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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

bit by Malaria

Bit by Malaria!

Most of you who receive this, live in the North where the temps are cold.  For those of us living in the South, it is summer and hot.  Out here in the bush though, it is always hot and humid.  We want to wish you a special Christmas season as we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ--without which there would be no hope of Heaven.  May this season of reflection help us to remember all the things we have to be grateful for and the hope of a better life to come.  Many have gone to their rest this year and their absence is keenly felt.  Life here on this earth is fragile and we don't know how many more days any of us has.

Life here in the remote bush is even more fragile.  Healthcare is very limited, but at least there is some.  Most of the people here have to walk several miles to get to a small clinic for any kind of treatment and carry or drag along two or three babies with them, as well.  Once in awhile they might be lucky enough to catch a ride on a passing pickup, but most have to walk.

 After three years here, I have finally been bitten by Malaria.  There are three common types here, and everyone gets one of them on a regular basis.  I happened to get the most deadly strain, called PF (plasmodium falciparum).  It can lead to cerebral malaria, with a higher mortality rate.  I suddenly had a new appreciation for those here that suffer from it regularly.  Just walking the short distance from our house to the clinic in the sun and heat, helps me to appreciate more the struggle the people here have to get to health services.  We also learned that being expats and never having had it before means we get a more severe illness with more side effects—since we have don't have any immunity.  It has been a long week and a half and I'm still not well.  Toni has been a good (bossy) nurse as usual, and tried to help as best she can. The first three-day treatment didn't seem to resolve the illness, so they tried another treatment, and now I'm resting and continuing with meds to deal with the symptoms, and am impatiently waiting to see how things progress.

The internet has been getting worse here the last several months, and trying to get emails in and out has been a real challenge. I don't know how long it will take to get this out.  Today is Dec 20, but I don't know when you will actually get it.  The phone service here has gone out again for the last two months, as well.  It makes communication a bit hard!

We are most thankful for the 63 people who choose to be baptized this year and the large number that have requested studies so they can be next year! That is the largest number in this district in recent history. 2 weeks ago, the first baptism was held in the village of Ellis where one of our lay workers has been working! At this baptism, our pastor shared a story from a few years ago when he was conducting a baptism in another Province. There were about 20 to be baptized and before it started the husband came and said that if his wife was baptized, he would kill her with his bow and spear. The Pastor asked her what she wanted to do, she said, " I am ready to die, I must be baptized"! She was the last of the group to be baptized and the husband was on the bank with his bow and spear ready to fulfill his pledge. When she came up out of the water and started for the bank, he suddenly dropped his bow and spear and ran and gave her a hug, and said, "I want to be baptized too". When the pastor made his call then for those who wanted to prepare for the next baptism, this husband was first in line!  The power of the Holy Spirit was really present that day the Pastor said!

We pray you will be blessed during this holiday time, and as we prepare for the new year ahead.  From what little news we receive out here in the bush, things in the world don't look too good. We are praying that Jesus comes back very soon to end all this mess, but we each must first get ready to meet Him.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

Video link;  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f732snEKiMk&feature=youtu.be

www.lewisjungleministries.com

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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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

thankful

Thankful for what the Lord has done!

We have been in PNG for three years now.  In some ways, it seems a lot longer than that, and in other ways, it's hard to believe that much time has passed.

When we consider what the Lord has done, we are truly amazed.  It is still just the two of us here working on this project.  We really thought that there would be others joining us before now to help expand the project, as well as keep it going after we leave.  That has not happened yet.  We are still waiting to see whom God will send.

We feel there has been a lot of progress here, considering that when we came three years ago, we started from scratch.  There was no airbase here, no airplane and we didn't know how we were going to get our plane here, from the USA.  But God's command to GO was very clear and so we left our country and families to start the project here in PNG, following God's leading.  We don't have a large organization supporting us here, only people who are used by God to pray for us, and some to send financial support, as God impresses them.  We are very grateful to see how God uses different people each month to supply the needs of the project.  Some from the USA, some from Australia, some from South America, and also from here in PNG!  God has many ways to supply our needs.  God has not failed in His promise to supply all of our needs according to His riches in Heaven.  We want to express our sincere thanks to all of you who have helped in some way, great or small to get and keep this project going.

As most of you know, we were given an old airstrip to use.  It had not been used or maintained for nearly 30 years.  We were also given, a shell of a house to fix up and call home.  Our friends in Vanimo came many Sundays to work on fixing up our house—putting in long hours, supplies, and expertise.  We built a hanger for the plane with help from friends in the US, and our plane was shipped and flown here by other friends from home, also.

The roadblocks and obstacles have been many and continue, but we see God's hand still at work on our behalf and in the work here.

This year, we have made over 150 flights bringing in patients in need of urgent hospital care, taking medicines and vaccines out to very remote villages and doing missionary flights, as well.  We have driven thousands of miles transporting patients to the hospital, who most likely would have died without it; and also transporting lay workers to remote villages sharing the gospel of Jesus.  We have conducted two lay evangelism schools, some cooking and nutrition classes, and have spent a lot of time counseling our workers.  We have driven nurses to clinics and done various medical activities--including health training at the clinics and in the schools.

When we arrived, we were told that no baptisms had been conducted in this area in the last 7 or 8 years.  A new pastor arrived soon after we did, and when we got moved out here to our base, we went to work with the pastor and local members to grow the church.  The last two years, we have had over 50 baptized each year in this district!  We rejoice in seeing people accepting the good news of salvation.  There are many areas yet to be reached, but we lack lay workers willing to go out.

Living out here in the jungle, 1.5 hrs from town, with very poor soil, and swamp all around us, food supply was a concern when we arrived; but God has supplied all our needs and more, so that we can give food away sometimes!  We are blessed in so many ways as we see the hand of God removing roadblocks and providing for us.

It has not been an easy three years in many ways, but it has been rewarding seeing God at work, using us to help improve health needs and spread the gospel message. It has helped to build our faith, too!

Thank you for your prayers and support!  They mean so much to us!

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Explaining how to use a GodPod.

Sharing a GodPod.

Generator

Hauling generator out to Roland's village for meetings. Lashings done with vines, no ropes, all bush materials.

Little church

Little church our Layworker Roland built in the village of Konapasi. Room on the right is for elders to meet before going on platform.

Inside of bush church

This is the inside view of church Roland built.

Ready for meetings

Here is the stage and "billboard" on the right for meetings to be held this week in a small village way out in the bush along a large river. Roland has build a small church next to this on the right side you can't see. A sheet will be put on the billboard and they will show pictures with the aid of a generator we took out.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

walk-about

Walk-About~

Last Monday, I took the pastor and our lay missionary Esther out to Oiru, the village she has been working in for over a year.  The pastor was going out to hold meetings for the week.  I had never been there, so it was a chance for me to go and see what she has been doing.  It was an hour drive from home and then 1.5+ hrs walking to get to her village.  They invited me to return Sabbath with Toni, have church there and then bring the pastor home.

