Wednesday, December 28, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Heartbreak!

Dear Family and Friends,

Well the van is down again, and this time I think the engine is finished.  I was headed out to Timehri Airport to pick up a volunteer that was arriving when I noticed that the engine wasn't accelerating any more, in fact I was losing power.  I downshifted and pulled to the side of the road and shut off the engine.  Steam was pouring out of the engine compartment.  I learned later that there was a sizable hole in the radiator, and we lost all our water, causing the engine to overheat.  The irony was that it was almost the exact spot that the van broke down six months ago.  So just as we get the van back online we are set with another major setback.  This is a serious setback but not heartbreaking.  Let me share what is heart breaking.

Two days ago when I touched down in Kamarang Village, the medex (like a Paramedic) came out to the airplane and explained a sad situation.  Evidently one of her nephew's who was working in the mines at Issanaru had committed suicide.  Because of the Christmas holidays there were no flights into that region from Kamarang Village and the distraught mother and kids were desperate to get there before they buried the body.   

I ended up flying the relatives to the nearest air strip since it was just off my route of travel.  The next morning they called me back on the HF Radio to see if I would fly back to pick up the body and carry it back to Kamarang.  I declined...  The high cost and elapsed time simply made it simply impossible.

As we were driving out to Timehri airport to tow the dead van back home, I was musing out loud to Winston James, our associate director.  Why are we not reaching out these miners?  Much of the work of spreading the gospel happens in the cities and villages, but very little efforts are being made to reach out to these mining communities.  Why?  Most of these miners are caught in vicious trap.  They desperately need work to support their families, and the gold mines provide a stable job with very good pay.  But every conceivable sin is waiting for them when they arrive.  Those who are weak in character, find it almost impossible to live morally upright lives.   The debauchery that happens is almost beyond imagination, and some poor souls decide that the only way out of this "hell" is to end their own lives.

As I shared my frustrations with brother Winston, an idea began to form in my mind.  I've decided that the only way we can get to these miners is to copy DVD's of David Asscherick and Doug Batchlor and distribute them far and wide throughout these mining communities.  One thing that miners have is money, and they have an abundance of generators, and DVD players.  I'm sure some would be thrilled for something of substance besides Hollywood drivel.  It's not that hard to fly into these mining airstrips and hand out stuff for the miners to watch.  Then we can have a questionaire that they can fill out and send back, so we know how effective it is, and how to follow it up. 

That's my new years resolution.  2012 is going to be a year of outreach.

James
 
James & Joy Ash
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Georgetown, Guyana
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] A New Chapter for Kopinang


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Friday, November 18, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Launching into Kopinang


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Mechanical Miracle



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Sunday, November 6, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Nine Exciting Mission Trips


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Monday, October 24, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] BLS Disclaimer

Dear Friends and Family,

I want to send a follow up note to all our GMR readers, informing you that we have received special permission to distribute "The Bible in Living Sound" in Guyana.  The Bible in Living Sound is copyrighted material, and should not be duplicated without the expressed permission of it's director Dean Sanders.  All authorized duplications must have a BLS copyrighted label, so that illegal copies aren't mistakenly made.

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God bless,

James Ash
 

[Guyana-Mission-Report] A New Ministry is Born


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Friday, October 7, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] The Last Flight


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Launching a New School


























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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Sad Flights

Today is a sad day of flying.

Last Tuesday I was sitting in an exceptionally boring meeting at Ogle Aerodrome when I got called out by our other pilot to do a medivac to Philippi village in Region 7.

Two villages are notorious for having poisonous snakes.  One is Chenaweng and the other is Philippi.  This time it was a little girl about four years old who was bit on the calf by a large Laborea Snake. 

When I arrived on the scene six hours after the incident the leg was already swollen up and she was starting to spit blood (a very bad sign).  I immediately made a charcoal poultice and applied it to the bite.  I also mixed up a solution of charcoal water for her to drink. 

She was alert and I was hopeful that she might pull through, but when we arrived in Ogle and loaded her into the Ambulance, she threw everything up.  Sadly, like other snake bite victims, she died on the operating table the next evening.

Today I'm going to fly her body back to Philippi, and the body of another man back to Chinaweng.

BUT...  I'm planning to take some time on the ground in both areas to talk with each of the health workers, and give them some charcoal and instructions.   I have a scar on my left ankle from a brown recluse spider bite that was successfully treated with charcoal.   I plan to use it if I need to to try and drive home that charcoal really works.

Then I must move a bible worker to another village so he can start an evangelistic campaign, and then I must fly down South to meet some new Russian volunteers who are coming to help at our industrial college.
 
Please pray for me, because this is going to be a day of many challenges.

God bless,

James

James & Joy Ash
121 Durban Backlands
Georgetown, Guyana
011-592-629-5141
http://guyanaaviationevangelism.blogspot.com/
874 South McDonald SW
McDonald, TN 37353
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Perfect Timing (again!)



I sense that the Lord is quietly putting more pieces of the puzzle together, preparing us for what could very well prove to be a landmark year of outreach and evangelism.


