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, 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


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