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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fighting hard

Ground hard fought 4!

Greetings from the jungles of PNG—a place where the unexpected is the norm and nothing is easy to accomplish.  The devil doesn't want to give up ground that he has long claimed as his.  He has been fighting us each step of the way.  The last 18 months we have experienced many set backs. Some are so big you wonder where it was you started from. We have been praying hard for the Lord to intervene and turn things around for His glory.  It's kinda like the story of Job in the Bible—he didn't understand what was going on, either.  God sees a bigger picture than we do, so we just have to have faith that He is still in control and will work things out in His time and way.  

This year we have two new young ministers working here in the bush with us. They are making a positive difference.  We also have a new pastoral director for the district and it appears things are turning around for the good.  In the month of June, we had more baptisms in the district than in all of 2017!  Many more are now getting ready, so the tide seems to be turning back, finally.  

Last week we received two new missionaries that our sponsors are supporting. They both competed the seminary, but the missions here couldn't afford to hire them, so we did!  So we now will have four ministers working here in the bush to reach new areas and strengthen the existing members.  We are excited to have them all here and they come with a sincere desire to serve the Lord.

The mechanics in the States haven't been able to locate a part that we need for the plane, so the work on the plane cannot continue until we get it.  If they have to have it special made, it will cost about $1000.00. 

The car has taken a beating over the last 4 1/2 years driving over our rough roads. It was well used when we got it.  It is the oldest car of its kind that I have seen still running in these parts.  It is showing its wear, and many parts are being replaced and many more need to be. Just this past weekend, it was left on the road 10 miles from home for 3 days.  It was due to a bad wheel bearing, but angels watched over it, and help came with parts (amazing), to get it fixed.  So Gods missionary car is home again!

Everything seems such a struggle here, but that paves the way for God to show His helping hand.  Our ATV has proved to be a blessing, even though I didn't want to bring it here.  When the car is broken down, at least I have some way to go chase parts or meet appointments.  It is not much fun driving it 60 miles in the rain though, and I only have a cold shower waiting when I get home.  At least there was a shower and a dry towel!

I made desks with benches attached for 65 students in the K-2 classroom, at no cost to them. They have been sitting on the floor up until now.  We have been working with various youth groups like Pathfinders and Adventurers. So we are keeping plenty busy.

God blesses us in so many ways.  Your prayers and support DO make a difference as they become tools in God's hand to help us. Thank you so much!  Please continue to pray for us, for the project and for someone to come and take this project over, so we can let someone younger keep it going.  There still isn't any progress on getting our visas renewed so we can visit home again.  Please remember this in your prayers. We really appreciate it when you take a few minutes to drop us a note!

Blessings to each of you,

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


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

22 desk-chairs made and delivered

These desk-chairs were made for local k-2 classroom that has over 60 students with nothing but the floor to sit on or write on. Now that has changed. Each desk will seat 3 students.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

God Provides

God continues to provide!

2 weeks ago, I was scheduled to take the pastor out to Imbinis, a small church out in the bush for Sabbath services. Then later that same day, I was to go pick up another pastor in Kilipaui, after he finished his meetings, so he could get ready to leave Sunday for another series in Oiru, a village about 20 km away.  So I had a weekend booked with lots of driving over our lovely roads. Thursday afternoon when I got back from town, I discovered that one of the bolts holding the shock absorber on the car, was missing and another was loose and not in good shape.  Friday, I checked through my collection of bolts and couldn't find one.  I knew that to find one in town, if I could get there, was not likely. So I asked God to provide bolts if he wanted me to do the missionary walk-a-bouts that I had scheduled.  I searched everything I had and found nothing.  Then I decided to take my ATV down to the Oil Palm office where we do Internet sometimes, about 6 miles away. I know they work on their vehicles some there and just maybe they might have something.  When I got there I asked the mechanic if he had a bolt like I needed.  He said there are some bolts in a tray over there and you can look there.  The tray had a few used bolts in it and right on top were the 2 bolts that I needed, the exact size and were in good condition. He said I could have them!  My God says He will supply ALL my needs!  I was able to finish fixing the car so I could do my missionary work.  Saturday afternoon, when I went to pick up the second pastor, I also had to pick up the body of a lady who had died that morning. The pastor had visited her Friday night, as she was distraught as there is much devil worship where she was living.  The pastor shared scripture with her and prayed with her and she was at peace.  She passed away the next morning peacefully, and I transported her body to her village when I brought the pastor back.  Sunday morning, I took the pastor and some helpers out to Oiru, another village to hold meetings for a week where our lay worker Esther has been working.  

The next week we were so busy, we were not able to get to town to buy food and fruit.  By Sabbath, we had no fruit, but after church, some members gave us some fresh fruit! So God continues to provide for us.  

I spent a good part of the week transporting health workers to remote areas so they could vaccinate the kids for tetanus and measles.  We did it at the elementary schools.  Most of them had no chairs or desks, and one had no books, paper or writing materials.  Only one had a big chalk board.  

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  There is so much work to do here and so few to do it.

Blessings,

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com. (for pictures)

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


Monday, May 14, 2018

This is Andrew's widow, carrying his picture roll in a pvc pipe carrier. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

missionary Andrew Putai

Papua New Guinea Pioneer missionary--Andrew Putai

 

Andrew was born about 1930. The exact dates here are not usually known, because calendars are rare.  In the early 1960's, he went to Musau Island to work on a coconut plantation for three years.  While there, he noticed one of the workers didn't chew beetle nut, smoke or drink.  He also always got his work done faster than the others and better.  So Andrew asked him about it, and he was invited to visit his home.  They became friends and this new friend introduced Andrew to Jesus and the gospel.  When his contract was up, and he was ready to return to his home here in West Sepik Province, he asked the local mission office to please send a missionary to Vanimo Green District (where he was from).  They sent one, and also asked him to serve as a missionary.  He served for thirteen years here in Vanimo Green as a missionary and learned to read with third grade education.  He went to several villages here, and started up small groups of believers in a district that had never heard the gospel.

An SDA pilot/pastor by the name of Colin Winch came from Australia, and asked him to go as a missionary to the Sepik River basin in the area of May River/Ama.  This area was known for cannibalism and a missionary had died there not too long before.  Andrew agreed to go, and while sitting with a group of cannibals, God opened his eyes and he saw heavenly angels standing guard around him.  By the time he left to return to his home in Waramaiyu, here in Vanimo Green; the cannibals had become church members.

In 1994, he helped build the first church in his village of Waramaiyu.  It was made from bush materials and was re-built several times over the years.  Last year he helped to build a more permanent building which was just completed before he passed away on May 3, 2018.  His many children, several of them adopted, grandchildren and great grandchildren attended his funeral.  As he was laid to rest by the church he had just help to build, heaven cried too--as rain fell on the mourners.  I was privileged to transport his body from town on a three-hour ride to his final resting place.  The women whom accompanied me, sang hymns all the

way to Waramaiyu-- some in English, some in Pidgin, some in dialect.  Heaven's presence was near. When the body was carried to its final resting place, his widow sang hymns as she waved goodbye to him, and carried his picture roll.  (He used it to share the Bible stories.)

I was privileged to know Andrew and share the Lord's Supper with him and attend his church several times.  Now, thanks to him bringing the gospel to Vanimo Green fifty-five years ago, there are seventeen churches and about a thousand members here. 

I look forward to seeing brother Andrew again on the resurrection morning; I hope you will be there so I can introduce you to one of God's pioneer missionaries!

There is a picture of Andrew on our blog site: www.lewisjungleministries.com

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

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

 

 

Pioneer Missionary Andrew Putai

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018