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, August 14, 2017

Transporting patient 1 mile to the car

Another life saved! July 17, 2017

We have been back here at our base for just over a week after our nice trip to the US.

We really enjoyed our trip home and seeing so many of you.  The time went by too fast and there was too much to do, but we are happy to have spent some time with family and friends.

We are quickly loosing our "furlough fat"--I have lost 5 lbs already!  Our dog and base were well taken care of during our absence. Upon our return, Civil Aviation informed us that it has been too long since the engine and propeller on our plane have been overhauled, so now we have to send the prop to Australia to have it rebuilt and order a new rebuilt engine from the US for our plane.  Those two things will cost more than we paid for the plane when we purchased it!  The engine is quoted at $32,000.00 plus shipping, etc.  So it will be a few months yet before we can begin flight operations again.  It is still God's plane and His project, so we know He will provide in His time and way.  The more we see God at work here, the more we see the evil one working to stop it.

This afternoon, Sunday, they came to our house requesting a medevac.  In a village a half hour's drive from here, a young lady had a retained placenta and heavy bleeding.  There was no one to transport her.  We went and due to a very muddy road we had to park about three-quarters of a mile from her location, our four-wheel drive was not working because a U joint needs replacement.  We rigged up a stretcher with a makeshift ladder and some planks to carry her.  It was a very long carry in the heat and mud.  None of the men in the village would help carry since she was not their wife and it is taboo for them to do so.  So the male medic, Toni, another lady and myself struggled to get her to the car.  She is now at the hospital in town getting help and we are home and very tired. 

I have been meeting with our lay missionaries this week, Esther has several at her village who are ready for baptism, David, a new lay missionary has 4 who want to study to be baptized and church building is progressing. So we are thankful for the work that has gone on while we were away.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support for the project here in PNG. It really means a lot to us and also to the people here.

July 19, as we were on our way to town, we saw a man waving us down, he had blood all over his face and chest.  He wanted a ride to the hospital after he was in a fight and got all cut up.  It is still the land of the unexpected.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another life saved

Another life saved! July 17, 2017

We have been back here at our base for just over a week after our nice trip to the US.

We really enjoyed our trip home and seeing so many of you.  The time went by too fast and there was too much to do, but we are happy to have spent some time with family and friends.

We are quickly loosing our "furlough fat"--I have lost 5 lbs already!  Our dog and base were well taken care of during our absence. Upon our return, Civil Aviation informed us that it has been too long since the engine and propeller on our plane have been overhauled, so now we have to send the prop to Australia to have it rebuilt and order a new rebuilt engine from the US for our plane.  Those two things will cost more than we paid for the plane when we purchased it!  The engine is quoted at $32,000.00 plus shipping, etc.  So it will be a few months yet before we can begin flight operations again.  It is still God's plane and His project, so we know He will provide in His time and way.  The more we see God at work here, the more we see the evil one working to stop it.

This afternoon, Sunday, they came to our house requesting a medevac.  In a village a half hour's drive from here, a young lady had a retained placenta and heavy bleeding.  There was no one to transport her.  We went and due to a very muddy road we had to park about three-quarters of a mile from her location, our four-wheel drive was not working because a U joint needs replacement.  We rigged up a stretcher with a makeshift ladder and some planks to carry her.  It was a very long carry in the heat and mud.  None of the men in the village would help carry since she was not their wife and it is taboo for them to do so.  So the male medic, Toni, another lady and myself struggled to get her to the car.  She is now at the hospital in town getting help and we are home and very tired.

I have been meeting with our lay missionaries this week, Esther has several at her village who are ready for baptism, David, a new lay missionary has 4 who want to study to be baptized and church building is progressing. So we are thankful for the work that has gone on while we were away.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support for the project here in PNG. It really means a lot to us and also to the people here.

July 19, as we were on our way to town, we saw a man waving us down, he had blood all over his face and chest.  He wanted a ride to the hospital after he was in a fight and got all cut up.  It is still the land of the unexpected.

We have been trying for almost a month to find internet fast enough to send this. Sorry it is so late.

 

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

 

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Adult Cassowary here in PNG

Amazing birds

Bird of Paradise I photographed today.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fast and Furious

Hi family and friends,

We have had a great time visiting many of you the last few weeks as we have traveled around the USA.  We have been super busy trying to get medical work done, dental work done, purchases made, and financial issues dealt with.  So much to do, so little time.  We have really enjoyed visiting with so many of you and you have blessed us with your time.  We have enjoyed the good food you have provided for us, including the many restaurants we have been taken too.  We have been blessed with many free medical and dental services plus gifts from many of you, also.  Thank you so much.  Our time here has gone by way too fast, but we have thoroughly enjoyed it. We will spend this Sabbath, July 1, at Chula Vista SDA church in San Diego, where we will have the program from 9:30-10:30.  We are hoping to see more of you there, if you can make it.  Then on Sunday we will leave to return to Papua New Guinea!  We will fly directly to Manila and then on to PNG.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

God Provides for us

God Provides

God has promised that He will supply ALL of our Needs. When we are doing His work, that is exactly what He does.  We have seen so many times, God providing just what we need and when we need it.

A few days ago, we were informed that some parts we need for the airplane, will cost several thousand dollars. Not exactly an exciting thing to learn. The following day, we were asked by a friend, whatever happened to that lien the FAA found against your plane?  Somehow God made it go away and the FAA cleared our title so it can be registered here in PNG!  I shared this with our friend and told her we just had received notice of the parts bill. She asked how much it was and I told her the approximate amount, as I didn't have all the details yet.  She said she had just received a large gift and 4 days before had sent us a check for almost the exact amount we needed!  She didn't know the need at the time, and nor did we, but God did and He impressed her to help us and it arrived on time!  Is our God awesome or not?

