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, September 25, 2018

Counting the cost

Counting the cost…

What is the cost of missions? What is the price tag for winning a soul to the Kingdom of God? How much is enough; how much is too much to reach the lost? How much are you and I willing to give to see someone in Heaven?

When you really stop to think about these questions, what do you come up with? God gave up everything to make the way possible for us to be redeemed. He gave up more than we can even begin to imagine. Why then do we complain when we give so little to reach the unreached?

Just before we came to PNG, a young family sold everything to become volunteer missionaries to a remote tribe here in PNG.  Not too many months after they arrived, he was killed in a freak accident. They hadn't even received their shipment of goods and personal items yet. The widow and 2 daughters had to return to the States with nothing.  What a price they paid, and are still paying, to try to bring the good news of salvation to an unreached tribe.  Did God ask too much? I think often of our friends and fellow pilot who were volunteers in Venezuela, where they had given all up for reaching the unreached in the bush. Their plane went down doing a medical evacuation and has never been found. Was the price too high; was it worth it? So many others have given their all for the gospel. The Bible tells of many who did the same thing thousands of years ago.  History records many through the ages who have paid a very high price, and sometimes we wonder what was gained by it all.

God has been merciful to us and spared our lives thus far.  For some reason, He has seen fit to end the use of our little plane here in PNG. I only made about 160 flights with it here. Those flights included medical evacuations for those needing urgent medical care, flying vaccines and medicines out to remote villages, and taking missionaries and pastors out to unreached villages to share the good news of Jesus. Many of you have donated a lot of money to get the plane ready to come, then to get it here and then to help with the maintenance and repairs while here. A lot of money has been spent for only a few hours of flight. If one of those flights had resulted in you getting the medical care you needed to spare your life, would it have been worth it? What if one of those flights brought in the vaccines needed to spare your village and family from a deadly outbreak, would it be worth it? What if one flight was the one that brought you the good news of Jesus and lead you to being saved in God's kingdom, would the cost be too great?

We are very sad that due to things out of our control, the plane is now being shipped back to the USA.  The mechanic who has the PNG license to work on it, sign it off and agreed to do continued maintenance on if for us, is returning permanently to the US. That leaves no one to sign it off or provide for future maintenance at this time. The shop where is was being worked on, doesn't really want it taking up space when there is no one to finish repairs. As far as we know, he is the only mechanic and this is the only shop in the country certified to work on our Cessna 182 that is available to us. So we were left with the option of just walking away from it and leaving them with the parts they don't want, or of shipping it and getting it flying again once back in the US. Maybe God has a work for it to do there now, or maybe in another field somewhere else.  We don't know the answer to that yet.  This has not been easy for us, but since when has mission work been easy?  

We do know that God has not forgotten or forsaken us! His promises are true!  Apparently the work is completed for our plane here, even though we see a great need for it— through our poor human eyesight.  God knows best and we are trusting Him to work it all out for His glory.  

Thank you so much for all you have done and given to make these few flights possible, only Heaven will tell us the results of this investment, and we will say, It was good enough!

This raises lots of questions and we have been struggling with many of them the last few weeks, as this has all taken place since our last newsletter. We don't have many answers yet, but are taking it one day at a time and trying to build our faith and trust that God will work all things out for the best.

Toni will be visiting family the month of October, I will stay back and help establish our new lay missionaries and keep doing the myriad of things that keep us busy all the time.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support.  They really mean a lot to us.

Blessings, 

Gary and Toni

www.lewisjungleministries.com

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P.O. Box 504

College Place WA 99324

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More insect traps

Insect trap, plant eats insects

Monday, September 3, 2018