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, November 22, 2009

Blessings amongst the debris

It is with fascination that we watch and see how our Lord provides for His children.  This month when we went to "food for the poor", there were no food items. The budgets at our schools are really stretched right now and we were hoping and praying at least for some more beans.  Remember how God provided beans last month? Well this month He tried out a new way on us.  Saturday evening we took a new volunteer family that had just arrived in the country, out to the seawall to watch the sunset over the beach where a large river enters the Atlantic Ocean.  We drove out on an old dirt road with trash dumped along the sides. When it got too bad, we parked , and walked  the rest of the way.  Just a few feet from where we parked, I spotted this large pile of kidney beans dumped on top of trash.

Checking it out further, I found 2 one hundred pound bags below it full of dried pinto beans with a couple of holes in them.  It had rained several times during the day, and there were mud puddles on the road. The beans were dry! We loaded up the 2 full bags into the van being careful to no spill too many out of the holes in the bags. Then we scoured the van for anything to put the 100 pounds of spilled beans into. We emptied boxes and bags and filled them with the beans that had been spilled on the ground among the other debris.  We got about 3/4 of them before running out of containers. 

So we came home last night rejoicing that the Lord had  provided beans again for the schools!! They were the "pearls among the swine".  These are seconds that someone had gotten from "food for the poor" and didn't want them.  We are happy to have them and many student meals will now have beans again!

The plane is back in the air after some major work on the engine.  We are trying to do catch up work after being grounded for almost 3 weeks.

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