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, September 25, 2018

Counting the cost

Counting the cost…

What is the cost of missions? What is the price tag for winning a soul to the Kingdom of God? How much is enough; how much is too much to reach the lost? How much are you and I willing to give to see someone in Heaven?

When you really stop to think about these questions, what do you come up with? God gave up everything to make the way possible for us to be redeemed. He gave up more than we can even begin to imagine. Why then do we complain when we give so little to reach the unreached?

Just before we came to PNG, a young family sold everything to become volunteer missionaries to a remote tribe here in PNG.  Not too many months after they arrived, he was killed in a freak accident. They hadn't even received their shipment of goods and personal items yet. The widow and 2 daughters had to return to the States with nothing.  What a price they paid, and are still paying, to try to bring the good news of salvation to an unreached tribe.  Did God ask too much? I think often of our friends and fellow pilot who were volunteers in Venezuela, where they had given all up for reaching the unreached in the bush. Their plane went down doing a medical evacuation and has never been found. Was the price too high; was it worth it? So many others have given their all for the gospel. The Bible tells of many who did the same thing thousands of years ago.  History records many through the ages who have paid a very high price, and sometimes we wonder what was gained by it all.

God has been merciful to us and spared our lives thus far.  For some reason, He has seen fit to end the use of our little plane here in PNG. I only made about 160 flights with it here. Those flights included medical evacuations for those needing urgent medical care, flying vaccines and medicines out to remote villages, and taking missionaries and pastors out to unreached villages to share the good news of Jesus. Many of you have donated a lot of money to get the plane ready to come, then to get it here and then to help with the maintenance and repairs while here. A lot of money has been spent for only a few hours of flight. If one of those flights had resulted in you getting the medical care you needed to spare your life, would it have been worth it? What if one of those flights brought in the vaccines needed to spare your village and family from a deadly outbreak, would it be worth it? What if one flight was the one that brought you the good news of Jesus and lead you to being saved in God's kingdom, would the cost be too great?

We are very sad that due to things out of our control, the plane is now being shipped back to the USA.  The mechanic who has the PNG license to work on it, sign it off and agreed to do continued maintenance on if for us, is returning permanently to the US. That leaves no one to sign it off or provide for future maintenance at this time. The shop where is was being worked on, doesn't really want it taking up space when there is no one to finish repairs. As far as we know, he is the only mechanic and this is the only shop in the country certified to work on our Cessna 182 that is available to us. So we were left with the option of just walking away from it and leaving them with the parts they don't want, or of shipping it and getting it flying again once back in the US. Maybe God has a work for it to do there now, or maybe in another field somewhere else.  We don't know the answer to that yet.  This has not been easy for us, but since when has mission work been easy?  

We do know that God has not forgotten or forsaken us! His promises are true!  Apparently the work is completed for our plane here, even though we see a great need for it— through our poor human eyesight.  God knows best and we are trusting Him to work it all out for His glory.  

Thank you so much for all you have done and given to make these few flights possible, only Heaven will tell us the results of this investment, and we will say, It was good enough!

This raises lots of questions and we have been struggling with many of them the last few weeks, as this has all taken place since our last newsletter. We don't have many answers yet, but are taking it one day at a time and trying to build our faith and trust that God will work all things out for the best.

Toni will be visiting family the month of October, I will stay back and help establish our new lay missionaries and keep doing the myriad of things that keep us busy all the time.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  They really mean a lot to us.

Blessings, 

Gary and Toni

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, September 19, 2018

More insect traps

Insect trap, plant eats insects

Monday, September 3, 2018

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2 baptized this sabbath in the ocean

2 baptized this Sabbath

Baptism in the Ocean

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Good news

Some good News!

