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, December 25, 2018

Christmas gift

This the gift we received this year for Christmas . Our friend Willie Sero blessed is so much and we were able to share others.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Leg cut off

Father of rape victim cut off the guys foot since police did nothing and this isn't first time for him. Village justice. 
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We see lots of big logs getting hauled out of here. All hard wood.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Stuck in the Mud!

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Dear friend,
 

A sabbath to remember!

Seldom do we have a sabbath that one might consider to be routine.

This last sabbath is one that was extra special.  We went out to visit a village— over four hours drive from our home—not actually so many miles as the roads don't allow for fast travel. The last three attempts we have made to visit this village and little church have ended in failure due to the roads being impassable.  We were determined to make it this time, as we were told there was a new "improved" road. They had people requesting baptism so we took the retired pastor with us to take care of that aspect.  We loaded up several large bags with used clothes, a box of Bibles, felts and lesson papers for children's lessons, and lots of talking Bibles (Godpods)—since many out there are illiterate. We left home at 6 a.m. with high hopes and lots of prayer— especially since we had failed the last three times and our car is getting old and tires are worn a bit.  We reached  the "new" road after three hours to the village of Amanab where we were headed. It had rained the night before and there was some light rain as we traveled. The mud was slippery and there were several areas that we barely made it through in 4WD— giving it all we had.  After an hour on this "new road", we got stuck cross-wise going up an incline in deep muddy ruts. I tried everything i could, but no go. People we had just passed said we were about a mile away from the village.  So we decided we would walk the rest of the way, do the baptism and then have the members return with us to help get the car out and haul our gifts to them back to the church.  Just after we started walking, it started to rain, and rain some more. We finally arrived at Amanab after two hours of hiking (5-6 miles) up and down the hills through the rain and the mud— dripping wet.

We were too late for the baptism, because another pastor had gone up with a group earlier in the week and he did it since they figured we weren't going to make it with all the rain.  So we visited with them for about an hour and shared a nice piece of orange watermelon with them. They found several young people to hike back with us to try to get the car unstuck.  There were no vehicles in the village to come give us a pull.  So we hiked the two hours back in the pouring rain.

I had been asking God to keep the rain off the road that we needed to return on, because it was already muddy. When we got to the car, it had not rained there since we left it nor on the road back home!  On the part of the road that we hiked on, it rained a lot. I could see that without another vehicle to help pull it out,  was basically impossible to get our car out. I gathered the group of guys around and told them how angels had helped to lift our 20' container onto a truck at the wharf and that we would need them now to help push the car out.  So we prayed, then we dug out some of the mud, we cut branches to put under the tires and attached a long strap to pull with.  Then some pulled and some pushed. I had the car running, but when I let the clutch out it just smoked and the tires didn't turn, so there was no help from the car.  We dug some more and Toni and I were praying the whole time.  We tried again and now we knew the clutch was probably burned up.  Everyone pulled or pushed hard, and I engaged the clutch, and suddenly the car stated to move, it got lined up so I could back it down the slope and the wheels started to move and I backed it down on its own power.  The angels of God had given the extra push to move it after we had done all we could humanly do.  Then he fixed the clutch and we had no more trouble with it all the way home!  God helps us do what we can't, when we have done all we can!  Don't sit back and wait for Him to act, go to work and then He will help you!  We have experienced this many times.  The guys carried the bags and boxes the two hours back to the village and we drove the four hours home.  The fourteen hour day was a bit long and very tiring, but it was so rewarding to see the hand of God working on our behalf. There were three miracles in one day that we could see with our own eyes!

A week ago Toni suddenly developed a rash and welts on her body that kept moving around. They would pop up in one place and a few hours later, some other place.  There was no fever or other symptoms, just a scary, burning, itchy rash.  After two days of this misery, God healed her. We have no idea what it was or where it came from.

We want to wish each of you a very special Christmas. May it turn our hearts to the first advent of our Savior.  Here in the bush one wouldn't know it was Christmas except for the fire crackers and fireworks that they shoot from Christmas to New Years.  That is all we see and hear here.  

We love it when you send us your notes of encouragement, it really brightens our days here.

Blessings,

Gary and Toni Lewis


 
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Under our house after heavy rain. Good news is it leaves fast too. Pineapple patch in the back.
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Checking for live and fleas
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