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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Red leaves

Beautiful leaves in the jungle

Stuck in the mud. First use of stretcher

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Fold up Stretcher we found

Thankful

Thankful and Blessed~

This is the time of year when Americans stop to think about what they are thankful for.  This is something we should do everyday.  Each day is filled with blessings from Heaven, even though at times we may wonder why so many troubles are coming our way.  God still gives us blessings even though we don't deserve them.

We have been blessed in so many ways living here in the remote jungle of PNG.  Yes there are many trials and problems, but God still shows us each day that He is still caring for us.  We are very blessed to be called "sons and daughters of God".

We finally were able to pay the deposit and get our new engine ordered for our plane ($30,000.00 price tag + shipping).  This is a requirement that Civil Aviation (FAA PNG) has made us do.  It is very expensive and has set us back time-wise as well, but we believe God is still in control and is working things out so that in His time—we pray that His will be done in all of this.  We will make the balance payment due by the end of the year, and it should be ready to ship early next year, we hope.

We have been busy getting the airstrip mowed and making it look like a runway again after six months of not being able to cut the grass.  The grass was very tall and took a couple of cuttings to get it down to a decent length.  We were expecting a plane to land here this week but they cancelled that part of the trip.  We are very grateful for the tractor we were able to have shipped down.

A couple of weeks ago, we stopped to pick up a person, and while they were getting in, I noticed an orange fold-up stretcher lying over in the mud.  We have needed one many times to transport patients, but there are none available here.  I got out and investigated it.  It was very dirty and needed some minor repairs.  I asked if I could have it, and no one was sure what it was or what it could be used for.  I did, and they finally agreed to let me have it!  Now we have a nice clean and usable portable stretcher!  God provides in so many ways.

Toni keeps getting patients to treat here at the house, since the clinic is often closed or has no medicine.  One was a three year old who was attacked by a wild pig.  Toni put her on our porch and cleaned up many wounds that needed stitches, one on her bottom was really serious. So after cleaning was done and some repairs made, they sent her to the hospital in town for further surgery. 

We really enjoyed hearing from many of you after our last newsletter. Thank you!  It brightens our day.

May God bless each of you in a special way and don't forget to thank Him.

Gary and Toni Lewis

Pictures have been posted to our blog below

www.lewisjungleministries.com

 

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Still smiling

Medivac to hospital in town

Girls arm chopped up by bush knife wilding husband

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mowing tall grass on airstrip

New bush tractor

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

what are the odds

What are the odds?

Lots of times we think about the odds of something going right or wrong, before we make a decision.  People who like to gamble think about the odds to see how much they choose to bet.  Some of us wonder what the odds are of something happening that seems out of the ordinary, but when you put God into the equation, the odds really become irrelevant.

This last week, I had to put new brake pads on our car.  One of the two bolt holes that holds the disc brake assembly in place was stripped out and the bolt would not tighten.  I tried to attach a safety wire to keep the bolt in place until I could find a solution.  Only one trip to town, and the bolt was gone and the assembly was dangling by the other bolt!  You cannot purchase that size of metric bolt here in this part of the country, and the treads to hold it were stripped.  Man's extremity is God's opportunity!  I sent up an urgent prayer asking the Lord to help me find a solution so that the car would be safe to drive again.

As we were getting ready to leave the Arizona four years ago to come here, my friend, Ernie Anderson asked me to come to his home.  He was selling his house and moving to a smaller one, since he and his wife were not able to take care of such a large place anymore.  He had a shop full of tools, parts, nails, bolts, etc.  He wanted to send some of it with me to use here in PNG.  I picked out a few items and he said that isn't enough, you need to take this and this and this and….  I wasn't sure what I would do with all the odds and ends and different bolts and nails and parts.  But I loaded them into our container and shipped them here to PNG.  Ernie has since passed away and is waiting to hear the trumpet sound announcing the resurrection morning.  In the meantime, his gift keeps on giving.  In the four years that we have been here, I have often gone to check the collection of nails and bolts--just in case I could find a specific bolt that I needed; and I have found bolts that I needed many times already.  This one for the brake, though, required not only a bolt with a specific diameter and length, but a tap to make new threads for it and a drill bit the right size, as well.  My God is never surprised by my needs.  More than four years ago, He sent the right size and length of bolt, right thread, and even the right tap to make threads that I needed to fix my brakes!  The odds of finding the right bolt and tap were miniscule, but for my God, He said, "I haven't forgotten you my child!"  Is God awesome or what?  Thank you Jesus-- and I look forward to sharing this story with my friend Ernie when we meet up in heaven some day soon!

