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, 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

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