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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing you a Merry Christmas season!  It's a good time to remember that Christ came to earth as a baby to provide a way out from our death penalty from sin.  What an awesome God we have!

We have seen nothing here, in this part of PNG, to remind us that Christmas represents Christ birth.  Here, what little reminders of Christmas there are, is all very commercial; nothing more. 

As we wrap up 2014 we have lots to be grateful for.  God has done so much for us and through us here in PNG.  We feel truly blessed. So many of you have been praying for us, and the project here; and many have also supported with funds and gifts.  For all of these, we are truly grateful. Our prayer is that God will repay you many times over and that the New Year will be a good one for you.

This week the phone company here delivered the parts for a cell tower to be installed about a ¼ mile from our house and its suppose to be 3G, so hopefully we will have phone and email service here in Bewani in the next month or so!  This will now make it possible for the health department and other villages to notify us when there is a medevac at some other village.  They are installing several other towers in the area we plan to serve.  What a blessing that will be!

If you or someone you know is an IA airplane mechanic and would like an adventure and to do some traveling, we need an annual inspection done on our C182 here the end of April-first of May. Let me know if you might be interested.

15 people were baptized here in Bewani a week ago.  That was the first baptism here in several years and it was really neat. We gave the candidates Bibles after their baptism.  We are trying to encourage them to have baptisms much more often.  Sometimes the hardest part is to get the ball rolling.  The pastor is planning on another baptism at a nearby church in another week.  It has taken a lot of work and encouragement to get this far.

Looks like we are finally getting some movement on the paperwork for the plane! We will report on that when we have something solid.

Thanks again for being a part of this ministry with your prayers and donations.  They do make a difference!  We really enjoy hearing from you as well.

A new DVD has just been made of our project.  We have not seen it yet, but it is available for the asking.  If you would like a copy to see and share, please send Diane Degeraty in Arizona an email and request it.  dwdegeraty@yahoo.com

It is on You Tube under "lostlambfound" or on blog site www.lostlambfound.squarespace.com It was produced by our friend Darah Varga.

We still need several more sponsors for our new "adopt-a-missionary" program.  May your home be filled with blessings this Christmas season.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

this was written 2 weeks ago, just got internet

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: "PNG project"

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Sunday, December 14, 2014



Toni telling bible stories using felts and teaching others how it is done

Two patients we brought to hospital recently, notice, no mattress on clinic beds

Thursday, November 27, 2014

IV nurse to the rescue

Wednesday afternoon we received an urgent request from the health post to take a child to the hospital who had cerebral Malaria and was convulsing. We went right away to see what the situation was. It was a young girl, 3-5 yrs and semi comatose. The medics had been unable to get an IV started in her collapsed veins and she appeared to be on her way out. Toni asked to try to start an IV. One of the villagers standing at the door watching was whispering to the others, "white lady is doctor". I was praying and Toni was praying that the angels would help her to get the IV in after so many other tries had failed. First poke on the back of the child's hand and she was in! PTL. We rushed back to the house to get things ready to travel to town as they got the child ready for transport. If we had had the plane, it would of been about a 15 min flight instead of 1.5 hrs by road and would have been a lot smoother too. We stopped a couple of times en route to give injection and for convulsions. She was still alive when we arrived at hospital. We had planned to come to town on Thur. (Thanksgiving day) anyway as Toni was teaching a first aid class that evening and I needed to go to the border to get the last of the cement I need to finish hanger floor.
Hope you each had a happy Thanksgiving.
Gary n Toni

Monday, November 17, 2014

one year

One Year in PNG!

In some ways, it is hard to believe we have been here a year already, but it seems a lot longer than that since we have been with our family and friends, though.

It has been a year filled with many challenges, but so many blessings, too.   Sometimes we wonder why it seems to take so long to get things done or going here.  Then I see how long it has taken others to start an airbase from the ground up and the years it has taken them.   I am thankful for what the Lord has done for us in a short time.