This week I have been transporting health workers out to remote villages so they can vaccinate the kids for measles, since we have an outbreak here in this part of the country.  The kids aren't too happy about it, but lives are being saved!

Thank you for your continued prayers and support of the work here in the "bush" of PNG.  We really enjoy it when you take a couple of minutes and send us a note back.  We enjoy reading your mail too!

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

September report

September Report


During this past month, we had several medical transports ranging from broken bones to hemophilia.  We never know, of course, when we will get a request, but they seem to come in groups.  It seems like we have several, one right after the other, and then a period where there are none. 

We have a young man who has come as a volunteer to help us for a couple of months who arrived this month. His name is Derek Logan from CA.  He has helped get some projects done that have been on our to do list for awhile. 

There was a baptism three weeks ago where eight souls accepted Jesus as their Savior.  These were the result of the hard work of our lay missionary, Linus.  Nearly all of the baptisms in this area have been the result of work by our lay missionaries, that some of you have been sponsoring.  Thank you so much for your help in supporting the spread of the gospel in this part of the bush "jungle".  There is another baptism set for this weekend.  

This past weekend, we visited a small group of believers who are trying to build a very nice church in the bush.  Derek and I went and spent several hours helping them with our tools and skills to advance the construction.  We had total member involvement. The men were making concrete, the ladies were hauling stone and gravel in bags for the concrete and the kids— some even without clothes—were rolling the round logs I had cut to support the benches for the church.  Now they have benches to sit on, and more concrete poured. We took our wheel barrow and were able to help move a lot more gravel and they really appreciated that.  The chainsaw that was given to us by a friend in AZ helped to cut the tree down and make the rounds for the benches.  All are such a blessing, as God continues to provide.  When we left they showed their gratitude by loading me up with fruit from their gardens.  They hope to have the church ready for dedication before the end of the year.  

We are working on getting the order placed for getting an engine for our plane.  With communication so hard to get here, it takes a long time to get things done.  The engine is very expensive, but it is what is required, so we press forward knowing that God will supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory.  It will take a 2-3 months to get the engine, once order is complete and payment made.  

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. The evil one is working hard to stop our work here, but our God is stronger and He is sustaining us, despite the trials.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

10 years

Greetings to all of you,

It has been 10 years already since we left our jobs, home, and country to go work as volunteers for the Lord. It wasn't easy to sell or give away everything and leave the comforts of our home, but God made it clear that we were to "GO", and so we did! It has been quite the journey.  Many of you have followed us the whole time and some of you more recently.  We have seen God working for us in so many ways.  Our faith and trust in Him has grown a lot.  God has been faithful to His promise to supply ALL of our needs.  We started in Venezuela, and we have been in PNG almost 4 years now.

When we left the USA, we had no idea how or where the funds would come from to operate an aviation program out in the jungle without charging the passengers; not to mention the expense of all the ground work and supplies needed to make it all work. Our God has proved Himself over and over again to be faithful to us. Many of you have been used by God to help supply our needs and we thank you so much for that.  God has used so many different ways and people to provide for this project, and we stand in awe of Him. 

We have been blessed to witness and experience so many miracles and Divine appointments. Miracles that we read about in the Old and New Testament, we have seen happen for us!  What an awesome God we serve!

In these last 10 years, we have had many trials and hardships, but God is still in control and has been watching over us.  We are still looking forward to someone coming to help us and take over this project.