During the week, a dermatologist came up from the capitol, Port Moresby, to hold a skin clinic out here in the bush.  Toni spent the day helping him and they saw many patients with leprosy, fungal infections and skin ulcers etc.  She noted the doctor didn't use gloves, even though they were available, and only washed his hands once in the middle and at then again at the end without soap--after touching so many patients!  He recommended many medicines that are not even available here in this part of PNG. Toni learned a lot though and was happy to help.  Also, during the week a leader in one of our churches and also the government, died of Aids, so, we spent the afternoon at the funeral that day.  It was a busy week!

On Sabbath morning, bright and early, we set off to visit Esther in the village of Oiru. We left the house before 7 AM, and picked up a couple of others who wanted to go with us.  We drove the 1 hour there, then began the 4 mile hike through the jungle. There were all kinds of bird songs, and insects singing.  Every little while you would hear a loud "Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh", and know a hornbill was flying over the canopy--even though we couldn't see them.  They have a large wingspan and they are noisy when they fly.  The jungle has lots of interesting plants, flowers and butterflies that we saw as we hiked along, sweating up a storm! We finally reached the edge of the river and the trail went right on the edge of the 10' drop off and much of it was undercut and breaking off.  It was very sandy, and then we walked on the beach of the river for a ways, then back into tall grass, (6'+).  About 10 minutes from the village, it was time to cross over the large river.  It was chest deep and has a strong current, but we made it.  We arrived wet, but happy to be there.  They were so happy to have us come and visit them, even though we didn't look too great.  Toni had pulled a skirt on over her wet rolled up pants, so that helped.  She then taught the kids stories and songs, as she usually does.

This area has been steeped in spiritualism, the occult and witchcraft for generations. Very few, if any, will even go to a hospital or clinic, they only visit the witch doctor. Esther has been working hard there for over a year trying to share the story of Jesus and she has built a house to live in and a small church.  She has really done an awesome job with the Lord's help.  Over 30 attend her meetings.  If you go to our blog site, we have posted a couple of pictures there. The blog link is at the end of this email.

After the services, the pastor and another lady returned with us.  I noticed a small cloud of mosquitoes following the person in from of me going down the trail and wondered how many were following me?  We have spiders here large (4-6") and also small ones that jump a really long ways. In church, I was watching a small one about the size of the end of your pinky and it was jumping from the bench to the back of the lady in front of me and then onto her shoulder, etc.!

Toni's fitbit said it was a 4+ mile hike each way. We were still wet and a bit tired when we got home after 3 pm and were ready to eat lunch!  We were blessed and happy that we got to visit this village, though.

One of the Godpod recipients came back and asked to know more about the Sabbath after listening to his Godpod, so our missionary shared more bible text with him and now he is convinced the seventh-day is the Sabbath.

We are in real need of the following long-term, mission-minded missionaries:  a pilot, an airplane mechanic and someone to help with children's ministries!  There is so much work to do and it is growing too big for just the two of us-- who seem to be getting older!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!  God is blessing in so many ways and we continue to see His protection and guidance all the time.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

River crossing to church

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Missionary house

This the house Esther built next to the church she also built. She is a widow, but a very strong worker for the Lord. Closest road is 1.5 hike away. Going there tomorrow with Toni

Inside of bush church

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

: Front of church Esther built




This is the pastor standing in front of the church Esther built in the bush. Has about 35 attending she says. Pastor is there to have meetings for a week. 1.5 hr hike to get there from where we left car.
Gary

Monday, October 3, 2016

Soap box car

Let's go for a ride in a bush soap box car.

Soap box car

Jungle version of a soap box car.

Crossing River

Crossing River to visit church in the bush after hiking 1.5 hrs in the heat to visit new jungle church that Lay missionary Esther built.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

fire, beating, spit....

Fire, Beating, Spit…

 

Hi Friends,

The challenges of working in enemy territory are many.  Sometimes the confrontations can get very personal and nasty.  Within the last couple of weeks, three of our eight lay missionaries have been under personal attacks.  Moses and his wife had their house burned down. There was a young lady who wanted to come to town with them, but her father refused to let her go, so she got mad and burned their mission house. They had just dedicated the new church they had built in this village of Bifro.  Esther was beaten with a machete--not cut, though--because the son of one of her church members in Awul wanted money from her.  Mark had an old man come while he was working at his church in Amoi, and spit beetle nut juice in his face and all over the front of him.  It is bright red, thick like paint and stains very badly.   It seems that the devil doesn't want our missionaries in his territory.

Since we are not able to fly the plane yet, we decided to drive out to the village of Amanab for Sabbath.  That is the village where no pastor had visited a small church there in about 20 years.  I flew the pastor out there twice this year already, and he baptized 17 souls.  We took him with us this time also; three times so far this year.  It was a three hour drive each way. Fortunately the road was dry and therefore passable.  The last 8 miles took almost an hour to traverse.  It was very steep and had deep ruts and land slides.  Our vehicle that has a long wheelbase, is a 4x4 and high off the ground; barely made it.  Most other vehicles would not be able to make it.  God has provided us with the very vehicle we need to do the work here.  We showed them the Jesus video in Tok Pigin, their common language.  There were about 100 people, including children, all glued to the picture.  We also left them some clothes and Bible materials.  We asked if there were any who really wanted to read the Bible but were not able to read.  The church leader said there were 5 women who did. That was the exact number of God Pods that we had brought.  God plans ahead and knows the need before we do!  Thank you to those who have helped to provide for the God Pods.

Our lay missionary, Roland, told me this week, that the God Pods I had sent out with him last time were a big success, and he has request for more. He said the people are now coming to him and wanting him to explain more of the Bible teachings.  He is really glad to have the God Pods to share.

We just spent 5 days with our lay missionaries giving them additional training and more materials to use in their projects.

Every Sabbath, no matter what little church group we visit, Toni is always sharing the Bible stories with either a picture roll or felts.  All of the kid's classes come join the one she is teaching, so they can see and hear the stories. We have tried to teach the local teachers to do the same and some do pretty well. They have a hard time with the concept of preparing ahead of time… They still like the white "mari" to tell the story even if she does it in English.  Sometimes she can get them to translate it into Tok Pigin, which is even better.

Yesterday, Sept 13, I was driving on a new road, for me, with the pastor and a couple of others, doing church work. There were high cliffs on one side and steep drops on the other. It was drizzling and the road was wet, slippery and muddy. We got a flat tire and stopped to replace it in the mud and grim. Just a few minutes after leaving that spot as we were driving along side a high cliff, I heard falling rocks. I looked over my shoulder and saw stones and rocks cascading down the cliff onto the road just where we had been. I kept going as fast as I could, as I didn't know how big the landslide would be or if it would start others. I looked in my mirror and saw a landslide of rock hitting the road that we had just passed. My angels are very busy watching over me!

Thank you for your prayers and support. God is listening and answering.

