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.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

DVD released

My have we been busy and BLESSED.  6 Volunteers, 2 families and 2 singles have arrived to work out at the school in Paruima for this school year!! We have been getting them oriented and ready to hit the ground running out there. I am in the process of flying them and their stuff out now. Volunteers are arriving for the other schools as well so we are grateful and when I go into villages the question is "are the teachers here yet and when do classes start". 

 Kimbia has accepted a record number already.  Volunteers are coming from around the world and from around N. America.  It is so neat to see how God brings them all together here in Guyana.
While flying in the teachers and their stuff I have been bringing medivacs out on the return trips. Last week I flew in 2 doctors, 1 dentist, 1 nurse into a remote village with a very short strip, could only take 2 at a time in. Left them there 24 hours due to weather delays (God sent). While there they treated over 60 patients and did extractions on 25 others. Then they found a women with severe internal bleeding, post-partum so I flew her out directly to Georgetown.
Today I flew out a man with a cockroach in his ear!  The little plane has flown over 60 hrs already this month and have at least 4-5 hours scheduled for tomorrow yet! 
The DVD produced by Gospel Ministries Int. showing our project and others around the world is complete. It is titled "Having nothing, Having it all", it has over 20 short videos on it of different projects. If you like short mission story video's. this is one you will want. It is free for the asking. Email Betsy at betsyb@gospelministry.org . She will be happy to mail you one or more if you would like.
Thanks again for your prayers and support, they mean so much to us each day!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Siparuta Mission Academy

This last weekend found us leaving Georgetown early Friday morning to travel down the coast to the border of Surinam. We parked the van in Skeldon.  They had some funny little vehicles that they use for public transportation there.  We haven't seen them anywhere else.  Here's what they look like.
The principal this year is a retired single lady, "Granny"  who has helped out there in the past.  When we got to Skeldon, we loaded all of Granny's stuff on the boat for her to live and run the school out in Siparuta.   We did get it all on! 

 A group from the States was here in April and built a house for the teachers to live in. It is a very nice 3 bedroom house built about 12 ft in the air on stilts.
The school is one room, at the moment. They need interior walls, windows and doors put in. For now, it has four block walls and a tin roof.
Try teaching when the rain pours--and it does really pour here! We hooked up a small generator to a pump so water could be pumped up from the creek to water the garden, as well as provide an outdoor shower.

There is no other running water. They use rain water for drinking. Last year there were over 30 students in in the secondary level here. When we left Sunday, parents had been there since sunrise to see about getting their kids enrolled. The village is trying to get electricity hooked up so they can have power for about 3 hours in the evening. The sun sets here about 6 p.m. everyday.
We had to leave about 11:00 a.m Sunday to catch the boat back. We stopped on the way and checked out an old airstrip about an hour away by boat. We are working to get it re-opened so we can fly staff and supplies in and out instead of the long boat and car ride. After that we continued in the boat back to the coast. The boat had about 30 feet down in the hull where people could hang their hammocks to sleep during the night. In the bow, were banana, large squash and citrus.

 The lower part of the hull was full of fresh cut lumber that had lots of pitch oozing out of it. In the 5+ feet that remained above the wood to the roof there were over 35 hammocks stretched, most 2-3 deep and bumping side to side. Some even had more than one person sleeping in a hammock.
It got very stuffy and crowded to say the least. Not much sleeping either. Toni was under Gary's hammock, and had a mom and her 2 little children sleeping on the lumber under her. Just before we got into the landing area, the water was very choppy and the hammocks were swinging violently. Toni's hammock fell down on top of the kids underneath. They woke up and it scared them, but nobody was hurt. We had to tie the hammock back up so she could try to sleep a little more. We arrived at the coast about 2:30 am and stayed on the boat until sunrise when we could go get our van out of the parking area at the police station. Two large cows were sleeping by it, guarding it for us! We got home, here in Georgetown about 10:00 a.m., 23 hours after starting out.
Siparuta Academy has a great location on a hill over-looking the river and Surinam (used to be Dutch Guyana). We need some help getting the walls up in the school house, windows, running water, electricity hooked up for use in the evening, and many more things. Any volunteers?
Now we are busy flying supplies out to the other schools--trying to get ready for school to start in 2 weeks.
The Cessna 180 we were planing to fix up and bring down as a replacement for the Maule is being sent to Africa now. The Maule's engine is almost ready for an overhaul. So we are looking for another plane. Probably a Cessna 180 or 182.
Thanks for your continued prayers and support. God has been so good to us and He has used so many of you to bless us. Thank you.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

brief update

Just a short update. I spent the last two days flying to several villages in Region 7 (near the Venezuela border) taking two Red Cross workers around to several villages. They are preparing a proposal to help train some village leaders to help out with medical and disaster training, education and other local issues. I spent two days out there visiting seven different villages.
While they were doing some of the meetings, I flew boxes (plane fulls) of medicines from the regional hospital out to some of the same villages; so the local medics had stuff to treat malaria and a host of other things. They were grateful to finally get the supplies. Little things like this can mean so much.

While shuttling between villages, we saw some beautiful waterfalls--making the trips more enjoyable!

Tomorrow I will be returning to Region 7 again, as I have more people and supplies to take out. I just received a call tonight that I will have to make an emergency medivac first thing in the morning, before the other flight; and then there is a body to fly out on Sunday to Region 8. I will be flying out in Region 7, 4 days this week alone. And school hasn't even started yet!!

Next weekend we go to visit our school in Siparuta for the first time. It is an all night boat ride to get there, after travelling hours by road. It is on the border with Surinam. We will locate the airstrip there so, we can land there from now on. Oh yeah, I get to preach for church ,also. At least we don't get too bored down here! Ha! Ha! We hope you had a chance to download the video on You Tube.