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.

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

Or go to www.Missionprojectsinc.org for cc or online donations

 

 

Pioneer Missionary Andrew Putai

Tuesday, May 1, 2018