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Life and death

Life and death in many ways are very different here than where we come from, but they are also very real, and we all have love and feelings for one another.  We all rejoice when a newborn arrives, and we are deeply saddened when one member dies.  How we express these feelings and deal with the situation is very different in many ways in different cultures. 

Just two days ago, a church member lost his five year-old son to malaria in a village about eight miles away.  That is a fair walk to the health post for treatment and medicine.  He was one of four children.  I went and prayed with the family and friends and spoke with them about the promises of the resurrection and that the child is now resting until Jesus calls him forth from his grave.  They wail here as a way of expressing their loss, similar to what I image they did in the Bible.  Today, I had to go back to the village for another reason, and I ended up at this family's home again. The father took me to the gravesite behind his house. He had just completed a small roof over the mound of dirt and hung some plastic flowers under the roof.  He said he was going to do more to it to finish it up.  He then brought me a chair to sit on next to the site.  After a bit, he asked me if I would say a few things.  Again I shared that Jesus has overcome death and that if the parents will remain faithful, Jesus will raise him to life everlasting, and will put their son back in their arms again when He returns!  I have had no training in doing this sort of thing, and I just asked the Holy Spirit to give me words.  I hope that somehow I was able to comfort the father.

When we were done, the father called his oldest child, seven years old maybe, over and showed me that his lower arm was in a sling and wrapped up.  He said they are supposed to go to town in a couple of days to have a cast put on because it is broken.  I said I am going tomorrow, would that be ok?  He said sure as the PMV (local transport here) is too expensive for him right now. (They don't put a cast on a broken bone right away, they wait for several days or weeks before doing it)

Last week at another one of our churches, an older lady died from a family with more resources, and she has a cement tomb with a roof over it.  These are rare out here in the bush.

Our plane needs an inspection and some things fixed on it before I can fly again, so we are grounded at the present time.  We are trying to find a mechanic who has enough time to come and take care of it for us.  Do you know anyone who would like to take a mission trip to repair an airplane?  I have funds for the airfare for the mechanic.

The other night our worker/security guy who sleeps in the hanger, heard a noise and thought I had come out to get something. He checked and didn't find me. He went back and sat down at his desk and happened to look up, there he saw a 5ft+ snake hanging from the joist above his head. His dispatched it quickly with his long bush knife.

Just a side note, we are in the middle of winter here and the other night it got down to 72 degrees Fahrenheit and it felt a bit cool.  That is the lowest we have seen it here.  Today we are in the 90's, again.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support.  Knowing God is still taking care of us and has us under His wings, helps us to keep pressing on.  Some days are more challenging than others, but the Bible says to rejoice in all things! We are trying to do that, although it is not always easy!

Blessings to you,

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Road of Life

Life's Road

Life's journey can in many ways be compared to driving down a road.  Sometimes the road is pretty smooth and easygoing and one can go fast and enjoy the ride. Then there are parts of the road that are narrow and rough-- maybe steep and slippery.  Some may have ice or mud on them making them very difficult to navigate. Some parts of the road have large potholes that maybe camouflaged because they are filled with water, or may have large sharp stones sticking up that can puncture a tire.
Do you find in your journey of life that sometimes you encounter some of these road conditions?  We certainly have and when one is on the "front lines" it seems that the road hazards are even more dramatic.  Maybe that is because we don't have as many other things or people to fall back on, to help us over the rough areas.  It does teach us to rely on the Best Guide and Helper there is-- Jesus Christ!  He has traveled the road before us and knows what is up ahead and how to get past the bad areas.  It can be a faith-building experience, or a bitter experience when trying to do it on your own.
 Reaching people with the gospel in areas where darkness prevails, seems to stir up the enemy and he tries to make the road more hazardous or impassable.  So we have to make sure our Road Engineer goes before us.  With all the trouble going on in the world now, make sure you have Jesus traveling with you!
We took a man to the hospital last week who got torn up pretty bad by a wild pig and also had elephantiasis, so one leg was very large. Later in the week, we took a lady to the hospital with a retained placenta who was in pretty bad shape due to loss of lots of blood and no way to get to a clinic or the hospital.  The village folks just stopped us as we were driving by.  God knew the needs of this woman and sent us along to help her.
We went to Kilipau (30 min. drive) almost every day for 2 weeks to treat malaria patients and others (an average of 40-50 pts/day).  This region is out of the pills to treat malaria with so we have to give a series of shots for a week.  Hence, we had to go everyday.  Now they are out of the shots so if you have malaria now in this area……  Sorry, no medicine and malaria is the number one medical problem here.  No one seems to know when more medicine might be coming.  Many children under the age of five die from malaria.
We hope some of you took time to watch our short video and now have a better idea of what we do here. There is always a lot to do, we just wish an airplane mechanic and maybe another pilot (younger) would decide to join the project here.
Another one of our lay workers has finished building his church way out in the bush, It's a three hour drive, then twelve hours by motorized canoe.  It will be dedicated this Sabbath along with a baptism!  A couple more churches will be ready within the next couple of months! The work is going forward, in spite of it all!  Praise God!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. They really make a difference!
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
Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Monday, June 27, 2016

Medicines and 2 pastors for the bush

Two baptized in the ocean

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kids to hospital

Patient to hospital

emergency calls

Emergency call

We do not have a 911 or similar system here to use when there is a medical emergency. The options are limited and sometimes not very reliable.  If you are out in the jungle and have a medical emergency, you can try to go to the closest health post and they may or may not have a ham radio that is working to call town for medical advice; or maybe an airplane for a medevac.  You might be lucky and be in an area that has cell phone service once in awhile and can call for assistance.  If you have none of the above, you might find a pickup to transport you--if you are near a logging road.  That could take hours or a day or two to get to help.  If no road or vehicle is available, you walk or boat or…

It is not a very great system. We have just gotten cell service to our airbase here in Bewani.  It isn't working all the time yet, but it is more on than off, so that is a big improvement for us.  Now the health department can call us for airlifts and weather reports, instead of driving 1.5 hours to tell us.

Last week I went to pick up a health worker to bring in for some training and he met me at the airstrip with a patient needing transport.  The patient was severely bloated and in pain.  So I loaded him on the airplane, and the health worker ended up traveling by pickup 10 hrs to town.  From there, I went out further into the jungle to pick up an adult with bad appendicitis along with his caregiver.  The plane was full, so off to hospital we went.  A couple of days later in the pouring rain, a health department vehicle showed up at my door with news that there was a patient in labor that needed immediate transport to hospital.  They said it had rained last night at that airstrip and was wet.  My weather in Bewani was really bad all day and I pointed that out, plus the fact that the airstrip they needed me at was not a good airstrip and dangerous when wet.  I told them I would have to wait and maybe tomorrow would be better. The next morning on the radio, the village called early and said weather was fine and the airstrip had dried.  It was good here at home, so off I went.  When I reached the village, there was a young mother who had been in labor for 3 days, and was too weak to deliver.  She looked very weak to me so off to the hospital we went.

