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.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Airplane arrives

Airplane Arrives!

The last few weeks have been super busy, Toni has taught 3 cooking classes in the last 10 days, to about 30 people, here at our house.

We have been emailing, phoning, and running office to office trying to get things lined up for the arrival of our long-awaited airplane. We had to have customs, immigration and quarantine all at the airport at arrival time.  The last leg of the journey was an 8-hour non-stop flight.  The pilot, Tony Varga from New Mexico, flew the plane and landed here at 5:30 pm local time.  We had a large crowd of nearly 150 people waiting to greet him. The acting governor, and many public officials and church leaders were there. Then there was a short program with speeches and also refreshments.  There is a lot of excitement here now that the plane has finally arrived.

We have lots of paper work and permissions to get yet before flight operations can begin. The first big hurdle is to get an exemption from customs for the plane and our supply container, which is also supposed to arrive in country this weekend.  It will require another boat ride to get here, once it clears customs. Lots of work to do yet, but God is still moving things forward.  The plane arrived with some special treats in it from friends who helped to pack the plane in AZ, and dog supplies from Toni's sister.  Thank you!

Work is proceeding on our house in Bewani and most of the airstrip has now been mowed and is looking very nice.  It still needs some drainage put in.

We will try to post some pictures on our blog site and on FB.

Thanks so much for all the prayers and support for God's project here in PNG.

Gary and Toni Lewis


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Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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