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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's happening.

Just an update on what is happening here.
The guy who is arranging for us to get the GodPods, came here 50 yrs ago as a missionary and is also a pilot, he was excited to meet us. He has now signed us up as the first ex pat and aviation program here to be a "Volunteer in Action". It is a program run out of Australia where sponsors there, sponsor a lay worker here. We have designed ours after theirs as a supplement to their program, not in competing,they have about 200+ in PNG. We have 10. Anyway they have made us official ones now which will help our standing here in PNG Union. He is really excited about it and was something he wanted, we didn't ask or even think of it. So they will provide us a small stipend now too. We will use it to sponsor another Layworker here. God is working in so many ways!
He gave us 21 GodPods. We hope to get our order in May or June. Of course we have to pay for them first. A women's ministry group in Southern Ca is raising money for 50, so that is 10%! God is providing!
This morning, April 5 at 2 a.m. The nurse from the clinic came and woke us up to say he had a lady in labor who needed to go to hospital in Vanimo right away. So we put some fuel in the car and the mattress and off we went. Toni and Julie took care of patient as I drove the ruff and bouncy road to town, we had just been to town the day before, April 4. Now returning with just a couple of hours sleep. About 2/3 of the way there, at the mountain pass, the baby decided to appear. I stopped and a few minutes later Toni had the baby out and in the mothers arms. She and Julie took care of the most urgent details, like placenta etc and soon we we on our way to the hospital again. All went well. We got home about 7 am, ate, and then they went to hold clinic about 1/2 hr away and saw over 40 patients. I flew back to Vanimo to pick up a body that needed to go back to its village way out in the bush. Then I stopped at another village to arrange for a dentist and Dr. to come next week, then on to another village to pick up one of our layworkers so he could get a short break. We all got home here early afternoon. Kinda tired it seems, but a good job done.
Yesterday our fuel drums for the airplane finally arrived. We were almost out of fuel, but in Gods timing it always works out!

Gary n Toni

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