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, 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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

News from the bush

Greetings from the "bush" (jungles) of Papua New Guinea!

 Living in the jungle is quite different from the deserts of Arizona or the farmlands of Pennsylvania. We get rains several times a week--sometimes in small amounts and sometimes in large amounts that come very fast.  Flooding can happen quickly and then the water goes away surprisingly fast.  All the rain produces lots of humidity and green vegetation.  Plants grow quickly here if they have decent soil to grow in. Mildew is a big problem on the clothes, books and other household items.  It is surprising how fast it destroys things.

Last month we told you about the cooking school Toni was going to have along the border with Indonesia.  It went well, and the ladies and even some men seemed to enjoy it.  They especially liked the food she cooked up for them. It remains to be seen whether or not they will make it on their own!

Lingenfelters were here for about 2 ½ weeks to see what the project is like.  Stephen worked on the plane for about a week and the rest of the time helped with repair projects here at the base, which we really appreciated.  They also brought some much needed parts and supplies, which were a big help.  We are all praying for God's guidance on whether they should come work here long term or not.

This month, Len Sherwood has returned to work on our plane.  Unfortunately little work had been done on the plane in the last year since he left.  We had been promised it would be nearly finished except the engine and reinstalling the wings.  That didn't happen, so Len has had to spend his time doing the work we thought was already done.  The new engine did finally arrive at the shop after many delays and obstacles.  The devil really doesn't want this plane flying with the everlasting gospel to the people in remote areas.  We keep pressing forward as hard and fast as we can, and as God opens doors for us.  Len also brought us some supplies that we needed, plus is working for a month on the plane, so we are deeply grateful for his help!  We really need another airplane mechanic to come help get it finished! 

We have been spending many hours on the rough roads here doing ministry work out in the remote areas.  This last weekend, I drove about 11 hours in 2 days and next weekend looks like it will be about the same.  We have had to spend a lot of money on parts for the car this year, and Stephen was kind enough to help me install many of them.  The car (and us) takes a real beating with the "roads" here.   We are grateful for a sturdy vehicle that holds up well and for a God who keeps it running for us.  I can't think of a vehicle better suited or built for the job that we have.  God picked it out for us, and it has done a wonderful job for us.

We can't make plans for our visit to the US until we have our new visas in hand.  We are still hoping to visit this summer.

One of our lay missionary families, Isaac and Lonna, will have the church they built in an unreached area, dedicated this Sabbath.  We are so happy with all the hard work they have done.  Due to prior a commitment, we will not be able to attend the actual dedication.  We will be way out in the bush at another church conducting church services and the Lord's Supper.  There is always plenty of work to do here. 

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  God is hearing your prayers and blessings your gifts!  Thank you for your important part in spreading the gospel in this part of the bush.

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, April 10, 2018

We have great beaches

Flowers in our yard