The MV YWAM PNG was serving villages along the lower Bamu River when they met Manu*.
Two weeks ago, he heard that YWAM would be coming – and what’s more, he heard they offered dental services. He got his dugout canoe and began his long journey downriver. Although he was in extreme jaw pain, he paddled day and night. Stroke by stroke, he travelled for 24 hours.
But at long last, he made it to the ship, surmounting both the distance and the low chances of being a Baimo dental patient. When dentists examined his mouth, they found the source of his agony: seven broken and decayed teeth.
“He was so pleased to see them removed” said a volunteer.
Twenty four hours of paddling while dealing with severe pain speaks to his extraordinary determination – in the words of a witness, “This man is a legend!”