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, December 15, 2013

merry Christmas from PNG

           Blessings of the Christmas Season to you from Papua New Guinea!

We want to wish you a very blessed and happy Christmas season as we prepare to celebrate our Lord's birth over 2000 years ago! The temps are hot as it is summer here now.  We seem to be the only people living here from the USA in this little town.  We have seen a couple of mates from Australia who work at a surfing club here, but that seems to be about it so far. There are many Indonesians here working in the logging and palm oil industry too. There are Christmas decorations in town and some music blaring. We are missing not having family and close friends to celebrate with.

  The church members here have been the kindest and most generous I have ever encountered as a group.  They are always looking out for our needs and providing food for our table.  Sunday another group of about a dozen went out to Bewani (where we will be building the airbase) to help clear the brush away from under and around the house and make a list of repairs and materials needed to make the house liveable.  They are hoping to have the house ready for us by the end of the month!! We will have to figure out something for transportation though, back and forth to Vanimo for supplies. It will have to be 4WD and they are very expensive here! Since there isn't any cell service or internet there, after we move, you won't hear from us as often.

 We have been having several power outages for the whole area lately, but this last week we had one for approx. 28 hrs.  That meant we had to haul water in bucket from the church, no lights, no fan, no refrig. it stopped and everything in it got warm and items in freezer partially melted. We had nothing to cook with, as we have been using an electric cook top.  The ladies brought us a one burner kero stove to cook on the second day.  They were worried about us they said. I think this is trying to prepare us for our move to Bewani where there is no power, running water etc.  When our container arrives and we build our house, we will then have solar and a small generator, but until them…..?  Our computers and phones all went dead too as we didn't realize the power would be off so long.  Showers with a bucket and sleeping while sweating up a storm.  About noon on Friday I asked the Lord to please send some angels to help the engineers to fix the problem as it would sure be nice to have power for the weekend.  A couple of hours later it came on.  Saturday I was told that one of the computer boards for controlling the generator had gone out.  They brought an expert from the capital and he said they would have to get a new one out of Brisbane Australia. That would take two weeks.  Then someone pushed some buttons and hit the reset, and it started working again!  God is so good! We were praising the Lord when the power came on just a few hours before sundown Friday night.

Our house has many more rats than people living in it.  I don't remember ever having to compete with rats like this, especially in the house for our food. We can see 2-3 running around at the same time and always hear them knocking stuff down in the cabinets or off the shelves.  We cover stuff on the table, but….. Each morning we check to see how much food was eaten by the rats. They have chewed thru the table cloths, too.  The ladies here have found some rat poison and we are starting to feed them that.

We are grateful for cloudy days here as the temp is better and the sunshine isn't so intense.  The night the power was off we went out to see the stars in real darkness. The moon was only about 2/3 but was brighter than a full moon in Arizona, it was unbelievably bright and easy to walk around without a flashlight.  So much for seeing the stars that night

We are able to receive emails on our phone now for a fee and send out very short ones once in awhile so we don't have to look at a 6 mile hike quite so often to and from the internet. It wouldn't be so bad if the road home wasn't a steep climb uphill the last part and it wasn't so hot and humid.  Kinda knocks it out of you sometimes.  Of course, this won't be available in Bewani.

Wherever in the world you are when this catches up with you, we want you to know we are thinking about you and hope you are counting God's blessings too.  God is so good and He is so faithful.  It makes the bumps in the road easier when we remember that God sent His Son to show us the way back to heaven.  He has trod the way before us and is with us now!

Blessings to each of you,

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com (for some pictures or on Facebook)

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