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, October 9, 2016



Last Monday, I took the pastor and our lay missionary Esther out to Oiru, the village she has been working in for over a year.  The pastor was going out to hold meetings for the week.  I had never been there, so it was a chance for me to go and see what she has been doing.  It was an hour drive from home and then 1.5+ hrs walking to get to her village.  They invited me to return Sabbath with Toni, have church there and then bring the pastor home.

During the week, a dermatologist came up from the capitol, Port Moresby, to hold a skin clinic out here in the bush.  Toni spent the day helping him and they saw many patients with leprosy, fungal infections and skin ulcers etc.  She noted the doctor didn't use gloves, even though they were available, and only washed his hands once in the middle and at then again at the end without soap--after touching so many patients!  He recommended many medicines that are not even available here in this part of PNG. Toni learned a lot though and was happy to help.  Also, during the week a leader in one of our churches and also the government, died of Aids, so, we spent the afternoon at the funeral that day.  It was a busy week!

On Sabbath morning, bright and early, we set off to visit Esther in the village of Oiru. We left the house before 7 AM, and picked up a couple of others who wanted to go with us.  We drove the 1 hour there, then began the 4 mile hike through the jungle. There were all kinds of bird songs, and insects singing.  Every little while you would hear a loud "Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh", and know a hornbill was flying over the canopy--even though we couldn't see them.  They have a large wingspan and they are noisy when they fly.  The jungle has lots of interesting plants, flowers and butterflies that we saw as we hiked along, sweating up a storm! We finally reached the edge of the river and the trail went right on the edge of the 10' drop off and much of it was undercut and breaking off.  It was very sandy, and then we walked on the beach of the river for a ways, then back into tall grass, (6'+).  About 10 minutes from the village, it was time to cross over the large river.  It was chest deep and has a strong current, but we made it.  We arrived wet, but happy to be there.  They were so happy to have us come and visit them, even though we didn't look too great.  Toni had pulled a skirt on over her wet rolled up pants, so that helped.  She then taught the kids stories and songs, as she usually does.

This area has been steeped in spiritualism, the occult and witchcraft for generations. Very few, if any, will even go to a hospital or clinic, they only visit the witch doctor. Esther has been working hard there for over a year trying to share the story of Jesus and she has built a house to live in and a small church.  She has really done an awesome job with the Lord's help.  Over 30 attend her meetings.  If you go to our blog site, we have posted a couple of pictures there. The blog link is at the end of this email.

After the services, the pastor and another lady returned with us.  I noticed a small cloud of mosquitoes following the person in from of me going down the trail and wondered how many were following me?  We have spiders here large (4-6") and also small ones that jump a really long ways. In church, I was watching a small one about the size of the end of your pinky and it was jumping from the bench to the back of the lady in front of me and then onto her shoulder, etc.!

Toni's fitbit said it was a 4+ mile hike each way. We were still wet and a bit tired when we got home after 3 pm and were ready to eat lunch!  We were blessed and happy that we got to visit this village, though.

One of the Godpod recipients came back and asked to know more about the Sabbath after listening to his Godpod, so our missionary shared more bible text with him and now he is convinced the seventh-day is the Sabbath.

We are in real need of the following long-term, mission-minded missionaries:  a pilot, an airplane mechanic and someone to help with children's ministries!  There is so much work to do and it is growing too big for just the two of us-- who seem to be getting older!

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!  God is blessing in so many ways and we continue to see His protection and guidance all the time.


Gary and Toni Lewis



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Saturday, October 8, 2016

River crossing to church

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Missionary house

This the house Esther built next to the church she also built. She is a widow, but a very strong worker for the Lord. Closest road is 1.5 hike away. Going there tomorrow with Toni

Inside of bush church

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

: Front of church Esther built

This is the pastor standing in front of the church Esther built in the bush. Has about 35 attending she says. Pastor is there to have meetings for a week. 1.5 hr hike to get there from where we left car.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Soap box car

Let's go for a ride in a bush soap box car.

Soap box car

Jungle version of a soap box car.

Crossing River

Crossing River to visit church in the bush after hiking 1.5 hrs in the heat to visit new jungle church that Lay missionary Esther built.