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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

fire, beating, spit....

Fire, Beating, Spit…


Hi Friends,

The challenges of working in enemy territory are many.  Sometimes the confrontations can get very personal and nasty.  Within the last couple of weeks, three of our eight lay missionaries have been under personal attacks.  Moses and his wife had their house burned down. There was a young lady who wanted to come to town with them, but her father refused to let her go, so she got mad and burned their mission house. They had just dedicated the new church they had built in this village of Bifro.  Esther was beaten with a machete--not cut, though--because the son of one of her church members in Awul wanted money from her.  Mark had an old man come while he was working at his church in Amoi, and spit beetle nut juice in his face and all over the front of him.  It is bright red, thick like paint and stains very badly.   It seems that the devil doesn't want our missionaries in his territory.

Since we are not able to fly the plane yet, we decided to drive out to the village of Amanab for Sabbath.  That is the village where no pastor had visited a small church there in about 20 years.  I flew the pastor out there twice this year already, and he baptized 17 souls.  We took him with us this time also; three times so far this year.  It was a three hour drive each way. Fortunately the road was dry and therefore passable.  The last 8 miles took almost an hour to traverse.  It was very steep and had deep ruts and land slides.  Our vehicle that has a long wheelbase, is a 4x4 and high off the ground; barely made it.  Most other vehicles would not be able to make it.  God has provided us with the very vehicle we need to do the work here.  We showed them the Jesus video in Tok Pigin, their common language.  There were about 100 people, including children, all glued to the picture.  We also left them some clothes and Bible materials.  We asked if there were any who really wanted to read the Bible but were not able to read.  The church leader said there were 5 women who did. That was the exact number of God Pods that we had brought.  God plans ahead and knows the need before we do!  Thank you to those who have helped to provide for the God Pods.

Our lay missionary, Roland, told me this week, that the God Pods I had sent out with him last time were a big success, and he has request for more. He said the people are now coming to him and wanting him to explain more of the Bible teachings.  He is really glad to have the God Pods to share.

We just spent 5 days with our lay missionaries giving them additional training and more materials to use in their projects.

Every Sabbath, no matter what little church group we visit, Toni is always sharing the Bible stories with either a picture roll or felts.  All of the kid's classes come join the one she is teaching, so they can see and hear the stories. We have tried to teach the local teachers to do the same and some do pretty well. They have a hard time with the concept of preparing ahead of time… They still like the white "mari" to tell the story even if she does it in English.  Sometimes she can get them to translate it into Tok Pigin, which is even better.

Yesterday, Sept 13, I was driving on a new road, for me, with the pastor and a couple of others, doing church work. There were high cliffs on one side and steep drops on the other. It was drizzling and the road was wet, slippery and muddy. We got a flat tire and stopped to replace it in the mud and grim. Just a few minutes after leaving that spot as we were driving along side a high cliff, I heard falling rocks. I looked over my shoulder and saw stones and rocks cascading down the cliff onto the road just where we had been. I kept going as fast as I could, as I didn't know how big the landslide would be or if it would start others. I looked in my mirror and saw a landslide of rock hitting the road that we had just passed. My angels are very busy watching over me!

Thank you for your prayers and support. God is listening and answering.

Gary and Toni Lewis



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