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‘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.

More ZAWA experiences

Jonathan with ZAWA personnelFor several years now, Zambia Wildlife Authority has asked Flying Mission Zambia to assist them with their aerial survey of the National Parks. 'New boy' Pilot Jonathan Weaver experienced it for the first time this past autumn:

At Flying Mission Zambia we have had a busy couple of months.  In addition to the normal flying, we have been able to help the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) with an aerial survey of the large mammals in their national parks.  Flying Mission and a couple of other companies here in Zambia were selected to help with this important job.  The aerial survey helps ZAWA track how healthy different mammal species are and if the populations are increasing or declining.  

Helping children in rural Zambia

Meet Karolyn and Martin Simbeye. They want to provide ‘world class opportunities to the under-privileged in Kapiri and the surrounding areas'. Brought up in Zambia himself, Martin has returned with his wife and young children. Their intention? To build a school in a rural area in order to fulfil their vision.

Flying Mission Zambia knows well that ‘we do it better together' so when this couple requested the use of our Hydraform Block Machine, to build classrooms, toilet facilities etc., we were glad to be able to offer it. Training for the workers was required and we were even able to assist in that capacity too. 

'Early Childhood Development' Teacher Training - Graduates of 2013

ECD Student receiving certificate from John Lubbe (CEO; Flying Mission)On 1st of November, honoured guests (including representatives from the University of Botswana, the Botswana Training Authority and Tlokweng Teachers Training College), excited students, their friends and family and members of the Flying Mission family gathered at Open Baptist Church - Blue Tree in Gaborone to celebrate the achievements of the Flying Mission Care Ministries Early Childhood Development (ECD) teacher training graduating class of 2013. 

This training programme, which provides Early Childhood Development (ECD) training (Certificate - Level 3) to pre-school teachers in Botswana using the 'Little Seeds' curriculum, was registered and accredited in February 2011 by BOTA (Botswana Training Authority).  Its clients include pre-school teachers from non-profit day care centres (most serving a high proportion of orphans and vulnerable children) and commercial day care centres (which helps to keep costs down for the non-profit day care centres).

Sunday School Teachers Preparing the Children of Today for Tomorrow

Composite of different etaching methods used during the 'Today For Tomorow' Training and the team of trainers (Bottom Right)On the 12th- 13th October, 5 trainers met with 21 Sunday school teachers at Believers Destiny Academy in Gabane. The teachers had been sent by their churches to receive training on how to present bible teaching, how to disciple and how to impart life skills information (about good health and HIV and AIDS for instance) to children aged 14 years and under using the Today For Tomorrow curriculum.

‘Air Maintenance Engineering Training School’ Graduating Class of 2013

AMETS Graduating Class of 2013On the 25th of October 2013, honoured guests, excited students, friends and members of the Flying Mission family gathered to celebrate the achievements of 11 students who were graduating from Flying Mission Services’ Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Training School (AMETS).

Planting Seeds for the Future

School children in Zimbabwe receiving 'Today for Tomorrow' teachingTagwa Chauke, a ‘Life Skills’ trainer with Flying Mission Care Ministries, recently attended training in Mutare (Zimbabwe), to equip her to train people to run the ‘Today for Tomorrow’ course. This course, produced by SIM (Serving In Mission), is aimed at children aged under 14 years and teaches them about discipleship, good health and the issue of HIV and AIDS.  It extends beyond direct teaching to children as it includes care givers in the training, and provides one-on-one follow-up and individual and family counselling where required.

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