People here have been very generous in providing lots of fresh fruit and veggies, arranged for free housing, a free airplane hanger to use while ours is being built, materials for construction, fuel, and so much more!  Over a year without a paycheck, and we have not gone hungry.  Those of you who have donated to the project have made it possible for us to pay the bills, as things are very expensive here!  We have received some awesome "care" packages in the mail too.  Friends in Prescott and Phoenix AZ, and in New Mexico took it upon themselves to get our airplane delivered here from Arizona.  What a blessing that was, and then they raised monies to help cover the cost of the custom fees here!  We are still trying to get the paperwork done so we can actually begin flights.

Our container with the hanger and supplies arrived just 2 days before the group from TX & MO came to put up the hanger.  God has great timing.  The hanger is up and the nearly all of the main floor area is poured in concrete now.  We even got an extra 20' container to store fuel drums in, for the plane. We are making plans to build a small apartment on one side of the hanger for a volunteer to live in or a security person for the hanger.

The airplane mechanic who was planning to come work with us, is not able to come now, due to health issues.  We really need a mechanic and would like to have another pilot as well.  Do you know anyone who has a passion for missions and helping others?  There is so much work to do here, but not enough help.

Even without the use of the plane this year, we have done several emergency medical evacuations of patients to the hospital in town. If we hadn't taken them, most in the middle of the night, over very rough and muddy roads, they would not have survived until the next day. We just took in 2 more patients this week. Toni has provided medical help to patients out here in the bush as she as been called upon.  She has also been helping in the children's Bible classes and providing lots of meals to people who have helped on the construction of the hanger. All help on the hanger has been voluntary and there have been hundreds of hours given by the local people!

God has blessed in so many ways, and so many people have helped.  The people here are so happy to have us here, and can hardly wait to see the plane in the air.  When it lands here in Bewani for the first time, it will be the first plane to land here in nearly 20 years, they tell me.  We have gotten the airstrip all ready and it's just awaiting the plane.  Hopefully the plane will be flying on missions of mercy before the end of this year, if that is God's plan. 

We have been blessed with good health and have not had malaria yet.

Several have signed up to be a sponsor of a lay missionary (adopt a missionary program) for one year.  We need several more sponsors yet. The pastor has 12 missionaries willing to go and we plan to launch them the first of January, after some additional training.

Thank you so much for your prayers and for being a part of our mission project in this remote part of Papua New Guinea.  Bringing more souls to the Kingdom of God is our goal.

Blessings to each of you,

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com (for pictures) or check out Facebook.

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Sunday, November 2, 2014




visiting a man with a crippled leg, he cut his toe on  his good leg and was unable to stop the bleeding so put a rubber band on it for 3 days, couldn't get a ride to the clinic so asked if we would come to see him. We took him to the clinic after seeing his toe.  Looks like it will have to be removed. 
The other two pictures are of celebrations on Independence day,

Monday, October 27, 2014

Volunteer Lay missionaries


The tractor parts we waited so long for, (and paid so much for) finally arrived last week. We put them on the tractor and now the tractor is working! We are still hoping to get reimbursed for the expense but haven't seen the money yet. With the tractor running we have been able to clear brush away from hanger area and around our house! We borrowed another tractor from the oil palm company and mowed the airstrip again this week.  It is looking very nice.  Now we need a pole to put up the wind sock at the end of the airstrip, and then get it officially approved and opened!  We also mowed a large area in front of the clinic near us, the grass was as tall as me,  in some parts.
The pastor here tells me they have several lay missionaries that want and are willing to go out to unentered villages to begin work. He is beginning to interview them to make sure they have proper training before they go out. So we are looking for sponsors for them.
Maybe you are interested in sponsoring a missionary? We will provide you with their name and the name of the village, as well as some pictures from time to time with updates on how they are doing. We would like a minimum of a year commitment so some real work can be done. Maybe you, or your family, or a group of families would like to sponsor a misionary. Maybe a Bible study group would like to take one on as a project. Maybe a youth group or women's group would like to have their own missionary to sponsor. We are still working out the details of the cost, but it appears to be about $125 US dollars per month. If you or your group would be interested in doing this, please send us an email and we will get you set up with your own missionary.
We are waiting the arrival of a new battery for the airplane so we can begin flying. The battery is currently tied up in customs in the capital, Port Morseby, before it will be allowed to come here. God has reasons for allowing the delays on the plane, but He will allow it to fly when He sees best.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Gary and Toni Lewis


