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The man with the key has gone!

 

CMS in Flight

There are some sayings that are heard all over Africa, such as TIA (This is Africa) and 'the man with the key has gone' and Flying Mission pilot Jonathan Weaver got to experience both of those recently.

'I was doing an international flight for some of the Baptist Missionaries. I was excited about this flight because I had never been to Mozambique, but I was also a bit apprehensive because, with international flying in Africa, you never know what to expect.

A Short-Termer Reflects: Aviation, Training and Care Ministries

Helen Scarlett in organising the new AMETS LibraryHelen Scarlett, a short-term missionary from New Zealand, came to serve with Flying Mission for 3 months from the start of May 2014. We have been greatly blessed by her servant heart, energy, skills and gifting. Here is what she had to say about her time with us …

“My 3 months with Flying Mission in Botswana has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience as I have made new friends and seen a good cross section of the work that the mission does.

I saw an advert, on the Serving in Mission (SIM) website, for a short term administrative assistant role with Flying Mission. I felt it was a role I could be useful in, and SIM facilitated my coming to Gaborone. Flying Mission’s motto, ‘We serve by facilitating the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through aviation, training and care ministries’, has reminded me of the three persons of the Godhead; I got to see all 3 in action.

Combating Cold at Rerotlhe Day Care

Children at Rerotlhe Day Care with Donated Items

On 27th June 2014, a team from Flying Mission Care Ministries travelled to the remote settlement of Seherelela (130km from Gaborone) to donate winter clothing to children who attend the Rerotlhe Day Care Centre.

Visitors - we love 'em!

Whole team from Texas

Flying Mission missionaries know the importance of keeping their supporters 'up to speed' with events, so they try to write bi-monthly reports. Sometimes their friends are so inspired by what they read that they come out and get their hands dirty alongside those they support. This happened to the Kradolfers recently. They wrote about it this month:

"Just recently we had a short term team from Longview Texas visit Chilongolo. The team was from Fellowship Bible Church, our home church from our LeTourneau University time. They came as a team of 11 to support us here at Flying Mission with their gifts, passions, and talents."

Timo and Nina join the team

Jonathan with Timo and Nina

It was when they were attending the graduation of pilot Jonathan Weaver from the JAARS flight training programme, that John and Faith Solt first met Timo and Nina. Timo was undergoing Technical Evaluation.* 

They would meet them again when the couple came to Zambia for three weeks to find out what serving with Flying Mission Zambia (FMZ) would be like.  ‘They earned a very special place in our hearts as they asked many questions and participated in various ministries. We knew they would fit in well with the team' reports pilot John (now retired from FMZ).  

Me? A Missionary?


Sonia Sutton; Short-Term Missionary with Flying Mission

Then Jesus came to them and said,“ … go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you …” Matthew 28:18-20.

It is Jesus’ command to all believers that they should take the Gospel, through word and deed, to the whole world. At Flying Mission we are blessed to have an international team serving with us in fulfillment of this command. Part of this team is Sonia Sutton, a teacher from New Zealand, who is doing a short–term placement with us. We asked her a few questions about what brought her to Botswana and Flying Mission. Here’s what she had to say:

 

I know what you need!

CASAS church in Tucson, Arizona, USA, has generously supported Flying Mission Zambia in various ways over a number of years so it was not altogether surprising to hear from them last year with another proposition. They were upgrading their Christian School laptops, and offering the obsolete models to Zambia. Although initially we had no obvious need for them, we gratefully accepted them. They were to come out in a container which was due to arrive in June. It finally came in August. In September, just a matter of days later, FMZ was informed of a burglary in Macha – laptops were taken from New Day Orphanage! The rest is history!

Jonathan's northern adventure- playing the waiting game

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a week long flight,travelling with two men from an NGO (non-government organisation) around the Luapula Province in Zambia. It turned out to be a bit more than I had bargained for!

We set off early Monday morning and flew to the first location, Mansa, which has a very nice tarmac runway. The meetings went well, and we were then transported by road to the next town, Samfya. Samfya is on the shores of Lake Bangweulu, a large freshwater lake which is quite beautiful, and not far from the spot where David Livingstone died. 

Fundraising Help for Faith Based Organisations

Mr Michael Myerstein leads fundraising workshop for FBOsThere are many 'Faith Based Organisations' (FBOs) in Botswana that do a great variety of valuable and important work. Most are reliant on large international donors and occasional government offers to fund proposals. The challenge of finding funding to sustain the various ministries has always been a difficult one and it is one that seems to be getting harder. The global economic crises has certainly impacted the funds large donor bodies are able to give, and the causes and interests of donors are becoming narrower. If FBOs are to thrive in Botswana they need to think beyond their traditional donor base, to consider other potential donors and to be empowered and equipped to tap into them.

It was therefore very exciting for Flying Mission Care Ministries, along with Hope Worldwide and Pastor Andrew Mudereri (St Peters Day Care), to be involved in hosting and facilitating a fundraising Workshop for FBOs.

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