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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Post from our volunteer Julie Kretschmar

Boo boo 

I'm wide awake tonight so I guess I will write. My heart is full. The past week and a half have been quite busy! God has been working for us, and keeping us occupied. It's been a week of highs and lows for me especially. Some days I just wanted to go home, not even sure what I am doing out here, and then other days, I know exactly why I'm here. But, I guess I should explain myself. 

Thursday afternoon we flew to Wewak (a bigger city about an hour away by plane). We went to meet with a lovely gentlemen from Australia whom I had contacted about getting Godpods. Godpods are lovely little audio devices that are solar powered. They are sturdy and durable, and these Godpods have the entire bible, along with children sabbath school lessons, 25 bible studies, and a book called Steps to Christ in Tok Pisin. Godpods are a huge blessing because they allow those who are illiterate to learn about God, and can be a wonderful witnessing tool! The entire Wewak trip was on God's schedule and I can honestly say that that is the best schedule to be on. I'm learning to trust! The weather cleared after storming all morning so that we were able to arrive at the airport at the same time as John (our Godpod contact) was arriving. That timing put us in contact with people from the SDA mission, which allowed us to arrange our transportation, accommodations, and meetings for Friday morning! It could not have worked better if we had planned it. Anyways, we were able to get a few Godpods to start giving out, and Wings of Hope PNG was able to order 500 more to give out! This tool will definitely help take the gospel to places that we personally may never get to go, but that the people here can keep using over and over again! I'm really excited about this project and look forward to see how God will provide all the funding! 

On another note, I have noticed that Some things are easy to take for granted. For example, health and sunshine. I have had both taken away to a certain degree recently, and I really do appreciate them in hindsight! Generally speaking, it rains here off and on, but recently it rained all week. That is very unusual to have cloudy days for days. Rain has been great for our water supply and the temperature, but horrible for our batteries. We run completely on solar power, and when the sun hides behind the clouds we feel the deficiency. Today (sabbath) was the first sunshine filled day, and it was absolutely beautiful! Regarding health, I also have been slightly sick recently. It's no fun to be sick, and hopefully I can be a more compassionate nurse since I've been reminded what it feels like. Fortunately I am getting better and it was just a short lived bug. What blessings are you taking for granted? I would bet you have a lot to be thankful for! I know I have so much to be thankful for!

Wings of hope PNG has also been quite busy with medical evacuations recently! Gary and Toni flew a post delivery patient into the hospital in Vanimo who was having troubles stopping bleeding due to her placenta tearing. (I got to stay home and keep the base going, there's always plenty to do!). The weather had a window of clarity while they did the flight to bring her in, and then it started storming again once they got back. Totally a God thing, and they definitely saved her life by taking her to the hospital. We also did a land medical evacuation of a man who had been goared by a wild pig while working for the oil palm company. He was cut up quite badly so we took him down to Vanimo via road (the weather wasn't good enough to do a flying evacuation). The Hausik here doesn't have an ambulance at this point, so we are the medical evacuation services. 

In the evenings we have been presenting some health videos in Tok Pisin to Somboi church (one of the older churches that is in a village close to us). The health talks are about germs, hygiene, healthy nutrition, smoking, and drinking. All of these issues are big problems in this country, and it's neat to be able to share some basic information that can literally be life changing for these people. 

The past two Saturday evenings we've also presented health videos to two different villages. One to Isi, where we showed a health presentation as well as told some bible stories like  the Creation story. This Easter weekend we went to the logging camp of Jambo Track and got to show a health video, as well as part of the Jesus video in Tok Pisin. I think we had a crowd of about 200 people! I'm not sure how much, if any, that any of these people have been exposed to Christianity, but they were very receptive and interested. We are going back in two weeks to give more health talks and talk more about the bible to them. Sharing at the logging camp was such a blessing because we partnered with one of the local churches here, and now they are all excited to do outreach! There are a few small churches in the area that have been here for close to 50 years, but they haven't done a ton of growing. Working together, we have been able to provide transportation, new materials, and be a little bit of a catalyst effect to get these churches excited for reaching out! My heart is full tonight, which is why I'm writing this post instead of sleeping. Truly it is one of the best and most exciting things for me to help people to get to hear the message that has given me true life. Instead of just three people trying to share, there were three trucks full of people going to share the life that we have received, together! Jambo track camp has people from all over, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, all over PNG, and various other parts of Asia. We strung our table cloth sheet on the front of a logging truck, and sat on the ground, while the projector set on a makeshift table. All those precious people came out of the woodwork to watch the Jesus video! (While we were waiting for it to get dark enough to show the video, there was a singing session and I even got to do a solo! It's amazing what talents get used when you are in the mission field!) I will have to try to post a picture of all the people if I can! I'm excited to go back soon! 

More and more places are asking us to come present the health videos. In the next couple of weeks we are going to one of the local primary schools to do some health education, as well as the local Hausik here in Bewani. (We were supposed to do the school last week, but it rained so hard none of the kids showed up for school. Since they all walk to school, weather really effects things here). 

Time is flying by. I'm already five weeks into this and don't know how I'm going to quit when the time comes to go home again. But that's borrowing trouble, so just keep me in your prayers that God will lead me in my future decisions. 

Oh! I almost forgot. You are probably wondering why in the world I named this post Boo Boo. Well, here's the answer to your question. I've been adopted. Yep! Bet you thought 24 was too old to be adopted, but apparently not! One of the lovely little ladies from Amoi village has adopted me. Boo boo is what they call their grandchildren here. She came up and grabbed my hand, said "me like 'em you", kissed my hand and cheek, and has called me boo boo ever since. She is tiny and her shoulders are stopped with the years of the harsh jungle life, but her face lights up like a beacon when she smiles. There are tattooed lines all around her face and arms, and her teeth have seen better days, but her eyes dance and sparkle. She brought us a huge bunch of bananas in exchange for a Tok Pisin bible. She's in a class to learn how to read so that she can read her bible for herself. In the mean time, we gave her a Godpod so that she can hear the bible! Her face practically radiated sunshine when Toni was teaching her how to use it. I'm so thankful to get to be adopted as her boo boo. I have two wonderful grandmothers already, but I'm more then blessed to have a PNG grandma as well. 

Well, that's more then enough writing for now. So much is happening that it's hard to keep track of it all. But the baseline is, God is good all the time. Even when I don't feel good, he's there taking care of me! I've been blessed to get perspective of how many blessings I actually have, and I'm blessed to see the gospel actively going to all many places as I can get to. What do you have to be thankful for this week? Count them up, it might surprise you! 

Until next time dear readers! 


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