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, November 25, 2013

update from PNG

This is an update on progress here in PNG.  We are not able to get on the internet very often and we rely on kindness of church members for transportation. The people here are so friendly and helpful here. Sunday we were taken out to where will plan to build the airbase.  The land we have been given to build on will need to be drained and grass cleared.  There is an abandoned house there that has been offered to us to use while we build ours.  It will take some real work to make it livable but is much better than the alternatives.  The internet is not close to the base as we had hoped so transportation is becoming number one priority.  There is no cell service there yet either so that means sat. phone for now. Water is also a big challenge.
 Toni got to visit the "clinic" there and saw the needs.  They have 30-40 patients per day.  Malaria is the number 1 problem by far.  I will need to help them hook up their solar panel and battery so they can have light for night deliveries,  now they use flashlights or cell phone light.
Ryan from Global Mission Support has been here for a week looking at projects to go home with and get people together to come help.  He is also trying to get us a mechanic and pilot to help with the plane. 
Lots to do, lots of big issues to deal with, but our God is Bigger!  One day at a time we move forward.
Thank you for your prayers and support.  

Monday, November 18, 2013

Arrived PNG

Greetings from PNG
We have arrived in PNG. It was a week ago today that we left USA.  We
spent a couple of days in the capital at the Adventist University
waiting for our flight to Vanimo.  Our host there was awesome and
treated us so well.  When we arrived in Vanimo on Friday, the welcome
was better than any we have ever received on any of our mission post
before.  It still continues and warms our hearts.  They are so
friendly and helpful.
We plan to go out to where we plan to build the airbase either later
this week or next to see how to proceed.  In the mean time we are
staying at the parsonage here in Vanimo. When we travel we will have
the Spot on and you can see our location.
The weather here is very hot and humid, rainy season is just starting.
 Lots of things to adjust to here.
Yesterday we met with the district administrator and provincial health
director to begin laying plans of how we can help reach the remote
villages here with medical care.  They are both very excited to have
us here and they hope the plane is able to arrive soon.
Thank you for your continued prayers, God is answering them.  We have
seen God's hand moving on our behalf in so many ways in the last week.
 Our luggage all made it here and we saw God's hand in that also.
We haven't been able to get online until now and it is slow mode so
can't do as much as we like. please feel free to share this as we are
limited here in who we can send it to at present.
Blessings to each of you
Gary and Toni Lewis

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A few days left

There are only a few days left before our departure to Papua New Guinea. We are feverishly trying to finish packing the container for the airbase and our personal stuff.  We are also trying to tie up all the loose ends so we don't leave too many things for other people to do.
We don't know yet just how much access we will have to internet once we arrive, but will do our best to post updates, as we can.  
We have waited a long time for this to happen and now it is at our door step.  The Lord keeps providing affirmations that this is His plan for us and to keep moving forward.  We can't see very far down the path in front of us, but as we trust Him, He keeps opening the path before us a little at a time.  
We wish to thank all of you who kept encouraging us, praying for us and supporting us during this long wait.  Now things are moving rapidly and we will see what lies ahead. The good news is that we know Who knows the future and He has the problems already solved!  
Attached is a short video made by our friend Darah Varga.  Feel free to share it if you wish.  It is also posted on our Facebook site under Lewis Jungle Ministries.
For those who would like to help with this project, donations can be sent to:
Mission Projects Inc.
P.O. Box 504
College Place, WA. 99324
Please include note: Lewis PNG project

video link

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Papua New Guinea Mission Aviation video

Thanks to Darah Varga for making it for us!