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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

What a Year 2010

Seasons greetings to each of you,
Wow another year is just about over and new one is almost here!  What a year this has been for us here in Guyana!  As we reflect back, we have seen God work in so many ways to accomplish His work.  We had our friend, Dr Larose McCluskey, come down twice this year with two young people to help her give free medical care, eye care,  glasses and do evangelism. They went to 4 different locations in  remote areas of Guyana.  They treated 100's of patients and about 200 accepted Christ as their Savior!!  
Our Bible workers (that we have been supporting with stipends and supplies), have worked very hard this year and have led many to Christ, also. The amount of church supplies we fly out each month grows every time.  We now take out boxes and boxes of printed materials and lots of Bibles.  People are thirsting for the Word of God.  What a pleasure to fly plane loads of supplies out.  The churches are growing and new ones are starting up.  We just don't have enough Bible workers to go to all the places asking for help.  We are getting requests for dentists and medical doctors to go into remote villages, as well.  
We have done lots of medevacs this year bringing the sick and suffering out to Georgetown for medical help, and then returning many of them to their villages after they have recovered. This is all done at no expense to the patient.  Unfortunately, we have had to fly a few bodies this year as well, so they could be buried in their villages. We are looking forward to the day when Jesus returns and there will be no more sickness or death!
We still supply food and school supplies to our school in Paruima and others, as needed.   There are students and volunteer staff to fly in and out.  Toni is really busy sending and receiving emails for those who do not have access to the internet in the bush.  There are all the finances to keep track of, and she has been able to practice some of her nursing skills this year to help the suffering ones of Guyana.
The maintenance bills for the plane have been really high this year with the engine needing to be replaced.  We have flown the new engine over 500 hours already since it was installed in late March.  We are praying that soon we might be able to get a Cessna 182 that will fly faster and haul bigger loads, as the Maule is having a hard time keeping up.  It has done well, we just need something bigger and faster.
Despite the large bills this year, the Lord has multiplied the monies that you donors have sent and all of the bills have been paid!!  We are so grateful. You are getting a very high return on your investment for the Lord.  Heaven will show you just how much. Thank you for your support and prayers. May God continue to bless you in the new year to come.  He has promised, that if we put Him first, He will take care of all of our needs.  Sounds like a win: win situation to me!  He is faithful, we have seen it over and over again this year.

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