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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

God is still in control

God is still in control!

First of all let me apologize for our email provider who changed the parameters for mailing bulk emails, and we didn't know it until we realized many of you were no longer receiving our updates.  We didn't just cut you off, the provider did.  We have tried to fix the problem, so hopefully you will be getting this again.  If you don't wish to receive it, then send us a note stating such.  If you missed some, you can go to our blog site and read past updates. www.lewisjungleministries.com and some pictures.

This month we have been operating a clinic one day a week in the village of Kilipau. It is a 30 minute drive from here in Bewani.  The government built the health post 2 years ago, but couldn't find anyone to staff it, so it was never opened, until we opened it about six weeks ago.  We have been averaging over 50 patients per visit. One week, there was a lady with a long gash on her leg from a machete wound. It had happened the day before but she was too far away from medical help. I drove as close as I could to her location and then carried her the last 100 yds. or so to my car. The nurse working with Toni put in the first few stitches, and then Toni put in the rest of them, about a dozen in total.  The next week around 8 pm one evening, we received a message from this same village that a lady was in distress trying to deliver a baby.  We drove down there right away and there was a very young girl hanging onto a corner post under her house, semi squatting with a baby hanging all the way out except for the head.  There were no lights, and there were several ladies standing around her yelling all kinds of orders to her. The head was stuck so we finally got her lying down on her back so Toni could help her get the baby out. After a few minutes of pushing and pulling, and lots of praying that we wouldn't pull the head off, out came the baby. We cleaned the nose and mouth, and stimulated the baby, but were never able to get it to breathe.  We don't know how long the baby had been like that and the cord was not pulsing.  We loaded the baby and mom in the car and raced home to our clinic here in Bewani.  A nurse here spent over an hour sewing her up as she had torn really badly.  At least we were there to help save the mom, (it was her first baby) as she was bleeding a lot.

The nearby public school (to this same village), invited us to come make a health presentation and to show the Jesus video.  Now they want us to come to the school at least once a month.  About 100 attended this first one.  Now another school is asking us to come.  More churches are asking us to come show religious videos to them, also.  More baptisms are also being scheduled in the next few weeks for which we are very grateful.

A volunteer nurse from TN arrived this week for a couple of months and we are happy to have her here.   We have Julie busy already!

This week we are presenting health talks and Bible videos to a camp meeting all


We just received our written permission to start flying the airplane!!! It is a temporary permit while we work on getting the plane registered here.  So I will get a local Australian pilot to check me out on the airstrips I will be using, and then go for it!   It's been a long wait, but in God's time, we are ready to fly!   In the same batch of emails, there was also an email advising us that an anonymous donor had just given a large donation to help get the plane program going.  Perfect timing again!  God is so good!!

Gary and Toni Lewis


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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