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, January 14, 2019

Fwd: EVIL SPIRITS



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Dear Toni,
 

One of our lay missionaries, Issac Wani, came to me with a story that happened to him in the village of Ellis. He told me that attendance to church has been dropping off and many seem to be loosing interest in spiritual things. Then a few days ago one of the little boys in the village disappeared. Everyone in the small village began to look for him and called him. They can yell very loud out in the bush here and can be heard a long ways off.  They searched and called all morning.  Finally about 1 pm Issac decided he needed to do something. So he went to the church and prayed.  He asked his mighty and powerful God to help him find the boy soon.  After he prayed he went out looking. He had only gone a short ways when he turned around and there was the child, right behind him!  He asked him, "Where have you been?"  The boy replied that he had been flying above the village and saw everyone looking for him, but they couldn't see or hear him. Then when you prayed, I came back down. There was much rejoicing in the village and everyone said it was a miracle.  Last Sabbath the church was very full!  Spirit worship is very real here and witch doctors are common and are very active. We praise God that He is stronger than all the evil spirits or witch doctors. 

Missionary Issac and his wife Lona

There seems to be some confusion about the status and situation with our little plane. In the process of getting some repairs done and getting the plane registered here in PNG, we were informed by Civil Aviation (like the FAA), that due to the age of the engine, (not the hours flown), that we had to put a rebuilt or new engine on it before we could fly it here again. We ordered one from the US and had it shipped here, at great expense. There is a mechanic shop in the Highlands, a three-hour flight from here, that is licensed to work on our plane, and a mechanic with a license to work on it, also. (As far as we know, the only mechanic and shop anywhere near us that is licensed to work on a 182.) That is were we took it to get the work done, and do the paper work for the registration. In August, we went up to find out why the work wasn't getting done, as promised.  When we arrived, the mechanic informed us that the new management of the shop wanted our plane moved outside, which meant it would be subject to more corrosion and vandalism. Then he told us that he was returning to the US permanently in 2 weeks.  So there went our only licensed mechanic, and the shop wanted it out.  The mechanic said he was shipping a few things to the US and he would put our plane in the container with his stuff if we wanted.  So our options were, send it back to the US or have it set outside unsecured and disassembled and basically abandoned.  So we decided God must have another plan for the plane somewhere else.  Where or when, we don't know.  It is now in TN and we need to get it put back together and corrosion issues taken care and then registered in the US again.  With no mechanic with a local license to work on our type of plane here, we can't fly it here.  God's plan is bigger and better than our plan so we are watching and waiting to see what God plans to do with it now. This was not our plan or idea, but God stepped in and changed our course. Someday we will understand. 

 

The plane taking off from the airstrip in Bewani

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. God is still at work here in the lives of people in the bush.

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

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Our web site:  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA 99324
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Our address in PNG is:
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Happy New Year!

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Christmas gifts!
Our neighbors enjoying Christmas!
Dear friend,
 

We want to wish you a Happy New Year— a new year filled with Blessings from above. God wants to prepare a people He can take to Heaven soon.  We are praying that we will all allow Him to do that in our lives this year!

In the last six months of 2018, we witnessed more baptisms in our district than anyone can remember happening in a year before!  We praise the Lord for the 77 who took their stand for Jesus. 

We shared some veggies, toiletries, SS lesson papers and treats with our neighbors and pastors for Christmas.  Christmas here in the bush is not celebrated like it is in many countries.  We saw one fake tree at a market in town and a few strings of tinsel strung in offices—otherwise you wouldn't know it was Christmas here.  Some shoot off firecrackers or cheap fireworks.  New Year's is more of the same— with more drunks drinking "home brew"—the cheaper alternative to canned beer.

On New Year's Day, we took a lady to the hospital in Vanimo with possible kidney or gall bladder stones.  We had quite a few medical transports during the last couple of months.

It is summertime here, and it is very hot and humid, with very little rain. 

Our plane has just arrived in the US and will now begin the long and expensive journey of being reassembled, installing the new engine, and removing the corrosion.  

