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.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

PNG, land of the unexpected

I just returned from Papua New Guinea 2 days ago. This jet lag stuff is not easy when it is 17 hours difference. I was there almost 2.5 weeks and a lot happened in that amount of time. I went with Jack Sample and we had asked the angels to go before us and prepare the way. They sure did their part and more!  We arrived Fri evening and were taken to an expensive hotel where we had been offered 3 nights for free. The price was more than our donor had expected so was trying to figure how to handle the situation. We told him we would be happy in something much more simple and cheaper. He was relieved and took us to a very nice guest house out of town that was owned by a church member.  We stayed there and enjoyed visiting with the owner and some of the guest. Before we had to start paying 3 days later the owner, after hearing the purpose of our trip and our mission said that anytime we were in town or one of our team was, we could stay there for FREE. Oh God is so good. 
Sabbath we went to church on the grounds of the state university and shared a bit what our mission is about and then we had the afternoon program to give more details and tell how God worked on our behalf in Guyana. After that was over many university students came up and asked to volunteer in remote villages when we can take them out! That evening we met with the most powerful minister in the government and he promised to help with the issues that involve government regulations and paperwork. We went to a church leaders home for lunch and he was so excited about our mission that he wants to work with us as soon as he retires in 3 years. Well it turns out he is a director in the govt. office that approves overseas companies. We met him in his office on Monday and he arranged all the paper work to get our organization registered in the country. It usually takes a long time. He had paperwork done in 4 days and everything approved and signed in about 10 days! He has become our in country registered agent and is working for us in many ways now. The next week we went north to where we want to base our first operations. The district administrator who is a church member also took us in his vehicle on a 3 hour ride into the bush to an unused airstrip that is 2500 ft long and overgrown. After sharing with him what our dream was for PNG, he offered us a piece of ground adjacent to the airstrip of about 4-5 acres for our hanger and homes! He is drawing up the papers so it will be ours when we return, owned now by "Hope on Wings", at no cost! Then we spent the night in a village not far away and in the morning they offered to give us another piece of land for more homes and with timber so we could build all of our buildings without purchasing wood!!!
We visited several other churches and all of them had people who want to volunteer to go help their countrymen in remote areas! What a thrill to see that kind of response from the local people!
Visas for Toni and I are now being applied for and I expect they will arrive sooner than expected if what happened in the last 2 weeks is any indication.
There have been a series of delays in getting the plane finished so we are praying for that.
  Looking like it maybe cheaper to have the plane flown over there rather than shipping it, and it will be much faster as the boat trip is 3 months plus taking the plane apart and putting it back together. Looks like maybe the Lord is anxious for us to get started over there. People are dying without hearing the gospel of Jesus.
We have lots to do yet to get ready on such a short time frame but we go forward knowing it is all in His hands and that He will provide the money and supplies necessary to make it happen.
Toni has been working at her old job in AZ while I was in PNG, trying to sharpen her nursing skills a bit (she will get to do nursing in PNG), and earn some money to help with moving expenses.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We serve an awesome God!

Donations can be sent to 
Hope on Wings
P.O. Box 122
Hepler, Kansas  66746
Please include note "Lewis Project"