Last night they came to our house from the clinic here at 10:30 pm saying they had a mother needing to go to hospital right away.  The baby was in fetal distress.  So we got dressed, put fuel in car, and the mattress and off we went.  It was her first pregnancy and she had been in labor for over 40 hrs. The baby was not doing well, so we left for town in the car.  We can't fly here at night, as there are no lighted airstrips.  It had rained so the road was not only bumpy but also very muddy and slippery!  The car was now covered in mud, and due to the road conditions, the travel was slow and we didn't want to make it too hard on the patient.  Twenty minutes from town, the rear tire went flat.  I checked the spare and it was flat, also.   It was now 1 a.m. and starting to drizzle. The fetal heartbeat was getting dangerously low (72).  There was no cell service in that area, but I knew if I walked down the road a ways, I would soon get service.  So off I went while leaving Toni and the local nurse with the patient, in case she decided to deliver in the car, as some have done in the past!  About a mile down the road, I got service.  I called the health manager in town, but his cell phone was not working.  Then I called the pastor and he answered.  I knew his spare tire rim would fit on mine.  He said he would come right away! Our prayers were answered!  After I left, the male nurse who was helping Toni, got very concerned about me hiking off by myself in the dark so he started out after me.  I met him on the way back.  He said it was very dangerous for me to go alone.  I wasn't really alone, as I have angels that go with me.

We got the patient delivered to the hospital at 2 a.m.—three hours after we left home on a trip that usually takes half that time.  Hopefully she delivered the baby okay.  We got home about 4 a.m. and were exhausted!

And so goes emergency calls here, each is different and unique.  Lives are being saved though, and we praise God for the opportunity to serve Him.

Thank you for your prayers and support that make this possible.

We really enjoy it when you take a few minutes to write to us.

Gary and Toni Lewis

Our latest video from here can be seen on our website along with other pictures

www.lewisjungleministries.com

 

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I am blessed

Blessed to have a cold, low pressure shower every day when nearly all here use a bucket or nearby stream
Blessed to have indoor toilet when most here use a hole in the ground with palm branches shielding three sides only.
Blessed to have some solar power even though we have to watch it very close on cloudy and rainy days. It provides power for small refrigerator and very small freezer and lights. Few here even have solar for one or two light bulbs.
Blessed to have friends who give us some free vegetables from the highlands every few weeks so we don't have to eat just rice and sago flour.
Blessed to have a very small gas stove/oven so Toni can cook and bake and not have to collect fire wood and cook over campfire like everyone else here.
Blessed to have a 10 seater Land Cruiser for transportation on very rough roads., very few here have wheels. Most have to walk or find ride in back of pickup dealing with dust or rain or both.
Blessed to have a cell phone and computer to communicate with family and friends when we can find very slow internet or phone service. Few here have either.
Blessed to have a wife willing to follow Gods calling even to the remote places of the world.
Blessed to have a God who supplies ALL of our NEEDS!
Blessed to have a washing machine so Toni doesn't have to wash clothes by hand.
Blessed to have 3 kids, and who are able to support themselves.
Blessed to have a daughter and granddaughter who are choosing to walk Gods path.
Blessed with good health when all around us malaria and other tropical disease are every where
Blessed to see God move clouds so I can see airstrips to land on.
Blessed to have a supporting church family back home.
Blessed to have an airbase out in the jungle with nice hanger, airstrip and airplane.
Blessed to have a 20x20 house that is made of wood and tin roof for water collection and not a native hut.
Blessed to have the opportunity to serve and help so many who have so little.
I am so blessed! So many more blessings! What an awesome God I serve!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rainbow around shadow

Rainbow around shadow of plane as I prepare to land at our home base

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fwd: sabbath journey




Sabbath days journey

Here in the land of the unexpected, that is what you learn to expect. On my way to visit a church about an hours drive away where I was scheduled to preach, I saw a person laying in the road out in the middle of the bush. I slowed down and drove to the side to see if it was a drunk or….  It wasn't a drunk nor was it dead and it was female. I stopped and called out to her, no response and no movement. I got out of the car along with the 2 guys riding with me. We talked to her again, still nothing. There was no apparent trauma and she had a bra and shorts on. We finally go her to utter a couple of words but they made no sense except the word fight. Since she was a ways from any houses or anyone I told the guys we had to put her in the car and find a place for her or take her to the aid post near where I was going to preach. No one moved. I repeated myself and still nothing. So I stooped to pick her up and finally one of the guys moved to come help. We stopped at the first houses and they said she didn't belong there, but another couple of kilometers, down the road. We finally found someone who claimed to know her and they got a "relative" to come with us to take her to the aid post. 40 minutes later we arrived at aid post. The nurse there said it was her day off and she had to do her laundry, cooking and household chores. I kindly informed her that it was my day off as well and I had to do all my own chores as well as cooking too. But since I am not a health worker, would she please attend this patient I found on the road. She finally did, the patient had very rapid and shallow breaths and was now moaning and groaning some. The relative told us her name but still almost no response and no movement other than eyes. The nurse gave her a shot for the breathing "I think" and brought out some pills for pain. She wanted her to go to a bigger health post like Bewani. I told her I was to speak at church and then I could take her to Bewani. She was happy with that and agreed to keep patient until I was finished. 

After church I went to pick her up and she was a little more responsive but not much. I picked her up and carried her to the truck and laid her on the floor again. The nurse said she had asthma and had been kicked in the groin by her husband. I brought her to Bewani health center where we live, and carried her in as no one wanted to help. After I laid her down, the nurse here, whom I know well and is a good nurse, looked at me and said, "you better go get some rest, we might need you later". A couple of minutes later, he repeated himself, so I guess I looked tired, as no one here has ever told me to "go rest".

I checked back the next day and they said she was recovering. Sure miss not having a nurse or two along with me on my travels!!

Toni and Julie left 2 weeks ago for the USA. Toni will be back in another couple of weeks.

The flying is picking up more, I have already flown as much as last month and I still have a week left with several more flights waiting. I have been flying lots of vaccines and health workers out to remote areas to vaccinate the kids.  Also flying out 100's of kilos of medicines to remote aid post. Then there are the patients that need to be flown in and many I have had to take by car this month as well.

The devil hasn't been idle either. Lots of break downs, flat tires, bad weather etc etc. but my God is still in control and many times I see Him overruling on my behalf. God is good to me.

Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support. I took the pastor and a helper out to a remote area this Sunday to hold meetings where at least 20 have already expressed an interest in baptism. I go back next week to pick him up. The gospel is going forward.

A link to our new video can be found on our blog site.  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc

P.O. Box 504

College Place, Washington 99324

Please include note: PNG project

 


Monday, May 16, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

April news

This month has been anything but slow. Here is a brief summary of some of the things that have been happening here in our part of the jungle.