Last week our local mission president came to visit the district we work in for the first time.  He is the first president to visit most of the churches here.  I drove him from  church to church all week.  We visited about a dozen churches all together— many of them we had to hike to because the road didn't go that far.  Some of the churches we were unable to visit because the road was too muddy even for our 4WD vehicle, so we will have to do it another time. The people were so happy to have the visit and will remember it for a long time. We drove hundreds of kilometers and hiked many miles, as well.  I believe the president has a better idea now of the great needs we face here in this part of the bush.

We are still trying to find the best price and availability for an engine and prop for our plane.  It will be awhile yet before we are back in the air, but our God still has a plan and will work out everything as He sees best.  We are grateful that we are able to serve Him even while on the ground.  

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. There are new pictures posted on our blog site if you haven't visited it in awhile.

Gary and Toni Lewis


www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations


Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

Transporting patient 1 mile to the car

Another life saved! July 17, 2017

We have been back here at our base for just over a week after our nice trip to the US.

We really enjoyed our trip home and seeing so many of you.  The time went by too fast and there was too much to do, but we are happy to have spent some time with family and friends.

We are quickly loosing our "furlough fat"--I have lost 5 lbs already!  Our dog and base were well taken care of during our absence. Upon our return, Civil Aviation informed us that it has been too long since the engine and propeller on our plane have been overhauled, so now we have to send the prop to Australia to have it rebuilt and order a new rebuilt engine from the US for our plane.  Those two things will cost more than we paid for the plane when we purchased it!  The engine is quoted at $32,000.00 plus shipping, etc.  So it will be a few months yet before we can begin flight operations again.  It is still God's plane and His project, so we know He will provide in His time and way.  The more we see God at work here, the more we see the evil one working to stop it.

This afternoon, Sunday, they came to our house requesting a medevac.  In a village a half hour's drive from here, a young lady had a retained placenta and heavy bleeding.  There was no one to transport her.  We went and due to a very muddy road we had to park about three-quarters of a mile from her location, our four-wheel drive was not working because a U joint needs replacement.  We rigged up a stretcher with a makeshift ladder and some planks to carry her.  It was a very long carry in the heat and mud.  None of the men in the village would help carry since she was not their wife and it is taboo for them to do so.  So the male medic, Toni, another lady and myself struggled to get her to the car.  She is now at the hospital in town getting help and we are home and very tired. 

I have been meeting with our lay missionaries this week, Esther has several at her village who are ready for baptism, David, a new lay missionary has 4 who want to study to be baptized and church building is progressing. So we are thankful for the work that has gone on while we were away.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support for the project here in PNG. It really means a lot to us and also to the people here.

July 19, as we were on our way to town, we saw a man waving us down, he had blood all over his face and chest.  He wanted a ride to the hospital after he was in a fight and got all cut up.  It is still the land of the unexpected.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Another life saved

Another life saved! July 17, 2017

We have been back here at our base for just over a week after our nice trip to the US.

We really enjoyed our trip home and seeing so many of you.  The time went by too fast and there was too much to do, but we are happy to have spent some time with family and friends.

We are quickly loosing our "furlough fat"--I have lost 5 lbs already!  Our dog and base were well taken care of during our absence. Upon our return, Civil Aviation informed us that it has been too long since the engine and propeller on our plane have been overhauled, so now we have to send the prop to Australia to have it rebuilt and order a new rebuilt engine from the US for our plane.  Those two things will cost more than we paid for the plane when we purchased it!  The engine is quoted at $32,000.00 plus shipping, etc.  So it will be a few months yet before we can begin flight operations again.  It is still God's plane and His project, so we know He will provide in His time and way.  The more we see God at work here, the more we see the evil one working to stop it.

