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, 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

Sunday, April 9, 2017

children's mission story

Children's Mission Story

 

Gary and Toni Lewis are volunteer missionaries working in the country of Papua New Guinea.  It is located near the country of Australia, on the other side of the world from America.  We live out in the jungle where there is no electricity, or running water. Gary is a pilot who flies a small airplane over the jungle to remote villages and Toni is a nurse who helps the sick.

This story took place in 2016.

One day, we received a call on the special radio that we have for talking to the clinics in the jungle.  One little clinic way out in the jungle (bush) called and said that they had a very sick man that needed to be flown to the haus sik (hospital) or he would soon die.  We had several bigpla (big) boxes of medicines waiting to be flown out, as well.  So Gary loaded the balus (plane) up full with boxes of medicines, syringes, pills, bandages, etc. to take out not only to that village clinic, but to another one nearby, as well.  Toni also gave him a box of Bible School lessons and a picture roll to take along.   After putting fuel in the plane from a big 55 gallon drum, and checking the airplane out, Gary was ready for take off.  The plane sleeps in a hanger with a fence around it at night to keep it safe.  So he opened the big gate and started up the engine.  The airplane was happy to go flying again. 

After Gary had checked to make sure everything was working properly, and the engine was warmed up, and radio contact had been made with the tower, about 250 miles away, he pushed the throttle all the way forward and the propeller and engine started going really fast!  The plane began to move down the grass runway going faster and faster!  When it was going about 60 miles per hour, Gary pulled gently back on the yoke and the airplane started to climb up into the air and was flying up higher and higher.  It circled over the airbase and then was climbing up really high so it could get over the mountains that were between the airbase and Amanab, the village we were going to.  After a few minutes, we were up so high that we were flying between the clouds and could see over the mountain.  Once we passed the mountain, we started to go down, down in the sky to the village where the sick man was.  As the airplane approached the village, many people and lots of kids (many of the kids had no clothes on), came out to watch the mission plane land on their airstrip.  After a nice landing, the airplane stopped at the end of the grass airstrip, Gary shut the engine off, and people began to crowd very close to the plane.  First Gary unloaded the boxes of medicines that the clinic was very happy to get, since they were out of many things.  Then patient, Sam, was carried to the airplane.  The villagers had two long pieces of bamboo with vines tied between them to make a stretcher for the patient.  Sam didn't look very good and there was a bag of medicine with a tube attached to his arm to give him fluids and medicine very fast.  We carefully lifted him into the airplane.  There was a missionary there, so Gary gave him the Bible lessons for the kids and the picture roll and was he ever so happy!  He said it had been a long, long time since they had had something like this for the kids.

As the airplane was getting ready to take off to fly to the hospital, Gary looked over to the side of that airstrip to make sure everyone was out of the way, and guess what he saw?  There was about a dozen men standing there with spears, and bows and arrows!  They were not smiling, just staring at the plane.  Gary was hoping they didn't want to put those spears or arrows into the side of the airplane as that would not make it fly very good.  He quickly pushed the throttle forward, and the plane was soon flying again.  As we flew over the airstrip, everyone was waving at the big bird and "white man" that was taking the sick man to the hospital. 

When we arrived in town, an ambulance pulled up to the mission plane and the sick man was loaded into it for the last part of his trip to the hospital.  Then Gary and the airplane flew back to our airbase in Bewani to rest awhile, after covering many miles of jungle to deliver the medicines and take the sick man to the hospital.

 God sends His angels to fly with us so that we are safe, and we can help people who don't have any other way to get help.  God's little plane and his pilot with his wife the nurse, have helped lots of people and are also taking missionaries to remote areas to tell people about Jesus and that He is coming back very soon, too. We need more people to come be missionaries.

 Thank you for praying for us.

 

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 25, 2017

Mission update

Not many dull moments here in the bush. The mechanic from Michigan arrived to work on our airplane. Due to delays in getting permission to make a flight to the repair shop in the highlands, his work was delayed.  But he was able to help work on the planes at Adventist Aviation (AAS) in the mean time. He and the mechanic from AAS arrived in the evening at Vanimo. I drove them to our base at Bewani and we worked all night doing inspection and making some repairs to make it safe for the ferry flight. At 3 am we left for town so the guy from AAS could return home.  His plane was delayed 3 hrs which was frustrating. Mechanic, Len, stayed to fly the plane with me. Delays let him help me get some repairs done on ATV, generator and he even built a screen door. Saturday night while he was there, we had a medivac taking a young lady in labor to the hospital in town.  She had twins, one was born in Bewani, but the second one she couldn't deliver. So she had a very rough 2 hr ride in the night to the Hospital in town.
 When we finally received permission to make the flight to AAS. the weather was good and we had a good flight.  Work started on the plane as soon as we landed.  It will take some time to do the repairs but at least work has begun.  God is still in control and He is working it all out in His time and way.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
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 11, 2017

Spear in the chest/lung

Thursday, February 23, 2017

visit schedule

We are coming to the States for a visit this summer. We would like to see as many of you as we can. Our time is limited since there is so much to do here and we don't feel we can leave the work unattended for too long.