One of the medevacs we did in the middle of the night was for a lady in labor for 2 days and no progress.  The health workers decided at midnight, that she needed to go to the hospital. So we loaded her up and off we went. After an hour of bouncing in the back of our car, her water broke and a few minutes later the husband cried out, the baby is coming. So we stopped along side the road at the mountain pass and Toni and Julie delivered the baby in the back of the car. Then we proceeded on to the hospital. Then it was the hour and a half return trip home.  Toni and Julie have also been showing health and Jesus videos to schools in the area and the kids love it.

I flew a doctor/surgeon and a dentist out to a remote village for a day to hold clinic. Upon arrival the people met us with a child that was very sick. The doctor checked him and decided he had meningitis and need to go to hospital right away. So l left them to do their work and I flew him to town. On the return I picked up medicines and delivered them to another village before returning to bring the doctors back to town.

I made a trip down the coast with the chief medical officer to get emergency medicines from the supply store there. We loaded up the plane and then I have flown them out to several clinics that were desperate for medicines. A larger shipment has come in now, so I can fly out more supplies, close to 1000 pounds.

April is the month for vaccinations here, so Julie has been going out doing with the medical people here doing mobile clinics to small villages, vaccinating the kids. We have done some of the transport for that. I have also been flying out vaccines out to more remote villages so they can vaccinate their areas.

We have had extra medevacs this month for some reason, by land and air.  I have made 35 flights already this month and I still have a few days left.

We have given out a few God Pods already and the people are excited about them. Hopefully we can get the order of 500 by the end of May or early June. We have received some nice donations for the God Pods, but could use some more.

Toni is going to the States for a month to visit her family and our kids when Julie goes back to the US. She is bringing with her a new video that Julie was kind enough to make for us of our project here. It is 13 minutes long and could make a nice mission story for your Sabbath School or Sunday School, or Bible study group. We plan to post it on our blog site when she is in the States. If you would like a DVD of it though, you can send an email requesting one to Julie Kretschmar.  julie.kretschmar@gmail.com

Today, April 28, we had a very strong earthquake with strong aftershocks. Come to find out, its center was only a few miles from us and not very deep. Less than a 5 but when this close to it, it took things off the shelves and made the plane dance while I was refueling it. Not many dull moments here.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. They are making a difference.

 


Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324


Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Medivac

11 year old with meningitis and malaria. Life flighted him to hospital. He was not in very good shape

Medicines delivered!

Medicines delivered to remote health post, 200 kilos

18 boxes/200 kilos

Medicines to remote health post

Insect eating plant.

When insect crawls into the tube on the right, the lid snaps shut and the plant dissolves the insect.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Written by our volunteer Julie

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> One of the last frontiers, the land of the unexpected, the land of 800+ different languages, and a land steeped in sorcery. Papua New Guinea has been known for many different things and definitely qualifies as one of the uttermost parts of the earth. The exciting thing is, that God is alive and well here in Papua New Guinea, and I get to be a part of it! While there is great darkness, there is also a great light starting to shine. Wings of Hope PNG is helping spread that light in this forgotten corner of the country, and God has truly been working. I can say truthfully that every day I see another way God has lead, or blessed. I get to walk hand and hand with my Creator!
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> So what are we doing? Well, every day is a different sort of varied experience. For example, this past week I've helped deliver a baby on the way into the hospital, in the middle of the night, on top of a mountain pass. I also have helped work in the local government health clinic where I've been able to witness to my fellow nurses. This morning we flew a missionary and his family out to work in a remote area, delivered literature and sabbath school supplies to another village out in the jungle. We also just got things started to get something called Godpods for the people here. Godpods are wonderful little devices that are solar powered and contain the entire bible, sabbath school lessons for kids, bible studies, and steps to Christ in the national language. A large part of the population here is illiterate so this way of spreading the word of God is ground breaking! I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be able to give something that will continue to give to the people here. Only about 33% of the population here is even close to a road, so those Godpods are going to be taking Jesus and his love to the remote places in the jungle! Sabbaths are always incredibly busy but they also are a blessing. The last couple of weekends we have been taking a video of Jesus based on the gospel of Luke to different villages. We use a car battery to power the projector to show the movie on a table cloth strung up on a building or even a logging truck. (Power here only comes through solar panels and generators). Last weekend we went to one of the local logging camps, and with one of the churches we did a vespers program. At least 200 people showed up to hear about Jesus and they are crying out for us to come again! We also have been doing health talks on very basic things, and the people here are quite receptive. So neat to be able to give a little bit of hope and health to the people in this area.
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> The things that God does are wonderful, like opening up the clouds so we can land on a piece of airstrip in stormy weather, or the local villagers giving us fresh fruit just when we need it most, a contact with a person that got me in touch with a place where I could get Godpods, and sunny days when we need the solar power! In the end God is alive and well. He wants to walk with each one of us moment by moment. I'm thankful to be here and to be used by Him! The favorite song around here is "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14). Won't that be a wonderful day! Hope to see you all there, soon!
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Some like color!

Ready to go get medivac

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's happening.

Just an update on what is happening here.
The guy who is arranging for us to get the GodPods, came here 50 yrs ago as a missionary and is also a pilot, he was excited to meet us. He has now signed us up as the first ex pat and aviation program here to be a "Volunteer in Action". It is a program run out of Australia where sponsors there, sponsor a lay worker here. We have designed ours after theirs as a supplement to their program, not in competing,they have about 200+ in PNG. We have 10. Anyway they have made us official ones now which will help our standing here in PNG Union. He is really excited about it and was something he wanted, we didn't ask or even think of it. So they will provide us a small stipend now too. We will use it to sponsor another Layworker here. God is working in so many ways!
He gave us 21 GodPods. We hope to get our order in May or June. Of course we have to pay for them first. A women's ministry group in Southern Ca is raising money for 50, so that is 10%! God is providing!
This morning, April 5 at 2 a.m. The nurse from the clinic came and woke us up to say he had a lady in labor who needed to go to hospital in Vanimo right away. So we put some fuel in the car and the mattress and off we went. Toni and Julie took care of patient as I drove the ruff and bouncy road to town, we had just been to town the day before, April 4. Now returning with just a couple of hours sleep. About 2/3 of the way there, at the mountain pass, the baby decided to appear. I stopped and a few minutes later Toni had the baby out and in the mothers arms. She and Julie took care of the most urgent details, like placenta etc and soon we we on our way to the hospital again. All went well. We got home about 7 am, ate, and then they went to hold clinic about 1/2 hr away and saw over 40 patients. I flew back to Vanimo to pick up a body that needed to go back to its village way out in the bush. Then I stopped at another village to arrange for a dentist and Dr. to come next week, then on to another village to pick up one of our layworkers so he could get a short break. We all got home here early afternoon. Kinda tired it seems, but a good job done.
Yesterday our fuel drums for the airplane finally arrived. We were almost out of fuel, but in Gods timing it always works out!