This afternoon, Sunday, they came to our house requesting a medevac.  In a village a half hour's drive from here, a young lady had a retained placenta and heavy bleeding.  There was no one to transport her.  We went and due to a very muddy road we had to park about three-quarters of a mile from her location, our four-wheel drive was not working because a U joint needs replacement.  We rigged up a stretcher with a makeshift ladder and some planks to carry her.  It was a very long carry in the heat and mud.  None of the men in the village would help carry since she was not their wife and it is taboo for them to do so.  So the male medic, Toni, another lady and myself struggled to get her to the car.  She is now at the hospital in town getting help and we are home and very tired.

I have been meeting with our lay missionaries this week, Esther has several at her village who are ready for baptism, David, a new lay missionary has 4 who want to study to be baptized and church building is progressing. So we are thankful for the work that has gone on while we were away.

Thank you for your prayers and continued support for the project here in PNG. It really means a lot to us and also to the people here.

July 19, as we were on our way to town, we saw a man waving us down, he had blood all over his face and chest.  He wanted a ride to the hospital after he was in a fight and got all cut up.  It is still the land of the unexpected.

We have been trying for almost a month to find internet fast enough to send this. Sorry it is so late.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Adult Cassowary here in PNG

Amazing birds

Bird of Paradise I photographed today.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fast and Furious

Hi family and friends,

We have had a great time visiting many of you the last few weeks as we have traveled around the USA.  We have been super busy trying to get medical work done, dental work done, purchases made, and financial issues dealt with.  So much to do, so little time.  We have really enjoyed visiting with so many of you and you have blessed us with your time.  We have enjoyed the good food you have provided for us, including the many restaurants we have been taken too.  We have been blessed with many free medical and dental services plus gifts from many of you, also.  Thank you so much.  Our time here has gone by way too fast, but we have thoroughly enjoyed it. We will spend this Sabbath, July 1, at Chula Vista SDA church in San Diego, where we will have the program from 9:30-10:30.  We are hoping to see more of you there, if you can make it.  Then on Sunday we will leave to return to Papua New Guinea!  We will fly directly to Manila and then on to PNG.

Blessings to each of you,

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Thursday, April 27, 2017

God Provides for us

God Provides

God has promised that He will supply ALL of our Needs. When we are doing His work, that is exactly what He does.  We have seen so many times, God providing just what we need and when we need it.

A few days ago, we were informed that some parts we need for the airplane, will cost several thousand dollars. Not exactly an exciting thing to learn. The following day, we were asked by a friend, whatever happened to that lien the FAA found against your plane?  Somehow God made it go away and the FAA cleared our title so it can be registered here in PNG!  I shared this with our friend and told her we just had received notice of the parts bill. She asked how much it was and I told her the approximate amount, as I didn't have all the details yet.  She said she had just received a large gift and 4 days before had sent us a check for almost the exact amount we needed!  She didn't know the need at the time, and nor did we, but God did and He impressed her to help us and it arrived on time!  Is our God awesome or not?

Last week we had to transport a young mother who had gone into labor the day before. When things didn't progress well, she went to find a vehicle to come to clinic near us, over an hour away.  While she waited, the baby's arm came out but nothing more. When she finally got to the clinic near us, the nurses couldn't help her and there was not fetal heartbeat.  So we drove her the last 1.5 hours to the hospital in town to have the baby removed so she could survive.  Life here in the remote areas is really rough sometimes. Not all of our medivacs are 100% successful, but we help as many as we can.

One of our lay workers has prepared 9 people for baptism just this year!

In about 3 weeks we will be leaving to go visit our homeland and families. We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  The visit is short, but we hope to make the best of it.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support that help make this project possible.

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

Sunday, April 9, 2017

children's mission story

Children's Mission Story

 

Gary and Toni Lewis are volunteer missionaries working in the country of Papua New Guinea.  It is located near the country of Australia, on the other side of the world from America.  We live out in the jungle where there is no electricity, or running water. Gary is a pilot who flies a small airplane over the jungle to remote villages and Toni is a nurse who helps the sick.

This story took place in 2016.

