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, 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


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016


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

> Testimony for GYC ambassador Facebook page:
> 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!
> 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.
> 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!
> Sent from my iPhone

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