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, January 14, 2019


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Dear Toni,

One of our lay missionaries, Issac Wani, came to me with a story that happened to him in the village of Ellis. He told me that attendance to church has been dropping off and many seem to be loosing interest in spiritual things. Then a few days ago one of the little boys in the village disappeared. Everyone in the small village began to look for him and called him. They can yell very loud out in the bush here and can be heard a long ways off.  They searched and called all morning.  Finally about 1 pm Issac decided he needed to do something. So he went to the church and prayed.  He asked his mighty and powerful God to help him find the boy soon.  After he prayed he went out looking. He had only gone a short ways when he turned around and there was the child, right behind him!  He asked him, "Where have you been?"  The boy replied that he had been flying above the village and saw everyone looking for him, but they couldn't see or hear him. Then when you prayed, I came back down. There was much rejoicing in the village and everyone said it was a miracle.  Last Sabbath the church was very full!  Spirit worship is very real here and witch doctors are common and are very active. We praise God that He is stronger than all the evil spirits or witch doctors. 

Missionary Issac and his wife Lona

There seems to be some confusion about the status and situation with our little plane. In the process of getting some repairs done and getting the plane registered here in PNG, we were informed by Civil Aviation (like the FAA), that due to the age of the engine, (not the hours flown), that we had to put a rebuilt or new engine on it before we could fly it here again. We ordered one from the US and had it shipped here, at great expense. There is a mechanic shop in the Highlands, a three-hour flight from here, that is licensed to work on our plane, and a mechanic with a license to work on it, also. (As far as we know, the only mechanic and shop anywhere near us that is licensed to work on a 182.) That is were we took it to get the work done, and do the paper work for the registration. In August, we went up to find out why the work wasn't getting done, as promised.  When we arrived, the mechanic informed us that the new management of the shop wanted our plane moved outside, which meant it would be subject to more corrosion and vandalism. Then he told us that he was returning to the US permanently in 2 weeks.  So there went our only licensed mechanic, and the shop wanted it out.  The mechanic said he was shipping a few things to the US and he would put our plane in the container with his stuff if we wanted.  So our options were, send it back to the US or have it set outside unsecured and disassembled and basically abandoned.  So we decided God must have another plan for the plane somewhere else.  Where or when, we don't know.  It is now in TN and we need to get it put back together and corrosion issues taken care and then registered in the US again.  With no mechanic with a local license to work on our type of plane here, we can't fly it here.  God's plan is bigger and better than our plan so we are watching and waiting to see what God plans to do with it now. This was not our plan or idea, but God stepped in and changed our course. Someday we will understand. 


The plane taking off from the airstrip in Bewani

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support. God is still at work here in the lives of people in the bush.

Gary and Toni Lewis


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