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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Just a Dog....






Just a Dog....
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Dear << Test First Name >>,
 

    The roads are hard to navigate here—winding and mountainous with ruts, holes, huge rocks slippery mud, and big bumps.  Then there are the logging trucks, dump trucks, fuel trucks, PMV's (people mover vehicles), people, goats, chickens, and dogs to pass and go around.  It's miserable driving to town over one and a half hours away (if it's dry and not muddy)!  

Not long ago, Gary was taking a car full of church leaders to the district worker's meeting.They were over half-way to town, when they encountered a man and his two dogs in the road.  He slowed down and honked his horn, and the man and one dog went one way and the other dog went the other way.  Unfortunately, the lone dog turned back under the car, and Gary couldn't see it and hit it.  It was injured some, but not dead.  The man and his wife and boys all started yelling at Gary and telling him he had to pay 5000 Kina (approx. $1500 US) for the dog!  We had already been told not long after we had arrived here in PNG, that if you hit and kill a dog in the bush, you need to pay about 150 Kina (approx. $45 US) for it.  All the church men in the car were insisting that he needed to pay 500 Kina (approx. $150 US) for it.  Well, Gary didn't have that kind of money on him, so they agreed to meet in Bewani the next day.  

 


 

The next day, the lady came and she met with Gary and the police and a couple of our friends who had been in the car witnessing the whole thing.  She insisted that he had to pay 1000 Kina (approx. $300 US) or 500 Kina plus a puppy to replace the injured (not dead) one.  Well we didn't have any puppies, but felt even 500 Kina was too much to pay.  However, one of our friends said he had a puppy that he would give to them along with the 500 Kina that Gary paid.  That seemed to satisfy her.  We went to her house later in the week and took the puppy to her and she was very happy.

    This story reminded me of Jesus.  We have sinned and done many bad things—injuring people in the process.  We can apologize and try to make it up to them, but we can't make our hearts perfect, good and sinless—only Jesus can!  The man who gave his puppy to the lady satisfied the broken puppy—like Jesus died to save us from our sins and make our hearts clean and good again.  Praise God for sending Jesus to die for our sins!

    Thank you for your continued prayers and help with our project here in PNG,

 

Gary & 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
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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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Beautiful moth here

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Gary Lewis

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Lady with broken leg I took to hospital

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Gary Lewis

Full church in the bush.

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Gary Lewis

Church dedication in town

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Gary Lewis

It’s that time of year again....




It's that time of year again....
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It's that time of year again.  We applied for a three-year visa last year, but only got a one-year visa.  In December we were feverishly getting all our documents ready, taking pictures and filling out applications.  Our agent had told us that she needed the documents in January.  So in January, we emailed her and told her we had everything ready to email and would get the passports to her later, when she needed them. 

We got an email back from her telling us that she was on holiday, and would be back in the country on the 18th.  However, she needed us to get the actual documents to her―not just email copies.  This was a problem for us because both DHL and TNT (like UPS and FedEx) had let their contracts expire and the only other way to send the documents was via the post office.  We didn't feel the documents would be safe or get there in a timely manner.  We went to talk to the airlines, because they had told us before that they could receive DHL documents.  They said they could send them by air cargo and they would arrive the next day! 

That was an answer to prayer!  Since, they didn't have any special envelopes, we went to the store and bought a plastic and paper envelope to put everything in.  We put it in a paper one, then a plastic one, then a bigger paper one on the outside.  We figured it would keep the documents dry and safer.  So we sent them off to arrive the day before our agent arrived back in the country.  We told her she could pick them up at the airport when she arrived.  Whew!  What a relief!

The next week, we called our agent to see if she had gotten the documents okay.  We got a different lady in the office who knew nothing about our documents...She said she would call her boss, but that she was still out of town―her flight had been cancelled and she was going to arrive a week later.  We told her those documents needed to be picked up from the airport.  When we emailed our agent, she said she had to personally pick up the documents when she came in, because they were in her name.  So, by now, we were really praying that God would keep our documents safe!  When she arrived a week later, she emailed and said that we should have used a plastic envelope.  The envelope had been opened (there was only a paper envelope―no plastic one), but that all the documents were accounted for!  We serve such an awesome God!  The visas could take anywhere from two to nine months to process, so we are praying about that, as well. We know that God's timing is always perfect.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  You will find some  new pictures on our blog. 

May God continue to bless you,

Gary & Toni Lewis


 
Copyright © 2019 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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Monday, February 4, 2019

Natures beauty

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Gary Lewis

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Insects here

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Gary Lewis

Classrooms day before classes are suppose to start.

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Gary Lewis

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

 

Copyright © 2019 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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