Lusaka (ZM)

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Fleet change options

The Flying Mission Zambia fleet of aircraft dates from the late 1970's to early 1980's. We feel the aging of our planes in the increased maintenance needed on them. In the last couple of years, we have been looking for solutions to replace this fleet. Andy Kradolpher, Operations Manager, was in Austria in February of this year to test fly a new design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Multi-tasking for the greater good

 

Recently, Andy Kradolpher’s helicopter maintenance experience came in handy when, on a normal Flying Mission Zambia passenger flight, the pilot/mechanic was able to help fix a former FMZ Board member’s helicopter.

Cinema opens again in Makeni

Mishek, one of the young men discipled by Flying Mission Zambia missionaries, continues to report on his projectionist activities, telling of further decisons for Jesus from the children who came to see the second part of the Gospel story. The sacrifice of Jesus melted the hearts of some of those watching the film, along with hearing God speaking in their own language.

Meeting needs in rural Zambia

Elissa and Darren Tompkins have served as Medical missionaries at Mukinge Hospital in NW Zambia for 8 years. Darren is the Medical Director. Elissa home schools their 5 children.

Elissa and the children stayed at the Flying Mission Zambia Guest House in Lusaka for some days recently, in order to do shopping and other chores. (Darren had to stay at Mukinge to provide medical cover at the Hospital). Elissa brought their 4X4 in for repairs and she was able to borrow an FMZ car.

The indefatigable love of God

There is a young man in Makeni whose heart burns for Jesus and his community. His name is Mishek.

Ever since Flying Mission Zambia began to operate its base outside of Lusaka, there has been a bond with the local community. It has manifested in different forms -Women's Handwork and Bible group [Tiyanjane], Lads' soccer, children's Sunday meeting [Rainbowz], Girls' Day Out project, Lads Bible Study, as well as other intermittent events. You can read about their evolution since 2004 on the website here.

A bit of member care

And after the fire came a gentle whisper

How often are you reflecting on your everyday life? Do you take time in the evenings to calm down? To calm your thoughts and reflect on what happened today or what the next day might bring? I don't mean to worry about things, but to reflect on them in a Godly way, a meaningful and helpful way.

Nina's done it again

 

Our creative Nina has been at work in the hangar. She explains: 

I had the privilege of thinking about some creative ways to express the work we are doing here in Zambia and how we contribute to seeing Zambia being transformed. 

Can you sense the joy of serving?

Flying Mission Zambia is in that country to serve. Nina, our vibrant Guesthouse Manager, shared this turnaround tale with us.

'We recently experienced God once again making something good out of something bad. There was a severe Cholera outbreak in Lusaka: lots of people got sick and some even died. But even in tragedy, God loves to surprise us with good. He has different ways to spoil us with material things, weather, food, but in this case He surprised us with good people.

Combating poaching in the wilderness of Zambia

Flying Mission Pilot, Timo Kehr, had an exhilarating experience recently. He describes it like this:

God doesn't only care for his beloved human beings. He is also interested in the animals he created. I had the chance recently to meet people who are fighting the poaching of elephants, rhinos and other wild animals in Zambia. Their goal is to protect the animals by working together with the Wildlife Police and the local village to recreate and maintain space for the animals. (The elephants and rhinos are wanted for their tusks and horns; antelopes are poached for meat.)

Help at hand

The setting is Solwezi, a city in the north-west of Zambia, at 10am on an ordinary weekday. Solwezi is the capital of North-Western Province. The town has approximately 65,000 inhabitants. Most of the people living there are somehow connected to the copper mines. A mine worker is checking the fire extinguisher. What he doesn`t know is that the overpressure gauge is out of order and, sure enough, the whole things explodes, injuring his hand. This hand he needs in order to work, to get paid and to sustain his family. First aid is done by the local paramedics.

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