Tuesday, October 14, 2014


kids bible class and Toni telling bible story with felts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small things


Sometimes apparent small things can make a big difference.  We now have running water in the house at the flip of a switch!! That's makes dishwashing easier and flushing the toilet. A shower, after using a bucket for 3 months, is awesome, even though we don't have hot water.  The washing machine works now and spins the clothes nearly dry, so they get dry fast! We even got some more electrical wiring down so we can use more things and have some more light!  Refrigerator sure makes a difference with the food and how long it last. Seemingly little things and taken so often for granted, but when you are without for a long period of time, they are so appreciated!
It seems to take a long time to get things done here, but we keep pressing forward and as we do, progress is made and we get to enjoy the benefits.
Progress is also being made on getting the airplane released for flight.  We still don't have a mechanic here to help us keep it operating once it starts, so we are still praying about that. 
We are also exploring some possibilities to help villages here with food production and maybe some ways to get some churches built in them, as well.
We are working on an idea that could really make a big impact on reaching illiterate villages with the gospel.  It could involve you in a fairly direct way --if you choose to get involved.  We would like to get sponsors for lay workers to go and teach the Gospel in several villages. We do not know the exact monthly stipend yet, but probably around $100 per month. Wouldn't it be neat to arrive in Heaven and have people from PNG come up to you and say "We are here because you sent the gospel to us"? We are still working on the logistics and methods for doing this, but we are really excited about this possibility and what could come of it. We will keep you posted very soon as things become more clear. God wants to spread the gospel into all the world, so He can return to claim His own!  It is exciting to be a part of this work. Please pray about it, and let's see what God has in store!
Toni was in one of the children's Sabbath school (like Sunday school) and they were asking lots of questions about what they could do to help their program. She asked if they had felts for telling the Bible stories.  They said yes, and pulled out sheets of uncut felts. One of the members had purchased it years ago, but no one knew what to do with them.  So Toni is cutting them out, and will teach them how to use them. For those of you who can remember, at least they are in color so we don't have to color them too!
As we continue to unpack boxes looking for supplies, we find surprises, like this week, we found a bottle of syrup and some special candy a friend stuck in before the container was shipped! What a treat. Can't get that kind of thing here. God keeps reminding of us of His love and watch care over us. 
We have had to spend lots of money on parts to try to get a tractor fixed so we could mow the airstrip and do some earth work around here, We had been told it was owned by the District, now we find out they gave it to an admitted murderer whose name happens to be Cain. We were upset about that, and the new owner said he had no money to pay for the parts and would like to receive rent for use of the tractor.  Yesterday, the government contractor for maintenance of the airstrip here, came up and said to give him copies of the receipts and he would see that we got our money and could continue to use the tractor.  So we pray that is what will happen.  God knows the need and has ways to meet it.
If any of you are interested in traveling and would like to do a "mission trip" we have lots of work to do here!
We sure enjoy it when you take the time to send us a reply. It means a lot.
getlewis@gmail.com

Monday, September 15, 2014

Medivac, bleeding mother with her newborn


Patients baby nearly a week old, mother kept bleeding heavily, when we go to her, she was nearly comatose. Unloading patient at hospital.

