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, June 29, 2011

Trip to Papua New Guinea

We have been very busy trying to get the plane finished up, and doing lots of speaking engagements. The weather here in the Northwest has been a bit cool, for those of us used to the tropics, even the rain feels cold.  We are enjoying the rolling hills planted with wheat.  The rivers and lakes are blue here--a big difference from the brown waters of Guyana!  We have been to two camp meetings and several churches since we have been here in Spokane. 
just painted
Work on the plane is progressing.  One of the mechanics, Steve Lingenfelter has gone to Honduras on a mission trip, so things have slowed down a bit. We really appreciate all the work he did on the plane though, and wish him the best in  his new mission.  The engine is mounted and hooked up. The old paint is almost all removed, and today we made arrangements to have it painted the first of next week, about a mile from here. That means we can do it without putting the wings on, until we take it to an airport.  Once it is painted by mid-week next week, then Rod will be able to install the instruments and radios and finish up the interior.  Hopefully by the time I return from PNG, it will be ready to take to the airport, run some tests on it and then fly fly away.
I will be leaving for Papua New Guinea (PNG) on July 6 with Jack Sample to do a preliminary visit to get paper work started on importing the plane, get permission to use auto gas and work on negotiations for building a base.  Lots of things need to happen, and we are asking for your prayers that God will impress the right people to help us,  so that the project and God's work can go forward. Toni will be spending some time with her family while I am gone.  She is still trying to find some short-term work, but so far nothing has worked out.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support, and we ask that you continue to pray so that these problems with importing and operating  the plane in PNG can be resolved.

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