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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

God's timing

God's Timing
Another month has slipped by, but what a month it has been.  I am reading the autobiography of George Muller, a person I have admired since I was a young person as a man of extreme faith in providing for the orphanages he operated.  I am finding it a source of encouragement as we face some of the same issues he did nearly 2 centuries ago.  The Lord provides for those who trust Him and it comes just when we need it and just what we need.
This month when I went to the "Food for the Poor", to get our supplies for the month for our schools, I was very disappointed that there was no food this time. They did give us 40 new folding student desk chairs, which we really needed at 2 of our schools plus toilet paper, note books and tooth brushes which are all needed items. I called one of the schools, (Siparuta) that needed the chairs and asked if I could drive them down to the boat to send out to the school. The principal was excited, she was leaving on the boat that afternoon and could take all the chairs I could bring. When we got there after a 2.5 hr drive, she told me how she had tried to get the chairs there at her location, and was told it would cost her lots of money to get them shipped to her. Then I called and offered to deliver them to her.  Then she told me that she had been given 600 pounds of dried beans and didn't need them. I returned to Georgetown with the beans rejoicing that God had provided food, chairs etc, more than we had asked for!!! All of these items cost me $25.00.  So now our students have beans to eat this month. 

I have had many medivacs this month, anything from pregnancy problems, sick babies, bad infections etc..  Just a couple of days ago while in the bush, I received a call for an urgent medivac of a snake bite. I told them I had room but it was getting late, please hurry. I went to the airstrip and waited for the patient to arrive by boat.  It was 1.5 hours by boat to get to the airstrip. They didn't leave until they heard the plane had arrived.  I have to leave by a set time to get back to Georgetown by sunset. It came time to leave and no patient.  I loaded the plane with the passengers I already had and was about to take off, when they came running with the patient on a stretcher.  We got him in the plane, he was already spitting up blood which is a very bad sign with a snake bite. We landed in Georgetown a little before sunset and the ambulance took him to the hospital. I haven't heard if he survived, but at least we were able to help.  We were the only plane that day in the whole area, his only chance of getting help.
We have flown in lots of supplies and food into our school at Paruima this year also, as they are feeding about 40 people a day now. The Lord has provided, many times just what we need, when we need it.!! He is Faithful!!
We feel blessed, to be doing His work here in Guyana.

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