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, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Calendars are few and far between in this part of the bush.  Most people here do not even have one or know the actual date.  Out here in the bush you wouldn't even know it was Christmas in just a few days.  In town, there are a couple of stores with a couple of small fake trees, and one plays Christmas music.  They do send off firecrackers and fireworks here and there, but other than that, you wouldn't know anything different was going on.  This will be our fifth PNG Christmas--celebrating by ourselves.  It is very different from how it is celebrated in most of the world.  Everyone still needs to know the story of Jesus though.  Without His birth and death, there is no hope for anyone.  Jesus is the one who gives us hope!   Lets know forget the real reason of Christmas, and focus on the story of Jesus. 

Another year is about to close, and we are closer to the second coming and the end of all pain and suffering.  We have had so many friends pass away this year, and we long to see them in the earth made new.

A short update and clarification on the status of our plane:  Civil Aviation here (like the FAA) is requiring a new engine and prop since  it has been 10 years since they were overhauled.  In the US, the engine is supposed to be good for about 1500 hrs before overhaul.  Ours has about 400.  We have ordered a new engine and it should be ready to ship around the end of January.  Then it will take some time to arrive here and get it through customs, etc.  When the plane is all back together again, then Civil Aviation will come and do extensive paper work on it before giving approval to fly it under PNG registration. Everything here takes a long time, lots of patience, and money.

It is still God's plane and His project, so He will work things out in His way and time.  Hopefully someone will choose to come take over this project and take it to the next level.  Is God calling you?

We want to wish each of you a blessed season and thank you for your prayers and support this last year.  God has been so good to us and blessed in countless ways.  The devil has thrown up many roadblocks to hinder the work of the gospel here this year, but we know he will loose in the end.

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, December 2, 2017

Red leaves

Beautiful leaves in the jungle

Stuck in the mud. First use of stretcher