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.

Children's Ministry Training Workshop

On 29th January Flying Mission Care Ministries was privileged to facilitate a 1 day workshop for children’s ministry workers in Gaborone. The workshop was presented by Mrs Kimberley Stahlke, who volunteered her time to run the event during a 2 week visit from her home in Canada. Kimberley has many years of experience as a Children’s worker and Sunday School director.Composite image of Children's Ministry Workshop

Transformed community

A transformed community? Flying Mission Zambia Pilot, David Lott, heard about it whilst flying a medical team to Lusaka following their mission to Samfya, Zambia. He was just doing his job when he got to hear this story, and found he actually had a part in it!

Vinjeru School is open!

Flying Mission Zambia was ready to 'skip for joy' with the children of Vinjeru School when they heard the good news that the school is open! 

FMZ has shared its Hydraform Block Machine with the school on 2 occasions to help them to make progress on their buildings. (Read about that in the item, Helping Children in rural Zambia, on this news site.) It is the purpose of FMZ to enable other missions to fulfil their God-given roles, so we feel it appropriate to share with our supporters what Martin and Karolyn told their supporters recently:


‘Sedibeng Sa Lorato’ (‘Well of Love’)

Mma Mogapi with children at the Gabane Children's Project ('Sedibeng Sa Lorato')On Friday afternoons, in a yard in Gabane (just outside Gaborone, Botswana) you will hear the laughter and singing of some 60 to 70 children aged 3 to 14 years. They come voluntarily each week to have fun, receive good teaching on skills for life and from the bible, and refreshments.  These children are all from the local community and from a variety of backgrounds and situations; many are orphans (have lost one or both parents) or vulnerable children (defined as, ‘living in an abusive environment, a poverty stricken family unable to access basic services, a child headed household with sick parents, are outside family care, or a child who is HIV positive’).

'On the town' in Lusaka

By day, Michael Sampson is the Projects Co-ordinator for Flying Mission Zambia, managing building projects, water, electrics, fencing etc. But at night he has another agenda running. He sent us this report of what an ‘evening on the town’ in Lusaka means to him and some of his church friends.

‘Finding a safe, well lit place to meet in the late evening in Lusaka is not easy. After the leaders meet & pray, we gather in the car park of ‘Mellissa’s Supermarket’ around 8:30pm. By the time 30 to 40 boys gather, along with some passers-by and curious onlookers, we create quite a group.

Bible Distributions at ARV Clinics

Bible distributions at ARV clinics photo montage 1“What you have given us is even more important than the food we eat ... We shall eat of it day and night.” These were the words of one patient at an ARV clinic (providing specialist medical treatment for people with HIV/ AIDS) in Gaborone in response to receiving a Bible. “The Bible is a very precious gift ... we are going to use it. We don’t have a Bible in the house,” said another. Such comments were common amongst the 250 patients who were given Bibles across 6 clinics in Gaborone (Phase 2 Clinic, Naledi Clinic, Bontleng Clinic, Broadhurst 3 Clinic, Broadhurst Traditional  Clinic and Nkoyaphiri Clinic).

Plane facilitates change for the better

Clinic day

Mission partner, Mukinge Hospital, is just one of many mission and development organisations to receive regular aviation support from Flying Mission Zambia. Every month, FMZ flies medical personnel from the organisation FlySpec to the hospital to assist the staff to give the best possible care to their rural patients.

Michelle Proctor recently reported:

The orthopaedic team made their monthly visit from Lusaka and as usual it was a busy two days seeing all the patients on the wards and in clinic and then operating on those who need surgery.

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