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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Changing Location!

With most things in life, change comes with time.  Change presents new challenges and opportunities.  We have been getting the "new" Cessna 182 prepared for mission flying in the bush.  We thought we would be taking it to Guyana to continue the work we have been doing there for the past 3 years. Sometimes God has other plans though.  Through a long series of events, we have gradually come to realize that we were being sent in another direction. Gospel Ministries has some other pilots and aircraft that they are ready to send to Guyana, and plans to fix the Maule.  Knowing that the work there will continue, allowed us to look at a different location.  We feel that the Lord is leading us to a place in the world that is in great need of a pilot and plane to do medical work and transport Bible workers to unreached areas.  Papua New Guinea (PNG) has about 850 language groups and many have never heard who Jesus Christ is.  Many do not have access to medical services of any kind, only witch doctors. Infant mortality is as high as 50-60% in some places.  We are planning to ship our new plane in a container to PNG as soon as it is finished and the paper work is in order down there.  We will be working with "Hope on Wings" based in Hepler, Kansas for this project.  We will be the first pilot and plane to start there for this venture.  We will be volunteers as before, and will not charge  for our services.  There are other commercial operators in the country currently, but they have to charge high fees in order to make flights.  The need is so much greater there than it was in Guyana, and since there are pilots to replace us, we are moving to a area that has a more desperate need.  We are hoping that more pilots and some airplane mechanics will join us soon.  So much to do,and the tiime is so short.   We need more help!
We have appreciated all the support you have given and provided for the project in Guyana and we hope and pray that you will choose to continue with us now in Papua New Guinea.
Hope on Wings has a web site with more information if you would like to learn more.www.hopeonwings.org

donations can be sent to:

Hope on Wings
P.O. Box 122
Hepler, Kansas  66746
include a note:  " Lewis project"