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.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

The last couple of weeks have been very busy here and the Lord has been very merciful to us.  Volunteers brought down over 200 Bibles in their luggage and were not charged for the additional bags!  The Dr./Evangelist that has come from the US held a series of meetings and clinics at a government boarding high school deep in the bush and over 90 people gave their lives to Christ! The village she felt God wanted her to go to for her second series remained closed in that we could not get permission for her to go there.  The day after she finished the first series, the door opened and permission was granted with open arms and we flew her in the next morning!  Over one half of the bibles have been given away or asked for already! I would guess that the rest will be gone by the end of this month. It was so neat to see God provide them just when we needed them and more than we planned on!!  Oh what little faith we have sometimes.
The weather has been changing to what appears to be the start of the rainy season again. That means the weather has been very unpredictable and changing all day long.  It has left Gary facing some very ugly weather at times, when out in the bush.  Each time the Lord has opened a way through, it is neat to see the Lord part the storm clouds.  It even shows up on the NASA site sometimes. What an awesome God we serve!  It has been said that God is pretty much "unemployed" in the North America since everyone has insurance and can take care of all their own needs.  Well here, He is not "unemployed"!  We keep Him very busy all the time and it is so rewarding to see Him work on our behalf!!
We have done lots of flying this month. feeding people, housing them etc. but the Lord has continued to make the money stretch, even to the point of villagers in the bush providing citrus and bananas for us so we have fresh fruit for us and our guests!
We want to thank each of you who have had a part in God's program here in the jungles of Guyana. The needs are great, but our God is greater and it is a joy to work with Him and you as we share the Good News of Jesus.  May you be blessed as we have been.  The Psalmist says "my cup runneth over" .  Does yours?  Some days are a real struggle, we will admit, but looking at the bigger picture, we see God's hand at work.
So much to be thankful for, how about you?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Windows of Heaven

Have you seen the windows of heaven open for you lately?  Have you seen God's blessings poured out more than you expected? Has God you shown you that He knows the desires of your heart? God is willing and able to do all of these.
The last couple of weeks we have seen God open the windows of heaven again and again. We have been showered with blessings!! A family arrived over a week ago to do volunteer work here at the schools. They asked what we needed or would like. We told them of our need for Bibles for the people in the bush and what foods we liked and missed down here. We had hoped for 2-3 dozen bibles and maybe a few nuts to eat.  Well, when God opens the windows He does a great job of it. They showed up with 160 Bibles!! and cans of nuts and some cans of veggie meat, corn chips, and some tools we need for working on the plane. More than we ever dreamed they would have room to bring. They had more than the limit of luggage, but they were able to bring them all at no charge!! We were overwhelmed at Gods goodness to us and before we even recovered very much God sent another set of volunteers and the blessings continued. They brought more Bibles, many more cans of veggie meat, and other goodies to eat that we hadn't even mentioned to anyone that we miss. You see, God likes to give us the desires of our hearts, even if we are willing to go without sometimes.  He lets us know He cares, understands, and loves us!!!  Then a letter was delivered by the volunteers from former volunteers.  We thought it was going to be a letter from some very special kids who lived down here last year. We opened the letter and out came a $100 dollar bill!  This is from a family that is struggling financially right now, as we read the letter, it was from one of the kids who  had just celebrated her 15th birthday and instead of wanting gifts, she asked for money for missions and bibles. What a selfless spirit! Jesus said as we become as little children..... There were some very wet eyes after reading her letter.  The Bibles she collected and sent down with the other volunteer have already been requested by people living deep in the bush and will go out to them this week! God just ask us to be conduits for His blessings to flow through, the more we give of what the Lord has given us, the more room He has to give us more. We can not out give the Lord!
October and this first week of November have been extremely busy, but the blessings have been so great. We still don't have our van back yet which makes travel much more complicated and expensive, but the Lord knows the need and the desire of our hearts.
It has now been over 3 years since we left the US to go to Venezuela and then here to Guyana.  My how the Lord has blessed way beyond what we ever dreamed. Thank you so much for your prayers and support to help make it all possible as the Lord multiplies it for His cause. We are asked over and over, how is it you receive no pay and charge nothing for your flights or supplies. God provides by touching people to help and He does the rest!
May each of you experience Gods blessings too.