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.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

spear in the chest

January 31

Wow, a whole month has already gone by in 2017.  Where did it go?  I finally am feeling well again after more than 5 weeks--first the malaria and then stomach issues.

Thank you for those of you who prayed for me.  I got way behind in my work by being sick, but I am trying to catch up.  Last week, I made a trip to the capitol to work on paper work for the airplane.   I saw God leading during this trip to get the things done that I needed to do.  The parts have arrived here at the shop where the repairs will be made.   I am just waiting for the mechanic to make sure the plane is safe to fly there.  We also have another mechanic coming from Michigan to help with the repairs and we are most grateful for his help, as well as the mechanics here. Hopefully, we can have the plane back in the air before too long. (couple months?)

A couple of weeks ago, a health worker came to our house late afternoon.  They said they had an 8 yr old boy with a steel rod in his chest and who was coughing up blood.  They asked if we could we transport him to the hospital in town.  It was a three foot, home-made fishing spear that was stuck under his arm and into the right side of his chest.  I didn't have bolt cutters to shorten it, so he had to endure it bouncing out there the whole way to town.  His brother tried to stabilize it, but it still bounced a lot… I sure wish I could have taken him by plane!  It would have been smooth and only 17 minutes.  It took over 2 hours on extremely rough road and there was lots of crying and yelps of pain, but he did good considering the discomfort he must have had.  When we arrived, the ER doctor called the surgeon in right away to come and work on him.

Last night, there was a call to go pick up a lady in labor 30 minutes away.  When I got there, they said, "she is about to deliver, come get her in the morning". I told them, "No, that will be too late, we are going now."  Her contractions were less than 5 minutes apart, and I worried we wouldn't make it back here to the clinic.  We did though, and she and her baby are fine. 

Today we took an elderly lady to the hospital for x-rays, and then on the way home, we brought a sick baby with his parents to the clinic here.  We also brought vaccines for use in the mobile clinics that we are helping with the rest of the week, doing immunizations.

School started this week, so we have new teachers in the area and two new police families have moved in next door, so the neighborhood is a bit noisier with lots more kids.

We are making plans to visit the US mid May to first of July. Hope we can see many of you.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  They mean so much to us.  We keep praying for someone to come help us, and someone to take over this project before we get too old!

Gary and Toni


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