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.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

April news from Guyana

Hard to believe another month is almost over. We have been so busy this month! We flew over 60 hrs this month and that is a lot of jungle flying and short airstrips. There have been 4 workshops spread over the country for laymen and bible workers. I have had to fly in multiple pastors/teachers in and out for these meetings, as well as the students from villages way out in the jungle. Everyone seems really excited about the results so far. We also had a dedication of a new church deep in the interior this last weekend which meant flying church leaders in and out too. Then of course there are always the medivacs (fortunately not too many this month) and lots of flights just hauling supplies into the schools and bible workers. It is amazing how many 1000's of pounds we fly in a month with such a small plane. Purchasing, loading it into the van and then to the airplane and then unloading again (sometimes we have to unload and load it into the house to wait for the next flight) gets pretty tiring for this pilot when you have to do it all yourself and then purchase and haul all the fuel in 6 gallon jugs as well. Work up a big sweat before even getting into the plane.

We have purchased tickets to visit the States from June 11 until July 22. We will be driving from NC to CA and back. Would like to see as many of you as we can. Plan to visit AZ camp meeting in Prescott AZ the weekend of June 18. If any of you would like to have us speak at your church or organization, let us know and we will see what we can do. From AZ we plan to go to northern Ca, then to Utah and then back towards Washington DC and on to NC and TN.

Due to some accounting errors at our main office in the States, it appeared that April was going to be a very tough month financially with all the flying we were expecting to do and supplies to purchase. But as we have learned in the past, as we commit our ways to the Lord each day, He provides for our needs. We have had a record month in hours flown and expenses have been high with supplies and higher gas prices, but there is still money left to buy some more fuel for tomorrow. Praise the Lord for what He has done on our behalf. Cash keeps showing up when we need it and from sources we never expected and there is always enough to meet the need. What looked really poor at the beginning of the month, has turned into a blessing that reminds us of the widow with the jar of oil that didn't run out. What an awesome God we serve!!

Toni had the fortunate opportunity to get a free trip to Miami last month. She got a cheap ticket from there on to Utah so she could visit her mom and our daughter and granddaughter who had flown in from HI. She got to spend almost 1.5 weeks with them so that was really nice for her. Sure glad to have her back here though with all the work to do.

We now have the SPOT tracker (GPS device that tracks you on the Internet) in the airplane so Toni or anyone who gets a password from us can follow where I'm flying on the Internet. That way if something where to ever happen, she will have a good idea of where I am at. She can all tell about when I will be home from a long flight or if I'm delayed etc. I wish our friends the Nortons in Venezuela had had one of these devices. They are still searching for them and nothing has been heard or found as of this date.