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.

Friday, September 20, 2013

PNG bound

Dear friends,
Things have been happening fast and furious the last few weeks it seems.  When God turns on the green light, better be ready to move!
Our passports with the new visa's for Papua New Guinea arrived a few days ago, and so did our container for shipping supplies and the hanger for the airbase. Yesterday we received our airline tickets to PNG.  Toni submitted her notice of resignation yesterday and will be done with her work in 3 weeks.
We are set to leave the USA on Nov 11 which is only a very few weeks away. That time will go by really fast considering, how long our "to do" list is yet.  This week, Gary has been finishing up some jobs he had been hired to do, as well as working on school finances (he is the school board chairman). Then he has been helping friends move, who are in their late 80's.  Hopefully next week we can get started putting the hanger, etc., into the container.
The list of things to do and purchase is pretty long, but when God calls, He provides.  It is exciting to see things finally moving forward, but I will admit, also a bit overwhelming at times. Then I have to stop and remember, this IS God's project; not ours and He is in charge!  He has promised to supply all of our needs according to His riches!
This Sunday, a former bush pilot/mechanic is coming to do our annual inspection on the plane, so it will be all set.
Next weekend, I will be meeting with some young people who are considering helping us in PNG. One that wants to go long term is an airplane mechanic, helicopter pilot and is purchasing a helicopter for mission service.  This could really open up some possibilities if this is the Lord's plan. Please pray about it with us. We are still needing an IA airplane mechanic, so keep lifting that up in prayer, also.
Thanks for all your prayers and support during this long wait, the time has finally come to march to the front lines. The picture shows where in the country we will be located, approximately (where the red dot is).

Thanks again for your support and prayers,
Gary and Toni Lewis
pilot and nurse for the remote and unreached of Papua New Guinea

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Visa & Container

Exciting news!
Our shipping container arrived this week! Our passports arrived yesterday with our visa's for PNG and they are good until 2015!! Tonight an aircraft mechanic called and offered to do our annual inspection on the plane and no charge for his labor!  Then he offered to come to PNG and reassemble it if we need him too!  God is so GOOD!  He always provides just what is needed, when it is needed!  Now we have to get packed up and on our way!