May 16-24, Sacramento, CA

May 25, Asheville, NC

May 27, speaking at Greenville SDA church

May 28, attending wedding of Julie who worked with us last year.

May 31, Kingsport, TN

June 2-4 Washington DC

June 5-11, Asheville, NC

June 9, speaking at Hendersonville SDA church

June 12-18, Provo, UT

June 17, speaking at Provo SDA church

June 19, Phoenix, AZ

June 20-29, Prescott, AZ

June 24, speaking at Prescott SDA church

July 1, San Diego, CA

July 2, begin long flight back to Papua New Guinea

As you can see it will be a short and fast visit, but we are looking forward to seeing many of you if possible!

Blessings

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

 

 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

spear in the chest

January 31

Wow, a whole month has already gone by in 2017.  Where did it go?  I finally am feeling well again after more than 5 weeks--first the malaria and then stomach issues.

Thank you for those of you who prayed for me.  I got way behind in my work by being sick, but I am trying to catch up.  Last week, I made a trip to the capitol to work on paper work for the airplane.   I saw God leading during this trip to get the things done that I needed to do.  The parts have arrived here at the shop where the repairs will be made.   I am just waiting for the mechanic to make sure the plane is safe to fly there.  We also have another mechanic coming from Michigan to help with the repairs and we are most grateful for his help, as well as the mechanics here. Hopefully, we can have the plane back in the air before too long. (couple months?)

A couple of weeks ago, a health worker came to our house late afternoon.  They said they had an 8 yr old boy with a steel rod in his chest and who was coughing up blood.  They asked if we could we transport him to the hospital in town.  It was a three foot, home-made fishing spear that was stuck under his arm and into the right side of his chest.  I didn't have bolt cutters to shorten it, so he had to endure it bouncing out there the whole way to town.  His brother tried to stabilize it, but it still bounced a lot… I sure wish I could have taken him by plane!  It would have been smooth and only 17 minutes.  It took over 2 hours on extremely rough road and there was lots of crying and yelps of pain, but he did good considering the discomfort he must have had.  When we arrived, the ER doctor called the surgeon in right away to come and work on him.

Last night, there was a call to go pick up a lady in labor 30 minutes away.  When I got there, they said, "she is about to deliver, come get her in the morning". I told them, "No, that will be too late, we are going now."  Her contractions were less than 5 minutes apart, and I worried we wouldn't make it back here to the clinic.  We did though, and she and her baby are fine. 

Today we took an elderly lady to the hospital for x-rays, and then on the way home, we brought a sick baby with his parents to the clinic here.  We also brought vaccines for use in the mobile clinics that we are helping with the rest of the week, doing immunizations.

School started this week, so we have new teachers in the area and two new police families have moved in next door, so the neighborhood is a bit noisier with lots more kids.

We are making plans to visit the US mid May to first of July. Hope we can see many of you.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  They mean so much to us.  We keep praying for someone to come help us, and someone to take over this project before we get too old!

Gary and Toni

 

Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f732snEKiMk&feature=youtu.be

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, January 31, 2017

Steel rod in chest

Young boy with home made fishing spear in his chest. He was coughing up blood and in lots of pain for the 2 hour trip over very rough road to the hospital in town where the surgeon removed it. Wish we could of used the airplane as it would of been a smooth ride and only 17 minutes.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Picture roll

Using picture roll to tell Bible stories. All ages come to listen and learn

Thursday, December 29, 2016

bit by Malaria

Bit by Malaria!

Most of you who receive this, live in the North where the temps are cold.  For those of us living in the South, it is summer and hot.  Out here in the bush though, it is always hot and humid.  We want to wish you a special Christmas season as we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ--without which there would be no hope of Heaven.  May this season of reflection help us to remember all the things we have to be grateful for and the hope of a better life to come.  Many have gone to their rest this year and their absence is keenly felt.  Life here on this earth is fragile and we don't know how many more days any of us has.

Life here in the remote bush is even more fragile.  Healthcare is very limited, but at least there is some.  Most of the people here have to walk several miles to get to a small clinic for any kind of treatment and carry or drag along two or three babies with them, as well.  Once in awhile they might be lucky enough to catch a ride on a passing pickup, but most have to walk.

