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, October 22, 2018

life in the bush

FRIDAY

The trip home after a medivac was something else. I had two empty drums in the back— hoping to sell them. About a 1/3 of the way home it started to rain and I stopped to check barrels to make sure the rough road wasn't going to make them break the window again. When I started up, there was a growling noise and drag to the left. I got out again— in the rain— to see if I had flat. No I didn't—and I didn't see any problem. I tried to go again and it was worse. I got out again and discovered that  one of the two bolts that holds the brake assembly on the front wheel was gone and the assembly was dragging against the rim. This is Friday @12:30 pm and it is raining, and a long ways from no where! I backed the car up a couple of feet and the brake realigned enough so it didn't rub on the rim. After lots of praying, I went forward slowly and it stayed aligned. I couldn't use the brakes, since that would make it lock up again. So I drove home in the rain, with no brakes, slowly up and down the mountains. I was glad to have a manual transmission. I was so thankful to get both the car  and myself home safely, I had to use the hand brake once to slow down a bit. It was a slow muddy, wet drive home.  I don't have a bolt to replace the lost one, so will look at my options on Sunday. I hiked to Somboi to inform the pastor that I can't take him to his preaching engagement tomorrow. I don't have the  ATV available, because Toni has the only key with her, to get a copy made. 

Such is life in the bush. Dinner was a bit late, but that is common here. 

SUNDAY

Today my helper offered to hike to the logging base camp about 16 miles away to see if they had a bolt that would fix the problem on the car. He was able to get a ride most of the way going and returning. God answered that prayer and he was also able to get two bolts the size I needed. Now I have a spare! God has so many ways to provide! They are used bolts, but there was no charge! Yesterday, I just walked to the closest church on Sabbath, just over a mile away, since I didn't feel like walking to the church I had planned to attend, about 12 miles away.

There have been lots of drunks roaming around and it was very noisy last night and today, and I can still hear yelling tonight. The moon is out and it is always worse when it is bright at night!

One of my missionaries brought me 5 ears of corn today and peanuts! She said she will have more peanuts later this week for me. Our retired pastor gave me a nice pineapple, and last sabbath they gave me one at church too! God is so good!

MONDAY

I brought a lady to the hospital in town this morning. It is her 4th pregnancy, and she is having twins—one is transverse. She is in labor so they wanted her in town in case she needs C-section. Days seldom go as we plan. There are always surprises! God helped me to get car repaired yesterday—just in time for this medivac! That was at 8:00 am. At 8:00 pm they came back to my house with another lady in labor needing to go to Hospital in town as they said she had an inverted uterus.  I got home a little before midnight. Just a glimpse in to life in the bush.

 I hope you have a wonderful week. 

Gary and Toni Lewis

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 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Counting the cost

Counting the cost…

What is the cost of missions? What is the price tag for winning a soul to the Kingdom of God? How much is enough; how much is too much to reach the lost? How much are you and I willing to give to see someone in Heaven?

When you really stop to think about these questions, what do you come up with? God gave up everything to make the way possible for us to be redeemed. He gave up more than we can even begin to imagine. Why then do we complain when we give so little to reach the unreached?

Just before we came to PNG, a young family sold everything to become volunteer missionaries to a remote tribe here in PNG.  Not too many months after they arrived, he was killed in a freak accident. They hadn't even received their shipment of goods and personal items yet. The widow and 2 daughters had to return to the States with nothing.  What a price they paid, and are still paying, to try to bring the good news of salvation to an unreached tribe.  Did God ask too much? I think often of our friends and fellow pilot who were volunteers in Venezuela, where they had given all up for reaching the unreached in the bush. Their plane went down doing a medical evacuation and has never been found. Was the price too high; was it worth it? So many others have given their all for the gospel. The Bible tells of many who did the same thing thousands of years ago.  History records many through the ages who have paid a very high price, and sometimes we wonder what was gained by it all.

God has been merciful to us and spared our lives thus far.  For some reason, He has seen fit to end the use of our little plane here in PNG. I only made about 160 flights with it here. Those flights included medical evacuations for those needing urgent medical care, flying vaccines and medicines out to remote villages, and taking missionaries and pastors out to unreached villages to share the good news of Jesus. Many of you have donated a lot of money to get the plane ready to come, then to get it here and then to help with the maintenance and repairs while here. A lot of money has been spent for only a few hours of flight. If one of those flights had resulted in you getting the medical care you needed to spare your life, would it have been worth it? What if one of those flights brought in the vaccines needed to spare your village and family from a deadly outbreak, would it be worth it? What if one flight was the one that brought you the good news of Jesus and lead you to being saved in God's kingdom, would the cost be too great?