For over a year, we have been trying to get a new three year visa and work permit so we can go home and return to PNG, legally.  Our old ones expired in January of this year, which has made it so we can't leave the country, let alone return. We have been receiving excuses and delays for months.  Finally a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to go in person to the capitol and the agency office and see if that would help, since  emails and phone calls didn't seem to be doing the job. The main lady who operates the agency has been sick for a couple of months and finally turned our case over to an assistant. We met with him and got more delays, then he up and left for a new job in another city. We were in town staying in a motel and they are not cheap in this country. After the third day the lady's sister contacted us and said she would go to immigration and try to sort it out. We met her there and they said we had to pay a large fine because we overstayed our visa. We showed how we had filled out all the paperwork on time and the agent had assured us all was filed. They had no record of it in their system, so we had to pay.  She promised it that afternoon. Well that turned into a week. Finally, the sister was able to get them, and that night her sister, the one who owned the agency died.  Our friend was able to pick up our passports from her though, before things got delayed again!  Now we are just trying to get our friend to send our passports to Vanimo so we can have them!  It was God's timing that we went when we did.

Last week in the village of Oriu we had a baptism of four people.There are no Christians in this village and these are the first to be baptized!  Our lay workers have been working hard there and finally we have a harvest!  Many more have now expressed their desire to prepare for baptism also!  To get to this village we drove an hour, hiked 20 minutes along a steep river bank in the bush and then waded across the river (up to mid-thigh).  As the baptism and program were finishing, it got windy, we heard thunder, and saw dark clouds.  I asked God to please hold the rain back and the river that was sure to rise until we were done and back on the main road.  We barely reached the road when the heavens opened and dumped the rain.  The river rose very fast where we had just had the baptism and waded across.  On the road home trees were being blown down across the road.  Angels went before and we arrived home safely after removing a tree by towing it with the car!

When we purchased our airplane engine, we had to make a large deposit so that we would send the old engine back to the factory.  After many months, the cancelled check just arrived!  We praise God for that!

The next 3 Sabbaths we have baptisms scheduled in different villages and more are lining up to get put on the schedule.  It is rewarding to see people beginning to realize time on this old earth is running out and we need to get right with God!

It is also rewarding to see how God continues to provide the food we need, good health and the funds to keep going.  Sometimes we wonder how we will pay all the bills, but God seems to find a way.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support.  We are doing the best we can and God is blessing in many ways.

Gary and Toni Lewis

New pictures posted on our blog belowwww.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, August 19, 2018

Deer who came to church and baptism

4 baptized in village where there are no Christians!

Fierce guys we met

Toni has been captured

The mudmen of the highlands

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fighting hard

Ground hard fought 4!

Greetings from the jungles of PNG—a place where the unexpected is the norm and nothing is easy to accomplish.  The devil doesn't want to give up ground that he has long claimed as his.  He has been fighting us each step of the way.  The last 18 months we have experienced many set backs. Some are so big you wonder where it was you started from. We have been praying hard for the Lord to intervene and turn things around for His glory.  It's kinda like the story of Job in the Bible—he didn't understand what was going on, either.  God sees a bigger picture than we do, so we just have to have faith that He is still in control and will work things out in His time and way.  

This year we have two new young ministers working here in the bush with us. They are making a positive difference.  We also have a new pastoral director for the district and it appears things are turning around for the good.  In the month of June, we had more baptisms in the district than in all of 2017!  Many more are now getting ready, so the tide seems to be turning back, finally.  

Last week we received two new missionaries that our sponsors are supporting. They both competed the seminary, but the missions here couldn't afford to hire them, so we did!  So we now will have four ministers working here in the bush to reach new areas and strengthen the existing members.  We are excited to have them all here and they come with a sincere desire to serve the Lord.

The mechanics in the States haven't been able to locate a part that we need for the plane, so the work on the plane cannot continue until we get it.  If they have to have it special made, it will cost about $1000.00. 

The car has taken a beating over the last 4 1/2 years driving over our rough roads. It was well used when we got it.  It is the oldest car of its kind that I have seen still running in these parts.  It is showing its wear, and many parts are being replaced and many more need to be. Just this past weekend, it was left on the road 10 miles from home for 3 days.  It was due to a bad wheel bearing, but angels watched over it, and help came with parts (amazing), to get it fixed.  So Gods missionary car is home again!

