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

expect the unexpected

July 29, 2015
Mission life in the "land of the unexpected" is just that-- you never know what to expect next. Last week we were asked to transport a body to town to the morgue. They said it was a male-- not from this area. It was late in the evening and stormy, so I asked that we deal with it in the morning if they couldn't find a vehicle to take it, (since the body wasn't going anywhere, it didn't seem to me).
The next morning, I went to the health clinic to see what was happening and there was a body lying on the bench of the porch, where every one sits to wait to be attended. It was wrapped in a mosquito net. It had been lying there all night. The health workers weren't there yet, only patients sitting on the same bench waiting. I went to find the policeman to find out more details, as I couldn't just show up in town with a dead body. He went to check things out, as he had only just heard about it. Turns out, it was not male, but a young woman who had been killed the evening before by lighting. Her husband and 3 young kids were there waiting for a ride to a logging base camp, the opposite direction from town, so they could have a box made for her and then have her taken to her village. I ended up taking her and her family to the base camp.
On Sabbath we went to a small church about ½ hr away to witness a baptism. Our lay missionary there had told us there were 6 ready and the pastor had gone down there a few days before to meet with them. They had fixed a nice area along the river with decorations etc. on Friday. Friday night it rained heavy and washed most of them away, and the water level was up so much that they had to find another spot for the pastor to stand and hope no one was washed down stream. The water was very muddy looking too. 9 people were baptized and we are praising the Lord for them. This was the first baptism conducted in that village in years!
We have nearly completed hanging the nearly 600 ft. of chain link fence around the airplane hanger. We are working on building gates and putting up the barbed wire on top and securing it all to the posts. Hopefully this will help to keep the plane safe.
We were informed last week that the company who has been letting us use their hanger in Vanimo for over a year for free, is negotiating to lease it out to another organization, and also the house we have been using while we are in Vanimo. Hopefully we will be able to fly the plane here to our base before that happens! God's timing is always good.
Our mechanic for the airplane inspection is due to arrive here on Friday so we will be in town working on that, and maybe we will have some internet for a few days!
We are so grateful that Wings of Hope out of St Louis was willing to pay the mechanic's airplane ticket to come here and inspect our plane. What a gift and blessing it is for us. It is always amazing to see God at work in so many ways here.
Toni got to help out with some mobile clinics a couple of days here in the area and learned a bit more about how medicine is practiced here.
Nearly everyday has new surprises. Hopefully our next bulk email will be reporting on the airplanes first flights! Your prayers and support are yielding fruits for the kingdom already.
Friday afternoon, our mechanic for the plane just arrived alone with all his luggage!

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