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, July 30, 2015

Baptism

It is Sabbath evening here. Today we drove to the village of Kilapau about 1/2 hr away for church. The lay worker there had gotten 6 people ready for baptism. We took the pastor there on Tue to hold some meetings with the church members and the candidates.  The weather today was perfect with very blue skies and a few clouds. No rain until late this afternoon. It has not been very good weather the last few days. Sprinkles on and off and kinda dreary. Kilapau is located next to a good size river which is where they planned to have the baptism. This river can rise several feet with a good rain upstream. It is always muddy looking, like the river Jordon Naaman was told to wash in. Missionary told me they were going to start at 8 am with SS and would I please show the DVD "The final events" by Batchelor since they have had much interest in Daniel and Revelation. We took it and showed it. Then we had church and then the baptism. There were 9 instead to the 6 promised. 50% increase! PTL. It rained there last night and the river was up and moving fast. The site and decorations they had prepared on Friday, were washed away.the water is very muddy and you can't see into it. They tested where it would be safe to conduct the baptism. The missionary stood very close to the pastor in case things went bad. The last candidate was an adult cripple who has shriveled legs and is wheel chair bound. 4 men picked him up and carried him out into the fast moving water to where the pastor stood. Then they lowered him into the water to be baptized! It was really neat to see it happen! 9 more for the kingdom if they remain faithful! We have been giving each person baptized a new bible. This is the first baptism conducted in this village for years. There has been a small SDA church there for nearly 40 years, but not much growth. Today membership climbed from 33 to 42. They have to have about 50 to become an organized church. I challenged them to strive for that number by the end of this year! We will see. The harvest has begun. This is the third baptism now in this district in the last 7 months! There had been none since 2007. We are trying very hard to get people here excited to have baptisms and to become missionaries. 29 baptized so far! Your prayers and support are making a difference for the Kingdom! 


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