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, October 22, 2018

life in the bush


The trip home after a medivac was something else. I had two empty drums in the back— hoping to sell them. About a 1/3 of the way home it started to rain and I stopped to check barrels to make sure the rough road wasn't going to make them break the window again. When I started up, there was a growling noise and drag to the left. I got out again— in the rain— to see if I had flat. No I didn't—and I didn't see any problem. I tried to go again and it was worse. I got out again and discovered that  one of the two bolts that holds the brake assembly on the front wheel was gone and the assembly was dragging against the rim. This is Friday @12:30 pm and it is raining, and a long ways from no where! I backed the car up a couple of feet and the brake realigned enough so it didn't rub on the rim. After lots of praying, I went forward slowly and it stayed aligned. I couldn't use the brakes, since that would make it lock up again. So I drove home in the rain, with no brakes, slowly up and down the mountains. I was glad to have a manual transmission. I was so thankful to get both the car  and myself home safely, I had to use the hand brake once to slow down a bit. It was a slow muddy, wet drive home.  I don't have a bolt to replace the lost one, so will look at my options on Sunday. I hiked to Somboi to inform the pastor that I can't take him to his preaching engagement tomorrow. I don't have the  ATV available, because Toni has the only key with her, to get a copy made. 

Such is life in the bush. Dinner was a bit late, but that is common here. 


Today my helper offered to hike to the logging base camp about 16 miles away to see if they had a bolt that would fix the problem on the car. He was able to get a ride most of the way going and returning. God answered that prayer and he was also able to get two bolts the size I needed. Now I have a spare! God has so many ways to provide! They are used bolts, but there was no charge! Yesterday, I just walked to the closest church on Sabbath, just over a mile away, since I didn't feel like walking to the church I had planned to attend, about 12 miles away.

There have been lots of drunks roaming around and it was very noisy last night and today, and I can still hear yelling tonight. The moon is out and it is always worse when it is bright at night!

One of my missionaries brought me 5 ears of corn today and peanuts! She said she will have more peanuts later this week for me. Our retired pastor gave me a nice pineapple, and last sabbath they gave me one at church too! God is so good!


I brought a lady to the hospital in town this morning. It is her 4th pregnancy, and she is having twins—one is transverse. She is in labor so they wanted her in town in case she needs C-section. Days seldom go as we plan. There are always surprises! God helped me to get car repaired yesterday—just in time for this medivac! That was at 8:00 am. At 8:00 pm they came back to my house with another lady in labor needing to go to Hospital in town as they said she had an inverted uterus.  I got home a little before midnight. Just a glimpse in to life in the bush.

 I hope you have a wonderful week. 

Gary and Toni Lewis


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