We are very sad that due to things out of our control, the plane is now being shipped back to the USA.  The mechanic who has the PNG license to work on it, sign it off and agreed to do continued maintenance on if for us, is returning permanently to the US. That leaves no one to sign it off or provide for future maintenance at this time. The shop where is was being worked on, doesn't really want it taking up space when there is no one to finish repairs. As far as we know, he is the only mechanic and this is the only shop in the country certified to work on our Cessna 182 that is available to us. So we were left with the option of just walking away from it and leaving them with the parts they don't want, or of shipping it and getting it flying again once back in the US. Maybe God has a work for it to do there now, or maybe in another field somewhere else.  We don't know the answer to that yet.  This has not been easy for us, but since when has mission work been easy?  

We do know that God has not forgotten or forsaken us! His promises are true!  Apparently the work is completed for our plane here, even though we see a great need for it— through our poor human eyesight.  God knows best and we are trusting Him to work it all out for His glory.  

Thank you so much for all you have done and given to make these few flights possible, only Heaven will tell us the results of this investment, and we will say, It was good enough!

This raises lots of questions and we have been struggling with many of them the last few weeks, as this has all taken place since our last newsletter. We don't have many answers yet, but are taking it one day at a time and trying to build our faith and trust that God will work all things out for the best.

Toni will be visiting family the month of October, I will stay back and help establish our new lay missionaries and keep doing the myriad of things that keep us busy all the time.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  They really mean a lot to us.

Blessings, 

Gary and Toni

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


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More insect traps

Insect trap, plant eats insects

Monday, September 3, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2 baptized this sabbath in the ocean

2 baptized this Sabbath

Baptism in the Ocean

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Good news

Some good News!

For over a year, we have been trying to get a new three year visa and work permit so we can go home and return to PNG, legally.  Our old ones expired in January of this year, which has made it so we can't leave the country, let alone return. We have been receiving excuses and delays for months.  Finally a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to go in person to the capitol and the agency office and see if that would help, since  emails and phone calls didn't seem to be doing the job. The main lady who operates the agency has been sick for a couple of months and finally turned our case over to an assistant. We met with him and got more delays, then he up and left for a new job in another city. We were in town staying in a motel and they are not cheap in this country. After the third day the lady's sister contacted us and said she would go to immigration and try to sort it out. We met her there and they said we had to pay a large fine because we overstayed our visa. We showed how we had filled out all the paperwork on time and the agent had assured us all was filed. They had no record of it in their system, so we had to pay.  She promised it that afternoon. Well that turned into a week. Finally, the sister was able to get them, and that night her sister, the one who owned the agency died.  Our friend was able to pick up our passports from her though, before things got delayed again!  Now we are just trying to get our friend to send our passports to Vanimo so we can have them!  It was God's timing that we went when we did.

Last week in the village of Oriu we had a baptism of four people.There are no Christians in this village and these are the first to be baptized!  Our lay workers have been working hard there and finally we have a harvest!  Many more have now expressed their desire to prepare for baptism also!  To get to this village we drove an hour, hiked 20 minutes along a steep river bank in the bush and then waded across the river (up to mid-thigh).  As the baptism and program were finishing, it got windy, we heard thunder, and saw dark clouds.  I asked God to please hold the rain back and the river that was sure to rise until we were done and back on the main road.  We barely reached the road when the heavens opened and dumped the rain.  The river rose very fast where we had just had the baptism and waded across.  On the road home trees were being blown down across the road.  Angels went before and we arrived home safely after removing a tree by towing it with the car!

When we purchased our airplane engine, we had to make a large deposit so that we would send the old engine back to the factory.  After many months, the cancelled check just arrived!  We praise God for that!

The next 3 Sabbaths we have baptisms scheduled in different villages and more are lining up to get put on the schedule.  It is rewarding to see people beginning to realize time on this old earth is running out and we need to get right with God!

It is also rewarding to see how God continues to provide the food we need, good health and the funds to keep going.  Sometimes we wonder how we will pay all the bills, but God seems to find a way.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support.  We are doing the best we can and God is blessing in many ways.

Gary and Toni Lewis

New pictures posted on our blog belowwww.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