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, February 24, 2009

Tragedy in the Jungle

As you will recall, those of you how have been with us for awhile, we went to Venezuela before coming to Guyana. While there, we lived next door and trained with Bob Norton with the idea of expanding the work there and flying a second plane in areas unreached with medical help and the gospel. After living there only 3 months we were told we could not fly there as a pilot because we were from the USA and the current government there didn't want to allow us to fly. So we came to Guyana.

Last Monday, Feb. 16, Bob was making a flight north, when his plane went missing. On board with him were his wife, Neiba; a teacher/administrator from the school, and two patients (children) each accompanied by a parent. They have been searching by air and land with no sightings yet of anything in the jungle. The jungle is very dense, tall and covers a huge area. It swallows up airplanes very fast. It has been hard to deal with since we fly just a few miles away and can't even go over t he border to help the search, plus they are our friends and fellow pilot doing what we are doing here. They have been flying in Venezuela for seven years. They work like us, no pay and no charge to the p atients we fly out. We don't know why God allows the devil to do some things, but we do know God s still on His throne and will make it all clear someday soon. It has been very hard on Bob's family since his dad died like that years ago, and just last week his brother left for Papua New Guinea to do the same thing. They need our prayers.

We have been busy flying here. The rainy season seems to be letting up a bit, but still plenty of weather to slow us down. Looks like I will end up flying about 60 hours in the air this month alone again. We have had to purchase lots of supplies to fly into the schools and villages, plus the medevacs. Today I flew a four year old out that had a broken arm, from Kaikan (right on the boarder of Venezuela).

We got our parts bill for the plane repair and inspection this month, too. It was much larger than we expected, but God is faithful and you have supported us so well. Thank you so much. We see so many answers to prayer here, we just stand in awe of the Great God we serve! Many days are hard and trying, but when we remember why we are here, Who we serve, and what He has done for us, we are able to go on. It has been very hard dealing with Bob and Neiba missing this week, but the Lord knows best. We expect to see them again in the new earth where we won't need planes in order to fly. Thank you for your prayers and support. May God bless you as He has blessed us.

1 comment:

Thandi said...

The news shocked me too.I can only imagine the frsutration of wishing you could do something tangible to locate the plane and passengers...God bless you and your ministry.