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, November 25, 2015

Flying high

Lift off!   Nov 23, 2015

Internet is hard to get and very expensive now, so emails are not going out as often as before.

Thanksgiving holiday arrives this week in the US and people stop to think about what they are thankful for.  We have so many things to be thankful for here in PNG.

Nov. 10 found us in town getting supplies and wondering when we could get the plane moved out to our airbase. The big 55 ft gate where the plane enters the hanger was not yet complete.  When we arrived in town, we were informed that the house and the hanger (that we have been using rent free for the last year and a half), have now been rented, so we had to vacate house and hanger right away.   We packed up what little was left in the house (after being robbed so often, and moving some of it out to our bush house), and got ready to fly the plane to Bewani.  That night, someone came into our fenced, locked yard and broke into our locked car and stole my GPS for the plane, PLB (personal locator device), tools and other items that we really need.  I flew the plane to Bewani (a 16 minute flight vs. 1.5 hours driving) on Nov, 11.  Toni had to wait for our volunteer nurse, Julie, to return from across the border where she was trying to get a new visa.  While waiting, the valve stem on the front tire broke and had to be replaced, and then as they were leaving, a neighbor's dog bit her good on the leg as a parting gift. We all finally arrived in Bewani that evening. The plane looks nice in its new hanger.  There is a picture on our blog site and Face Book.

On Nov. 22, I was able to make 2 medical flights for the first time here in PNG.  I flew in 4 nurses, vaccines, and propane for the cooler and other medical supplies to a remote village. Then on the return trip, I was able to bring out a patient with a bad knee infection they were unable to treat in the bush.  It was great to be doing medical flights again!

On Sabbath, we visited another church for the first time--using 4WD to reach it.  As with so many, we are the first foreign missionaries to ever visit and encourage them.

Julie, our volunteer, leaves Dec 1 and she will be really missed-- not only by us, but also by the health post where she has helped so much.  She has been a real blessing during her stay here and is a true missionary.

We are back opening the clinic in Kilapau again, as the nurse they sent to take over from us a couple of months ago left already.  So we are back one day a week trying to provide some health care to the surrounding villages.  Lots of patients came on Monday, Nov. 23.  There are lots of challenges here on a daily basis, but the blessings God gives us here are more than enough to meet the basic needs.

Last week we had to replace 2 tires on the car, which cost $700.  Today our refrigerator died and they are very expensive here too.

We are thankful for the new church one of our lay missionaries built in a small village and will have the official opening in a couple of weeks along with a baptism. Another lay missionary has people ready for baptism this coming weekend!  We are trying to find more missionaries.  We also still need an airplane mechanic and another pilot would be helpful.  We need missionaries with a passion for missions.

Rainy season seems to be here again along with the heat and humidity.

Toni and Julie plan to make a special meal for Thanksgiving and our thoughts will be with our family and friends so far away.

May God bless each one of you,

Gary and Toni Lewis


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