water and that was nice. The outdoor shower had 3 walls and no roof. The outhouse had a bat that lived downstairs and like to fly around down there when you were using it. There was a small solar panel so there was one small light upstairs in the evening. When it gets dark there, it is dark!! The moon and stars are spectacular though! It is really quiet with no cars, no alarms, no radio or TV, just the noises of the jungle and watching the lightening bugs. What a contrast to Gtown.
Everyone there grew their own food or went hungry, No market, a small store that stocked stuff from town that the planes fly in. Very expensive but no perishables. Diet is pretty simple with cassava and other roots being the bulk. There is some mining in the area where some work to make some cash. Gold and diamond mines.
My flight instructor has returned to the States on his way back to Africa. While out there I flew in some medical evacuations i.e. broken foot, infected IUD, baby with seizures etc. I also picked up some young people from very remote villages and transported them to some of our schools so they could continue to advance their education. When you go in there is always a shopping list to go with and things to take back. We had taken food for only 4 days as that is the time we planned on staying so it got a little weak a few times but I was able to pick up some things when I did the medevacs. It was amazing to watch how God provided for our needs and how Toni could make the food stretch. The last weekend we had 3 students staying with us and eating with us also since the weather would not permit our flight out. Villagers brought some food and the rest God provided and none of us really went hungry. We both lost weight while there, which was good for me, at least.
Georgetown is made up mostly of Blacks and East Indians. It is totally different here in town versus out in the jungle. Food is very expensive but you can buy most processed items if you spend enough. You can get peanut butter and Welches grape juice, for example.
We have flown in the South which has some mountains and savanna and life is different there than in the middle of the country where there are mountains and jungle. In the north it is flat and jungle with rivers and some farming. Around Gtown town they grow a lot of rice and sugar cane. It is hot and humid here in Gtown; out in the mountains it cools nice at night. There are some great water falls we see flying around too. Not always in a great spot to take pictures, but great to see.
Hope this gives you a little glimpse of what it is like here.
We really enjoy hearing from you, when we are in the jungle we are totally cut off from the rest of the world and have to catch up when we get back to Gtown.
Sometimes when flying over miles and miles of nothing but jungle you see a little clearing and there will be a thatch roof or two way out in the middle of nowhere, that is what I call isolated!! I have landed on some "airstrips" in the last couple of weeks that really test one's level of flying and makes you hope you don't have to land there too often.
Thanks for your prayers, they do work, and for your support

Needs: Builders to build school and homes, teachers, bible workers, laptops, Children's Jesus /Bible story DVD's, plumbers, water pump, outboard motor, etc. etc.

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