Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending 3 years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We are starting 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 has become very apparent. We are going to take health workers and supplies into remote village airstrips and bring out critically ill patients to the hospital. We will also be able to fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni will be helping with the medical end of things while Gary will take care of the flying part. 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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


our two new water storage tanks and a laundry sink set up.


God provides for our needs

Hi family and friends,

We are saddened by the death of Bob Roberts this past week, His plane crashed just a few miles across the border from us. He has been a mission bush pilot for over 30 years. His plane crashed just after take off, he and another passenger were killed and 5 others survived. He was flying a two -year -old Kodiak.

Our plane has arrived in Guam and is presently being reassembled after its trip across the Pacific in a container. A contact there, who is helping with this task, also helped to get us through customs in Guam, without being charged. They were telling us it could cost several thousand $. Hopefully it will be ready to test fly by the end of the week.  Our ferry pilot plans to fly it here about the middle of the following week, (21st-25th) depending on weather, etc.

God does provide for all our needs, He has promised. Last week a friend, who I met here briefly 2 years ago on my survey visit, offered to help with customs and shipping here. She came here a week and a half ago, and spent a week going to different government offices, making phone calls, writing letters, getting signatures and seals of approval, doing more visits, etc.  She put together a thick file of documents to send to the customs commissioner here in PNG, requesting an exemption from custom fees for our plane and our supply container. She believes and so do we, that it will be granted. God is faithful and will continue to provide.

Last Sunday our supply of fresh veggies was nearly exhausted when a family came to visit us and brought a big bag of groceries with lots of veggies and other food items! Just in time and so much appreciated. Those items are pretty much done now, but yesterday the ship came in that has the veggies our regular supplier gives us and he said he would be by later today with those! God's timing is awesome. 

We only brought bath towels for the two of us when we came.  Several were given to us before we left and we put them in the container, which has not arrived yet. Our pilot, who is bringing the plane, is trying to travel as light as possible so he can carry fuel, we asked him to please bring his own towel. Last night we received a care package from one of Toni's nursing friends from San Diego. On top of the box, was a nice big bath towel! Yes God notices the little things too. Less weight and more room for the pilot now! Towels here are very expensive and very poor quality. The rest of the package was filled with special treats that we will enjoy very much!

We have had lots of rain this last week and our water tanks where we are living are full and over flowing! Progress is being made on our house in Bewani, a bit slow but God knows when we will need it and He will provide for that too.

Today, Toni is teaching a vegetarian cooking class at our home!

A special thank you to those of you who have chosen to be a part of this project with your financial support and prayers. God is opening doors and the people here are really excited as they see God leading. May you be blessed, too.

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 22, 2014

Step by Step

Step by Step

Last weekend we received the tragic news that our good friend and fellow volunteer missionary, who served with us in Guyana, Loren Mandigo, passed away in Kenya, Africa. He and his family have been building a new school there. He died from complications of a respiratory infection and malaria. His four young kids were also sick at the time. His wife Lisa, was the only well enough to take care of them. She drove Loren 2.5 hrs to a hospital where he passed away last Sunday evening. The price of missions is high, but the reward is out of this world. Rest in peace my friend until Jesus comes.

Now that we finally have wheels of our own, it is much easier to move about and get things done. We went to church in Bewani last weekend and then went out twice during the week to work on the house. Each trip is 60 miles round trip and takes over 3.5 hrs to make (and that is pushing it hard) on the rough logging road. When it is dry, like the first two trips were, the dust is really bad, when it rains, it turns to slimy goo that is very slippery, and sticks to everything. There are lots of sharp rocks and very rough driving. The logging trucks have to park and wait during the rain, as they can't make it up and down the steep grades, because it is too slippery.

This week we got our 2 medium-sized water storage tanks hauled out and installed, (approx. 2000+gal total). We installed down spouts so we are now collecting water anytime it rains.  We were also able to repair a bad leak in the roof and some gutter leaks.  Now we have to plumb the house and do kitchen sink and cabinet as well as bathroom.  We don't have stairs yet either. Now we are just using a very makeshift T ladder to access the house--not something Toni wants to use. We are grateful for all the volunteers who come out to help us each time we go work on the house.

The airplane is being loaded into a shipping container Sunday March 23, it will leave port from San Diego and arrive in Guam two weeks later.  There our mechanic, Alberto Marin, will reassemble it and our pilot, Tony Varga, will then fly it here to PNG! Meanwhile we are trying to get all proper arrangements made here for its arrival as well as our supply container that is suppose to arrive in country about the same time as the plane.

We just got confirmation that our first volunteer mission group, from Texas, will be arriving in June to help us put up the airplane hanger. This is exciting; if there are one or two people experienced in construction that would like to join them, let us know. The cost of sheet metal roofing is very expensive here, ($45/12ft sheet) so it will be a challenge to roof the hanger.

Thank your for your continued prayers and support. It is so much appreciated. We love to hear from you too.

