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, May 21, 2019

A Visit to the Doctor!

A Visit to the Doctor!
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A Visit to the Doctor!


Last week I took a business trip to Lae for 4 days.  While I was there, I was invited to stay with our doctor friend, Andrew Bareng.  We met him soon after we arrived in PNG. He came to Vanimo to give some health talks and treat some of his patients.  He stayed with us and so we became acquainted, and Toni being a nurse, had much to talk with him about. He is naturopathic doctor and specializes in herbal medicines and  infertility.  His clinic is called, "God's Farmacy".


I have stayed with him a couple of times in the past when I had to go there for business.  This time, I was able to go with him and see his clinic.  His wife and sons help run the clinic.  It is their own private practice. Patients come from all over the country to see him and get treatment, mostly by word of mouth.  He travels some and gives health clinics, health talks, and treats patients wherever he goes. Lifestyle changes to promote a healthy body is what he teaches.

When we arrived at the clinic in the morning—a little, hole-in-the-wall office—we all prayed together for the patients that would come that day. Then I noticed he prayed with each patient as they came, as well.  At the end of the day, we all gathered again to pray for the patients that had come for help and treatment. The clinic is very small. His office where he sees the patients is about 6 x 10 feet, and the accounting office and storage room are about the same size.  There is no bed or exam table or waiting room. The patients just wait in the hall.  One of the patients that came while I was there, had been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer and another doctor had recommended immediate mastectomy. She said she wasn't ready to do that, and wanted to visit Dr Bareng first.  He put her on a natural treatment plan, and the day I was there, she came in for a check up. He checked her and could find no trace of  the tumor!  God's natural remedies and prayer are a very powerful combination!


Dr Bareng is a man of God and God is using him in a powerful way to be a healer and witness for Him.  We had many great discussions about our ministries and how we see God using us to help others.  In his office beside his desk, is a large flannel picture of an angel, that all patients see when they come for a consult.  His sign on the entrance to his office and on his car says "God's Farmacy".  He is very active in the church and does many health lectures throughout the country.  Sometimes he receives payment in the form of food, since many people don't have cash.  There is no insurance here, either. He works by faith and God provides for his needs.  His car is old like ours, but God keeps it running.  Many patients come to his house or call him after hours.  He turns no one away.



What a wonderful medical missionary my friend Dr Andrew Bareng is!  If only there were many more like him—choosing to make sharing Jesus more important than making money!

When I left to return home, his wife took me to the market where she bought lots of fresh veggies and fruits that we can't get here in our part of PNG.  Not only did she pay for them, but she went to the airport with me and paid over $100 (USD) in excess baggage for me to take them home on the plane. (The excess baggage fee is $10/ kg.) We have really enjoyed our treats this week!  God keeps providing in so many ways.  I plan to go back soon with Toni to wire his house for electricity to use with a generator that he runs a couple hours each night.  Now he just has extension cords going everywhere and it is not safe. Toni will teach his wife, Leanne how to make gluten, cook beans and use tofu to help them towards a vegetarian diet.  It will be a little mission trip for us.

Thank you so much for your continued prayers and support.  They are so important to us and the project here.  May you be blessed too.


Gary and Toni Lewis

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