Gary n Toni

Monday, March 28, 2016

Post from our volunteer Julie Kretschmar


Boo boo 


I'm wide awake tonight so I guess I will write. My heart is full. The past week and a half have been quite busy! God has been working for us, and keeping us occupied. It's been a week of highs and lows for me especially. Some days I just wanted to go home, not even sure what I am doing out here, and then other days, I know exactly why I'm here. But, I guess I should explain myself. 


Thursday afternoon we flew to Wewak (a bigger city about an hour away by plane). We went to meet with a lovely gentlemen from Australia whom I had contacted about getting Godpods. Godpods are lovely little audio devices that are solar powered. They are sturdy and durable, and these Godpods have the entire bible, along with children sabbath school lessons, 25 bible studies, and a book called Steps to Christ in Tok Pisin. Godpods are a huge blessing because they allow those who are illiterate to learn about God, and can be a wonderful witnessing tool! The entire Wewak trip was on God's schedule and I can honestly say that that is the best schedule to be on. I'm learning to trust! The weather cleared after storming all morning so that we were able to arrive at the airport at the same time as John (our Godpod contact) was arriving. That timing put us in contact with people from the SDA mission, which allowed us to arrange our transportation, accommodations, and meetings for Friday morning! It could not have worked better if we had planned it. Anyways, we were able to get a few Godpods to start giving out, and Wings of Hope PNG was able to order 500 more to give out! This tool will definitely help take the gospel to places that we personally may never get to go, but that the people here can keep using over and over again! I'm really excited about this project and look forward to see how God will provide all the funding! 


On another note, I have noticed that Some things are easy to take for granted. For example, health and sunshine. I have had both taken away to a certain degree recently, and I really do appreciate them in hindsight! Generally speaking, it rains here off and on, but recently it rained all week. That is very unusual to have cloudy days for days. Rain has been great for our water supply and the temperature, but horrible for our batteries. We run completely on solar power, and when the sun hides behind the clouds we feel the deficiency. Today (sabbath) was the first sunshine filled day, and it was absolutely beautiful! Regarding health, I also have been slightly sick recently. It's no fun to be sick, and hopefully I can be a more compassionate nurse since I've been reminded what it feels like. Fortunately I am getting better and it was just a short lived bug. What blessings are you taking for granted? I would bet you have a lot to be thankful for! I know I have so much to be thankful for!


Wings of hope PNG has also been quite busy with medical evacuations recently! Gary and Toni flew a post delivery patient into the hospital in Vanimo who was having troubles stopping bleeding due to her placenta tearing. (I got to stay home and keep the base going, there's always plenty to do!). The weather had a window of clarity while they did the flight to bring her in, and then it started storming again once they got back. Totally a God thing, and they definitely saved her life by taking her to the hospital. We also did a land medical evacuation of a man who had been goared by a wild pig while working for the oil palm company. He was cut up quite badly so we took him down to Vanimo via road (the weather wasn't good enough to do a flying evacuation). The Hausik here doesn't have an ambulance at this point, so we are the medical evacuation services. 


In the evenings we have been presenting some health videos in Tok Pisin to Somboi church (one of the older churches that is in a village close to us). The health talks are about germs, hygiene, healthy nutrition, smoking, and drinking. All of these issues are big problems in this country, and it's neat to be able to share some basic information that can literally be life changing for these people. 


The past two Saturday evenings we've also presented health videos to two different villages. One to Isi, where we showed a health presentation as well as told some bible stories like  the Creation story. This Easter weekend we went to the logging camp of Jambo Track and got to show a health video, as well as part of the Jesus video in Tok Pisin. I think we had a crowd of about 200 people! I'm not sure how much, if any, that any of these people have been exposed to Christianity, but they were very receptive and interested. We are going back in two weeks to give more health talks and talk more about the bible to them. Sharing at the logging camp was such a blessing because we partnered with one of the local churches here, and now they are all excited to do outreach! There are a few small churches in the area that have been here for close to 50 years, but they haven't done a ton of growing. Working together, we have been able to provide transportation, new materials, and be a little bit of a catalyst effect to get these churches excited for reaching out! My heart is full tonight, which is why I'm writing this post instead of sleeping. Truly it is one of the best and most exciting things for me to help people to get to hear the message that has given me true life. Instead of just three people trying to share, there were three trucks full of people going to share the life that we have received, together! Jambo track camp has people from all over, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, all over PNG, and various other parts of Asia. We strung our table cloth sheet on the front of a logging truck, and sat on the ground, while the projector set on a makeshift table. All those precious people came out of the woodwork to watch the Jesus video! (While we were waiting for it to get dark enough to show the video, there was a singing session and I even got to do a solo! It's amazing what talents get used when you are in the mission field!) I will have to try to post a picture of all the people if I can! I'm excited to go back soon! 


More and more places are asking us to come present the health videos. In the next couple of weeks we are going to one of the local primary schools to do some health education, as well as the local Hausik here in Bewani. (We were supposed to do the school last week, but it rained so hard none of the kids showed up for school. Since they all walk to school, weather really effects things here). 


Time is flying by. I'm already five weeks into this and don't know how I'm going to quit when the time comes to go home again. But that's borrowing trouble, so just keep me in your prayers that God will lead me in my future decisions. 


Oh! I almost forgot. You are probably wondering why in the world I named this post Boo Boo. Well, here's the answer to your question. I've been adopted. Yep! Bet you thought 24 was too old to be adopted, but apparently not! One of the lovely little ladies from Amoi village has adopted me. Boo boo is what they call their grandchildren here. She came up and grabbed my hand, said "me like 'em you", kissed my hand and cheek, and has called me boo boo ever since. She is tiny and her shoulders are stopped with the years of the harsh jungle life, but her face lights up like a beacon when she smiles. There are tattooed lines all around her face and arms, and her teeth have seen better days, but her eyes dance and sparkle. She brought us a huge bunch of bananas in exchange for a Tok Pisin bible. She's in a class to learn how to read so that she can read her bible for herself. In the mean time, we gave her a Godpod so that she can hear the bible! Her face practically radiated sunshine when Toni was teaching her how to use it. I'm so thankful to get to be adopted as her boo boo. I have two wonderful grandmothers already, but I'm more then blessed to have a PNG grandma as well. 


Well, that's more then enough writing for now. So much is happening that it's hard to keep track of it all. But the baseline is, God is good all the time. Even when I don't feel good, he's there taking care of me! I've been blessed to get perspective of how many blessings I actually have, and I'm blessed to see the gospel actively going to all many places as I can get to. What do you have to be thankful for this week? Count them up, it might surprise you! 


Until next time dear readers! 


Julie 





Sent from my iPhone

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

God is in control

God takes care of everything!

