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, April 1, 2019

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Dear Toni,
 

Plenty of things have been happening since our last newsletter.  We had almost three weeks of rain, with very little sun.  We had to use our small generator some almost every day to keep our batteries charged up, since there wasn't enough solar power to charge them.  We couldn't do laundry for two weeks due to lack of solar power and enough dry weather to actually dry the clothes.  Our towels were damp most of the time, which helps the mildew grow faster too!  Finally we got two days in a row with mostly sun and we got the laundry caught up!  After the first load, the washing machine wouldn't come on.  We both tried several things, but nothing worked.  So we went upstairs and prayed about it—we really needed to get some laundry washed and dried.  We didn't have time to do it by hand that day, either.  I went back down and tried the machine one more time, and yes, it worked—and has been working ever since.  God is faithful. 
The heavy and prolonged rains have done their damage here.  One of our churches was washed away, homes have been destroyed, big bridges have been washed out—closing roads for who knows how long. The road to town was nearly impassable.


 
              Imbinis church that was washed away by the rains and flooding.

 

 Just across the border, about 50 air miles from us, in the town where Adventist Aviation Indonesia operates, 100+ were killed and many are still missing. Lots of homes were destroyed and thousands are  still standing in water.  The airbase lost 8 homes, one employee died, several vehicles were lost, and most of the school and training center were washed away—along with a hanger.  Several million dollars of damage was done—and the insurance company isn't paying.


 

 

 

We hear there is flooding going on in other parts of the world too.  Destruction is following destruction everywhere.  The Bible says that is how it will be in the last days.

All the rain here has made it hard for people's gardens to produce, yard long beans, (a main veggie staple for us) and cucumbers are very hard to find now. Diet is becoming more limited. Stores don't stock much fresh stuff— if any; and canned veggies are hard to find and expensive.  But just this week, a lady had come asking for a Bible—and we gave her one.  A couple of days later, she sent us a bag with green beans, corn, squash and snake beans!  God is still providing for us!  We hadn't expected anything in return. Yesterday a friend handed me a large cucumber, it's the first we have had in a few weeks.

 

We have had a few days of sun now, so everyone is burning grass and anything that will burn—it is something they just do here. There is lots of dust too.  It doesn't take long to go from mud to dust on these roads, the low areas are still muddy.  We have done lots of ministry work this past month, but not much medical. It always seems to come in spurts, so we will see. Malaria is on the increase due to all the rain.  Thank you so much for all your prayers on our behalf.  We need God's help everyday, as we know you do too.  We probably depend on it more as resources here are so limited.  God is faithful if we will just ask, trust, and follow Him.  We want the people here in PNG to be on fire for Him!

 

Thank you to those of you who have supported this project, without you we would be very limited in what we can do.  May God bless you in a very special way.

Gary and Toni

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