Thank you for your prayers and continued support.  

 

Blessings to you in 2019!

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

Neighbors happy to receive Christmas treats!
Our other neighbors happy to receive something special!
One of our Somboi Pathfinders being baptized!
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College Place, WA 99324
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Happy New Year

We want to wish you a Happy New Year— a new year filled with Blessings from above. God wants to prepare a people He can take to Heaven soon.  We are praying that we will all allow Him to do that in our lives this year!

In the last six months of 2018, we witnessed more baptisms in our district than anyone can remember happening in a year before!  We praise the Lord for the 77 who took their stand for Jesus. 

We shared some veggies, toiletries, SS lesson papers and treats with our neighbors and our pastors for Christmas.  Christmas here in the bush is not celebrated like it is in many countries.  We saw one fake tree at a market in town and a few strings of tinsel strung in offices—otherwise you wouldn't know it was Christmas here.  Some shoot off firecrackers or cheap fireworks.  New Year's is more of the same— with more drunks drinking "home brew"—the cheaper alternative to canned beer.

On New Year's Day, we took a lady to the hospital in Vanimo with possible kidney or gall bladder stones.  We had quite a few medical transports during the last couple of months.

It is summertime here, and it is very hot and humid, with very little rain. 

A couple of months ago, we started using a new program called mailchimp to send out our newsletters. If you haven't been receiving them, please check your junk/spam file to see it they might be there.  If you click on it and mark that it isn't spam, and it should move to your regular inbox again.  This new program allows us to include pictures to help make the stories more interesting, we hope.

Our plane has just arrived in the US and will now begin the long and expensive journey of being reassembled, installing the new engine, and removing the corrosion.  

Thank you for your prayers and continued support.  

Blessings to you in 2019!

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, December 25, 2018

Christmas gift

This the gift we received this year for Christmas . Our friend Willie Sero blessed is so much and we were able to share others.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Leg cut off

Father of rape victim cut off the guys foot since police did nothing and this isn't first time for him. Village justice. 
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We see lots of big logs getting hauled out of here. All hard wood.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Stuck in the Mud!

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Dear friend,
 

A sabbath to remember!

Seldom do we have a sabbath that one might consider to be routine.

This last sabbath is one that was extra special.  We went out to visit a village— over four hours drive from our home—not actually so many miles as the roads don't allow for fast travel. The last three attempts we have made to visit this village and little church have ended in failure due to the roads being impassable.  We were determined to make it this time, as we were told there was a new "improved" road. They had people requesting baptism so we took the retired pastor with us to take care of that aspect.  We loaded up several large bags with used clothes, a box of Bibles, felts and lesson papers for children's lessons, and lots of talking Bibles (Godpods)—since many out there are illiterate. We left home at 6 a.m. with high hopes and lots of prayer— especially since we had failed the last three times and our car is getting old and tires are worn a bit.  We reached  the "new" road after three hours to the village of Amanab where we were headed. It had rained the night before and there was some light rain as we traveled. The mud was slippery and there were several areas that we barely made it through in 4WD— giving it all we had.  After an hour on this "new road", we got stuck cross-wise going up an incline in deep muddy ruts. I tried everything i could, but no go. People we had just passed said we were about a mile away from the village.  So we decided we would walk the rest of the way, do the baptism and then have the members return with us to help get the car out and haul our gifts to them back to the church.  Just after we started walking, it started to rain, and rain some more. We finally arrived at Amanab after two hours of hiking (5-6 miles) up and down the hills through the rain and the mud— dripping wet.

We were too late for the baptism, because another pastor had gone up with a group earlier in the week and he did it since they figured we weren't going to make it with all the rain.  So we visited with them for about an hour and shared a nice piece of orange watermelon with them. They found several young people to hike back with us to try to get the car unstuck.  There were no vehicles in the village to come give us a pull.  So we hiked the two hours back in the pouring rain.

