Lusaka (ZM)

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Just as Flying Mission is celebrating 10 years in Zambia (read Rick and Tracey Rempel's report in Flying in Zambia - 10 years on)  Rick and Tracey have announced a major change in their personal situation: a move back to Canada.

Here is how they describe it:

Another time, another team

 

country of Zambia

For the first time in their young lives they are travelling to the vast southern African region.

Their destination is Zambezi, a small town in the west of Zambia - very different from Spokane, their home town in the state of Washington, USA.

A VIPOP - what's that?

A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF PAPER - that's what a VIPOP is. And here it is: the Air Operator Certificate, presented to Flying Mission Zambia by the ZCAA, the regulating body for aviation here in Zambia.Receiving the document

 

It has taken 2 and a half years to acquire this certificate and is the 'passport' to more ministry in Southern Africa for Flying Mission Zambia. National changes required Flying Mission to register as a commercial organisation and qualify for the new status. Much paperwork and re-structuring took place at Chilongolo to make it happen.

Exponential growth at Flying Mission Zambia

 

 

 

So, what's taking place at Chilongolo, home of Flying Mission Zambia, these days? It's 'all hands on deck' to complete the hangar project! Every kind of skill is being employed by the team in order to finish this part of the infrastructure and integrate the administration department into the building. Come and see how it is coming along - or, better still, come out and help us!

 

 

Is that a pilot up there with a drill? It could be. This team is versatile.

 

 

Let's Celebrate!

In November Flying Mission Zambia threw a great party to celebrate 10 years of flying in Southern Africa. 500 people turned up to join in, reflecting the varioius stages of growth of FMZ, and they said that it was a lot of fun.

 

The founder of Flying Mission in Botswana, Malcolm McArthur, was there from UK to help the party along, together with choirs from the community groups and a church choir.

Dreams coming true at The Falconer Children's Home in rural Zambia

Stansfield family plus one other

Flying Mission Zambia recently helped a UK family to make its dreams come true... and probably those of some needy children in Zambia.

The Stansfield family (Duncan, Susan, Nicholas and Megan) expressed appreciation for the organisation and have kindly shared their story with us here: 

Flying in Zambia - 10 years on

On the anniversary of 10 years of flying in Zambia with Flying Mission, Rick and Tracey Rempel review the growth of this work. (Rick was the second pilot to come up from Botswana to start the work of FM in another country of Southern Africa; Tracey was working with SIM when they met and married in Zambia.)

Picking up the paperwork

Michelle Royce wrote this report of Zambian procedures recently as they prepare to work with Flying Mission in that country :

'Jeff and I have been told to "budget two days at least" to get our drivers licenses in Zambia.  Brighton, Gabriele’s husband who grew up in Lusaka, needed to renew his licence so we were all going to go together.

Through the eyes of a child

Tabea KradolferThis piece has been submitted by Tabea, the oldest of the 3 children in the Kradolpher household. This Swiss family came to Zambia to be with Flying Mission from Afghanistan .
This is how Tabea saw it a year or two ago:

I did not know Zambia existed

Until it became my home.

But when I did, I thought it would be a desert

Where animals roam.

And oh, I was proved wrong.

While people thought all Africans are starving and sad,

The inside story

'Let’s talk business' say Timo and Nina, as they explain their parts in connecting people in Zambia. 

Timo: Gonzaga University, USA, once a year offers a study trip into rural Zambia to the town of Zambezi and its surrounding area. The students spend three weeks in the bush, learning about the culture, the country and its people and teaching a variety of different classes from which the Zambians may profit. May was the month this year.

 

How is FMZ involved? Flying Mission Zambia is the bridge between Lusaka and Zambezi.

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