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, July 15, 2019

Fwd: Time For A Change...



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Dear Toni,
 

The time has come…..

In life we learn that things always change.  In 2011, I made my first trip to PNG to answer a call for help.  It was obvious then that this would be the biggest challenge we had faced so far—starting a program and airbase from the ground up. God promised to be with us and to guide us.  It was up to us to answer God's call to GO or pass on the opportunity to serve here.  We accepted His call, and it took two years to get the plane ready and then wait for our visa.  We arrived here in Vanimo in 2013 with two suitcases each. 

God has provided for ALL of our needs, including, getting the airplane here,  a house to live in, a vehicle and so much more!  His promise in Philippians 4:19 is true!

After our plane went back to the US last October, we felt that our time here was nearing an end. We started preparing for that, but God didn't open up the door.  Then last week, things started to happen in fast succession. First, we were notified there would be a container here this week, to load our tractor and equipment (that we can't sell) in, and send them home. Then, we learned that my mom's health has taken a serious turn for the worse. Thursday evening, our guy who has worked for us since we arrived, and has lived in the hanger since it was built to provide security, told us he wants to be baptized this Sabbath! We have been praying for him to make this decision for many years. He said he didn't want Jesus to ask us when we get to heaven, "Where is Jimmy".  He said, "I want to be there with you".  

So we are trying to finish up selling, giving away, packing, etc, trying to get ready to depart PNG. We hope to be able to leave early in Aug.  We need to visit our parents right away. Then we want to just go around and visit with as many of you as we can and rest up a bit.  We are worn out and tired.  We have had no real vacation or down time since we arrived here.

We have a couple of mechanics who have agreed to put our plane back together, work on the corrosion problem and install the new engine. Then we will see what God has in mind for it. It will cost plenty to get it ready to fly again.  Our plane being here was not in vain, though.  Even though we were only able to fly the plane a short while, by flying medical supplies out to the bush, we were able to connect with churches in Aminab and Mamamura who had had no missionary or church support for twenty-five years.  One of the churches in Vanimo has made them their mission project now and just a couple of weeks ago there were fourteen baptized there!  

We want thank you for your prayers and support during the years we have worked here and in South America. Our lay workers will be taken care of by an organization in Australia. Praise the Lord!  We pray that God has blessed you as He has blessed us.  If you would still like to help with getting the plane finished or our tickets home, I think MPI will keep our account open for awhile yet.  We will see what God has in store for us next!

 

Blessings, Gary & Toni Lewis

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Our web site:  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA 99324
Please include a note:  PNG Project

Or go to www.missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Visit to the Doctor!



A Visit to the Doctor!
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A Visit to the Doctor!

 

Last week I took a business trip to Lae for 4 days.  While I was there, I was invited to stay with our doctor friend, Andrew Bareng.  We met him soon after we arrived in PNG. He came to Vanimo to give some health talks and treat some of his patients.  He stayed with us and so we became acquainted, and Toni being a nurse, had much to talk with him about. He is naturopathic doctor and specializes in herbal medicines and  infertility.  His clinic is called, "God's Farmacy".


 

I have stayed with him a couple of times in the past when I had to go there for business.  This time, I was able to go with him and see his clinic.  His wife and sons help run the clinic.  It is their own private practice. Patients come from all over the country to see him and get treatment, mostly by word of mouth.  He travels some and gives health clinics, health talks, and treats patients wherever he goes. Lifestyle changes to promote a healthy body is what he teaches.

When we arrived at the clinic in the morning—a little, hole-in-the-wall office—we all prayed together for the patients that would come that day. Then I noticed he prayed with each patient as they came, as well.  At the end of the day, we all gathered again to pray for the patients that had come for help and treatment. The clinic is very small. His office where he sees the patients is about 6 x 10 feet, and the accounting office and storage room are about the same size.  There is no bed or exam table or waiting room. The patients just wait in the hall.  One of the patients that came while I was there, had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and another doctor had recommended immediate mastectomy. She said she wasn't ready to do that, and wanted to visit Dr Bareng first.  He put her on a natural treatment plan, and the day I was there, she came in for a check up. He checked her and could find no trace of  the tumor!  God's natural remedies and prayer are a very powerful combination!


 

Dr Bareng is a man of God and God is using him in a powerful way to be a healer and witness for Him.  We had many great discussions about our ministries and how we see God using us to help others.  In his office beside his desk, is a large flannel picture of an angel, that all patients see when they come for a consult.  His sign on the entrance to his office and on his car says "God's Farmacy".  He is very active in the church and does many health lectures throughout the country.  Sometimes he receives payment in the form of food, since many people don't have cash.  There is no insurance here, either. He works by faith and God provides for his needs.  His car is old like ours, but God keeps it running.  Many patients come to his house or call him after hours.  He turns no one away.


 

 

What a wonderful medical missionary my friend Dr Andrew Bareng is!  If only there were many more like him—choosing to make sharing Jesus more important than making money!

