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, February 28, 2016

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

 

 

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