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, 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!!