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 20, 2012

construction of airplane hanger frame for PNG

steel for airplane hanger in PNG

 work space
Lari helping doing some of the grinding

Lari cutting steel for the hanger

first post welded up and ready for paint

preparing for welding

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Today Gary got started on cutting and welding the metal up for our new airplane hanger for PNG. He is welding up the post and trusses so that they will fit in our container to ship to PNG. When it all arrives we will be able to assemble with bolts and very little welding.  That is important when there is no electricity available outside of a small generator we are taking.  We have also been given a small welder to take along that we can use to attach some pieces that can't be welded here. It is a big project but we are happy to be moving closer to our goal.  This will provide shade and protection for the aircraft and a place to work on it out of the rain.  The hanger is 54x50 and then has eves that are an additional 12 ft so we can put the container under roof and also make a place to store the fuel drums and keep them locked up. We are so grateful for the donations that have made this part possible.  We will purchase the roofing when we get down there and have the funds to do so.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Picking Up Steam

Greetings to all of our family and friends,
Well things seem to be picking up steam again for going to Papua New Guinea (PNG). The wait has been very long and frustrating at times, but we have to keep reminding ourselves that it will happen in God's time as He sees best.
We have been getting some encouragement from some friends here in Prescott to proceed with building the structure for a hanger for the plane.  We have received plans from a friend in AR and we are working on getting the materials listed out so we can purchase the steel.  We are planing to weld up the post and trusses here in AZ and then include them in our container we are shipping to PNG.  These friends, here in Prescott, then want to come over and help us put it up!!  It will be a real blessing to have the plane under roof to keep it out of the weather and easier to work on.  We will purchase the roofing and wood in PNG as soon as the money is available.
We are waiting to hear that Toni's permit for nursing has been granted so she can get her work permit.   Hopefully we hear on the nursing issue this month yet.
We have another family that is very seriously considering coming down to work with us for at least a year.  He is working his pilots license so he can do some training with me while he is down there, and he will help with the air base operations and communications.  We are really excited about this development, as it will provide someone from here to work with us and to do things with.  It will be nice to have friends to work with, especially when we are so remote. 
The annual inspection is nearing completion on the plane.  There have been a few things to fix and the paper work is taking lots of time.  We are still hoping we can have it done by the end of this month.
The company that ferries planes around the world, has agreed to fly ours to PNG, if we can have it ready for them to build fuel tanks for the cabin, and be able to fly it there by early September.  So we are trying to get everything ready by then.  We just need to get the plane done so Gary can fly it some-- to get back in practice and make sure everything is in good shape.  By having it ferried to PNG, this will allow us to ship a 20' container instead of a 40' one, and it can then go all the way to the port near where our base will be located.
All of these items cost plenty of money and we know God will provide as He sees best.  He has not failed us yet.  So we move forward as we see Him opening the way for us.  Thank you for your prayers and support!
Gary and Toni
Donations can be sent to "Hope on Wings"
P.O. Box 122
Hepler, Kansas  66746   Please include a note stating "Lewis project"
thank you so much and may God repay you many times over.