I had been asking God to keep the rain off the road that we needed to return on, because it was already muddy. When we got to the car, it had not rained there since we left it nor on the road back home!  On the part of the road that we hiked on, it rained a lot. I could see that without another vehicle to help pull it out,  was basically impossible to get our car out. I gathered the group of guys around and told them how angels had helped to lift our 20' container onto a truck at the wharf and that we would need them now to help push the car out.  So we prayed, then we dug out some of the mud, we cut branches to put under the tires and attached a long strap to pull with.  Then some pulled and some pushed. I had the car running, but when I let the clutch out it just smoked and the tires didn't turn, so there was no help from the car.  We dug some more and Toni and I were praying the whole time.  We tried again and now we knew the clutch was probably burned up.  Everyone pulled or pushed hard, and I engaged the clutch, and suddenly the car stated to move, it got lined up so I could back it down the slope and the wheels started to move and I backed it down on its own power.  The angels of God had given the extra push to move it after we had done all we could humanly do.  Then he fixed the clutch and we had no more trouble with it all the way home!  God helps us do what we can't, when we have done all we can!  Don't sit back and wait for Him to act, go to work and then He will help you!  We have experienced this many times.  The guys carried the bags and boxes the two hours back to the village and we drove the four hours home.  The fourteen hour day was a bit long and very tiring, but it was so rewarding to see the hand of God working on our behalf. There were three miracles in one day that we could see with our own eyes!

A week ago Toni suddenly developed a rash and welts on her body that kept moving around. They would pop up in one place and a few hours later, some other place.  There was no fever or other symptoms, just a scary, burning, itchy rash.  After two days of this misery, God healed her. We have no idea what it was or where it came from.

We want to wish each of you a very special Christmas. May it turn our hearts to the first advent of our Savior.  Here in the bush one wouldn't know it was Christmas except for the fire crackers and fireworks that they shoot from Christmas to New Years.  That is all we see and hear here.  

We love it when you send us your notes of encouragement, it really brightens our days here.

Blessings,

Gary and Toni Lewis


 
Copyright © 2018 Wings of Hope PNG, All rights reserved.

Our web site:  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
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Under our house after heavy rain. Good news is it leaves fast too. Pineapple patch in the back.
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Checking for live and fleas
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Monday, November 19, 2018

Thankful for the Blessings!

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Dear friend,

Toni had a nice trip to the US. It was a short one and she was on the go all the time — but she at least got to see immediate family and some friends.  She got a lot of much needed computer help and now we are on a steep learning curve trying to practice and figure out the new things. Being gone from the US so long, has left us very out of date.  She also went to have a tooth checked and found out that she needed several procedures done and in short order. Thanks to kind dentists in Utah, she saw three dentists in three days and got everything fixed up! 

We still haul patients to the hospital in town and help with vaccination clinics as needed. Right now there is an outbreak of Polio in the country so the nurses have been going to all the villages vaccinating everyone 15 and under.  When I go with them to provide transportation, I show the kids and adults the video of Jesus and health videos—all in local language of Pidgin English (Tok Pisin).  It provides incentive to hurry up and get vaccinated so they can come watch the video.  There is no TV, radio, internet or video games to compete with, so I get a crowd real fast, of old and young alike!
We have been here 5 years already living in the bush. We truly believed that someone would have been willing to come and take over this project who is a bit younger, but so far, no one has been willing.

We want to once again thank each of you who have prayed and supported this project so that it has been able to go forward.  Last week our new ministers completed a five week training course for lay missionaries, and twenty-one completed it.  We helped where we could, and are so happy to see them complete this important training. Now the hard part is to get them all to go out and become missionaries for Jesus!

This month 13 were baptized and 40 more requested to get ready for baptism!
We are trying out a new program for sending out our newsletters.  Would like to know what you think of it.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the USA.

May God continue to bless you,

Gary & Toni Lewis
Copyright © 2018 Wings of Hope PNG, All rights reserved.

Our web site:  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
 
Our address in PNG is:
Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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