Delivering clothes to remote villages via ATV, medivac to hospital in back of Land Cruiser, Toni hooking up IV to patient.

news items

News Brief:

 

The tractor parts that we ordered were fine, but we soon discovered we need some more before we can get the tractor running, so we are still working on that.

The church leaders asked us, if it would be ok to hold a week of revival meetings in our airplane hanger, starting the first of the month!  The answer is yes!

Friday afternoon, Sept 12 we loaded up boxes of clothes onto the ATV and took them to a remote village several miles away.  We left them with the missionary (local) at that village.  In the few minutes we were there, we were surrounded by about 25 half naked and naked kids. 

Saturday evening, people came to our house asking us to take a lady to the hospital in Vanimo, because she was still bleeding from childbirth, nearly a week ago.  We went to the health post to see what the situation was.  The lady was bleeding plenty, and was semi comatose.  The nurse had been trying to get an IV started, without success, in the collapsed veins.  Toni said, let me try.  They handed her a 3" needle (big enough to use on a cow). With my 2 little flashlights and help from heaven, she was able to get it in the vein on the first try. (The clinic has no working lights so flashlights are all they have in the pitch dark)  We went back to our house to get a mattress for the lady to lie on and a few things for town.  When we got back to load her in the car, she was already perking up a bit.  We got 1.5 liters into her (1/2 liter spilled when the tubing came apart, due to very rough road) by the time we arrived at the hospital and she was looking better.  We brought her baby and a couple of other family members too. 

Sunday, some friends here in Vanimo volunteered to go out and help us at our house for the day, if we could drive them out.  We couldn't turn down the help, so we went and worked on plumbing and yard work and returned to town in the afternoon.  Toni had to feed 10 people.  (It is a 60 mi., 3-4 hrs, round trip. When it is raining, it is slipperier than ice).  We need to get new tires that will work better in the mud.

Tuesday, is Independence Day here, so we will see what they do to celebrate, they say not much happens or gets done all week.

Several of you replied to our last email, and it was so great to hear from you. 

 

Gary and Toni

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

more concrete being poured in the airplane hanger


Veggies given to us, flowers in the trees, coast line here
our house in Bewani with God's rainbow over it at sundown!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


New born baby we transported but died a few hours later. Weighted only 3 pounds.  Mowing the airstrip with a borrowed tractor and mower.

Pressed down and overflowing

Pressed down and overflowing!

 

This was written Sept. 1

It is hard to believe that September is here already and summer is not far away!  It was about this time last year that we purchased our tickets to come here and things went into high gear real fast.  Well, we are working and going even faster now just trying to keep up!  So much has, and is happening, that we find ourselves exhausted each night, and realizing we still have so much to do. We have been working 6 days a week since things started at our airbase in Bewani.  Then on Saturday we usually get asked (at the last minute) to have a part at whichever church we are visiting that day.  God has been sending us so many blessings and opportunities to serve Him. It is truly rewarding to watch God work on our behalf here.

Last week, we went to a village early Sunday morning to see about borrowing a tractor to mow the airstrip. While waiting for the guy to come, they told us that a lady had just delivered her baby a few moments ago and needed to go to the health post. We had the only vehicle. We found her, and her sister was trying to wash the baby off a bit by dripping water over the baby and holding it with a dirty rag.  The baby's color was a grey and it was very skinny and tiny.  I wasn't sure it was still alive.  After they finished washing it and tying off the cord, we drove her, the infant and her sister to the health post.  A couple of hours later they notified us the baby had died so Toni took them back to their village, the baby weighted 3 lbs.

That same day, after the baby was transported, I was able to borrow a tractor and mower and mow the airstrip.  It had never been mowed well, so it took longer than normal, but turned out really nice.  Now it is begging for a plane to land on it.  ;)

We are not currently able to get emails out in Bewani, only when we come to town (Vanimo). When we came in last week, we found out that a member here had purchased 20 bags of cement for us to use in the hanger.  He had also given us a generous supply of veggies the week before.  When I went to pick up some of the bags to haul back, I found that our small water tank, that we have been trying to get for the last 4 months had arrived also.  We are putting it up on a tower so we can have gravity fed, running water in our house!!  It is now in Bewani, waiting installation.  Another dozen bags of cement were donated by one of the lumber companies here for the hanger.  We now have just over half of the main floor area cemented!!

