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

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


Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

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