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, February 5, 2013

Philippine trip

SDA hospital
village home
underground river
SDA church near airbase

It has been awhile since we have written, not because there is nothing to write, but we have been busy as things are finally starting to take shape.  
Gary went for a two week survey trip to the Philippines and just got back last week. With the 15 hour difference in time, it has taken a bit to readjust.  The director of operations for AWA (Adventist World Aviation) went and so did David Brain who is planning to move over there with his family later this year, to work with us. The three of us went there to see what the possibilities might be and what the needs are.  We also checked out the AWA plane that was bent there two years ago, and tried to determine if it was worth repairing or just use it for parts.  
We hiked, three and a half hours out to a mission outpost in the mountains operated by Kent & Leonda George and had a nice weekend with them. 
The Philippines has about 7000 islands and many don't have any regular connection or transportation to the rest of the country.  We can help to reach some of these islands with the plane and bring in supplies, health workers and missionaries. AWA already has property there and has started an airbase, but the airstrip is not finished, there is no hanger, it needs a well, and electricity hooked up.  We also need to build a house for us to live in.  We would basically be starting from the bottom up. There will be lots of challenges there getting the base and operation going.  Maybe this is practice for Papua New Guinea, if the doors ever open for us to go there.   If not, looks like we could be busy in the Philippines for as long as we wish.  At least it is not nearly as primitive there, as where we had planned to base in PNG. 
As you may remember in our last email, we told you about our friend John Lello getting killed . Attached is a link to the testimony his wife gave at his funeral.  She puts out the challenge for someone to go and continue the work that she and John started.  It is a powerful testimony, I hope you will take the time to watch it.
We are now focusing on getting the logistics worked out to get the plane and supplies shipped to the island of Palawan in the Philippines. We hope to go as soon as possible.  We are excited to finally reach the stage of getting things wrapped up to go.  There is a lot to work out yet, and some big expenses, but our God is big enough to provide as He sees best.
Thank you for your prayers and continued support--despite the delays,  God is still moving us forward.  Your continued support has meant so much.  It has all gone to the project, as Toni's work has provided for our personal needs.  We are still short some funds, but we know it will come in on time.

Pam Lello's testimony