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.

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



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