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.

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.

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