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.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Road of Life

Life's Road

Life's journey can in many ways be compared to driving down a road.  Sometimes the road is pretty smooth and easygoing and one can go fast and enjoy the ride. Then there are parts of the road that are narrow and rough-- maybe steep and slippery.  Some may have ice or mud on them making them very difficult to navigate. Some parts of the road have large potholes that maybe camouflaged because they are filled with water, or may have large sharp stones sticking up that can puncture a tire.
Do you find in your journey of life that sometimes you encounter some of these road conditions?  We certainly have and when one is on the "front lines" it seems that the road hazards are even more dramatic.  Maybe that is because we don't have as many other things or people to fall back on, to help us over the rough areas.  It does teach us to rely on the Best Guide and Helper there is-- Jesus Christ!  He has traveled the road before us and knows what is up ahead and how to get past the bad areas.  It can be a faith-building experience, or a bitter experience when trying to do it on your own.
 Reaching people with the gospel in areas where darkness prevails, seems to stir up the enemy and he tries to make the road more hazardous or impassable.  So we have to make sure our Road Engineer goes before us.  With all the trouble going on in the world now, make sure you have Jesus traveling with you!
We took a man to the hospital last week who got torn up pretty bad by a wild pig and also had elephantiasis, so one leg was very large. Later in the week, we took a lady to the hospital with a retained placenta who was in pretty bad shape due to loss of lots of blood and no way to get to a clinic or the hospital.  The village folks just stopped us as we were driving by.  God knew the needs of this woman and sent us along to help her.
We went to Kilipau (30 min. drive) almost every day for 2 weeks to treat malaria patients and others (an average of 40-50 pts/day).  This region is out of the pills to treat malaria with so we have to give a series of shots for a week.  Hence, we had to go everyday.  Now they are out of the shots so if you have malaria now in this area……  Sorry, no medicine and malaria is the number one medical problem here.  No one seems to know when more medicine might be coming.  Many children under the age of five die from malaria.
We hope some of you took time to watch our short video and now have a better idea of what we do here. There is always a lot to do, we just wish an airplane mechanic and maybe another pilot (younger) would decide to join the project here.
Another one of our lay workers has finished building his church way out in the bush, It's a three hour drive, then twelve hours by motorized canoe.  It will be dedicated this Sabbath along with a baptism!  A couple more churches will be ready within the next couple of months! The work is going forward, in spite of it all!  Praise God!
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. They really make a difference!
Gary and Toni Lewis
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