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.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Part of our pineapple patch and taking a 13 yr boy semi-comatose to hospital in town

Fwd: Volunteer lay missionaries

We have now completed our first training course of lay missionaries with the local pastor.  We had 14 complete the course and several others attend part of it.  Some of them will finish what they missed when we do our second one in another week.  It will be at a location about an hours drive from here.
This week we placed 2 of the missionaries out to their villages. One is a widow with an 8 yr old son. She will be working in 2 villages located near each other. They are about 1.5 hour hike from the nearest road. I helped carry her belongings about half way as that was all the time at had that day, and we hiked through jungle and swamp. They went bare foot and I was grateful for shoes. They have very tough feet here. The other missionary along with his wife are further away.  I drove almost 4 hrs (60mi) to where we were able to put them on a dugout canoe that would take about another day to reach their village.  If the road had not been so muddy, I could have  driven all the way, but even in 4 wheel drive and a high undercarriage, we didn't think we could make it. When we have the plane flying, I should be able to fly there in about 30-40min as they have an airstrip there.
Both of these missionaries are on fire for the Lord, and are excited to begin work in a village where they don't know the gospel of Jesus.  We sent picture rolls and first aid kits and some food staples with each.  They also get a small stipend given by sponsors.  $120/ mo.
We are still called upon to do emergency medical evacuations with our car, taking people to the hospital.  One last week was a 13 yr-old semi-comatose boy with severe abdominal pains, the other this week was a young lady who had a fight with her husband and supposedly drank some bleach.
One of the missionaries we sent out a couple of weeks ago, I saw along the road this week and he told me has been treating so many people in his area that most of his first aid supplies are all used up.  These kits are very basic as is their training we gave, but already they are using them to help many people. I promised to try to get some more supplies to him as soon as we can.
Paper work takes so long to get pushed through here.  Our new NGO is supposed to be about done, which will then let us apply for our visa renewal and take care of customs on the airplane.  It is amazing how long it can take to get some things done.
Diesel is about $8/gal here now. With all the driving we have been doing lately, we really appreciate the drums of fuel the logging companies here have so kindly donated.  God keeps finding ways to supply our needs.  Driving along the roads here people are always wanting rides.  Rides here by local pickups are very expensive.  They know we don't charge.  We don't stop too often, as when we do, they come out of the bush in large numbers and try to all crowd in which then causes a fight when we don't let them all in.  We have to be careful where we stop and for whom we stop.  Sometimes they will flag us down just to give us some food from their garden, or give us some for giving them a ride.
Toni is still trying to teach the different churches and groups how to use the felts to tell Bible stories.  The kids and adults love it, they are just a bit afraid to use it themselves, plus it means planing ahead and that is hard for them to do here.
We have moved what few items were left in our house in town (Vanimo) out after being robbed the second time by the same people. So now if we have to stay overnight or make a trip in the middle of the night with a patient we will have to take a small suitcase with clothes, towels, bedding and food. We are trying to just do more day runs of going and returning the same day.  Makes a longer day, but.... Wish we had another missionary to be there all the time and also help with the project.
Looking forward to our upcoming visit to the USA. not sure on dates yet until we know when our visa will be done, or if we have to leave the country in order to get it done.  Not much is easy and straight forward here, and every time we ask a question, we get a different answer!
Thank you so much for you prayers and support.  God is working hard and the evil one is working hard to stop all he can. Thankfully, we know Who is stronger and we are on His side.
Gary and Toni Lewis


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

updated photo of finished airplane hanger waiting for our plane to arrive