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, August 28, 2018

Sunday, August 26, 2018

2 baptized this sabbath in the ocean

2 baptized this Sabbath

Baptism in the Ocean

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Good news

Some good News!

For over a year, we have been trying to get a new three year visa and work permit so we can go home and return to PNG, legally.  Our old ones expired in January of this year, which has made it so we can't leave the country, let alone return. We have been receiving excuses and delays for months.  Finally a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to go in person to the capitol and the agency office and see if that would help, since  emails and phone calls didn't seem to be doing the job. The main lady who operates the agency has been sick for a couple of months and finally turned our case over to an assistant. We met with him and got more delays, then he up and left for a new job in another city. We were in town staying in a motel and they are not cheap in this country. After the third day the lady's sister contacted us and said she would go to immigration and try to sort it out. We met her there and they said we had to pay a large fine because we overstayed our visa. We showed how we had filled out all the paperwork on time and the agent had assured us all was filed. They had no record of it in their system, so we had to pay.  She promised it that afternoon. Well that turned into a week. Finally, the sister was able to get them, and that night her sister, the one who owned the agency died.  Our friend was able to pick up our passports from her though, before things got delayed again!  Now we are just trying to get our friend to send our passports to Vanimo so we can have them!  It was God's timing that we went when we did.

Last week in the village of Oriu we had a baptism of four people.There are no Christians in this village and these are the first to be baptized!  Our lay workers have been working hard there and finally we have a harvest!  Many more have now expressed their desire to prepare for baptism also!  To get to this village we drove an hour, hiked 20 minutes along a steep river bank in the bush and then waded across the river (up to mid-thigh).  As the baptism and program were finishing, it got windy, we heard thunder, and saw dark clouds.  I asked God to please hold the rain back and the river that was sure to rise until we were done and back on the main road.  We barely reached the road when the heavens opened and dumped the rain.  The river rose very fast where we had just had the baptism and waded across.  On the road home trees were being blown down across the road.  Angels went before and we arrived home safely after removing a tree by towing it with the car!

When we purchased our airplane engine, we had to make a large deposit so that we would send the old engine back to the factory.  After many months, the cancelled check just arrived!  We praise God for that!

The next 3 Sabbaths we have baptisms scheduled in different villages and more are lining up to get put on the schedule.  It is rewarding to see people beginning to realize time on this old earth is running out and we need to get right with God!

It is also rewarding to see how God continues to provide the food we need, good health and the funds to keep going.  Sometimes we wonder how we will pay all the bills, but God seems to find a way.

Thank you so much for your prayers and financial support.  We are doing the best we can and God is blessing in many ways.

Gary and Toni Lewis

New pictures posted on our blog belowwww.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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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Deer who came to church and baptism

4 baptized in village where there are no Christians!

Fierce guys we met

Toni has been captured

The mudmen of the highlands