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, October 27, 2014

Volunteer Lay missionaries

The tractor parts we waited so long for, (and paid so much for) finally arrived last week. We put them on the tractor and now the tractor is working! We are still hoping to get reimbursed for the expense but haven't seen the money yet. With the tractor running we have been able to clear brush away from hanger area and around our house! We borrowed another tractor from the oil palm company and mowed the airstrip again this week.  It is looking very nice.  Now we need a pole to put up the wind sock at the end of the airstrip, and then get it officially approved and opened!  We also mowed a large area in front of the clinic near us, the grass was as tall as me,  in some parts.
The pastor here tells me they have several lay missionaries that want and are willing to go out to unentered villages to begin work. He is beginning to interview them to make sure they have proper training before they go out. So we are looking for sponsors for them.
Maybe you are interested in sponsoring a missionary? We will provide you with their name and the name of the village, as well as some pictures from time to time with updates on how they are doing. We would like a minimum of a year commitment so some real work can be done. Maybe you, or your family, or a group of families would like to sponsor a misionary. Maybe a Bible study group would like to take one on as a project. Maybe a youth group or women's group would like to have their own missionary to sponsor. We are still working out the details of the cost, but it appears to be about $125 US dollars per month. If you or your group would be interested in doing this, please send us an email and we will get you set up with your own missionary.
We are waiting the arrival of a new battery for the airplane so we can begin flying. The battery is currently tied up in customs in the capital, Port Morseby, before it will be allowed to come here. God has reasons for allowing the delays on the plane, but He will allow it to fly when He sees best.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support.
Gary and Toni Lewis

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

kids bible class and Toni telling bible story with felts

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Small things

Sometimes apparent small things can make a big difference.  We now have running water in the house at the flip of a switch!! That's makes dishwashing easier and flushing the toilet. A shower, after using a bucket for 3 months, is awesome, even though we don't have hot water.  The washing machine works now and spins the clothes nearly dry, so they get dry fast! We even got some more electrical wiring down so we can use more things and have some more light!  Refrigerator sure makes a difference with the food and how long it last. Seemingly little things and taken so often for granted, but when you are without for a long period of time, they are so appreciated!
It seems to take a long time to get things done here, but we keep pressing forward and as we do, progress is made and we get to enjoy the benefits.
Progress is also being made on getting the airplane released for flight.  We still don't have a mechanic here to help us keep it operating once it starts, so we are still praying about that. 
We are also exploring some possibilities to help villages here with food production and maybe some ways to get some churches built in them, as well.
We are working on an idea that could really make a big impact on reaching illiterate villages with the gospel.  It could involve you in a fairly direct way --if you choose to get involved.  We would like to get sponsors for lay workers to go and teach the Gospel in several villages. We do not know the exact monthly stipend yet, but probably around $100 per month. Wouldn't it be neat to arrive in Heaven and have people from PNG come up to you and say "We are here because you sent the gospel to us"? We are still working on the logistics and methods for doing this, but we are really excited about this possibility and what could come of it. We will keep you posted very soon as things become more clear. God wants to spread the gospel into all the world, so He can return to claim His own!  It is exciting to be a part of this work. Please pray about it, and let's see what God has in store!
Toni was in one of the children's Sabbath school (like Sunday school) and they were asking lots of questions about what they could do to help their program. She asked if they had felts for telling the Bible stories.  They said yes, and pulled out sheets of uncut felts. One of the members had purchased it years ago, but no one knew what to do with them.  So Toni is cutting them out, and will teach them how to use them. For those of you who can remember, at least they are in color so we don't have to color them too!
As we continue to unpack boxes looking for supplies, we find surprises, like this week, we found a bottle of syrup and some special candy a friend stuck in before the container was shipped! What a treat. Can't get that kind of thing here. God keeps reminding of us of His love and watch care over us. 
We have had to spend lots of money on parts to try to get a tractor fixed so we could mow the airstrip and do some earth work around here, We had been told it was owned by the District, now we find out they gave it to an admitted murderer whose name happens to be Cain. We were upset about that, and the new owner said he had no money to pay for the parts and would like to receive rent for use of the tractor.  Yesterday, the government contractor for maintenance of the airstrip here, came up and said to give him copies of the receipts and he would see that we got our money and could continue to use the tractor.  So we pray that is what will happen.  God knows the need and has ways to meet it.
If any of you are interested in traveling and would like to do a "mission trip" we have lots of work to do here!
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