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, January 26, 2012

Building project

Greetings to all of our family and friends
Many of you are wondering what has happened to us and if we have left
for Papua New Guinea (PNG) or are we even going? First of all, no-- we
have not left yet and we are still in Arizona where Toni is still
working as a nurse in outpatient surgery.  She is really enjoying her
time there and getting her skills updated. Second, we are still
waiting for a visa so we can go to PNG.  It looks like it will require
another trip over there by the director of Hope on Wings to get things
going again. Friends there in PNG keep asking when we are coming, but
we can't go without a visa, we are anxious to go, but....  We do not
understand the delays some times, but we have to remember that this is
God's work and sometimes delays are for a reason that we may not see
right away. We are trusting that He will get us back on the front
lines in His time and on time.
An opportunity came knocking this week for Gary to go to Ethiopia to
help build 12 school buildings on 2 locations in less than 3 weeks.
Things worked out for him to get his tickets and arrangements made all
within 3 days.  He will be gone most of the month of March and will
also be helping at an agricultural school in Tanzania. He is excited
to have this opportunity to get back on the "front lines" for a few
weeks and see a new part of the world for him.
Things are progressing, albeit slowly, on the plane.  We have hired a
mechanic to finish up the last of the paper work and do the annual and
final inspection on the plane.  The 2 volunteer mechanics that have
worked on it for so long and have done a great job, but were not able
to spend the time to finish it, so we have had to hire someone to
finish it.
Thank you so much again for your prayers and support.  God leads and
provides in interesting and unexpected ways so many times.  It keeps
life interesting to see Him at work.
May God Bless you.
Gary and Toni Lewis
Donations can be sent to:
Hope on Wings
P.O. Box 122
Hepler, Kansas 66746
please include a note stating: "Lewis project"

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