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.

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