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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inspection Started on the Maule!

I just got back last week from visiting my Dad in Florida. We had found out Thursday night (New Year's Day) that he was critically ill in the hospital and not expected to live. God helped us to get tickets on Friday for me to go see him. I left here at 3 AM Saturday morning, and arrived in Tampa, Fla. around 5 PM. My mom and sisters also were there. We had a precious time visiting with him and each other.

We did not think my dad would make it through the night. He was in kidney failure, and septic shock caused by a urinary tract infection with a very rare bacteria called Acinetobactor Baumanni. They had to use many different types antibiotics to find a combination that would clear up the infection. The doctors there wanted to give him 72 hours of treatment to see if he would pull through before cutting off all treatment and doing only comfort measures. During this time, he rallied and improved drastically. I spent 10 days there and appreciated so much the time I could spend with him. I doubt if I will be able to see him again. He has stage 3 Alzheimer's, and is progressively becoming more debilitated, physically. It was wonderful to be able to let him know that I loved him and help him a little bit. It meant a lot to me.

Here are my two sisters, Tina & Debbi. It was so nice to see them again.

Here I am with my mom and sister, Debbi. Tina had to take the picture!

I was able to go visit my oldest son, George in Washington DC while I was there. We also had a very nice, but short visit! That was great!

Here's a picture of him making fresh, homemade pasta. Yum! That was fun. It tasted great, too!

Here is Maggie, his well-trained black lab. She is a very friendly, sweet doggie. She loves the dog park!

Here is George with his girlfriend, Christine. She is a really nice girl!

Yesterday, Kyle and his wife Shelley; and an A & P friend, Jonathan came in from the states to do the inspection on our plane, so we can start flying again! We are very excited to get that finished.
Here is Gary taking his tools to the airport in the GAMAS van to start work on the airplane.

Here Gary is taking out the seats of the plane in preparation for Kyle to do the inspection.

Here they are working on the annual inspection! Hopefully, it will be done by Friday night.

I'm putting some pictures of our daily lives here on the blog. We forget that things are so different down here and people want to know what it's like. So, I'll try share more of those kinds of pictures! On the way to the airport to pick Kyle & Shelly up, I tried to capture some of the interesting things. Some of the pictures were taken thru the windshield while we were travelling along, so they aren't the best, but you get the idea of what it looks like.

There are a lot of Hindu and Muslim here. There are temples all over the place. Here are a couple to show you.

They have prayer flags that they put in their yards, or near the temples. This is what they look like.

Since, Georgetown is built below sea level, there are canals all over the place. Everywhere we go we see them.

Here are some of the people getting on the cheapest form of local transportation: the minibus. It costs $80 (Guyanese) for a ride. That's about $.40 (US) . They cram them in until you're sure they can't fit any more--than cram more in! Then they crank up the music full blast and drive like they're going to a fire!

Here are some girls waiting for a ride to school. Notice, they wear uniforms. There are different colors of uniforms for the different schools. They always look very neat and nice.

We often encounter animals of various kinds in the road--horses, cows, dogs, goats, etc.

Here is a horse-drawn cart that they use a lot of to carry cargo from place to place.

This was actually a tractor pulling a wagon. The cars and busses zip in and out of all these variety of vehicles very rapidly! It makes life interesting!