Samaritan Aviation 2016 December Quarterly (Scroll down to read more!)

It was late afternoon when Samaritan Aviation Papua New Guinea Medical Director Chris Cooke received the call from Biwat Health Center. A lady from upriver had been carried down to the Health facility, after giving birth to a healthy baby boy.

Complications occurred when the village birth attendant was unable to deliver the placenta. After working to stabilize the patient, the staff realized that her only hope for survival was to call in the floatplane. The Biwat clinic boat proceeded downriver for an hour until they came to the place where they could call Samaritan Aviation.

Mark Palm and Chris Cooke flew to the Sepik River near the mouth of the Yuat River; Mark assessed the water, and set up for landing. A mile to the south, a big afternoon thundershower was in full swing, which created a sense of urgency. The wind was beginning to gust as the clouds and rain made their way towards the boat and airplane, as the Samaritan staff worked feverishly to load the mother and new baby on board the plane.

Sina waiting to be loaded onto the floatplane

After the 25 minute flight to Wewak, the Samaritan ambulance quickly delivered the mother to the delivery room where the doctors at the Boram hospital were waiting.

The next day Chris and Sarah Cooke returned to check on this young mother and were told an amazing story by the nurse on duty.

It seems that a few hours after hospitalization, her vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, and respirations) began to deteriorate to the point that death looked imminent. The nurse called out to the ward and they all stopped to pray for this mother. After only a few hours, her vital signs strengthened and she began to make a full recovery! Our team was able to meet with her and pray with her as she began her recovery process. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude to God!

This is another amazing story of a life saved through our work and ministry in Papua New Guinea. We’re so thankful for the team of doctors and nurses at the Boram hospital, who were there to give her the treatment she needed, and to God for sustaining her life so that she could go back to her village and be with her husband and new baby.


We are excited to announce that two Papua New Guinea businesses have stepped up to support Samaritan Aviation through financial contributions! Fuel and lubricants supplier, Islands Petroleum, and South Seas Tuna Corporation have partnered with Samaritan Aviation to save lives in the East Sepik province. Their contributions are helping with our organization’s costs through our ‘Fuel for Life’ project as we work to lower the infant and maternal death rate in the remote areas of the East Sepik province. We are so thankful for their assistance and look forward to building a strong relationship with them as they give back to those in need in the remote areas of Papua New Guinea.

We are challenging business in the United States to do the same and perhaps consider matching grants for their employees!

You can help tell our story

Christmas Shopping With a Purpose!

When you purchase an item from our website, your donation helps to fuel our oatplanes and save lives in Papua New Guinea! Go to and click the "SA Gear" tab or click the button below.

New long sleeve design available on our website!

One of our biggest needs

For some that live in the East Sepik province, it can take up to 2-3 days to get to an aid post to obtain life saving medication. Your donation will ensure that it is waiting for them when they get there.

$25 a month helps to purchase food and clothing for our patients in our hospital ministry.

$50 a month helps to deliver 100 lbs of medicine to remote Aid Posts along the Sepik river.

$100 a month helps to deliver 200 lbs of medicine to remote Aid Posts along the Sepik river.

$200 a month helps us with fuel to conduct one Life Flight.

Please, please consider becoming a monthly supporter for 2017!

You can go to and sign up today or call our office at 970-249-4341!

the williamson's have arrived!

We are happy to announce that Forrest and Marlene Williamson and their children, Sophia and George, arrived in Papua New Guinea from Germany on October 25th. Forrest recently graduated from Moody Aviation in Spokane, Washington with a Bachelor of Science in Mission Aviation Technology. Marlene grew up in Germany and graduated from nursing school in 2006. We are grateful for their commitment to serve with us in Papua New Guinea and being part of the Samaritan Aviation team!

Media internship opening!

We are looking for a Media Intern that can come to Papua New Guinea for 2-3 months beginning in February of 2017! The assignment would involve capturing and documenting our Medical Supply and Life Flights, our Hospital Ministry, and surfing outreach, as well as our families serving in PNG. For more information:

Construction team needed

We need skilled construction workers for renovations where our families are living. For more information: or call Bryan at 480-747-5571

PO BOX 492, Montrose, CO 81402

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