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.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Just a Dog....






Just a Dog....
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Dear << Test First Name >>,
 

    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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Wings of Hope PNG · PO Box 203 · Vanimo 551, West Sepik Province 551 · Papua New Guinea

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