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, March 17, 2010

Flying Flying Flying

We are once again back in the air with our little plane.   We have gotten way behind with the plane being down for 6 weeks.   Our pilot friends from Region 1 helped us a lot by making some urgent flights with food and other supplies while we were down. 

 Now we are trying to catch up with the normal flights.  So far, the new engine is working great and we are grateful for it!

Our friend from long ago in Mexico, Dr Larose Mcluskey, arrived two weeks ago with her daughter and another teen to do two evangelistic campaigns and medical work.They are doing a series using the sanctuary, and have a life-size sanctuary set-up.  

 They just finished the first one out in Paruima and 65 people were baptised--8 from our school there. We were privileged to have one of our church leaders (Elder Ted Wilson) from the general conference in the Washington DC area, here visiting and I was able to fly him out to baptize the first 49 in the river. They have now started their second series in Kimbia and we are praying the Spirit will work mightily there as well.

Here the students are getting ready to put a peanut lei on Pastor Ted Wilson!

After so much flying, we had to do an oil change and service on the plane. The time really goes by fast.  I was in the air 6 days last week--hopefully not so many this week.  Fatigue when flying is not safe. The people in the bush are so glad to have us return to the air to bring in supplies, move medical people, and do medivacs again.
Your support mixed with the blessings from above make this all possible.  The large amounts of literature and Bible requests is really growing, People are thirsting for the Word of God. We purchase as much as we can,and  haul it out to them as fast as we can.  The requests for more keep growing!
The weather patterns have not very good for Guyana the last few months.  We missed the rainy season and the dry season that we are in now is drier than usual.  It is becoming very critical in the bush. The "airstrips" of sand are becoming too soft to land on easily, and drinking water supplies are almost gone.  We are praying for rain. Many just drink from the river and it is very polluted--including high levels of mercury from the many mines in the interior. Rain water is the preferred water for drinking, but....
Toni has been super busy feeding, housing, washing etc for lots of visitors passing through our house lately. Then she still has the purchasing, accounting and emails to keep up.
Thank you again for your prayers and support, we are confident the Lord will repay you many times over.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

God Had a Plan

Last week we were once again privileged to see the Lord intervene on behalf of His children. We had been able to finally put together enough cash to pay for the sheet metal roofing and the cost of the plane to fly it out to Paruima for the new school cafeteria.  You can only withdraw a few hundred dollars per day here from the ATM.  We needed several thousand--so it took many days to get enough cash together.  We needed a lot of metal to do the whole roof; so we had to charter an entire Caravan plane to fly it out (approx 3000 lbs). We were not sure we could send it all in one load due to the weight. When we got it purchased, transported it to the airport and had it weighed,  it came to 2500 lbs.!!  I was thrilled because I could now send some other bulky stuff up to 500 lbs on that load!  The morning it was to be sent out, we received an email from the doctor/evangelist who was arriving at the airport in a couple of hours (with 2 helpers), stating that their luggage was over 800 lbs.--plus them.  I had chartered a small Cessna (182) to fly them and their luggage out to Paruima the same day, since our plane was still getting the new engine installed.  The doctor told us the Lord had provided all this stuff to bring down for the meetings and her medical work.  The problem was getting it all out into the bush!  We scrapped our idea of sending bulky things on the big plane, and put her suitcases on the scale until it reached 500 lbs. We then weighed what was left (we had taken 3 suitcases out already that will go to the second location); and after adding the passenger's weights,  it was just the right amount to fill the Cessna 182 limit with 10 lbs to spare!!  So God used our efforts to get the metal out to the school, to also provide a way to get the materials out for the doctor!!!  We all stood there in amazement when we saw the final weights, and  we realized this was something that only God could have done so well!
We got the engine installed and the inspection all finished.  Yesterday we were able to test fly the plane.  After 2 hours of flight all the indicators are good!!!   I made make a couple more short flights today.  Tomorrow I have to change the oil and look for metal etc. then get back to flying in the real bush!  We are so far behind, we don't know how to catch up, but God already has that worked out too.
Thank you so much for your prayers on our behalf and the work here!  They make all the difference. Your financial support has been outstanding and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!  God is good all the time.  He has been faithful to provide what is needed and we are so grateful.  May you be blessed many times over.  We just got word yesterday on the radio, that there are 25 people already asking for baptism and they aren't quite have way through the meetings yet!!