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, May 29, 2016

Rainbow around shadow

Rainbow around shadow of plane as I prepare to land at our home base

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fwd: sabbath journey

Sabbath days journey

Here in the land of the unexpected, that is what you learn to expect. On my way to visit a church about an hours drive away where I was scheduled to preach, I saw a person laying in the road out in the middle of the bush. I slowed down and drove to the side to see if it was a drunk or….  It wasn't a drunk nor was it dead and it was female. I stopped and called out to her, no response and no movement. I got out of the car along with the 2 guys riding with me. We talked to her again, still nothing. There was no apparent trauma and she had a bra and shorts on. We finally go her to utter a couple of words but they made no sense except the word fight. Since she was a ways from any houses or anyone I told the guys we had to put her in the car and find a place for her or take her to the aid post near where I was going to preach. No one moved. I repeated myself and still nothing. So I stooped to pick her up and finally one of the guys moved to come help. We stopped at the first houses and they said she didn't belong there, but another couple of kilometers, down the road. We finally found someone who claimed to know her and they got a "relative" to come with us to take her to the aid post. 40 minutes later we arrived at aid post. The nurse there said it was her day off and she had to do her laundry, cooking and household chores. I kindly informed her that it was my day off as well and I had to do all my own chores as well as cooking too. But since I am not a health worker, would she please attend this patient I found on the road. She finally did, the patient had very rapid and shallow breaths and was now moaning and groaning some. The relative told us her name but still almost no response and no movement other than eyes. The nurse gave her a shot for the breathing "I think" and brought out some pills for pain. She wanted her to go to a bigger health post like Bewani. I told her I was to speak at church and then I could take her to Bewani. She was happy with that and agreed to keep patient until I was finished. 

After church I went to pick her up and she was a little more responsive but not much. I picked her up and carried her to the truck and laid her on the floor again. The nurse said she had asthma and had been kicked in the groin by her husband. I brought her to Bewani health center where we live, and carried her in as no one wanted to help. After I laid her down, the nurse here, whom I know well and is a good nurse, looked at me and said, "you better go get some rest, we might need you later". A couple of minutes later, he repeated himself, so I guess I looked tired, as no one here has ever told me to "go rest".

I checked back the next day and they said she was recovering. Sure miss not having a nurse or two along with me on my travels!!

Toni and Julie left 2 weeks ago for the USA. Toni will be back in another couple of weeks.

The flying is picking up more, I have already flown as much as last month and I still have a week left with several more flights waiting. I have been flying lots of vaccines and health workers out to remote areas to vaccinate the kids.  Also flying out 100's of kilos of medicines to remote aid post. Then there are the patients that need to be flown in and many I have had to take by car this month as well.

The devil hasn't been idle either. Lots of break downs, flat tires, bad weather etc etc. but my God is still in control and many times I see Him overruling on my behalf. God is good to me.

Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support. I took the pastor and a helper out to a remote area this Sunday to hold meetings where at least 20 have already expressed an interest in baptism. I go back next week to pick him up. The gospel is going forward.

A link to our new video can be found on our blog site.  www.lewisjungleministries.com

Gary and Toni Lewis


Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc

P.O. Box 504

College Place, Washington 99324

Please include note: PNG project


Monday, May 16, 2016