Just three days ago I was walking into the Davis Memorial Hospital compound just as another gentleman was catching a cab to leave. The timing couldn't have been better. Incidentally, I had talked with this gentleman on the radio about five months back, and in general terms explained that I needed him to be a bible worker in Region 8.  Since we were on a public frequency, I decided not to discuss details.   Anyway, when we saw each other in the Hospital driveway we were both pretty shocked.


Since the taxi driver was waiting on him, I asked if he would be willing to come over for supper.  That evening I spent a couple hours sharing with him my burden for opening up some new work.  I could see that God has been working on his heart and convicting him that he needs to become a bible worker again.   Four years ago he had been a GAMAS bible worker in Kopinang village, but when his fiancee left him, he lost his missionary zeal, quit bible work, and went to work in the mines.  But like Jonah running to Joppa to get away from his calling, Ray has been working as a foreman in the mines in Jawalla making good money, but still feeling a deep longing to serve the Lord.


No - it wasn't a coincidence that we bumped into each other.  And at the conclusion of our evening together, I challenged him to quit mining and go to work for the Lord again. 

He says he'll need 30 days to wrap up his mining work and then he'll come on board full time.


Before we parted ways we had a special prayer together with him, praying that God would open up new opportunities as we move forward.  The next day he caught a commercial flight back to Kamarang.


Timing – Perfect once again!  One or two minutes one way or another and we would have missed each other.


One other piece of good news is that the minibus is back together again, but the engine knocks pretty badly.  The mechanic calls it a diesel knock, and says that it is caused by too much diesel injected into the cylinder.  He'll try to fix it tomorrow, but says that he needs the whole day to adjust it.  Hopefully it won't take too much time to fix.


Must run,


James


James & Joy Ash
121 Durban Backlands
Georgetown, Guyana
011-592-629-5141
http://guyanaaviationevangelism.blogspot.com/
874 South McDonald SW
McDonald, TN 37353
1 (423) 473-1841 or 1 (423) 473-1842

Monday, August 8, 2011

[Guyana-Mission-Report] Do Angel's Drive Golf Carts?

Lot's of exciting stuff happening.

I'm convinced that at least one angel resides at JFK International and she drives a stretch golf cart!  No joke!  Ok, ok - I'm not totally sure that she was a real angel, but when we stepped off of our flight from Salt Lake City a little after midnight, we had not idea how close we were squeezed for time.  I vaguely knew that we'd had lost some time on the previous flight, but unbeknownst to us, the moment we arrived, they were already boarding the other aircraft in a whole different concourse.  Only if you've traveled through JFK International can you fully appreciate the tremendous size of the airport.

As we stepped off the airplane the black lady was quietly waiting there, watching us from her limo-cart.  I vaguely remember seeing her but decided first to ask someone who would know where we were supposed to go.  As I strode past her over to the nearby Delta counter to ask where we were supposed to go, the lady in the cart turned to my wife and asked, "Why didn't your husband ask me where you guys are headed?  I know all the flights around this place."  A little taken back Joy said to her, "We're going to Georgetown Guyana".  And without missing a beat she said, "Flight 383 - I know the flight well.  It's boarding right now.  You'll need to hurry"

 "Uhh...  Is there anyway you might take us there?" my wife asked.

"I can take you to the shuttle, and they'll take you directly to the flight.  But you need to hurry, the shuttle is about to leave."

At this point in time Joy started giving me sign language across the room that we needed to leave immediately.  We loaded up in the golf cart and she sped us down the concourse past all the other passengers loudly telling people to clear out of our path.  Soon we pulled up at another counter where they checked our passports and put us on the last shuttle bus that night.  Then it was that we began to piece together the details.  The skytrain which normally runs all night wasn't working beyond 9pm due to construction on a new Delta Concourse.  Buses were running, but we had narrowly made the last bus four our flight.  Less then ten minutes after we found our seats, the 757 was pushing back from the gate. 

Life hasn't slowed down since arriving.  Gary Roberts and D.J. Knott with their families have been in Paruima working on the damaged Maule.  It appears that the damage isn't quite as extensive as once though, but it will take lots of hard work to get it out of Paruima in the next ten days. 

Meanwhile we're working on getting the minibus going again.  Today we picked up a new head and hopefully by some time this week we'll be back up and going again.  It looks like the van may have been driven after I left the country.  Sigh.  Whoever picked it up (it would seem) may not have wanted to tow the vehicle so they may have tried to drive it back, just adding water whenever it needed it.  Sigh...  So a simple fix probably escalated into a $1000 USD+ problem. 

On a positive note.  Last thursday Gary and DJ were able to put the new tires on the 182.  They look really nice, and I'm itching to try them out.

I need to run catch some lunch.  I've got a bazillion things to do, including gettinginternet at the house. 

James  

James & Joy Ash
121 Durban Backlands
Georgetown, Guyana
011-592-629-5141
http://guyanaaviationevangelism.blogspot.com/
874 South McDonald SW
McDonald, TN 37353
1 (423) 473-1841 or 1 (423) 473-1842