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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Step by Step

Step by Step

Last weekend we received the tragic news that our good friend and fellow volunteer missionary, who served with us in Guyana, Loren Mandigo, passed away in Kenya, Africa. He and his family have been building a new school there. He died from complications of a respiratory infection and malaria. His four young kids were also sick at the time. His wife Lisa, was the only well enough to take care of them. She drove Loren 2.5 hrs to a hospital where he passed away last Sunday evening. The price of missions is high, but the reward is out of this world. Rest in peace my friend until Jesus comes.

Now that we finally have wheels of our own, it is much easier to move about and get things done. We went to church in Bewani last weekend and then went out twice during the week to work on the house. Each trip is 60 miles round trip and takes over 3.5 hrs to make (and that is pushing it hard) on the rough logging road. When it is dry, like the first two trips were, the dust is really bad, when it rains, it turns to slimy goo that is very slippery, and sticks to everything. There are lots of sharp rocks and very rough driving. The logging trucks have to park and wait during the rain, as they can't make it up and down the steep grades, because it is too slippery.

This week we got our 2 medium-sized water storage tanks hauled out and installed, (approx. 2000+gal total). We installed down spouts so we are now collecting water anytime it rains.  We were also able to repair a bad leak in the roof and some gutter leaks.  Now we have to plumb the house and do kitchen sink and cabinet as well as bathroom.  We don't have stairs yet either. Now we are just using a very makeshift T ladder to access the house--not something Toni wants to use. We are grateful for all the volunteers who come out to help us each time we go work on the house.

The airplane is being loaded into a shipping container Sunday March 23, it will leave port from San Diego and arrive in Guam two weeks later.  There our mechanic, Alberto Marin, will reassemble it and our pilot, Tony Varga, will then fly it here to PNG! Meanwhile we are trying to get all proper arrangements made here for its arrival as well as our supply container that is suppose to arrive in country about the same time as the plane.

We just got confirmation that our first volunteer mission group, from Texas, will be arriving in June to help us put up the airplane hanger. This is exciting; if there are one or two people experienced in construction that would like to join them, let us know. The cost of sheet metal roofing is very expensive here, ($45/12ft sheet) so it will be a challenge to roof the hanger.

Thank your for your continued prayers and support. It is so much appreciated. We love to hear from you too.

Gary and Toni Lewis


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Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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