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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