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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pressed down and overflowing

Pressed down and overflowing!

 

This was written Sept. 1

It is hard to believe that September is here already and summer is not far away!  It was about this time last year that we purchased our tickets to come here and things went into high gear real fast.  Well, we are working and going even faster now just trying to keep up!  So much has, and is happening, that we find ourselves exhausted each night, and realizing we still have so much to do. We have been working 6 days a week since things started at our airbase in Bewani.  Then on Saturday we usually get asked (at the last minute) to have a part at whichever church we are visiting that day.  God has been sending us so many blessings and opportunities to serve Him. It is truly rewarding to watch God work on our behalf here.

Last week, we went to a village early Sunday morning to see about borrowing a tractor to mow the airstrip. While waiting for the guy to come, they told us that a lady had just delivered her baby a few moments ago and needed to go to the health post. We had the only vehicle. We found her, and her sister was trying to wash the baby off a bit by dripping water over the baby and holding it with a dirty rag.  The baby's color was a grey and it was very skinny and tiny.  I wasn't sure it was still alive.  After they finished washing it and tying off the cord, we drove her, the infant and her sister to the health post.  A couple of hours later they notified us the baby had died so Toni took them back to their village, the baby weighted 3 lbs.

That same day, after the baby was transported, I was able to borrow a tractor and mower and mow the airstrip.  It had never been mowed well, so it took longer than normal, but turned out really nice.  Now it is begging for a plane to land on it.  ;)

We are not currently able to get emails out in Bewani, only when we come to town (Vanimo). When we came in last week, we found out that a member here had purchased 20 bags of cement for us to use in the hanger.  He had also given us a generous supply of veggies the week before.  When I went to pick up some of the bags to haul back, I found that our small water tank, that we have been trying to get for the last 4 months had arrived also.  We are putting it up on a tower so we can have gravity fed, running water in our house!!  It is now in Bewani, waiting installation.  Another dozen bags of cement were donated by one of the lumber companies here for the hanger.  We now have just over half of the main floor area cemented!!

Last week we were also able to get some of our solar equipment hooked up and some wiring done so that we now have use of our small refrigerator and small freezer!  What a blessing that is for our food situation!  Now we can keep leftovers and open items for longer than 1 day.  Menu planning is easier and food loss is less!!  We also get to have more variety this way, instead of having to eat up what we have before it spoils.

God has kept water in our tanks and we are grateful as we are now in dry season.

When we arrived in town today, we had an awesome care package awaiting us from friends in AZ (one last week as well) and a package with tractor parts from Australia so hopefully we can get the tractor operating that we are allowed to use.

The boy we brought in a few weeks ago with a severe case of Malaria is home now and recovering, we are grateful we were able to have a part in helping him.

We have set up small church libraries in 5 bush churches so they can have religious books to read, books here are too expensive for most of the people to purchase.

We are so grateful for the donations that make it possible to keep the operation going forward.  May you be blessed.  The prayers are most needed and greatly appreciated, also. 

It is really great when you take a moment to send us a note in reply.  We appreciate those of you who email us.  That is the only mail we get; and the phone doesn't ring here from home base either.

Gary and Toni Lewis

We have been able to post a few pictures on Face book and our blog site @

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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