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, October 2, 2009

Plane back in the air

Just a brief update. The plane has been down waiting for parts the last 10 days.  The front strut (shock obsorber for the front wheel) blew an o-ring. No one had the right size here so we had to order it from the States. We had a volunteer coming down on Thur so he hand carried the o-rings for us. As soon as we got back from the airport I took them to the mechanics and they had it repaired by that evening.  Today I was back in the air, flying in supplies, staff, and doing a medivac. Lest you think we had a 10 day vacation--sorry but we were very busy the whole time.  Sunday I hired another plane to take a load out and to move some medical personnel that I had committed to before the breakdown. We had to chase down supplies, fix broken things here like the van and in the house. We drove a van full of supplies for our school in Kimbia down to the boat and loaded it. That took several hours and we had to go to the international airport a couple of times too. 
Shopping here is nothing like we are used to in the States.  It take hours to buy a few things and you have to go to so many different places. There is lots of paper work to do here for everything and you can spend days doing just that, nothing else.
Now that the plane is airborne again, we will be doing catch up for awhile, trying to get people and supplies where they need to be.
We just received a large donation to build a much needed kitchen/dining room out at our school in Paruima. It will cover the cost of materials.  Anyone willing to come help build it?  They have started cutting the lumber in the jungle (bush) already. 
Still not sure how things will work out for rebuilding the engine or replacing the plane, but the compression and oil consumption are still very good for which we praise the Lord!
Thank you once again for your prayers and support. They mean so much to us, without them, the work could not go on.

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