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.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

April newsletter

News from the bush

Plenty of things have been happening since our last newsletter.  We had almost 3 weeks of on and off rain with very little sun.  We had to use our small generator some almost every day to keep our batteries up since there wasn't enough solar.  We couldn't do wash for 2 weeks due to lack of solar power and dry enough weather to dry the cloths.  Towels were damp most of the time, helps the mildew grow faster too.  Finally we got two days in a row with mostly sun and the laundry got caught up!  After the first load the washing machine wouldn't come on.  We both tried several things, but nothing.  So we went upstairs and prayed about it as we really needed to get some laundry washed and dried.  We didn't have time to do it by hand that day either.  I went back down and tried the machine one more time, and yes, it worked and has been working ever since.  God is faithful.

The heavy and prolonged rains have done their damage here too.  One of our churches was washed away, homes have been destroyed, big bridges have been washed out closing roads for who knows how long, road to town was nearly impassable. Just across the border, about 50 air miles from us, the town where Adventist Aviation operates, 50+ were killed and many still missing. Lots of homes destroyed and thousands still standing in  water.  The airbase lost 8 homes, one employee died, vehicles lost, school and training center were washed a way along with a hanger.  Several million dollars of damage and insurance company isn't paying.

We hear there is flooding going on in other parts of the world too.  Destruction is following destruction every where.  The Bible says that is how it will be in the last days.

All the rain here has made it hard for peoples gardens to produce, yard long beans, (main veggie staple for us) and cucumbers are very hard to find now. Diet is becoming more limited. Stores don't stock much fresh stuff it any and canned veggies, don't really exist here.  But just this week a lady had come asking for a bible and we gave her one.  A couple of days later she sent us a bag with, green beans, corn, squash and snake bean.  God is still providing for us!  We hadn't expected anything in return. Yesterday a friend handed me a large cucumber, first we have had in a few weeks.

We have had a few days of sun now and everyone is burning grass and anything that will burn, it is something they just do here. Lots of dust too, doesn't take long to go from mud to dust on the roads, low areas are still muddy.

Lots of ministry work this last month, not much medical but it always seems to come in spurts, so we will see. Malaria is on the increase due to all the rain.

Thank you so much for all your prayers on our behalf.  We need Gods help everyday as we know you do to.  We probably depend on it more as resources here are so limited.  God is faithful if we will just trust, ask and follow Him.

Thank you for those of you who have supported this project, without you we would be very limited.  May God bless you in a very special way.

Gary and Toni

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Gary Lewis

newsletter April 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Just a Dog....






Just a Dog....
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    The roads are hard to navigate here—winding and mountainous with ruts, holes, huge rocks slippery mud, and big bumps.  Then there are the logging trucks, dump trucks, fuel trucks, PMV's (people mover vehicles), people, goats, chickens, and dogs to pass and go around.  It's miserable driving to town over one and a half hours away (if it's dry and not muddy)!  

Not long ago, Gary was taking a car full of church leaders to the district worker's meeting.They were over half-way to town, when they encountered a man and his two dogs in the road.  He slowed down and honked his horn, and the man and one dog went one way and the other dog went the other way.  Unfortunately, the lone dog turned back under the car, and Gary couldn't see it and hit it.  It was injured some, but not dead.  The man and his wife and boys all started yelling at Gary and telling him he had to pay 5000 Kina (approx. $1500 US) for the dog!  We had already been told not long after we had arrived here in PNG, that if you hit and kill a dog in the bush, you need to pay about 150 Kina (approx. $45 US) for it.  All the church men in the car were insisting that he needed to pay 500 Kina (approx. $150 US) for it.  Well, Gary didn't have that kind of money on him, so they agreed to meet in Bewani the next day.  

 


 

The next day, the lady came and she met with Gary and the police and a couple of our friends who had been in the car witnessing the whole thing.  She insisted that he had to pay 1000 Kina (approx. $300 US) or 500 Kina plus a puppy to replace the injured (not dead) one.  Well we didn't have any puppies, but felt even 500 Kina was too much to pay.  However, one of our friends said he had a puppy that he would give to them along with the 500 Kina that Gary paid.  That seemed to satisfy her.  We went to her house later in the week and took the puppy to her and she was very happy.

    This story reminded me of Jesus.  We have sinned and done many bad things—injuring people in the process.  We can apologize and try to make it up to them, but we can't make our hearts perfect, good and sinless—only Jesus can!  The man who gave his puppy to the lady satisfied the broken puppy—like Jesus died to save us from our sins and make our hearts clean and good again.  Praise God for sending Jesus to die for our sins!

    Thank you for your continued prayers and help with our project here in PNG,

 

Gary & Toni Lewis

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Beautiful moth here

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Gary Lewis