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.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

little church in the bush

Little Church in the Bush!


Life in a foreign country is not always just filled with exciting adventures, neat places to visit, and exciting stories to share.  More often, it is filled with hard work, sweat and tears, heartache and disappointments. Then, of course, is the obvious pain of missing family, friends and those things we are accustomed to. We have learned that when the negatives seem to pile up, and the pile gets pretty high, that God comes along and showers some extra blessings to remind us we are not forgotten and that we are where He wants us to be at this time.

A couple of weeks ago, things were going kind of rough. We went to town to get supplies and continue to push paper work for the airplane.  When we arrived at our house in Vanimo, we discovered it had been broken into and robbed.  The cleaning lady who takes care of the other side of the duplex came out and confirmed and said that the other side had been really cleaned out. The police and property owners had already been there to investigate.  We have been robbed before, but this is the first time here, and it is never easy, trying to figure out what was taken and you feel so violated.

The thieves took food from the fridge and freezer, clothes, pots and pans, cords for charging electronic items, cameras, flashlights, all four headsets for airplane that we need in order to talk and listen on the radio (those were the expensive items that can't be replaced here) and some tools. We had some cash hidden that we use when in town, which they didn't find and we are grateful for that.  It could have been much worse. 

Then later on the same day, we got another setback in our work, trying to get equipment to maintain the airstrip here.  Things just weren't going too well in our favor. Packages we had hoped would arrive, were not being delivered by the airlines even though the PO and customs were cleared. Then came the Sabbath.

We drove to a little church (Kilipau) we have seen along the road to town. It is a small church built out of native material (thatch). I had told the layperson in charge a few weeks ago that we planned to visit on this Sabbath.  When we arrived that morning, you should have seen how their faces lit up, they couldn't make their smiles any bigger.  The little church was full, and there was just enough room on a board bench for us to sit on.  They gave us a very emotional welcome.  They said the church was started in 1986 and we were the first white people to ever visit and no one from the mission or district had ever come before, either.  They were just overjoyed that we would come to visit.  Toni had Sabbath School for all the kids, babies through youth, with her felts and songs and then the quizzes. They loved her and the program.  Meanwhile I taught the adults and then did the church service. The reports they gave said membership is over 60, and that tithes and all offerings totaled less than $20 USD per week. It is a very poor church, like most of the rest of them we have visited, they have no health post there, and there were a lot of health problems among the members. After church they told us, we want to give you a gift, please wait a few minutes while we go get it.  While some left to do that, I told stories from Guyana of God's faithfulness. They sent us home that day with 18 pineapple and some bananas. God says He will open the windows of Heaven!  We gave some away later and canned some and ate a lot. Then they asked us to help them with medical help--sure glad Toni is a nurse. The needs here are so many and so great, but so few who will do the work.

There are still some of our new DVD's available if you didn't get one yet. You can share them at your church or Bible study group as a mission story, if you like. If you would like one, email Diane Degeraty for your free copy. dwdegeraty@yahoo.com She lives in Arizona and has agreed to mail them out for us.

We are planning to be in the States for a visit in April and May.  We don't know the exact dates yet, due to needing to renew our visa here first.  We don't know exactly where all we will get to visit yet, but would like to see as many of you as possible. We would be happy to share at your church or Bible study group if you would like. We expect to arrive in Phoenix AZ, will visit UT, and most likely take, a trip East to NC, etc. If you're interested, let us know.

Blessings to each of you

Gary and Toni Lewis


Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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Monday, January 5, 2015

sea life, butterflies and moths here in PNG

first baptism in Bewani area in years, church service in Sumumini, SS for kids, and Adventist pioneer from 50 years ago and current church leader