Last week we flew our plane down the coast about 180 miles to Wewak. It is a much larger town than Vanimo and is also where our church has its headquarters for this part of PNG.  We went to meet John, who flew up from Australia to visit different church entities in PNG. He first came as a missionary to PNG 50 years ago. He is a pilot and flew here in PNG. He brought with him some God Pods in Tok Pisin.  These God Pods are made in China, sent to Israel for recording and then to Australia.  He gave us 21 God Pods! He told us the price was going up the first of the month. Right now they cost $25AU dollars each. If an order is placed for 1000 or more, you can get 25-30% discount. We ordered 500 and combined with another order to reach the 1000 mark. There is postage on top of that. So many out here in the bush can't read or write, but with this tool, they can now hear God's word read to them in their language! Pictures are on our blog site.

While in Wewak for about 24 hours, we met with the church officials there, and they drove us around town so we could find a battery for the tractor here and some food items we cant get here. We even found some oatmeal as ours just ran out again! Toni cleared the shelves of the store that had it-- 8 kilos worth!

We flew home Friday afternoon. Saturday night we went to a non-Christian village and shared the story of Creation with felts and then showed a couple of health videos that they really enjoyed. They were ones we just received from Australia and were in Pidgin also. God always provides on time or early.

We have many appointments set up in the next couple of weeks to share more health videos and Bible videos to various villages and schools.

The pastor and lay workers I flew out a couple of weeks ago to a remote area returned after a week of meetings. They hiked 3 hours from where I left them off and then had meetings every night with over 120 attending each night. He is the first pastor to go there in about 20 years! They baptized 4 and many more have now joined a baptismal class for when he returns later this year.

Monday, the 21st I flew out to a small village to pick up a young women who had a retained placenta and they couldn't stop the bleeding. I took Toni along and she tried to start an IV as we loaded the patient into the plane. The weather was not that great, but it was encouraging to see God open paths through the clouds and storms so that we could pass through and deliver the lady to the hospital.

Many more request coming in for missionaries and Bible videos.

Blessings to each of you.

Gary n Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

GodPods

We had 21 given to us last week with the entire Bible, children's bible stories, bible studies and the book Steps to Christ all in Pidgin. These are for people who can't read, yet want to hear Gods word. Each cost about $25AU dollars. We just ordered 500 since the price is suppose to go up significantly next month. We combined our order with another one to reach 1000, as they said if we order 1000 or more we could get a 25-30% discount. That with the exchange rate with Australian dollars, we hope to get ours for about $16 each plus postage! These are solar powered on one side and speaker and controls on the other.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Missionaries

Flying pastor and missionaries to remote villages to share the gospel!

Showing DVDs in the bush

This is how we show DVDs in the bush where there is now power. Sometimes crowds are close to 200. Many have never seen a movie. Car battery, inverter, projector, speakers, computer, and table cloth for screen.

Off to church

Walking to church a couple of miles in the heat. Taking car battery, projector etc. and SS teaching supplies in the wheel barrow.

Pouring concrete slab for gate to roll easier on.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Just to confirm

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

17 dresses

Women's ministry here in town sewed these for ladies in the bush to wear to church. We purchase the material and they did the rest.

February update

Oatmeal, Sorcery, and Medicines!      Feb 28, 2016

 

It seems hard to understand that something as common as oatmeal can be so important!  But, when it isn't available, and you can't purchase cereal or other common breakfast items here, it is very important!   We use it for breakfast, since it will stick with us awhile.  We eat early, and usually don't get lunch until early to mid-afternoon, so we need something that lasts awhile!  The store in town had oats for a couple of months, and I think we bought nearly all of it.  They have not had any more now for several months.  This last week, on the very day that our supply ran out, a package arrived from Toni's twin sister, Tina, with some more oats!  PTL!  God has so many ways to provide for our needs.

Some of our lay workers have been working in villages that have no church members and practice sorcery and other spirit worship.  We have transported patients from some of these villages to the hospital and held mobile clinics there too. We have now been invited. via our lay workers. to come show Bible videos, and the Jesus DVD.  (Our volunteer, Julie, has returned from Tennessee; and brought the Jesus video in Pidgin English so they understand it better!)  Attendance has been over 100 sometimes.  The response to these videos has been very positive and they want to see and learn more.  They say they have never heard these Bible stories before-- including the creation story, which we told with felts.  One of the villages we shared with has a powerful witch doctor.

This weekend, I flew out about 500 pounds of medicines to three remote clinics.  One of the locations said that people have been dying due to lack of medicines.  The health department has trouble ordering and getting medicines to the health posts in a timely manner, but at least with the plane now, we can get them on site a bit faster.

We flew the pastor and 2 helpers out to one of the areas no pastor had visited in over 15 years and 5 were baptized with 20+ more planning to be baptized next month!

We are having difficulty buying fuel for the plane.  They don't seem to want to set up a cash account so we can order it and have it shipped in.  It is hard to understand sometimes, but since we are entering into the devil's fields, he is doing everything he can to hinder the work.  We are just happy to be working for a more powerful God!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  God is touching hearts here in the bush of PNG.  We have been able to post a few pictures on our blog site if you haven't checked it in awhile.

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Seeds

Still lots of beauty in Gods creation!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Medicines

16 boxes of medicines and a drum of fuel for the plane, to fly out to remote health post!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lay missionary

One of our lay workers taken out to his new post.

Butterflies

Gods beautiful creation.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

pigs,demons,rebels, shot

Wild Pigs, Demons, and Freedom fighters!

Some days are much more exciting than others!  Some weeks have more than their share…

Thursday afternoon I was racing a fast approaching thunderstorm to try to finish mowing the grass around our airplane hanger.  I saw the nurse in charge of the health post heading my way.  Sure enough, he had a patient that needed transport to the hospital right away.  I asked if he needed air or by ground, since the storm was almost upon us.  He said patient was stabilized so ground would work.  I put the mower away and by the time I left hanger for the house, it was starting to rain. By the time I had Toni and mattress loaded in the car, it was pouring rain.  We went right to the clinic, ¼ mile from our house.  The rain was really heavy by then, and there were already big puddles of water.  The patient had been attacked by a wild boar pig, and had multiple bites.  I assume it was one he had been hunting. The wild pigs here have tusk that can be up to 6" long.  This guy was really ripped up and not doing well.  He couldn't walk and wasn't really with it anymore.  (Of course the health post didn't have any pain medication to give him—they were out).  So we carried him through the rain to our car.  His worst wounds were already bandaged so we couldn't see them, but some were still open like a 5-inch gash on his arm and an ear that was shredded.  They had an IV going already because of so much blood loss, and had given him an antibiotic and tetanus shot.  We finally outdrove the storm and last of the trip was on dry road, which is much easier to drive when it is dirt.  I am sure he spent plenty of time getting his wounds cleaned and sewed up after we left him at the hospital!

