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.

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


Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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