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, November 12, 2015

She is home now

Two years ago to the day from when we left the U.S. for PNG, our airplane landed for the first time and slept here in Bewani in her new hanger! It has been a long wait, but now it has finally happened! Was a 16 minute flight vs 1.5 hours of hard bouncing in the road if conditions are good. Toni and Julie drove the car up last evening after Julie got back late from the border to get her new visa. Toni had a value stem break off the front tire as she pulled up to the house in Vanimo that we have now moved out of. (We had to move out of our house and plane hanger in town this week after using it rent free for a year and a half!) I"just" happened to call her a couple minutes later from our sat phone to see when she would be leaving. I told her to ask the pastor to help her change it as it is real tough on our land cruiser. He did, she got it repaired, then drove to the border to get Julie, than back to pick up the dog and last items before driving out here. As she was locking  the yard gate for the last time, the neighbors dog rushed out and bit her real bad on the leg. They say they don't have rabies here. She is still sore and hobbling. They arrived here safely a short while after dark. 
So 11-11-15 is another important mile stone for us. Still trying to finish up the gate to front of hanger where plane enters, but getting close.
Tomorrow, Fri, we drive to a pathfinder camp out near town to teach leadership training all day. Then sabbath, attend baptism, present AY in the afternoon out here and Sunday is new church dedication and grand opening that one of our lay missionary built.
Next week I am suppose to do flight orientation with local pilot to find the airstrips. Sure wish I had my GPS that was stolen last week along with other stuff from our car that was locked and in our locked yard in town.
Gary and Toni

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