When I left to return home, his wife took me to the market where she bought lots of fresh veggies and fruits that we can't get here in our part of PNG.  Not only did she pay for them, but she went to the airport with me and paid over $100 (USD) in excess baggage for me to take them home on the plane. (The excess baggage fee is $10/ kg.) We have really enjoyed our treats this week!  God keeps providing in so many ways.  I plan to go back soon with Toni to wire his house for electricity to use with a generator that he runs a couple hours each night.  Now he just has extension cords going everywhere and it is not safe. Toni will teach his wife, Leanne how to make gluten, cook beans and use tofu to help them towards a vegetarian diet.  It will be a little mission trip for us.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  They are so important to us and the project here.  May you be blessed too.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

Copyright © 2019 Wings of Hope PNG, All rights reserved.

Our web site:  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA 99324
Please include a note:  PNG Project

Or go to www.missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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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

Copyright © 2019 Wings of Hope PNG, All rights reserved.

Our web site:  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA 99324
Please include a note:  PNG Project

Or go to www.missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

April newsletter

News from the bush

Plenty of things have been happening since our last newsletter.  We had almost 3 weeks of on and off rain with very little sun.  We had to use our small generator some almost every day to keep our batteries up since there wasn't enough solar.  We couldn't do wash for 2 weeks due to lack of solar power and dry enough weather to dry the cloths.  Towels were damp most of the time, helps the mildew grow faster too.  Finally we got two days in a row with mostly sun and the laundry got caught up!  After the first load the washing machine wouldn't come on.  We both tried several things, but nothing.  So we went upstairs and prayed about it as 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 too.  One of our churches was washed away, homes have been destroyed, big bridges have been washed out closing roads for who knows how long, road to town was nearly impassable. Just across the border, about 50 air miles from us, the town where Adventist Aviation operates, 50+ were killed and many still missing. Lots of homes destroyed and thousands still standing in  water.  The airbase lost 8 homes, one employee died, vehicles lost, school and training center were washed a way along with a hanger.  Several million dollars of damage and insurance company isn't paying.

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

All the rain here has made it hard for peoples gardens to produce, yard long beans, (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 it any and canned veggies, don't really exist here.  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 bean.  God is still providing for us!  We hadn't expected anything in return. Yesterday a friend handed me a large cucumber, first we have had in a few weeks.

We have had a few days of sun now and everyone is burning grass and anything that will burn, it is something they just do here. Lots of dust too, doesn't take long to go from mud to dust on the roads, low areas are still muddy.

Lots of ministry work this last month, not much medical but 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 Gods help everyday as we know you do to.  We probably depend on it more as resources here are so limited.  God is faithful if we will just trust, ask and follow Him.

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

Gary and Toni

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newsletter April 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Just a Dog....






Just a Dog....
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    The roads are hard to navigate here—winding and mountainous with ruts, holes, huge rocks slippery mud, and big bumps.  Then there are the logging trucks, dump trucks, fuel trucks, PMV's (people mover vehicles), people, goats, chickens, and dogs to pass and go around.  It's miserable driving to town over one and a half hours away (if it's dry and not muddy)!  

Not long ago, Gary was taking a car full of church leaders to the district worker's meeting.They were over half-way to town, when they encountered a man and his two dogs in the road.  He slowed down and honked his horn, and the man and one dog went one way and the other dog went the other way.  Unfortunately, the lone dog turned back under the car, and Gary couldn't see it and hit it.  It was injured some, but not dead.  The man and his wife and boys all started yelling at Gary and telling him he had to pay 5000 Kina (approx. $1500 US) for the dog!  We had already been told not long after we had arrived here in PNG, that if you hit and kill a dog in the bush, you need to pay about 150 Kina (approx. $45 US) for it.  All the church men in the car were insisting that he needed to pay 500 Kina (approx. $150 US) for it.  Well, Gary didn't have that kind of money on him, so they agreed to meet in Bewani the next day.  

 


 

The next day, the lady came and she met with Gary and the police and a couple of our friends who had been in the car witnessing the whole thing.  She insisted that he had to pay 1000 Kina (approx. $300 US) or 500 Kina plus a puppy to replace the injured (not dead) one.  Well we didn't have any puppies, but felt even 500 Kina was too much to pay.  However, one of our friends said he had a puppy that he would give to them along with the 500 Kina that Gary paid.  That seemed to satisfy her.  We went to her house later in the week and took the puppy to her and she was very happy.

    This story reminded me of Jesus.  We have sinned and done many bad things—injuring people in the process.  We can apologize and try to make it up to them, but we can't make our hearts perfect, good and sinless—only Jesus can!  The man who gave his puppy to the lady satisfied the broken puppy—like Jesus died to save us from our sins and make our hearts clean and good again.  Praise God for sending Jesus to die for our sins!

    Thank you for your continued prayers and help with our project here in PNG,

 

Gary & Toni Lewis

Copyright © 2019 Wings of Hope PNG, All rights reserved.

Our web site:  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA 99324
Please include a note:  PNG Project

Or go to www.missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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