Everything seems such a struggle here, but that paves the way for God to show His helping hand.  Our ATV has proved to be a blessing, even though I didn't want to bring it here.  When the car is broken down, at least I have some way to go chase parts or meet appointments.  It is not much fun driving it 60 miles in the rain though, and I only have a cold shower waiting when I get home.  At least there was a shower and a dry towel!

I made desks with benches attached for 65 students in the K-2 classroom, at no cost to them. They have been sitting on the floor up until now.  We have been working with various youth groups like Pathfinders and Adventurers. So we are keeping plenty busy.

God blesses us in so many ways.  Your prayers and support DO make a difference as they become tools in God's hand to help us. Thank you so much!  Please continue to pray for us, for the project and for someone to come and take this project over, so we can let someone younger keep it going.  There still isn't any progress on getting our visas renewed so we can visit home again.  Please remember this in your prayers. We really appreciate it when you take a few minutes to drop us a note!

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


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

22 desk-chairs made and delivered

These desk-chairs were made for local k-2 classroom that has over 60 students with nothing but the floor to sit on or write on. Now that has changed. Each desk will seat 3 students.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

God Provides

God continues to provide!

2 weeks ago, I was scheduled to take the pastor out to Imbinis, a small church out in the bush for Sabbath services. Then later that same day, I was to go pick up another pastor in Kilipaui, after he finished his meetings, so he could get ready to leave Sunday for another series in Oiru, a village about 20 km away.  So I had a weekend booked with lots of driving over our lovely roads. Thursday afternoon when I got back from town, I discovered that one of the bolts holding the shock absorber on the car, was missing and another was loose and not in good shape.  Friday, I checked through my collection of bolts and couldn't find one.  I knew that to find one in town, if I could get there, was not likely. So I asked God to provide bolts if he wanted me to do the missionary walk-a-bouts that I had scheduled.  I searched everything I had and found nothing.  Then I decided to take my ATV down to the Oil Palm office where we do Internet sometimes, about 6 miles away. I know they work on their vehicles some there and just maybe they might have something.  When I got there I asked the mechanic if he had a bolt like I needed.  He said there are some bolts in a tray over there and you can look there.  The tray had a few used bolts in it and right on top were the 2 bolts that I needed, the exact size and were in good condition. He said I could have them!  My God says He will supply ALL my needs!  I was able to finish fixing the car so I could do my missionary work.  Saturday afternoon, when I went to pick up the second pastor, I also had to pick up the body of a lady who had died that morning. The pastor had visited her Friday night, as she was distraught as there is much devil worship where she was living.  The pastor shared scripture with her and prayed with her and she was at peace.  She passed away the next morning peacefully, and I transported her body to her village when I brought the pastor back.  Sunday morning, I took the pastor and some helpers out to Oiru, another village to hold meetings for a week where our lay worker Esther has been working.  

The next week we were so busy, we were not able to get to town to buy food and fruit.  By Sabbath, we had no fruit, but after church, some members gave us some fresh fruit! So God continues to provide for us.  

I spent a good part of the week transporting health workers to remote areas so they could vaccinate the kids for tetanus and measles.  We did it at the elementary schools.  Most of them had no chairs or desks, and one had no books, paper or writing materials.  Only one had a big chalk board.  

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  There is so much work to do here and so few to do it.

Blessings,

Gary and Toni Lewis

www.lewisjungleministries.com. (for pictures)

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, May 14, 2018

This is Andrew's widow, carrying his picture roll in a pvc pipe carrier. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018

missionary Andrew Putai

Papua New Guinea Pioneer missionary--Andrew Putai

 

Andrew was born about 1930. The exact dates here are not usually known, because calendars are rare.  In the early 1960's, he went to Musau Island to work on a coconut plantation for three years.  While there, he noticed one of the workers didn't chew beetle nut, smoke or drink.  He also always got his work done faster than the others and better.  So Andrew asked him about it, and he was invited to visit his home.  They became friends and this new friend introduced Andrew to Jesus and the gospel.  When his contract was up, and he was ready to return to his home here in West Sepik Province, he asked the local mission office to please send a missionary to Vanimo Green District (where he was from).  They sent one, and also asked him to serve as a missionary.  He served for thirteen years here in Vanimo Green as a missionary and learned to read with third grade education.  He went to several villages here, and started up small groups of believers in a district that had never heard the gospel.

