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, 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.

1 comment:

mickaelle said...

Toni, it was nice to see you on skype. Continue to work for the Lord and be of good courage. Thank you for your kindness, Jodi answered today.
Soon and very soon we are going to see the King, Maranatha.
Mickaelle LEERDAM from Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.