One day, we received a call on the special radio that we have for talking to the clinics in the jungle.  One little clinic way out in the jungle (bush) called and said that they had a very sick man that needed to be flown to the haus sik (hospital) or he would soon die.  We had several bigpla (big) boxes of medicines waiting to be flown out, as well.  So Gary loaded the balus (plane) up full with boxes of medicines, syringes, pills, bandages, etc. to take out not only to that village clinic, but to another one nearby, as well.  Toni also gave him a box of Bible School lessons and a picture roll to take along.   After putting fuel in the plane from a big 55 gallon drum, and checking the airplane out, Gary was ready for take off.  The plane sleeps in a hanger with a fence around it at night to keep it safe.  So he opened the big gate and started up the engine.  The airplane was happy to go flying again. 

After Gary had checked to make sure everything was working properly, and the engine was warmed up, and radio contact had been made with the tower, about 250 miles away, he pushed the throttle all the way forward and the propeller and engine started going really fast!  The plane began to move down the grass runway going faster and faster!  When it was going about 60 miles per hour, Gary pulled gently back on the yoke and the airplane started to climb up into the air and was flying up higher and higher.  It circled over the airbase and then was climbing up really high so it could get over the mountains that were between the airbase and Amanab, the village we were going to.  After a few minutes, we were up so high that we were flying between the clouds and could see over the mountain.  Once we passed the mountain, we started to go down, down in the sky to the village where the sick man was.  As the airplane approached the village, many people and lots of kids (many of the kids had no clothes on), came out to watch the mission plane land on their airstrip.  After a nice landing, the airplane stopped at the end of the grass airstrip, Gary shut the engine off, and people began to crowd very close to the plane.  First Gary unloaded the boxes of medicines that the clinic was very happy to get, since they were out of many things.  Then patient, Sam, was carried to the airplane.  The villagers had two long pieces of bamboo with vines tied between them to make a stretcher for the patient.  Sam didn't look very good and there was a bag of medicine with a tube attached to his arm to give him fluids and medicine very fast.  We carefully lifted him into the airplane.  There was a missionary there, so Gary gave him the Bible lessons for the kids and the picture roll and was he ever so happy!  He said it had been a long, long time since they had had something like this for the kids.

As the airplane was getting ready to take off to fly to the hospital, Gary looked over to the side of that airstrip to make sure everyone was out of the way, and guess what he saw?  There was about a dozen men standing there with spears, and bows and arrows!  They were not smiling, just staring at the plane.  Gary was hoping they didn't want to put those spears or arrows into the side of the airplane as that would not make it fly very good.  He quickly pushed the throttle forward, and the plane was soon flying again.  As we flew over the airstrip, everyone was waving at the big bird and "white man" that was taking the sick man to the hospital. 

When we arrived in town, an ambulance pulled up to the mission plane and the sick man was loaded into it for the last part of his trip to the hospital.  Then Gary and the airplane flew back to our airbase in Bewani to rest awhile, after covering many miles of jungle to deliver the medicines and take the sick man to the hospital.

 God sends His angels to fly with us so that we are safe, and we can help people who don't have any other way to get help.  God's little plane and his pilot with his wife the nurse, have helped lots of people and are also taking missionaries to remote areas to tell people about Jesus and that He is coming back very soon, too. We need more people to come be missionaries.

 Thank you for praying for us.

 

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mission update

Not many dull moments here in the bush. The mechanic from Michigan arrived to work on our airplane. Due to delays in getting permission to make a flight to the repair shop in the highlands, his work was delayed.  But he was able to help work on the planes at Adventist Aviation (AAS) in the mean time. He and the mechanic from AAS arrived in the evening at Vanimo. I drove them to our base at Bewani and we worked all night doing inspection and making some repairs to make it safe for the ferry flight. At 3 am we left for town so the guy from AAS could return home.  His plane was delayed 3 hrs which was frustrating. Mechanic, Len, stayed to fly the plane with me. Delays let him help me get some repairs done on ATV, generator and he even built a screen door. Saturday night while he was there, we had a medivac taking a young lady in labor to the hospital in town.  She had twins, one was born in Bewani, but the second one she couldn't deliver. So she had a very rough 2 hr ride in the night to the Hospital in town.
 When we finally received permission to make the flight to AAS. the weather was good and we had a good flight.  Work started on the plane as soon as we landed.  It will take some time to do the repairs but at least work has begun.  God is still in control and He is working it all out in His time and way.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spear in the chest/lung

Thursday, February 23, 2017

visit schedule

We are coming to the States for a visit this summer. We would like to see as many of you as we can. Our time is limited since there is so much to do here and we don't feel we can leave the work unattended for too long.