An SDA pilot/pastor by the name of Colin Winch came from Australia, and asked him to go as a missionary to the Sepik River basin in the area of May River/Ama.  This area was known for cannibalism and a missionary had died there not too long before.  Andrew agreed to go, and while sitting with a group of cannibals, God opened his eyes and he saw heavenly angels standing guard around him.  By the time he left to return to his home in Waramaiyu, here in Vanimo Green; the cannibals had become church members.

In 1994, he helped build the first church in his village of Waramaiyu.  It was made from bush materials and was re-built several times over the years.  Last year he helped to build a more permanent building which was just completed before he passed away on May 3, 2018.  His many children, several of them adopted, grandchildren and great grandchildren attended his funeral.  As he was laid to rest by the church he had just help to build, heaven cried too--as rain fell on the mourners.  I was privileged to transport his body from town on a three-hour ride to his final resting place.  The women whom accompanied me, sang hymns all the

way to Waramaiyu-- some in English, some in Pidgin, some in dialect.  Heaven's presence was near. When the body was carried to its final resting place, his widow sang hymns as she waved goodbye to him, and carried his picture roll.  (He used it to share the Bible stories.)

I was privileged to know Andrew and share the Lord's Supper with him and attend his church several times.  Now, thanks to him bringing the gospel to Vanimo Green fifty-five years ago, there are seventeen churches and about a thousand members here. 

I look forward to seeing brother Andrew again on the resurrection morning; I hope you will be there so I can introduce you to one of God's pioneer missionaries!

There is a picture of Andrew on our blog site: www.lewisjungleministries.com

Gary and Toni Lewis

 

Donations can be sent to:

Mission Projects Inc.

P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

Please include a note: PNG project

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Pioneer Missionary Andrew Putai

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sunday, April 22, 2018

News from the bush

Greetings from the "bush" (jungles) of Papua New Guinea!

 Living in the jungle is quite different from the deserts of Arizona or the farmlands of Pennsylvania. We get rains several times a week--sometimes in small amounts and sometimes in large amounts that come very fast.  Flooding can happen quickly and then the water goes away surprisingly fast.  All the rain produces lots of humidity and green vegetation.  Plants grow quickly here if they have decent soil to grow in. Mildew is a big problem on the clothes, books and other household items.  It is surprising how fast it destroys things.

Last month we told you about the cooking school Toni was going to have along the border with Indonesia.  It went well, and the ladies and even some men seemed to enjoy it.  They especially liked the food she cooked up for them. It remains to be seen whether or not they will make it on their own!

Lingenfelters were here for about 2 ½ weeks to see what the project is like.  Stephen worked on the plane for about a week and the rest of the time helped with repair projects here at the base, which we really appreciated.  They also brought some much needed parts and supplies, which were a big help.  We are all praying for God's guidance on whether they should come work here long term or not.

This month, Len Sherwood has returned to work on our plane.  Unfortunately little work had been done on the plane in the last year since he left.  We had been promised it would be nearly finished except the engine and reinstalling the wings.  That didn't happen, so Len has had to spend his time doing the work we thought was already done.  The new engine did finally arrive at the shop after many delays and obstacles.  The devil really doesn't want this plane flying with the everlasting gospel to the people in remote areas.  We keep pressing forward as hard and fast as we can, and as God opens doors for us.  Len also brought us some supplies that we needed, plus is working for a month on the plane, so we are deeply grateful for his help!  We really need another airplane mechanic to come help get it finished! 

