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.

Monday, September 15, 2014

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News Brief:

 

The tractor parts that we ordered were fine, but we soon discovered we need some more before we can get the tractor running, so we are still working on that.

The church leaders asked us, if it would be ok to hold a week of revival meetings in our airplane hanger, starting the first of the month!  The answer is yes!

Friday afternoon, Sept 12 we loaded up boxes of clothes onto the ATV and took them to a remote village several miles away.  We left them with the missionary (local) at that village.  In the few minutes we were there, we were surrounded by about 25 half naked and naked kids. 

Saturday evening, people came to our house asking us to take a lady to the hospital in Vanimo, because she was still bleeding from childbirth, nearly a week ago.  We went to the health post to see what the situation was.  The lady was bleeding plenty, and was semi comatose.  The nurse had been trying to get an IV started, without success, in the collapsed veins.  Toni said, let me try.  They handed her a 3" needle (big enough to use on a cow). With my 2 little flashlights and help from heaven, she was able to get it in the vein on the first try. (The clinic has no working lights so flashlights are all they have in the pitch dark)  We went back to our house to get a mattress for the lady to lie on and a few things for town.  When we got back to load her in the car, she was already perking up a bit.  We got 1.5 liters into her (1/2 liter spilled when the tubing came apart, due to very rough road) by the time we arrived at the hospital and she was looking better.  We brought her baby and a couple of other family members too. 

Sunday, some friends here in Vanimo volunteered to go out and help us at our house for the day, if we could drive them out.  We couldn't turn down the help, so we went and worked on plumbing and yard work and returned to town in the afternoon.  Toni had to feed 10 people.  (It is a 60 mi., 3-4 hrs, round trip. When it is raining, it is slipperier than ice).  We need to get new tires that will work better in the mud.

Tuesday, is Independence Day here, so we will see what they do to celebrate, they say not much happens or gets done all week.

Several of you replied to our last email, and it was so great to hear from you. 

 

Gary and Toni

 

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

 

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