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, April 23, 2010

More blessings!

More blessings from Heaven this week!  We had a large bill come due this week. We were visiting with a friend and mentioned that we were concerned about it. He said, "why are you worried, I just sent a check a couple of days ago that will more than cover it". He didn't know about the bill or the amount, and we didn't know he was sending us money, but God knew all about it and took care of it before we knew it had to be paid right away. God is faithful!!  Then mid week we received an email from another friend offering to give us airline tickets to Calif. from their frequent flier miles, if the airlines could find seats to where we wanted to go and when. God came through and we now have first class tickets "never flew first class" to San Diego, July 13-19!!!!  It was a desire we had to go to SD to visit friends there and share what God is doing for us here in Guyana, but didn't see how it would happen. God says He wants to give us the desires of our heart! We are really excited to be able to make this trip. Anyone in the San Diego area like to hear mission stories from Guyana??
This week I also experienced one of those bush airstrip take offs that one only wants to read about, not experience, but my angels who fly with me on each flight came through and provide the extra lift! When one is serving the Lord, you can't have a better boss!!  He is faithful, all the time. So many blessings so little faith.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday's blessing

Fridays seem to be the day things will go wrong. It is the day that we all wait for so we can start the weekend but things go wrong to make it miserable. Well today we had to drive our administrator/teacher (granny) who is retirement age down to the border with Suriname so she can start school again on Monday now that spring break is over.  It is a 3.5 hr drive down there from Georgetown if all goes well. Thursday while driving to the airport to deliver another volunteer one of the idiot lights in the van came on, but no one knew what it was for, maybe that is why it is called an idiot light. Today we found out. Driving through a small town a little over half way to the border of Suriname, the clutch suddenly went out while in slow traffic. Granny (Carolyn Parnell) said I have a good friend near here, let me call him. We pulled over and stopped the van, We could not shift into or out of gear unless the engine was off. He was home (amazing at that) and we were less than a mile away and his cousin who lives a few doors way is a mechanic.  We had passed the turn off so had to start the car in gear and then do several left hand turns (remember we drive on the other side of the road here) so we were headed back the other direction. Several times cars started to get in the way but we were praying out loud that they would move so we wouldn't have to shut off the engine and try to restart in gear. Each time the cars move out of the way just in time. We stayed on the phone and drove straight to the mechanics house. He as there and came out and started to work. He went into town a couple of blocks away and was able to get the needed parts for the master cylinder for the clutch and some more fluid in a matter of minutes. That is unheard of here, and they even had the right parts!!! Amazed we were, then we remembered, that for God, no big deal. He worked on it for about an hour, the rain held off the whole time as he was working outside in the muddy road. When he got done the parts and labor was $15.!!  Rare that we get something cheap here. (remember bananas that are grown here cost $0.80+ per pound.). So in about an hours time we were back on the road praising the Lord for His faithfulness to us.  The only place there was someone we knew we could call for help and he happened to know a mechanic who was able to fix it and get the parts, is where it broke.
It has started to rain here again the last 10 days or so, so maybe the rainy season has started early since we missed the last one.
We will be in the States for a little rest and relaxing from July 5- Aug 5 while the schools are out here.  Hope to see as many of you as we can, but this time we will not be driving back and forth across the nation. We need some rest. At this point we will be in the N. Carolina/ TN area, looking at maybe a flight to S. CA but not sure on that as it is expensive. If you would like us to visit your church or youth group to hear about missions, let us know soon.
Blessings to each of you, and thanks so much for your continual prayers (they do get answered daily) and support.

Friday, April 2, 2010

March Blessings!

Wow, what a month March was.  We got back in the air flying the 4th of March with our new engine. We have hardly had time to stop since.  We have put on more than 80 hours on the new engine in less than a month; with almost that many landings and take offs in the bush.  It seems to be doing very well and we are most grateful. Some things we are getting caught up on, and other areas are opening up--requiring more flights.
Dr Larose McCluskey, her daughter Jenny, and another young man, James Wilson; finished up two evangelism series on the sanctuary.  This resulted in about 90 baptisms so far, which is  about 10% of the population in those 2 villages.  We have other Bible workers going into unentered villages now with the story of Jesus and it is wonderful to see people getting excited about the Lord's soon return. Some of these workers have to hike and canoe several days to get to the locations, but when there is an airstrip nearby, we try to fly--since it only takes a few minutes that way.  We have been flying in boxes and boxes of Bibles and religious reading material for them to hand out, as the people are requesting more and more literature. The work is even expanding over the border now into Venezuela, so we have begun to fly in Spanish materials, also.

The little red and white airplane that could, is doing all it can to keep up. The angels fly with it all the time on missions of mercy. It still flies out medical emergencies, medicines, vaccines and medical personnel into remote areas.  What a joy to serve the Lord in this part of the bush.
Thank you again for your generous support and most of all, for your prayers!!