We have been spending many hours on the rough roads here doing ministry work out in the remote areas.  This last weekend, I drove about 11 hours in 2 days and next weekend looks like it will be about the same.  We have had to spend a lot of money on parts for the car this year, and Stephen was kind enough to help me install many of them.  The car (and us) takes a real beating with the "roads" here.   We are grateful for a sturdy vehicle that holds up well and for a God who keeps it running for us.  I can't think of a vehicle better suited or built for the job that we have.  God picked it out for us, and it has done a wonderful job for us.

We can't make plans for our visit to the US until we have our new visas in hand.  We are still hoping to visit this summer.

One of our lay missionary families, Isaac and Lonna, will have the church they built in an unreached area, dedicated this Sabbath.  We are so happy with all the hard work they have done.  Due to prior a commitment, we will not be able to attend the actual dedication.  We will be way out in the bush at another church conducting church services and the Lord's Supper.  There is always plenty of work to do here. 

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  God is hearing your prayers and blessings your gifts!  Thank you for your important part in spreading the gospel in this part of the bush.

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, April 10, 2018

We have great beaches

Flowers in our yard

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Well worn Bible in church

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PNG news

In our last letter we reported an earthquake in Vanimo. It was only a 5.1. Early this month up in the highlands about 230 miles from us, there was a 7.1 quake. Our house really shook and it lasted a very long time. There were many aftershocks of over 6 on the scale. We felt many of those as well.   I have an app on my phone that shows the earthquakes in our area when I can get to the internet. It's nice to see where they are and their strength.  Over 100 people were reported killed and many homes were destroyed by landslides and just by falling down.  Our house, which is built on steel posts 10' off the ground, did plenty of shaking. We suffered no damage or breakage here.  Angels camp here! We have seen several times lately where our angels have definitely watched over us here at our house, as well as on the road. The road to town has gotten worse due to rains and super overloaded logging trucks tearing it up. When there is even just a light rain on the road it becomes very slippery and the car slides very easily. Sliding off the road here can be very deadly, but as I said, our angels accompany us, for which we give our Heavenly Father thanks and praise.

Toni has been asked to do a nutrition class/vegetarian cooking demonstration for Wutung. This is a program being put on at a village next to the border with Indonesia and sponsored by ADRA.  They will have doctors and others from the hospital there doing medical consults and instruction, as well.  She was asked to prepare for 100 people.  So she has been really busy cooking gluten from scratch, making bread, buying food supplies, and preparing a power point presentation to present. She will give the lecture and demonstration the same day we pick up a family coming from the USA to visit us for a couple of weeks. He is an airplane mechanic who worked to get our plane ready to bring here initially, and is now considering coming here long term!  They are coming to see what it is like here and see if this is really where God wants them. They have 2 small children. One of the 2 weeks he is here, he will go up to Goroka to help with the maintenance work on our plane.  The new engine will arrive there tomorrow but there is a lot of work to be done before it is ready for the engine to be installed.  Another mechanic is coming from Michigan for the month of April just to work on our plane! We are so grateful for their help to get God's plane ready to fly again. In reality, even with all this help, it still will not be finished by the time they leave.  God will have to send some more help.

Toni has been telling a Bible story each morning at the local public school for grades K-2.  They are really enjoying it. There are about 60 students in the classroom, there are no desks, and only a few bring their own chair to sit on. Everyone else uses the floor.

We still get plenty of patients coming for treatment or medicines as the clinic down the road, is often out of medicine or closed.

We thank you for your part in making all this happen, without your prayers and gifts, we wouldn't be able to help as many as we do.  Thank you so much for putting your treasure in Heaven!  May God bless you in a special way.

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, March 18, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Local classroom K-2, one teacher 70 kids

Mowing grass at local school

Insect eating plants

Natures necklace

Small clinic in the bush

Monday, February 19, 2018

news update

Some of the things happening this month are:  Patient treatment, shaking house, extreme 4 wheeling, blessings, airplane engine arriving, etc. 