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, March 10, 2014



Here are pictures of our new water tank, our "new" vehicle, (5 yr old Land Cruiser) and a Brahminy Kite that flies near our house. About the size of a crow.

prayers are being answered

Prayers Are Being Answered!
We have been working on the purchase of a 4WD vehicle since the end of Dec. We found a used Toyota Land Cruiser that was offered to us at a reasonable price. Vehicles are very expensive here! We agreed upon a price and thought we would soon have it.  Due to delays and lots of excuses, it drug out for 2 ½ months. Yesterday we were finally able to take possession of it and bring it home. First time to drive in 4 months!
We have been trying to get a medium-sized water storage tank since Dec. also, but again due to many delays, it didn't happen.  Yesterday, we were finally able to get a 1200/gal tank.  We also got a smaller used one a couple of weeks ago from a neighbor, so we now have water storage capacity of just over 2000 gal. and at half the price of new here in town! We received two long-awaited answers to prayer in one day!
We are still awaiting the arrival of the container to ship the airplane to Guam. Our supply container is on the high seas now making its way to PNG. We are praying for both to arrive safely, and that we get customs exemptions for both.  We would appreciate your prayers concerning the containers, also.  God is faithful and continues to provide.
The purchase of the Toyota was made possible by Toni's work at the surgery center in Prescott the last two years. What a blessing!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Blessings from Above

Blessings from Above:

A week and a half ago we experienced an incredible 24 hrs. First, we found a small refrigerator on sale at about 50% of what the others here were charging. We went to purchase it for our home in Bewani. When we went to pay for it, they told us the price had been cut another 30%. Wow that was good news, since things are so expensive here! (We will have to get solar power to run it…) Then, that evening, a church member came to visit, and he imports fresh produce from the highlands to sell to the supermarket here. There is a very large mark up on the prices so we asked if he would sell to us direct.  He said "No, but we wish to help this mission project, so we will give you the fresh veggies you request at no charge each time a shipment comes in"!!  The next morning we went to see another church member about buying a very small gas stove/oven to use in Bewani, since there is no electricity there. When we got there, she said she had just called her boss in another city, and was told we could have the new stove/oven and a used kitchen sink we had requested, at no charge!  She then said, I felt impressed to ask him about a vacant house the company owns here, to see if you could house sit it until you move out to Bewani.  I told her I would like to see it, as I had no idea of what condition it might be in, since it was empty. We didn't know size, location or anything about it.  She said, "I can show it to you at 3 p.m."  We got back to our home, at the church a little after noon, and less than one-half hour later, the new pastor and his family arrived to live in the house with us.  Everyone here had been told he had 3 small children.  He arrived with four kids and two of them were teenagers!  A family of 6, plus us, in a small house of about 700 sq ft was not going to work very well!  Just then, the lady with the empty house showed up at the church and I asked her if we could go see the house then, instead of waiting until later. She agreed and took us to see it. This house in on top of a ravine overlooking jungle with the ocean not far away; we can see the beach, and hear the breakers all the time.  The house is large, furnished, and in a good, quiet neighborhood. It is like a vacation home compared to what we have been in! She said we could stay in it until the end of April at no charge! We were moved and unpacked in less than 4 hours.  The pastor and church leaders couldn't believe how God had provided a way out of a difficult situation just in time! During this same 24 hours, our plane was having the wings and tail removed by kind volunteers in Arizona.  It is now waiting for a container for shipment to Guam.  It will be flown from there to here!
This week we received the promised veggies from the church member.  Wow what a blessing to our table! FYI, we have managed to loose all those extra pounds we put on while in the States. We sure are enjoying the fresh veggies and potatoes!
We still don't have a vehicle or a water tank for the house in Bewani, but in God's time it will all work out.
We face many challenges and hurdles, but as we remember how God has led thus far, we know He will work it out as He sees fit.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. God is so faithful. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways, but in His time and way, things always work out!

We have posted a new video from PNG on our blog site, (7 min. long).

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Video
If you look on the right side of this page, below the slide show, there are links to videos. There is a new one there under PNG.  It is our latest video of what we are doing. Hope you enjoy and feel free to share.

Monday, February 3, 2014

God is working!

Greetings from PNG
This last weekend we were informed that a shipping company has agreed to ship our airplane from Arizona to Guam, free of charge!!  We will assemble it there and then fly it the rest of the way to PNG, about 2 days worth. That means we could have the plane here by the end of March if God works that out.  Our container with the hanger and airbase supplies is also on its way and should arrive in country about the end of March. Then it will have to be sent up here to Vanimo and then to the airbase!
This morning we met with the leader of the opposition party here, he is a member of Parliament  and represents the area here and is from Bewani!!
He is very excited we are here and said he is behind our project 100%.  He said he will help us any way he can. He said he will see to it there is no custom fee for the plane.  He is also getting phone service to the area of the airbase hopefully before the plane arrives.  He wants to broadcast the planes arrival in Vanimo on National TV.   He offered many other things, but will see how it all works out in God's time and way.  It is nice to have political support for the project and he is a church member.
Just wanted to share the good news and thank those of you who have been praying for this project and supporting it.  Things are moving forward! God is answering prayers and blessing the donations.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014



Treating mouth cancer patient and then a stroke victim.

Saturday, January 18, 2014



Pictures of our supply container being loaded in Arizona for its trip to PNG.  Next will be the airplane