Six new 'recruits'?

boys in planeUsually Flying Mission Zambia flies in support of other mission agencies. Sometimes, though, FMZ personnel will commission a plane for the purpose of expressing God to local people.  This happened recently when pilot John Solt rewarded some of the soccer team with a whole new experience! John's wife, Faith, told us:

'The sun was low in the sky as the six boys eagerly climbed into the airplane to experience the first flight of their lives.

Our times in God's hands

BryanIt was back in 2003 that Flying Mission pilot Bryan Wilson took his long-suffering wife, Diane, and their 6-month-old son Toby, on a 6 month vision trip of Southern Africa by road! His goal was to try to get a feel for the aviation needs of the region. From that trip, Flying Mission Zambia was born. Back then there was just a grassy farm strip at Chilongolo with a few substandard buildings. But God had big plans for it. Now, six years down the line, we invite you to take a 'bird's eye view' of the progress at the base.

Retail Therapy in Zambia

local shops 3The question was quite a simple one: do you have a gas blow lamp? No.  No.  No.  15 times, no. Then the breakthrough: Roger Green (Projects, Flying Mission Zambia) spotted what he wanted on a dusty top shelf - in the TV Hire shop!!! Elation! Now, finally, he can get on with his plumbing at Chilongolo. He brought 'said item' home, rejoicing at his success. But his delight soon fizzled out

No-one is too small for God

Benny with mum and baby sisterOnce upon a time there was a little boy called Benny. He lived with his mother, father and siblings in a small 2-roomed house near to Flying Mission Zambia base at Chilongolo, Makeni Konga. Although his mother was severely disabled, she looked after the children well and they were known to be a very well-behaved and pleasant family.

One day Benny got sick.

Chilongolo Taking Shape

blockworkIt's all happening here at Chilongolo! Men - and women - are dismantling, extending and re-assembling steel hangar frames. They are brick-laying and plastering with Hydraform blocks. Electrics are going in and stairways are being constructed. Little by little new workshops, maintenance bays, offices, storage bays, parts storage and hangar facilities are coming closer to being operational at Flying Mission Zambia base near to Lusaka.

 

 

Textbooks break the record! says Ronda

Ronda Krause, Director of Macha Innovative Christian School, MICS, which serves the Macha community in the bush, sent us this report recently. Flying Mission Zambia is proud to be able to help in situations like this.

Pilot John  unloads cargoLast week I was talking to God about the fact that we needed more textbooks. You see, the ones we have been using for the last five years were already secondhand when we got them. A school in Botswana was so kind when they gave us their used books to get us started. The other day I noticed the condition of the books as I was getting some reading books for the fifth grade class. Yikes! Most of them were falling apart!!

Lusaka under water

floods in LusakaThis rainy season has been particularly severe in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, where the Flying Mission Zambia base is located. Getting to and from Chilongolo, 15 kms from the centre, has been a logistics exercise in itself. When the Flying Mission Board visited recently, the road was so damaged and blocked by broken-down vehicles that a flight had to be generated to get personnel back into town! We'll let the pictures show you the conditions.

'We felt like spoilt Americans'

John and Faith Solt in USAJohn and Faith Solt recently joined the Flying Mission Zambia team from the USA. Part of their orientation programme was to live with a family in the bush for 10 days. Here are some of their comments on that experience.

We felt like spoilt Americans. After the first full day in the village (second night) we laid awake in bed in the thatched roof hut wondering if we would survive ten days.  We told God, "We're not strong enough. We need your help."

Busy-ness as usual at Rainbowz

Flying Mission Zambia Manager, Bryan Wilson, calls it 'Mad Hour' and oh boy! on Sunday the Rainbowz meeting place was full, full, full! Perhaps 160 children crowded into the Flying Mission Zambia rondaval (an old satellite dish thatched to give us protection from the sun's rays) where we do Children’s Bible Club each week. Rainy season in Zambia is between November and March and so a few times we have had to cancel the meetings but this week the sun shone and the children turned out in style!

Rondaval

Cooking up a storm in Africa

Sally cooks nshimaLast week there was a role switch at Tiyanjane, the woman's group that started two years ago in the neighborhood of Flying Mission Zambia's base. Some of the village ladies taught the Wazungu (white) ladies, and each other, how to cook some of their traditional Zambian dishes. It was a lot of fun. The missionaries found it quite hard work stirring the pot of nshima (the stiff maize meal porridge which is their staple food) but then we had the pleasure of eating it all!

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