On Sabbath we went to visit a bush church to leave them a new picture roll for the children's Bible class. As often happens here, I was asked to do mission story, then help or teach the lesson.  While doing a mission story, this women, jumps up and comes up front to me and wants to shake my hand, then gives me a high 5 and then a big hug.  This is not something we have ever seen here, as that kind of contact between a man and a woman is not done-- especially in public!  Couples don't even sit together as husband and wife.  I finished my talk and sat down.  Then during the lesson I went to visit the kids programs, so I could get pictures of them using the new picture roll. The same woman followed me, and then snuggled up to me and then gave me full frontal embrace!  I started moving around and trying to avoid her. It was a cat and mouse kind of game trying to ignore her.  People were staring and wondering what I would do, and I was wondering the same thing!  Since I had gotten drafted to preach the sermon during the lesson time, I ducked into the back room of the church to meet with the leaders.  I thought the issue was over.  I wasn't scheduled to preach so was trying to put some thoughts and ideas together quickly while trying to push this other problem out of my mind.

Soon after I started my sermon, in she came.  I had already decided to keep an eye out for her.  But every time I looked at her she took that as a cue to come up towards me.  By now some of the men were getting wise to the problem and turned her away. But she became bolder as the sermon went on.  Then she started screaming and carrying on and calling my name and talking in Pidgin.  I didn't understand what she was saying, and I was trying to preach!  Several times she made it as far as the front row when then were finally able to drag her back.  By now, the back half of the church was having a hard time listening to the sermon.  I decided to cut things a bit short.  As I was wrapping it up, she made a run for me.  I was ready to dash off the other side of the platform if she came up like it looked like she was planning to.  All this time she was shouting and screaming. Three men finally brought her down just in front of the pulpit. We stood for closing song and drowned out her noise. Then during my closing prayer she started up again, so in the name of Jesus I commanded the spirit to be quiet and to leave the church immediately, and then all was quiet!  We all exited the church peacefully and so did she after she got up off the dirt floor. They tell me she has never done this in church before.

She then decided she was going to go home with us, but the men made sure that she didn't get in our car. One of them told Toni to get in the car and lock the door, and then barricaded it!  As we drove away, she was laying prostrate on the ground.

Then in the afternoon, we went out to a camp of freedom fighters, (from across the border) and shared the Amazing Facts video, Final Events of Earths history, and stories about Jesus. They want us to come back with more videos and stories. They said they have never heard such stories before, and want to know more.  They have never heard the story of creation, either.  So, Toni will take the creation felt set and share that with them along with another DVD in two weeks.  There are so many opportunities to share, so little time and so few who are willing to share.  On Sunday, I plan to fly the pastor and a couple of assistants out to a village church where no pastor has visited in over 15 years.

Last week I flew out a child (2-3yrs old) who had been shot by her brother.  The dad had carried her and walked with her little brother nearly a day to get to the airstrip so I could fly her to the hospital to get the pellet removed.  I have more patients to pick up tomorrow and fly to the hospital, if weather permits.

Thank you for your prayers and for those of you who have supported this project with your donations.  These mixed with God's blessings, are what make it all possible.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Half day in the bush

Went out and got a gunshot victim today with the plane. 2-3 years old, shot by her brother with an air gun. They couldn't get the pellet out. Dad hiked with her and 4-5 yr old sibling a distance that takes an adult 6 hrs to walk. Then I flew them in. Also took lay worker out. The weather opened just enough for me to get to them, rain storm was racing me to the airstrip and I left as it started raining. Got to town amid lots of clouds and when on the ground the clouds sank over the mountains, had to wait about 40 min for a break so I could fly out. When I got back over the mountain, I saw that the delay was a God send as a huge black cloud and storm had just left our home airbase. Toni confirmed it when I got here. She didn't think I would be able to fly home today. The call came in just as I was ready for lunch so I was hungry by the time I got home. Was neat to see God working out the weather for me. Taking a patient to town with us tomorrow, at least one, and then picking up large propane bottles to bring home and then fly out to clinics in the bush plus vaccines,
While I was gone, Toni was called to clinic urgently,may they couldn't get iv started in a baby with bad malaria. Then another came in with convulsions. After I got home she treated the lady with hot and cold water which she has been doing twice a day for over a week with a Burcellii ulcer on her foot. Now relaxing a bit before the race starts again tomorrow. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Delivering lay missionaries to the end of the road

They continue on by foot and boat to their assigned villages.

Patients happy for air ambulance to hospital.

Semi-comatose child with malaria

Patient with eye injury

Monday, January 18, 2016

PNG NEWS REPORT

Full throttle, wide open!  Jan 12,2016

That is how life here in the bush of PNG has been for us since Christmas day. Christmas was slow and relaxing, but since then, it has been anything but!  The churches here in our district decided to have an area wide camp meeting, if not the first, who knows how long since they had one that big here.  It went for the whole week after Christmas and we presented Bible DVD's every night. We transported people and treated sick members.  About 300 attended most of the week. That first Sabbath of the new year, 13 were baptized!  What a great way to start off the year. Then on Sunday, we had to take many of them to their villages and got 2 flat tires in the process. There are no tire repair shops out here, either.

The ambulance for the local health post has been in the shop for repairs since mid- December, leaving us to do medivacs again.  We have made several trips during these last couple of weeks.  One was in the middle of the night, a small child with severe breathing problems, the breathing sounded terrible, but we finally made it to the hospital after stopping every 4-5 miles (15min) to give a breathing treatment with a manual pump for 3 min. then going on again!  Toni couldn't hold the IV bag, hold the mask on the child's face, and manually pump the nebulizer while I was driving over the bumps, on the rocks and in the holes of our lovely road.  It was a long trip and a long night! Then we had to drive home as we don't have a place in town to sleep anymore.

We have done a couple of medivacs with the plane, also, plus transporting some missionaries to remote areas saving hours and days of hiking. 

Today I found a village in the bush that has a small church but no pastor has visited there in at least 15+ years, and there are many who want to be baptized.  Then I flew to another village, and heard the same story from them.  I will be meeting this week with our pastor to see about fixing this problem as soon as possible. The airplane makes many things more possible.  The pastor and local church leaders here have also agreed to go out and hold meetings and baptisms in remote villages that have been asking for missionaries to come.  So these things are in the planning for the next couple of months.

In between all this running around, we have been make some progress on our building under the hanger for an apartment and store room.  There are always things to fix, repair or make here.  The internet has been very poor in town of late and sometimes we can't even get any at all.

This last year our lay missionaries built a church (and it was dedicated debt free), 3 missionary houses (parsonage) (our missionary who is a widow, built 2, one in each of the villages she is working in) they have prepared and seen several baptisms, entered into unreached areas and even cast out demons and seen people healed.

We are excited to see what God is going to do this year here in our part of the bush! Our lay missionaries (8 now) are planning to build more churches, homes for the missionary to live in, increase number of baptisms, reach more villages and get more churches organized!  Is that an awesome agenda or what?  The harvest is ripe, oh for some more workers!  (and an airplane mechanic….)

We really appreciate it when you take the time to drop us a note. Some new pictures have been posted on our blog site as well as Face Book.

So much more we could share, but we know you are busy too, and don't want to bore you with too many details!  Just know that your prayers and financial support for this project are being blessed by God in a big way!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Gary and Toni

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations