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.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

See what God has done!

Seasons Greetings
2009 is almost over. What a year it has been for us here in Guyana. We have flown the little plane hundreds of hours, we have flown all over the country with it delivering thousands of pounds of food and supplies to our schools and volunteer bible workers.  We have flown out dozens of medical emergencies from the interior as well as taken dozens of medical personnel into remote villages. We have brought students in from remote areas to school so they can get a Christian education as well as improve their skills. We have provided scores of Bibles and lots of literature to the different villages. We have been able to return many patients to their homes after regaining their health. We have also delivered food and supplies by land using our van and river boats. We have had volunteers show up to work at the schools when needed most as well.
All of the above takes a lot of resources and the Lord has been faithful.  Those that have donated have been very generous and we pray that the Lord has blessed you many times over.  The Lord has also provided for us in many unexpected ways, such as extra money in our pockets that we can't account for, hundreds of pounds of beans found laying along the side of an alley way in a pile of rubbish, receiving needed food from "food for the poor" at no cost for the schools. God has been faithful in providing funds when we need it most and from many sources.
We have ordered up a rebuilt engine for the airplane that is suppose to be ready in January.  We don't have all the funds for it yet, but believe they will come when it is time. When one of the 4 cylinders on the engine cracked last month out over the bush, the Lord provided another cylinder and mechanic to come from the States within 10 days to do the repair.  We believe He will do it again with the new engine and send a mechanic as well.
The year has had its rough times too. The worst has been loosing our friends and coworkers next door in Venezuela--Bob and Neiba Norton. Their plane with 7 people on board went down in Feb. and nothing has been found or heard from them since.  The Lord knows where they are and we have to trust that He knows best. There have been times of discouragement and heartache, but we keep pressing on trying to do what the Lord has called us to do at this time.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. There is always more work than workers and more requests for teachers and Bible workers than we can fill.  The harvest is ready.
May the Lord keep you and strengthen you in the new year. A great Christmas to all.