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, August 9, 2010

Blessings & Trials

We have just returned to Guyana after our trip to the States to visit family and friends.  It was good to see so many of you and many more we wish we could have seen and visited with.  Won't heaven be great, when we can visit as long and often as we want and travel will be free?

Our family surprised and blessed us by flying our daughter and granddaughter from Hawaii to see us for a week!! What a treat and blessing that was to us. Something unexpected, but God knew the desire of our hearts to see all of our kids. We had a great weekend with all 3 kids and Gary's sisters, and Toni's mom.  Toni got to spend a week with her sisters and dad in Florida and that was special for her. Then friends provided airfare for us to visit friends in San Diego for a week. Toni was also able  to attend a wonderful women's missionary retreat, due to the generosity of friends.  Our cup runs over with blessings sometimes 
The Lord knew we needed some things taken care of which we knew nothing about. Two serious medical issues came to light near the end of our stay and thanks to some very kind and considerate doctors in Asheville, NC, they worked us in on short notice and corrected the problems and then greatly reduced the fees and one even provided the services for free!! Oh the God we service is so kind to us. It was a little stressful though trying to get it all done at the last minute, it even looked like we were going to have to postpone the return trip at great expense, but here we are in Guyana again.
When we returned here we found our house smelled very strong of mildew-- bedding and clothing were green and damp.  One computer won't boot up and .......   We are making progress on the war against the mold, though, with bleach.  The washing machine didn't work so that we could wash out the mold, but we were able to fix it today so now we can wash this stuff away!!

While we were in the States, the other pilot here was driving the Toyota van that we use to make all of our purchases with and haul fuel to the plane and cargo. It was confiscated by the authorities under mistaken identity of ownership. They thought it belonged to another organization here that has an outstanding judgement against it.  They were shown that we are not connected or a part of them, but it is locked up and now someone will have to go to court to try and convince the judge.  In the meantime, we have no wheels to do our work. 
So many of you have been so faithful in your support and prayers for this project down here.  We don't know how to say thank you enough, only that your reward will be waiting for you in heaven.  We continue to ask for your prayers as we meet the challenges before us . Our God is Faithful and He will see us through.!!

With thanksgiving,
Gary and Toni Lewis