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, July 15, 2019

Fwd: Time For A Change...

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Dear Toni,

The time has come…..

In life we learn that things always change.  In 2011, I made my first trip to PNG to answer a call for help.  It was obvious then that this would be the biggest challenge we had faced so far—starting a program and airbase from the ground up. God promised to be with us and to guide us.  It was up to us to answer God's call to GO or pass on the opportunity to serve here.  We accepted His call, and it took two years to get the plane ready and then wait for our visa.  We arrived here in Vanimo in 2013 with two suitcases each. 

God has provided for ALL of our needs, including, getting the airplane here,  a house to live in, a vehicle and so much more!  His promise in Philippians 4:19 is true!

After our plane went back to the US last October, we felt that our time here was nearing an end. We started preparing for that, but God didn't open up the door.  Then last week, things started to happen in fast succession. First, we were notified there would be a container here this week, to load our tractor and equipment (that we can't sell) in, and send them home. Then, we learned that my mom's health has taken a serious turn for the worse. Thursday evening, our guy who has worked for us since we arrived, and has lived in the hanger since it was built to provide security, told us he wants to be baptized this Sabbath! We have been praying for him to make this decision for many years. He said he didn't want Jesus to ask us when we get to heaven, "Where is Jimmy".  He said, "I want to be there with you".  

So we are trying to finish up selling, giving away, packing, etc, trying to get ready to depart PNG. We hope to be able to leave early in Aug.  We need to visit our parents right away. Then we want to just go around and visit with as many of you as we can and rest up a bit.  We are worn out and tired.  We have had no real vacation or down time since we arrived here.

We have a couple of mechanics who have agreed to put our plane back together, work on the corrosion problem and install the new engine. Then we will see what God has in mind for it. It will cost plenty to get it ready to fly again.  Our plane being here was not in vain, though.  Even though we were only able to fly the plane a short while, by flying medical supplies out to the bush, we were able to connect with churches in Aminab and Mamamura who had had no missionary or church support for twenty-five years.  One of the churches in Vanimo has made them their mission project now and just a couple of weeks ago there were fourteen baptized there!  

We want thank you for your prayers and support during the years we have worked here and in South America. Our lay workers will be taken care of by an organization in Australia. Praise the Lord!  We pray that God has blessed you as He has blessed us.  If you would still like to help with getting the plane finished or our tickets home, I think MPI will keep our account open for awhile yet.  We will see what God has in store for us next!


Blessings, Gary & Toni Lewis

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