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, 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

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Sunday, March 18, 2018