Last week we were also able to get some of our solar equipment hooked up and some wiring done so that we now have use of our small refrigerator and small freezer!  What a blessing that is for our food situation!  Now we can keep leftovers and open items for longer than 1 day.  Menu planning is easier and food loss is less!!  We also get to have more variety this way, instead of having to eat up what we have before it spoils.

God has kept water in our tanks and we are grateful as we are now in dry season.

When we arrived in town today, we had an awesome care package awaiting us from friends in AZ (one last week as well) and a package with tractor parts from Australia so hopefully we can get the tractor operating that we are allowed to use.

The boy we brought in a few weeks ago with a severe case of Malaria is home now and recovering, we are grateful we were able to have a part in helping him.

We have set up small church libraries in 5 bush churches so they can have religious books to read, books here are too expensive for most of the people to purchase.

We are so grateful for the donations that make it possible to keep the operation going forward.  May you be blessed.  The prayers are most needed and greatly appreciated, also. 

It is really great when you take a moment to send us a note in reply.  We appreciate those of you who email us.  That is the only mail we get; and the phone doesn't ring here from home base either.

Gary and Toni Lewis

We have been able to post a few pictures on Face book and our blog site @

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Sunday, August 10, 2014

3 lives saved

3 Lives saved! (mother and her new born, and knife victim)

We don't have use of the airplane yet, due to not having customs cleared.  We are redoing our NGO here so that we can get the customs cleared up and make it easier for future imports.  The delays have been very frustrating, but God continues to put us in contact with people who can and are willing to help us.  The new NGO is on fast track and hopefully will be completed in 4-6 weeks.  The new one will make things a lot easier and faster for us in the future, and we will not have to pay PNG taxes, since we are a non-profit, charitable association.

Even without the use of the plane we are still being called upon to do medivacs.  We have made 3 night runs from Bewani to the hospital in Vanimo in the past month. The first one was a pregnant lady in distress, she delivered at the hospital a few hours later, and she and baby are now fine. The second one was a man chopped up by machete and bleeding all over.  Last night was a 10 year old boy with malaria having convulsions and breathing poorly.  Two of those have been done in the rain and mud over the very rough road that takes at least 2 hrs in the dark.  We are so thankful the Lord provided an enclosed 10 seater (with fold up seats)Land Cruiser, instead of a pickup.  This way it is easier for the patients, and for hauling cargo when it rains etc. God knew the need and provided accordingly.  Three lives have been saved so far by the medivacs we have provided.  Last night we brought in a 10 yr old with severe malaria, not sure he will make it, it looked very grim last night when we left him and his family at the hospital.  His dad has 3 wives, one being the child's mother.  All 3 wives came along….Since we can't fly here at night due to no lights on the airstrips, we may continue to have nighttime medivacs as well.

Sunday a group of youth came from Vanimo church and helped us mix and pour more concrete for the floor in the hanger. We now have enough to park the plane on and work around it.  It is slow when doing everything by hand, but many hands sure make it easier.  Toni fed the 15 guys when we finished for the day, then we came in last night with the patient.  When we can purchase some more cement, sand and gravel, we hope to pour some more.

Our house had no closets or shelves when we moved in, so building some shelves is becoming a high priority now.  400 square feet doesn't give us much room, but we are thankful for what the Lord has provided.  We do have 2 light bulbs and a couple of plugs working now off of solar so that saves us from using the generator.  We can use the fan a little, which is nice.  The toaster, bean pot, fridge, washing machine and many other things will have to wait until we get more solar panels and batteries hooked up.

