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, February 11, 2009

We didn't even have to ask!

I just thought I'd share with you two interesting things that happened to me lately. 
 
1.  As you know, I have helped the neighbors upstairs, Jerry & Lanelle Northrup unpack their container.  They had a lot of damage due to sitting on the dock with a hole in the container for two months, during rainy season.  They were so disappointed at the ruined furniture and many boxes of things they had brought.  That day, when we had finished for the day, I took my precious Hershey's Chocolate Almond bar up and gave it to them.  I told them "It was a chocolate kind of day".  They appreciated it.  In my mind, I was thinking "I wish I was eating that chocolate bar".  I tried to brush that thought aside.  I truly felt sorry for them with all their loss.  Well, about a week later, I got a couple of packages from a friend of mine who had worked with me several years at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA.  In one of the packages were two Hershey's Chocolate Almond bars.  The thought crossed my mind--"Freely you have given; freely you have received."  God is so good to even supply us with our small, little wants many times!  It meant a lot to me! 
 
2.  While we were going through stuff at Lanelle's house.  We found some stuff that was left in the house that needed to be gotten rid of.  One of them was a Spanish devotional book.  She told me to give it to the Cubans.  I was thinking the doctors (Dr. Juan Carlos & Dr. Denia Rodriguez) downstairs.  They are special friends of our and have done a lot for us.  But, then I thought, no--I'll give it to the neighbors here next door here.  Dr. & Mrs. Crespo have arrived from Cuba about 3 or 4 months ago.  So, I gave it to their son, and told him to give it to his dad.  A couple of days ago, while I was upstairs doing my laundry, Mrs. Crespo came and thanked me for the book and told me this story:  When they lived in Cuba, there was a cyclone that flattened their home on the beach.  They thought everything was lost.  They found their EG White books all together like they had been in the book case, except for two.  All the medical books and everything else was gone.  Friends gave them the two missing books.  They had previously had this same devotional book that I gave them--but it was in English.  Mrs. Crespo didn't want to read it because she doesn't know English very well.  So, they gave it to a friend of theirs who was going to the states.  Now, she can read this same book in Spanish and is enjoying it immensely!

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