Last week we had to transport a young mother who had gone into labor the day before. When things didn't progress well, she went to find a vehicle to come to clinic near us, over an hour away.  While she waited, the baby's arm came out but nothing more. When she finally got to the clinic near us, the nurses couldn't help her and there was not fetal heartbeat.  So we drove her the last 1.5 hours to the hospital in town to have the baby removed so she could survive.  Life here in the remote areas is really rough sometimes. Not all of our medivacs are 100% successful, but we help as many as we can.

One of our lay workers has prepared 9 people for baptism just this year!

In about 3 weeks we will be leaving to go visit our homeland and families. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  The visit is short, but we hope to make the best of it.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support that help make this project possible.

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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

children's mission story

Children's Mission Story

 

Gary and Toni Lewis are volunteer missionaries working in the country of Papua New Guinea.  It is located near the country of Australia, on the other side of the world from America.  We live out in the jungle where there is no electricity, or running water. Gary is a pilot who flies a small airplane over the jungle to remote villages and Toni is a nurse who helps the sick.

This story took place in 2016.

One day, we received a call on the special radio that we have for talking to the clinics in the jungle.  One little clinic way out in the jungle (bush) called and said that they had a very sick man that needed to be flown to the haus sik (hospital) or he would soon die.  We had several bigpla (big) boxes of medicines waiting to be flown out, as well.  So Gary loaded the balus (plane) up full with boxes of medicines, syringes, pills, bandages, etc. to take out not only to that village clinic, but to another one nearby, as well.  Toni also gave him a box of Bible School lessons and a picture roll to take along.   After putting fuel in the plane from a big 55 gallon drum, and checking the airplane out, Gary was ready for take off.  The plane sleeps in a hanger with a fence around it at night to keep it safe.  So he opened the big gate and started up the engine.  The airplane was happy to go flying again. 

After Gary had checked to make sure everything was working properly, and the engine was warmed up, and radio contact had been made with the tower, about 250 miles away, he pushed the throttle all the way forward and the propeller and engine started going really fast!  The plane began to move down the grass runway going faster and faster!  When it was going about 60 miles per hour, Gary pulled gently back on the yoke and the airplane started to climb up into the air and was flying up higher and higher.  It circled over the airbase and then was climbing up really high so it could get over the mountains that were between the airbase and Amanab, the village we were going to.  After a few minutes, we were up so high that we were flying between the clouds and could see over the mountain.  Once we passed the mountain, we started to go down, down in the sky to the village where the sick man was.  As the airplane approached the village, many people and lots of kids (many of the kids had no clothes on), came out to watch the mission plane land on their airstrip.  After a nice landing, the airplane stopped at the end of the grass airstrip, Gary shut the engine off, and people began to crowd very close to the plane.  First Gary unloaded the boxes of medicines that the clinic was very happy to get, since they were out of many things.  Then patient, Sam, was carried to the airplane.  The villagers had two long pieces of bamboo with vines tied between them to make a stretcher for the patient.  Sam didn't look very good and there was a bag of medicine with a tube attached to his arm to give him fluids and medicine very fast.  We carefully lifted him into the airplane.  There was a missionary there, so Gary gave him the Bible lessons for the kids and the picture roll and was he ever so happy!  He said it had been a long, long time since they had had something like this for the kids.

As the airplane was getting ready to take off to fly to the hospital, Gary looked over to the side of that airstrip to make sure everyone was out of the way, and guess what he saw?  There was about a dozen men standing there with spears, and bows and arrows!  They were not smiling, just staring at the plane.  Gary was hoping they didn't want to put those spears or arrows into the side of the airplane as that would not make it fly very good.  He quickly pushed the throttle forward, and the plane was soon flying again.  As we flew over the airstrip, everyone was waving at the big bird and "white man" that was taking the sick man to the hospital. 

When we arrived in town, an ambulance pulled up to the mission plane and the sick man was loaded into it for the last part of his trip to the hospital.  Then Gary and the airplane flew back to our airbase in Bewani to rest awhile, after covering many miles of jungle to deliver the medicines and take the sick man to the hospital.

 God sends His angels to fly with us so that we are safe, and we can help people who don't have any other way to get help.  God's little plane and his pilot with his wife the nurse, have helped lots of people and are also taking missionaries to remote areas to tell people about Jesus and that He is coming back very soon, too. We need more people to come be missionaries.

 Thank you for praying for us.

 

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

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mission update

Not many dull moments here in the bush. The mechanic from Michigan arrived to work on our airplane. Due to delays in getting permission to make a flight to the repair shop in the highlands, his work was delayed.  But he was able to help work on the planes at Adventist Aviation (AAS) in the mean time. He and the mechanic from AAS arrived in the evening at Vanimo. I drove them to our base at Bewani and we worked all night doing inspection and making some repairs to make it safe for the ferry flight. At 3 am we left for town so the guy from AAS could return home.  His plane was delayed 3 hrs which was frustrating. Mechanic, Len, stayed to fly the plane with me. Delays let him help me get some repairs done on ATV, generator and he even built a screen door. Saturday night while he was there, we had a medivac taking a young lady in labor to the hospital in town.  She had twins, one was born in Bewani, but the second one she couldn't deliver. So she had a very rough 2 hr ride in the night to the Hospital in town.
 When we finally received permission to make the flight to AAS. the weather was good and we had a good flight.  Work started on the plane as soon as we landed.  It will take some time to do the repairs but at least work has begun.  God is still in control and He is working it all out in His time and way.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
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