May 16-24, Sacramento, CA

May 25, Asheville, NC

May 27, speaking at Greenville SDA church

May 28, attending wedding of Julie who worked with us last year.

May 31, Kingsport, TN

June 2-4 Washington DC

June 5-11, Asheville, NC

June 9, speaking at Hendersonville SDA church

June 12-18, Provo, UT

June 17, speaking at Provo SDA church

June 19, Phoenix, AZ

June 20-29, Prescott, AZ

June 24, speaking at Prescott SDA church

July 1, San Diego, CA

July 2, begin long flight back to Papua New Guinea

As you can see it will be a short and fast visit, but we are looking forward to seeing many of you if possible!

Blessings

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

spear in the chest

January 31

Wow, a whole month has already gone by in 2017.  Where did it go?  I finally am feeling well again after more than 5 weeks--first the malaria and then stomach issues.

Thank you for those of you who prayed for me.  I got way behind in my work by being sick, but I am trying to catch up.  Last week, I made a trip to the capitol to work on paper work for the airplane.   I saw God leading during this trip to get the things done that I needed to do.  The parts have arrived here at the shop where the repairs will be made.   I am just waiting for the mechanic to make sure the plane is safe to fly there.  We also have another mechanic coming from Michigan to help with the repairs and we are most grateful for his help, as well as the mechanics here. Hopefully, we can have the plane back in the air before too long. (couple months?)

A couple of weeks ago, a health worker came to our house late afternoon.  They said they had an 8 yr old boy with a steel rod in his chest and who was coughing up blood.  They asked if we could we transport him to the hospital in town.  It was a three foot, home-made fishing spear that was stuck under his arm and into the right side of his chest.  I didn't have bolt cutters to shorten it, so he had to endure it bouncing out there the whole way to town.  His brother tried to stabilize it, but it still bounced a lot… I sure wish I could have taken him by plane!  It would have been smooth and only 17 minutes.  It took over 2 hours on extremely rough road and there was lots of crying and yelps of pain, but he did good considering the discomfort he must have had.  When we arrived, the ER doctor called the surgeon in right away to come and work on him.

Last night, there was a call to go pick up a lady in labor 30 minutes away.  When I got there, they said, "she is about to deliver, come get her in the morning". I told them, "No, that will be too late, we are going now."  Her contractions were less than 5 minutes apart, and I worried we wouldn't make it back here to the clinic.  We did though, and she and her baby are fine. 

Today we took an elderly lady to the hospital for x-rays, and then on the way home, we brought a sick baby with his parents to the clinic here.  We also brought vaccines for use in the mobile clinics that we are helping with the rest of the week, doing immunizations.

School started this week, so we have new teachers in the area and two new police families have moved in next door, so the neighborhood is a bit noisier with lots more kids.

We are making plans to visit the US mid May to first of July. Hope we can see many of you.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  They mean so much to us.  We keep praying for someone to come help us, and someone to take over this project before we get too old!

Gary and Toni

 

Video link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f732snEKiMk&feature=youtu.be

www.lewisjungleministries.com

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Steel rod in chest

Young boy with home made fishing spear in his chest. He was coughing up blood and in lots of pain for the 2 hour trip over very rough road to the hospital in town where the surgeon removed it. Wish we could of used the airplane as it would of been a smooth ride and only 17 minutes.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Picture roll

Using picture roll to tell Bible stories. All ages come to listen and learn