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, November 17, 2014

one year

One Year in PNG!

In some ways, it is hard to believe we have been here a year already, but it seems a lot longer than that since we have been with our family and friends, though.

It has been a year filled with many challenges, but so many blessings, too.   Sometimes we wonder why it seems to take so long to get things done or going here.  Then I see how long it has taken others to start an airbase from the ground up and the years it has taken them.   I am thankful for what the Lord has done for us in a short time.

People here have been very generous in providing lots of fresh fruit and veggies, arranged for free housing, a free airplane hanger to use while ours is being built, materials for construction, fuel, and so much more!  Over a year without a paycheck, and we have not gone hungry.  Those of you who have donated to the project have made it possible for us to pay the bills, as things are very expensive here!  We have received some awesome "care" packages in the mail too.  Friends in Prescott and Phoenix AZ, and in New Mexico took it upon themselves to get our airplane delivered here from Arizona.  What a blessing that was, and then they raised monies to help cover the cost of the custom fees here!  We are still trying to get the paperwork done so we can actually begin flights.

Our container with the hanger and supplies arrived just 2 days before the group from TX & MO came to put up the hanger.  God has great timing.  The hanger is up and the nearly all of the main floor area is poured in concrete now.  We even got an extra 20' container to store fuel drums in, for the plane. We are making plans to build a small apartment on one side of the hanger for a volunteer to live in or a security person for the hanger.

The airplane mechanic who was planning to come work with us, is not able to come now, due to health issues.  We really need a mechanic and would like to have another pilot as well.  Do you know anyone who has a passion for missions and helping others?  There is so much work to do here, but not enough help.

Even without the use of the plane this year, we have done several emergency medical evacuations of patients to the hospital in town. If we hadn't taken them, most in the middle of the night, over very rough and muddy roads, they would not have survived until the next day. We just took in 2 more patients this week. Toni has provided medical help to patients out here in the bush as she as been called upon.  She has also been helping in the children's Bible classes and providing lots of meals to people who have helped on the construction of the hanger. All help on the hanger has been voluntary and there have been hundreds of hours given by the local people!

God has blessed in so many ways, and so many people have helped.  The people here are so happy to have us here, and can hardly wait to see the plane in the air.  When it lands here in Bewani for the first time, it will be the first plane to land here in nearly 20 years, they tell me.  We have gotten the airstrip all ready and it's just awaiting the plane.  Hopefully the plane will be flying on missions of mercy before the end of this year, if that is God's plan. 

We have been blessed with good health and have not had malaria yet.

Several have signed up to be a sponsor of a lay missionary (adopt a missionary program) for one year.  We need several more sponsors yet. The pastor has 12 missionaries willing to go and we plan to launch them the first of January, after some additional training.

Thank you so much for your prayers and for being a part of our mission project in this remote part of Papua New Guinea.  Bringing more souls to the Kingdom of God is our goal.

Blessings to each of you,

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com (for pictures) or check out Facebook.

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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