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.

Monday, July 27, 2009

We have Returned!

We have returned to Guyana, the "land of many waters". It was so nice to see so many of you even though we had to travel over 8000 miles to do it. When we arrived here in the wee hours of Thurs. morning we had to hit the ground running. We had been contacted from down here, while in the states, about taking a body out into the interior-- next to the Venezuela border. We spent Thursday trying to get paperwork done and permissions granted to go into a military base to pick up some family members that wanted to come in from Venezuela for the funeral. At the end of the day, the military agreed to let us land, but Civil Aviation, the "FAA" here said no. So on Friday, I flew the body and some other family members from Georgetown out to the funeral.

When I arrived I was surprised to get a request for Bibles, song books and religious magazines for an English-speaking church that is a days walk into Venezuela. They are thirsty for the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a new church, and since our GMI plane in Venezuela, crashed six months ago, they are asking us to help get these materials. So even though we can't fly there, we are still able to help in a small way. Your donations help us to provide these materials and the fuel to get them flown in.

We were contacted by several families who want to come down as volunteers to help out at the schools here. We are praying that enough of them show up to staff the schools. Classes start in just over a month. There are so many needs and so few to do the work.

We are trying to get the Cessna 180 that used to be down here, fixed up in the states. It needs new paint, a new engine,a new interior, and avionics, etc. We want to bring it down here to use when our Maule runs out of time on its engine this fall. We can't afford to be without a plane for a couple of months while waiting for repairs. The schools need of our air support. The cost is high, but we know the Lord will provide, as He has in the past . We have a mechanic that has volunteered to do the work for free if we can come up with the funds for the parts and materials!!

We just installed a window air conditioner in our living room that was given us while we were in the states. What a difference it has made! Our apartment is on the first floor and has no air circulation. It was like living in a sauna all the time. You sweat just sitting down and stick to the chair! It feels soooo good now with the cool and drier air!

I have lots of flights to catch up on and Toni is trying to keep up with the unpacking, purchases and accounting, etc.
It is rewarding to do the work of the Lord even though many times it is very difficult. God is still in control and He is faithful!!
Thanks for your prayers and support. We really like to hear from you too!!

Friday, July 3, 2009

June report

My how time flies when one is traveling like we are. Two and a half weeks and we are on our way back to Guyana. Where did the time go? We have been Stateside for 3 weeks and driven over 6,000 miles already! To bad we don't have the plane here so we could cover the miles faster and have more time to spend visiting friends and family. We have gotten to see so many of our friends and family though, and it has been a real joy. Thanks to all of you who have made this trip special.

We thought we would give you a brief outline of where the dollars go that have been sent to our project in the last year. For every dollar 40 cents goes for airplane fuel, 10 cents for maintenance and up keep, 23 cents for stipends and supplies for our bible workers, 10 cents food and supplies for our schools, 10 cents for our personal food and supplies, 5 cents for transportation.

It is amazing to us how the Lord has provided each month for us. Several times Toni (who keeps the financial records) has asked me if I had any money in my pocket. I have told her "I have enough for gas and supplies for the next flight". She said "but you can't, you have already spent more than we have". She has had to put down "money from unknown source", I think my angel is having fun putting money into my pockets sometimes. Remember the Bible story of the widow and the jar of oil?

One month not long ago, we came up very short on funds due to an accounting mistake at the office in the States. We didn't have enough to buy much fuel with or anything else with. We kept on flying anyway and when it was almost gone, I got a phone call from a person in Georgetown and he told me he had some money for me for fuel. When that was gone, I got another call from another person who told me they had put 200 gallons of fuel on my account at the airport, all I had to do was put it in my plane. At the end of the month that looked so bleak at the beginning, we ended up flying more hours than normal and purchasing lots of supplies. We are awe-struck at how the Lord provides when we just keep marching on to do His will!! If one source isn't enough-- He provides another.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with the schools down here, and the Lord has been sending several possible ones our way the last couple of weeks. We can still use more volunteers! It is exciting to see how it all comes together.

The engine on our plane has about 3-4 months left before it has to be overhauled, due to the hours of use. We are looking to see if it is best to overhaul it or get something bigger like a Cessna 182. Our work load is increasing so much that we need to be able to haul bigger loads in order to keep up. Please pray about this with us. The Lord has the answer out there somewhere for us. We appreciate your prayers and support.

It was great getting to see some of you on this trip. You're always welcome to come see us down in Guyana!