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.

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



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Saturday, February 3, 2018