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.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunday service

Sunday was one of those days that started very early.  I flew  several bags of cement (doesn't take too many to reach gross wt.) and some food supplies out to a remote village that is building a church. Then I picked up 2 health workers from the hospital out in the bush and flew them to 2 different very remote villages where they gave vaccinations to the villagers. They started with the babies, giving them several vaccinations depending on age and weight. Then they moved up to the adults giving vaccinations for "swine flu" and "yellow fever".

 As they were finishing up in one village, we had a downpour of rain for 30 minutes.  As many as possible stood under the wings of the plane trying to stay a little bit dry.  After everyone was vaccinated, and when the rain stopped, I returned the health workers  to the hospital. Then I proceeded on to another village to bring in a lay worker and her family as she needs an ultra sound.  It was an eleven hour day with 5.5 hours in the air. The weather was great (except for the downpour), and over two hundred people received vaccinations.

We still don't have our van back yet. We're still waiting for a court date. School starts here next week, so there will be lots to do flying students and supplies to the different schools.
Thank you so much for your prayers (they are really needed) and your support.
Gary and Toni Lewis

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