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, December 21, 2008

Latest from Guyana

We just returned from the interior at our school, Kimbia Mission Academy. We went back in last week to continue help with the garden since just the principal was left on campus and he was sick. We had been gone a week, and wow, what a change. Weeds grew like there was no stopping them and the vegetables grew also. But since we were gone the rains had been heavy and many garden veggies can't handle wet feet so many were dying. Tomatoes are blooming and so are the peppers and string beans, but with the rain now, harvest is questionable. We picked a lot of okra, cucumbers, summer squash and chard while there and enjoyed eating the fresh picked veggies immensely!! Been a long time since we had such fresh stuff from our garden. Sure tasted good. There are a few tomatoes under one green house roof ,but some bug seems to be attacking them. Have pumpkins the size of soccer balls already. Squash was drowning so not much more there. The flowers the kids planted were blooming beautifully and made the walk way to the cafe, very pretty. Waiting for lumber to be delivered so we can build roofs to cover some of the garden area to keep the rain off and then we can have fresh veggies all year round!!! The ground there really produces well and fast. Never seen stuff grow so fast.
We enjoyed a slower pace for the week since it was raining off and on most of the time and couldn't do much in the garden besides pick and weed some. The sunsets over the river are spectacular! Got some reading in and lots of bug swatting. With the rains, lots more bugs have showed up and do they know how to bite!.
This morning we left at 5 a.m. on the speed boat (?) and got to New Amsterdam about 8 a.m.. The next fastest boat we take is 12 hrs. Some take longer. On the way down the river this morning there was a rainbow to our left with a perfect reflection in the water! Made a great oval shape and very pretty. To the right at the same time was a great reflection of some clouds. Couldn't dig the camera out in time as it was near the bottom of the pile and under plastic since we expected rain. Sure was neat to enjoy for a couple of minutes!! Flowers on the river bank never fail to inspire me either. A few miles from town the rain came down in buckets and we were wet even under our raincoats and the plastic covering the suitcases. Two more hours in a taxi got us to Georgetown. We unpacked right away and found black mold growing on the clothes and linens we had pack just 6 hrs before. Cucumbers and squash that we had brought out with us were also spoiled and mold over some of them. Things grow fast here!!
So we are back in Georgetown for the moment, may go up to the northern part of the country for Christmas to spend some time with friends up there that fly for AWA. Waiting to see when there might be a flight we can catch.
Hope all is well with you and enjoy the holiday time.

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