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.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Our countdown for departure to PNG is going fast.  It is less than a month away, (Nov. 11) and seems like the hands on the clock are going faster.  Toni's last day of work at the surgery center was this last week.  Now we are focusing on tying up loose ends, packing and getting last minute supplies to take with us.  We have purchased some supplies for the air base and for her medical work when we get there.  We are hoping to find someone who would donate some dental tools for doing extractions.  
When one tries to buy some very basic supplies to last for 3 years, the costs mount up very fast.  
The hanger is all loaded in the container and now we are putting the lighter stuff on top of it.  It must be packed tight and everything itemized.  No small task.  
We are so grateful for all the items people have donated to this project and for those who have sent donations to help with the expenses!!  We have been told the container will take 3-6 months to arrive at our location there.  That means we will be living and surviving out of our suitcases until it arrives.
For those of you who have expressed an interest in a mission trip to come help us, spring break or summer time might be a good time, as hopefully the container will have arrived  by then and there will be lots to do.
We have no idea yet how soon we will get to ship the airplane, as we need to get maintenance  details worked out there before we ship it.
Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support for this project to help the remote villages of PNG.
We are on Facebook at Lewis Jungle Ministries. We have put up pictures on FB and post more frequently there. If you click "like" on that page, you will get updates when they are posted there. You only need to do it once.
We really enjoy hearing from you.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Airplane Hanger

Today we finished loading the steel structure for the airplane hanger into the container it will be shipped in.  Now we have to load all the rest of the supplies for the airbase to finish filling it.  God has supplied lots of clothes, books, and bibles to distribute,  and equipment that will be so helpful in getting things started.  Lots to do yet, and time is moving fast now.  One day at a time!