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, August 29, 2017

10 years

Greetings to all of you,

It has been 10 years already since we left our jobs, home, and country to go work as volunteers for the Lord. It wasn't easy to sell or give away everything and leave the comforts of our home, but God made it clear that we were to "GO", and so we did! It has been quite the journey.  Many of you have followed us the whole time and some of you more recently.  We have seen God working for us in so many ways.  Our faith and trust in Him has grown a lot.  God has been faithful to His promise to supply ALL of our needs.  We started in Venezuela, and we have been in PNG almost 4 years now.

When we left the USA, we had no idea how or where the funds would come from to operate an aviation program out in the jungle without charging the passengers; not to mention the expense of all the ground work and supplies needed to make it all work. Our God has proved Himself over and over again to be faithful to us. Many of you have been used by God to help supply our needs and we thank you so much for that.  God has used so many different ways and people to provide for this project, and we stand in awe of Him. 

We have been blessed to witness and experience so many miracles and Divine appointments. Miracles that we read about in the Old and New Testament, we have seen happen for us!  What an awesome God we serve!

In these last 10 years, we have had many trials and hardships, but God is still in control and has been watching over us.  We are still looking forward to someone coming to help us and take over this project.

Last week our local mission president came to visit the district we work in for the first time.  He is the first president to visit most of the churches here.  I drove him from  church to church all week.  We visited about a dozen churches all together— many of them we had to hike to because the road didn't go that far.  Some of the churches we were unable to visit because the road was too muddy even for our 4WD vehicle, so we will have to do it another time. The people were so happy to have the visit and will remember it for a long time. We drove hundreds of kilometers and hiked many miles, as well.  I believe the president has a better idea now of the great needs we face here in this part of the bush.

We are still trying to find the best price and availability for an engine and prop for our plane.  It will be awhile yet before we are back in the air, but our God still has a plan and will work out everything as He sees best.  We are grateful that we are able to serve Him even while on the ground.  

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. There are new pictures posted on our blog site if you haven't visited it in awhile.

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


Monday, August 28, 2017

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