Most of our days here can be kind of mundane, but there are plenty of things happening to keep life in the bush from getting boring.  In the middle of January, one of our former lay missionaries brought their 11-year-old son to Toni, requesting some medication.  His knee was swollen and his leg was stiff and bent at a 90-degree angle, and pus was coming out of a puncture wound.  The clinic had started him on antibiotics and sent him home.  Toni tried to straighten the leg and it was frozen and the little movement she got just made the pus run out.  She told him and his parents they needed to bring him to our house everyday for physical therapy and wound care.  Three days later, there was no sign of him yet, so we went to his house in his village.  He was there and his leg was worse.  Toni tried to help him move it some but he didn't like the pain.  That is why they didn't come.  So I had a stern talk with the parents about acting like parents or else the boy would be crippled for the rest of his life and walk with a stick.  A couple of days later, they finally came again to the house.  The pus had stopped due to the antibiotics, but he still had very little movement of his knee.  So Toni started PT.  He didn't like it, but we would catch him when he went by our house to and from school each day.  After a week or so he noticed some improvement and started stopping on his own for help!  Today when he came, after 3 weeks of treatment, he can straighten his leg almost completely out. He doesn't use the stick to walk with now, and he can go up the stairs two at a time using the bad leg first!  He is so happy and smiling now, and we are so happy to see him walking again! In another week or so, he should be able to continue on his own, we hope!

There was a 5.1 earthquake centered in Vanimo (45 miles away) on Valentine's morning that woke me up, since our house is on stilts.  Nothing came off the shelves this time though.  There was one a week or so earlier too.

This last weekend we had planned to go visit a church way out in the bush that we haven't been to in over a year because the road there is bad.  When I have the plane, I can fly there in about 30 minutes and they have a nice airstrip.  We picked up the pastor and planned to spend the weekend with the church members.  For the first three hours of driving, the road was normal for here.  The last few miles into the village however, was a different story.   It was fairly dry, so we decided to try to make it.  It is in the mountains, so the road is very steep going up and down. That causes washout when it rains and the ruts were 2-3 feet deep. We were in 4WD and car was tilting side-to-side and catapulting us up and then down as we tried to navigate the ruts and holes.  It was all I could do to control the steering wheel, Toni was hanging onto the handles for dear life and the pastor was in the back getting tossed all about.  Then there were the low areas where we barely made it through the mud and covered the car with the flying mud. We got about half way on this road when I finally agreed to stop and turn around.  There was a dark rain cloud overhead and we knew if it started to rain, even just a little, we wouldn't be able to go anywhere and could be stuck there for days.  So I finally gave in, and turned back. We drove over 175 miles and it took 8.5 hours to do it.  The car was covered with mud when we got home. We will try again, but allow time to hike in and deliver supplies to the church that way if we still can't get there with the car.

The chickens ate our green tomatoes that we have been waiting for and trying to grow for many years.  However, two days later, we were given, big ripe tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, beans and onions (they are not in the market here except on occasion when shipped in and then they are very expensive) all for free from our friend in Vanimo! God is so good to us!

Our airplane engine is suppose to arrive this week in Port Moresby, then we will wade through customs etc, then it will be put on a flight to the highlands where it will be mounted onto our plane!  The prop is on the way to Australia to get overhauled too.  Maybe in a few months we can be flying again-- all in God's time.

Despite some set backs and the devil continuing to put road blocks in our way, God is still in control and is taking awesome care of us!  Praise the Lord for His goodness to us!

School has started here finally. Today we shared a Bible story with one classroom. Grades K-2, one teacher, 65 students, no desks, about a dozen brought their own small chairs, they bring their own writing board and sit on the floor. Third grade teacher has as many students as well. Want to teach like that?

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. They make a big difference here in the bush.

 

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, February 3, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Portable sawmill in the bush

GodPod with a cigar

Getting towed up the mountain

Listening to GodPod

House we stayed in

Yes the porch and that side of house has a slop to it!

