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, November 19, 2018

Thankful for the Blessings!

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Dear friend,

Toni had a nice trip to the US. It was a short one and she was on the go all the time — but she at least got to see immediate family and some friends.  She got a lot of much needed computer help and now we are on a steep learning curve trying to practice and figure out the new things. Being gone from the US so long, has left us very out of date.  She also went to have a tooth checked and found out that she needed several procedures done and in short order. Thanks to kind dentists in Utah, she saw three dentists in three days and got everything fixed up! 

We still haul patients to the hospital in town and help with vaccination clinics as needed. Right now there is an outbreak of Polio in the country so the nurses have been going to all the villages vaccinating everyone 15 and under.  When I go with them to provide transportation, I show the kids and adults the video of Jesus and health videos—all in local language of Pidgin English (Tok Pisin).  It provides incentive to hurry up and get vaccinated so they can come watch the video.  There is no TV, radio, internet or video games to compete with, so I get a crowd real fast, of old and young alike!
We have been here 5 years already living in the bush. We truly believed that someone would have been willing to come and take over this project who is a bit younger, but so far, no one has been willing.

We want to once again thank each of you who have prayed and supported this project so that it has been able to go forward.  Last week our new ministers completed a five week training course for lay missionaries, and twenty-one completed it.  We helped where we could, and are so happy to see them complete this important training. Now the hard part is to get them all to go out and become missionaries for Jesus!

This month 13 were baptized and 40 more requested to get ready for baptism!
We are trying out a new program for sending out our newsletters.  Would like to know what you think of it.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the USA.

May God continue to bless you,

Gary & Toni Lewis
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