 After three years here, I have finally been bitten by Malaria.  There are three common types here, and everyone gets one of them on a regular basis.  I happened to get the most deadly strain, called PF (plasmodium falciparum).  It can lead to cerebral malaria, with a higher mortality rate.  I suddenly had a new appreciation for those here that suffer from it regularly.  Just walking the short distance from our house to the clinic in the sun and heat, helps me to appreciate more the struggle the people here have to get to health services.  We also learned that being expats and never having had it before means we get a more severe illness with more side effects—since we have don't have any immunity.  It has been a long week and a half and I'm still not well.  Toni has been a good (bossy) nurse as usual, and tried to help as best she can. The first three-day treatment didn't seem to resolve the illness, so they tried another treatment, and now I'm resting and continuing with meds to deal with the symptoms, and am impatiently waiting to see how things progress.

The internet has been getting worse here the last several months, and trying to get emails in and out has been a real challenge. I don't know how long it will take to get this out.  Today is Dec 20, but I don't know when you will actually get it.  The phone service here has gone out again for the last two months, as well.  It makes communication a bit hard!

We are most thankful for the 63 people who choose to be baptized this year and the large number that have requested studies so they can be next year! That is the largest number in this district in recent history. 2 weeks ago, the first baptism was held in the village of Ellis where one of our lay workers has been working! At this baptism, our pastor shared a story from a few years ago when he was conducting a baptism in another Province. There were about 20 to be baptized and before it started the husband came and said that if his wife was baptized, he would kill her with his bow and spear. The Pastor asked her what she wanted to do, she said, " I am ready to die, I must be baptized"! She was the last of the group to be baptized and the husband was on the bank with his bow and spear ready to fulfill his pledge. When she came up out of the water and started for the bank, he suddenly dropped his bow and spear and ran and gave her a hug, and said, "I want to be baptized too". When the pastor made his call then for those who wanted to prepare for the next baptism, this husband was first in line!  The power of the Holy Spirit was really present that day the Pastor said!

We pray you will be blessed during this holiday time, and as we prepare for the new year ahead.  From what little news we receive out here in the bush, things in the world don't look too good. We are praying that Jesus comes back very soon to end all this mess, but we each must first get ready to meet Him.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

Video link;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f732snEKiMk&feature=youtu.be

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, November 22, 2016

thankful

Thankful for what the Lord has done!

We have been in PNG for three years now.  In some ways, it seems a lot longer than that, and in other ways, it's hard to believe that much time has passed.

When we consider what the Lord has done, we are truly amazed.  It is still just the two of us here working on this project.  We really thought that there would be others joining us before now to help expand the project, as well as keep it going after we leave.  That has not happened yet.  We are still waiting to see whom God will send.

We feel there has been a lot of progress here, considering that when we came three years ago, we started from scratch.  There was no airbase here, no airplane and we didn't know how we were going to get our plane here, from the USA.  But God's command to GO was very clear and so we left our country and families to start the project here in PNG, following God's leading.  We don't have a large organization supporting us here, only people who are used by God to pray for us, and some to send financial support, as God impresses them.  We are very grateful to see how God uses different people each month to supply the needs of the project.  Some from the USA, some from Australia, some from South America, and also from here in PNG!  God has many ways to supply our needs.  God has not failed in His promise to supply all of our needs according to His riches in Heaven.  We want to express our sincere thanks to all of you who have helped in some way, great or small to get and keep this project going.

As most of you know, we were given an old airstrip to use.  It had not been used or maintained for nearly 30 years.  We were also given, a shell of a house to fix up and call home.  Our friends in Vanimo came many Sundays to work on fixing up our house—putting in long hours, supplies, and expertise.  We built a hanger for the plane with help from friends in the US, and our plane was shipped and flown here by other friends from home, also.

The roadblocks and obstacles have been many and continue, but we see God's hand still at work on our behalf and in the work here.

This year, we have made over 150 flights bringing in patients in need of urgent hospital care, taking medicines and vaccines out to very remote villages and doing missionary flights, as well.  We have driven thousands of miles transporting patients to the hospital, who most likely would have died without it; and also transporting lay workers to remote villages sharing the gospel of Jesus.  We have conducted two lay evangelism schools, some cooking and nutrition classes, and have spent a lot of time counseling our workers.  We have driven nurses to clinics and done various medical activities--including health training at the clinics and in the schools.

When we arrived, we were told that no baptisms had been conducted in this area in the last 7 or 8 years.  A new pastor arrived soon after we did, and when we got moved out here to our base, we went to work with the pastor and local members to grow the church.  The last two years, we have had over 50 baptized each year in this district!  We rejoice in seeing people accepting the good news of salvation.  There are many areas yet to be reached, but we lack lay workers willing to go out.

Living out here in the jungle, 1.5 hrs from town, with very poor soil, and swamp all around us, food supply was a concern when we arrived; but God has supplied all our needs and more, so that we can give food away sometimes!  We are blessed in so many ways as we see the hand of God removing roadblocks and providing for us.

It has not been an easy three years in many ways, but it has been rewarding seeing God at work, using us to help improve health needs and spread the gospel message. It has helped to build our faith, too!

Thank you for your prayers and support!  They mean so much to us!

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