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.

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

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One slice of pineapple

This is a slice from our biggest pineapple!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Very large pineapple

This is the largest pineapple we have picked from our yard! One of Gods many blessings.

Monday, January 4, 2016

His bedroll

Washing the feet of the lame

Other end of apartment

Sharing communion with the lame

Apartment/storage taking shape