People gave us some food Sabbath at church and we were able to use it yesterday to feed the workers.  God is so good.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  It all helps and is making a difference in the lives of people here.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Saturday, July 26, 2014




this is the hanger with its "wings" (12' overhangs on each end) and our second container for storing fuel drums. Solar panels on roof, how to get them hooked up


Airbase update


Greetings from the warm South Pacific where it is officially still winter, but it is still hot and humid.

We have been very busy out at the airbase in Bewani.  We now have all of the roof on the hanger including its "wings" (12ft overhangs on the 2 sides).  We have only one small patch of concrete floor poured so far, as a start to a pad to park the plane on.  Mixing with a small mixer and all by hand with river gravel/sand is a hard and slow process.  A group of youth from town has offered to come out a day next week to help pour some more.

We were able to purchase a second 20' shipping container to store fuel drums and supplies in and it arrived last week.  We are grateful to have the extra storage space.

We got our solar panels up on the roof of the house now.  2 panels are hooked up so we have lights and can charge our computers. We have to wire up the others yet and then wire the house.  We have to hook up 2 small ones for 220, so we can hopefully run our fridge!  At least now we don't have to use a generator in order to get any electricity.

We still have to haul all of our water up the stairs into the house as the tank we have been promised to put on the roof has not arrived, due to the border being closed. Hauling water does get old, but we have had plenty as there has been lots of rain.  In fact last week, we received 4-6" in a couple hrs and the yard area around the house was several inches under water, had to wade to the water tank, Our floor to ceiling windows had no glass in them, just screen, so rain blew in and got things very wet, we are working on getting louvered glass panes to put in at least part way up.  It is very expensive here.  The panes are 6" wide and you cut them the length you want.

We have posted some pictures on Facebook and our blog, www.lewisjungleministries.com and hopefully will be able to post some more today, if you want to see the progress.

We are still trying to work through the issues of customs and civil aviation here so we can begin flying the airplane, please keep that a matter of prayer.

Here they sing a hymn that says what we desire, "I need the prayers of those I love". (505 SDA hymnal).  It is a very meaningful song to us.

We would love to hear from you, emails mean so much to us, just click reply and send us a note.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support, that is what is making this all possible and God is blessing.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations    

Monday, July 14, 2014




roofing, pouring concrete, eating


roofing on hanger and pouring first small slap of concrete to park the plane on

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fwd: airplane hanger update


Project: God's timing

Two weeks ago I wrote an update for all of you about our progress on the airplane hanger etc. Somehow it got lost in cyberspace and so I am once again trying to update you.

We have had 5 guys here from the States for the last 3 weeks helping us put up the airplane hanger out at our new airbase in Bewani.  Two weeks before they arrived it looked like all most none of the supplies were going to arrive on time for them to be able to work.  The container from the US that had the hanger structure in it, was delayed over and over again.  The boat that brings it on its final leg to Vanimo only comes once a month.  This boat arrived 4 days before they did and our container was almost the last one on!!  Then the oil palm company hauled it to Bewani for us for free 2 days before the guys arrived.  Sand and gravel was also delivered to the site for making concrete 2 days before.  They left the container sitting on a truck bed as they said it was too heavy to take off.  The first two days the guys were here it rained, but we were able to unload the container.  (US customs when clear through our container in LA and did a poor job of repacking, many damaged items, but not one glass jar of canned fruit was broken!) Then the rebar and roofing tin arrived.  They brought the cement, but it was raining and spoiled.  We dug the footings in the rain, and when we were ready to mix and pour the rain stopped. Two days we had the footings all poured and then started assembly of the post and trusses for the hanger which involved bolting and welding.  The weather has been good each day for working on the site. New bags of cement showed up the day before we were ready to pour.  Every thing came together just when it was needed.  When we needed lots of hand to raise the steel trusses, lots of local guys showed up to help make it happen.  We needed some scaffold to stand on when raising the trusses by hand.  Just as we got to the point of raising the first truss, the church truck from Vanimo showed up with four sets to scaffold and some extra hands.  They were happy to help and see the first one go up!  Everyone one was amazed at how God made everything come together.

