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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pressing ahead Sept 7, 2015

So much keeps happening here, that it is hard to keep up sometimes.  Since we last wrote, here are some of the things that have been taking place.

We finally got the health post in the village of Kilipau opened.  It was built by the government about 2 years ago.  They also built a house to go with it.  However, they never found anyone to staff it, so it has sat empty all this time.  There are 16 villages in the area, and this is the only health post except for the one here in our village of Bewani, about 10 miles away.  When you're sick or ready to deliver a baby, it is a long walk, unless you're able to catch a ride on a passing truck.  We have been trying to encourage the government to open it and we even offered to have Toni do it one day a week.  After months of pushing them, they finally agreed to provide a nurse from here and the keys to the clinic.  So we have been going down there one day a week and holding clinic with a local nurse.  We have been averaging about 50 patients each visit. It takes most of the day by the time we load up, travel there (30 min. drive), hold clinic for 7 hrs, and then come home.  Most of the cases are malaria with a wide range of other things like TB, leprosy, colds, pregnancies, etc.  While the patients wait, our lay worker uses a picture roll and tells them Bible stories for over an hour, then I show the Jesus video and the adults are as interested as the kids.   We also had a friend translate a health talk on "cleanliness" that we want to show soon.  It makes the waiting time go faster. Some even stay after they see the nurse.

Another of our lay missionaries finished building a small church in his village and we went for the opening on Sabbath.  The place was full.

Unfortunately, some of our lay workers have given up the calling and our numbers have been reduced.  We are praying more will soon pick up the torch.  We will have to hold another training session soon, I think.  Sometimes the sacrifice is too great or the calling too hard.  Anyway, we are praying for more workers.

We are still working to get permission to begin flights.  Sometimes it feels like we are on a merry-go-round, but it still appears hopeful.

Last week, Toni awoke with lots of itching and stinging in her hands and feet.  Both of her hands, wrist, feet and also her chin were all broken out in pox/blisters. They swelled quickly and started to weep and drain. We were concerned it would spread and become infected. She got some antibiotics and became house bound since we didn't know if it was infectious and we didn't want flies infecting the sores.  It has been almost a week now and most of the pox have dried up with just a few blisters left.  There is no sign of infection yet, which we are so grateful for.

On Sabbath, the fourth baptism was conducted here in the last 9 months!  These are the first ones since 2009.  The harvest is starting.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support as we push forward with the work here in PNG.

We have been able to post a few pictures on FB and on our blog site if you haven't looked there in awhile.  We really enjoy it when you take the time to drop us a note!



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