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, January 27, 2010

Engine on its way

The newly rebuilt factory engine for our airplane has left the factory and has arrived in Collegedale, TN!!  It has been exciting to see how the Lord provided the funds to get it this far.  Now we are waiting on the mechanic to fly it and himself down to Guyana in the next week or so, so that it can be put on our plane.  We are waiting for some other parts that will need to come with it also, so they can be installed at the same time. The plane is due for its annual check up so that always takes more time and more parts.  The final bill will be expensive, but we are well on the way to getting there with at least the engine paid for. We are praying to be back in the air by the middle of February, if things go well. We have been fortunate that God has provided other pilots and planes to help keep supplies and people moving while we have been down.  The Lord has unlimited resources and it is fun to see who He taps on the shoulder to help.

While not flying, we have been really busy making purchases for the schools, then driving all the way down to Suriname and back to put supplies on the boat for one of the schools, then other long road trips to do the same for another school. No idol time for us to get lazy or bored.

Last week, we were given 1100 pounds of dried kidney beans to feed our school kids with. Wow, that was awesome!  That is a lot of beans--in case you never had to haul that many around in 100 pound sacks!  Then today, we went to "Food for the Poor" here in Georgetown and they gave us 200 pairs of croc shoes,  socks and then 2000 pounds of kidney beans!!! 

We will be feeding beans for a long while!  This may be the last food (from Food for the Poor) that  we see for a long time, with the earthquake in Haiti. We are not complaining when the Lord provides--even before we asked for more beans.  Kind of tired tonight after loading and unloading all those beans today.  Now we have to get them out to the schools.


Friday, January 15, 2010


New Years greetings from the jungles of Guyana!
We started the year like we finished the last one--very busy flying and taking care of peoples needs in the "bush".  We only took Christmas day off and spent it with friends. The rest of the time, including New Years, was spent flying and getting supplies to fly. The engine is past due for an overhaul or replacement.  We ordered a rebuilt engine from the factory the first of Dec in anticipation of needing it pretty soon.  This week the engine was 150 hours past due and it was time for an oil change, which I do every 50 hours.  This time though there were metal particles in the oil filter and flakes in the oil screen.  If it had been flown much more it could have resulted in an engine failure out over the bush somewhere.  Having had an engine failure just over 2 years ago, I don't want to repeat it.  We are so thankful that the Lord saw fit in His mercy to spare me that ordeal. So the plane is sitting on the ground here in Georgetown waiting until the rebuilt engine leaves the factory, and then we find a way to get it down here. We don't understand why some things happen the way they do, but we know that the Lord is in control and is working it all out for us. He has a plan to get the engine here and someone to install it for us. In the meantime, we are busy trying to keep things going and supplies flowing the best we can without our little plane. We really appreciate all the prayers that have been sent heavenward and the financial support that has been sent to us.  We are hoping that we can return to the skies soon to serve the people in the interior of Guyana.