Last week at 1:00 a.m. we got awaked to take our first medi vac from the bush to the hospital. A lady had been in labor for 12 hrs and had gone into distress.  Took us 3 hrs over muddy/slippery roads to get her to the hospital. A couple of times we stopped and I thought she would have the baby in the car, but, she waited and delivered a healthy baby at the hospital.

Toni has been super busy trying to feed this work crew, with 3 young guys that could eat forever.  She had to nurse their cuts and infections too. She still has no running water in the house, no electricity, except 2 hrs each evening running the generator, so no refrigeration. It was a big challenge.

4 of the group head back now to the US and we will continue on.  But seeing how God brought so many things together just on time after I had spent months trying to get it all arranged, was awesome to experience.

Thank you for your prayers, God is listening and answering.  Thank you for your support to help make it all possible.  We serve an awesome God and His timing is perfect.

Gary and Toni Lewis

pictures posted

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations


Saturday, July 5, 2014




Building the new airplane hanger in Bewani, Papua New Guinea!!







Thursday, June 12, 2014




These are some dancers that came out for a special occasion here in Vanimo.

Monday, May 26, 2014

May Progress report

Last month we told you about the airplane arriving here in PNG.  It has been patiently sitting in a borrowed hanger since then. We are still working to get an exemption from customs since it is an air ambulance and non-commercial. We have yet to receive it but everyone we talk to say it should be given, no problem--the only problem is we don't have it yet.  They are asking for $10,000 for customs if we don't get the exemption.

Two weeks ago we were notified that our supply container arrived in Lae (south of us a few hundred miles), and needed to be inspected by customs and quarantine.  They said each item had to be inspected--in other words, unload the container. So I made a trip last week to Lae to be there for the inspection.  The day that I was there, it rained or drizzled all day.  My agent and I met with the customs people about noon, when they showed up to work, and told them why we are here and what we are doing.  We explained that most of the items in the container were donated by friends in America, and are to help us reach remote villages with medical help.  After our visit, the director decided we would only have to open the doors, look inside, and then close it back up; since it wasn't good weather for unloading anyway.  She also lowered the duty fees by 40%.  We had hoped for a complete exemption, like we had requested; but we are happy that at least they lowered it some.  If all goes well, it should be put on the boat next week for its trip here to Vanimo. Then, we will put it on a truck to get it to Bewani. The Health Department here is paying the boat charges from Lae to Vanimo for which we are very grateful.

Hopefully we can get it to Bewani about the same time the volunteers arrive here from Texas.  They are going to help put up the airplane hanger, which is in the container. The roofing for the hanger just arrived here in Vanimo.

Sunday, we went to work on the house in Bewani, when we were halfway home, there was a steep hill that was very muddy and slick, that was mostly blocked by a logging truck.  We were in 4-wheel drive, but were unable to get around it, so we had to back down the hill and spend the night in the car.   We had a helper who worked with us on the house and our puppy with us.   Monday morning, the road was still impassable, so we turned around, and went another way that was twice as far.  I guess we need to be a little better prepared for the unexpected here. We didn't have extra food, fuel or way to communicate.  Fortunately, we were able to buy some extra fuel from a church member there.  I guess we will take our satellite phone with us next time, since there is no cell service there.

While I was in Lae, the family I was staying with gave us some fruit, and one item was a 20+ lb. watermelon that I brought home to celebrate with for Toni's birthday. This was the first watermelon we have had here; they are not available here in Vanimo. It was awesome!

Thank you for your prayers and support. They mean so much to us and make it possible to keep things going forward. 

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014



fuel is purchased by 5 liter jugs along the road side.


Thursday, April 24, 2014



Airplane arriving at Vanimo for the first time.