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, March 31, 2009

The borrowed battery

Greetings once again from Guyana

I have been vividly reminded of the story in the Old Testament of the borrowed ax that floated . I had borrowed a battery for my airplane here a couple of weeks ago so that I would not have to hand prop it. (start it by pulling on the prop by hand). You can't purchase batteries for my plane here in the country. You can't bring them on the airlines. I needed a battery until I could get one from the States on a private plane. There is a Cessna here that hasn't been flown for awhile and the owner is out of the country and the caretaker said I could borrow the battery from it until I could get a replacement for mine. It is a fairly new battery and worked well in my plane. I had one coming down last week on a private plane but at the last minute the pilot called and said he wasn't going to have time to stop in Guyana. While the pilot was in Venezuela and Brazil, he found out he didn't yet have permission to fly into Bolivia yet, so decided to come back up to Guyana for a day and bring my battery that I really needed so I could return the borrowed one. We were so grateful that the Lord worked it out, even at the last minute for us to get the battery after it appeared it would be several more weeks yet.

When I went to change the battery out of my plane, I discovered that one of the caps was missing and it was a liquid battery instead of a gel battery. Some of the acid had leaked out as well. I looked straight down as that is where things fall and there was the hole where the exhaust leaves the plane. So the cap was out in the jungles of Guyana somewhere. They are special caps because they are airplane batteries and can't leak fluid. No way to get a replacement and it was a borrowed battery and a new battery from the States is about $250. I put in the new battery and was trying to figure out what to do about the missing cap. I was told I could get one from the States in about 3 weeks. Then this last Sunday I was doing an oil change and inspection and when we took the cowling (engine cover) off, there was the battery cap in a small area in front of the engine by the prop. The battery is behind the engine on the firewall. How that cap went down and then forward is known only to my angel that flies with me every trip!! I was so thrilled. That night I got a call from the owner of that battery saying he needed it back as he was doing an inspection on the plane to get it ready for sale. God's timing is so perfect!! I was able to return the battery last night just like it was when I borrowed it.

Last week I flew a body and his wife out to a village were there is a large govt. school and we have a bible worker stationed. Typically when this is done, the family comes and gets the body (wrapped in plastic) and puts it in a coffin and off they go. Not much is said. This time was totally different. When I touched down the whole village came out. When I got out of the plane to help remove the body, a young man came up and thanked me profusely, (not common here). We removed the body and put him in the rough cut coffin. Then family came and started thanking me and all the village gathered around. Then this young man that had approached me first, asked me, "Can I pray for you?" I assured him that would be really appreciated as I need all the prayers I can get. He prayed loud enough for all to hear. He asked the Lord not only for my safety, but thanked the Lord for the Adventist that were willing to come and help their village and help this family. This young man then gave me a box of veggies from the village. I was totally stunned. This has never happened to me down here. He is not of our faith but he really touched my soul. He is the radio operator of the village and told me anytime I need a weather report, when and how to contact him. The Bible worker came up to me afterwards and said, "I'm so glad you did this today, there has been much skepticism here about what the Adventist are all about, today you have shown them". Oh to just lift up Jesus and then He will draw all men to Him.

On Friday I was at another village and as I was preparing to leave, I commented that I would be returning to Georgetown by myself as the person that had planned to go with me changed plans. The captain of the village said "no you won't be flying by yourself, the angels fly with you". That is so true and I am so grateful. I see them parting the clouds for me all the time so that I can reach my destinations safely.

This month I have flown less hours due to weather and needs, but next month is looking to be very busy already, pray that the weather and the plane will allow us to do what needs to be done.

Update on the Norton missing plane is that searches are continuing, but nothing has been found or heard from them. The Lord knows where they are at though.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. We are living in the end of time. May God bless each of you and we really enjoy hearing from you, brightens our days.

Friday, March 20, 2009

This week

This week has been very busy. I was able to make a trip out returning a family with a new born to their home in the interior, transport another lady so she could bury her son, and then brought a pregnant teen and her mom into the hospital since she is high risk, and bring in a volunteer who broke a tooth and needed a dentist, who by the way has helped us fix some computer problems and helped with the purchasing. Help always shows up when we need it most, be it people or funding!! Then last night Toni helped give a health talk at an evangalistic meeting that is going on at our church where she also does sabbath school for the kids and plays the keyboard when we are here in gtown. I had the plane loaded with supplies for 3 villages but about half way there I had to return because the weather was too bad. There is no radar here or weather forcast. Sometimes we can get weather reports from the villages via radio, but by the time you get there it can chage a lot. Better to wait another day and arrive there safely. It is frustrating to return with the plane still loaded and mission not completed. When not flying we have been very busy purchasing supplies to fly out and getting parts and equipment repaired to return to the schools and villages.