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.

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!

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