Mountain road

adventures

Adventurous Walkabout!

Our lay missionary family, Isaac and Lonna have been after us for some time to make a trip out to a village along the boarder of Indonesia.  They have family there and were requesting that we come to share some DVD pictures about creation and the end of the world prophecies.

On Monday, we finally worked it all out so we could go.  Not knowing how far it was, or how long it would take-- and they said there were lots of mountains to cross—we knew we would need to stay overnight.

Of course, many church members wanted to go with us for the adventure, but we limited it five, because of space and weight, (habits of being a pilot).

We stopped to pick up the first two ladies, and while they were loading their things a couple came up to Toni with two young babies.  The lady said, "Do you remember the lady you took to hospital that had delivered one twin and the second one couldn't come out"?  Well, here they are, both doing fine.  While we were traveling to Vanimo to take the mother to the hospital, the grandmother had asked Toni for a suggestion of name for first one. Toni suggested Joy.  The second one they named Faith, so we met Faith and Joy!   It was nice to have a happy story as we began our trip.

A few miles after starting out, we had to ford a big river that at the moment was low but still was running fast and wide and was over three feet deep.  It helps to have a snorkel on the car.  We climbed steep mountain logging roads using low gear just to get up and then low gear again to save the brakes going down the other side.  We did this over and over with very deep drop-offs on one side.  The jungle was beautiful to see, but the road was not very good.  We came to the top of a mountain, over 4,500 feet, and they were doing some major roadwork.  We had to wait an hour for them to clear a path for us to get through.  It was very steep and I wondered how we would return, especially if it should rain and become muddy.  The village of Waris is on the border and is only about 35 miles from home, but took over 2 hrs of driving to get there.  

The elected chief of the area took us around and told everyone to come see our pictures at the school at 5:30 p.m. Then they gave us an empty teacher's house to spend the night in.  We slept on the floor and there was a tank outside with some water in it.  During the night, the rats had fun running on the metal roof and keeping us awake.  We had planned to show the pictures on the grass in front to the classrooms, but about 2 hrs before we were going to start, big dark clouds moved in over the mountains signaling rain.  I asked the Lord to hold off the rain so we could show the pictures and that people would come.  It rained for about 20 minutes getting the ground wet and muddy.   So we decided to use an empty classroom, which worked out better anyway!  The rain stopped well before the people came.  God knew best!  Nobody came until about a half hour late, a man showed up and said that we couldn't have a program in this village.  We finally got him to agree it to it because w we were showing pictures.  A few kids started to show up then, and another angry man showed up and was shouting at the kids to leave and that we had to leave right away, also.  He said" this is a Catholic village and you can't have meetings here.  I reminded him that PNG is a Christian nation and has freedom of religion.  That didn't seem to help, but he didn't expect my response and didn't seem to know how to respond.  Then he started in again.  We told him we were invited there and were going to show pictures, not hold preaching services. He thought about it and then decided that the pictures were okay. Then the people became to come about an hour late.  We showed health videos, Amazing Facts videos of where the devil and sin came from (Cosmic Conflict) and also one of what the Bible says will happen in the last days (Final Events).  When we finished, we had about 70 in attendance and they asked us to please come back and share more!  We left them a very large bag and box of used clothes, and some God Pods!

We left this morning wondering what the road and river crossing would be like after the rain.  The road was okay until we got to where they were working on it.  We had to wait again for about an hour before they let empty logging trucks come down the road and then a large dozer came down to us and towed us up the mountain until we reached the top.  We would have never made it and most likely torn out our clutch. It was very steep and muddy.  When we reached the river, it was about the same level as it had been yesterday since it didn't rain on this side of the mountain.

The devil tried so many ways to stop us, but God kept intervening to get our message out and to return us safely home!

We will put some pictures on our blog site and FB.

Your prayers and donations all help to make this possible. Thank you so much.

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

 

 

Twins Faith and Joy

Thursday, January 4, 2018