Lusaka (ZM)

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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.

Another way of reaching the community

 

'One way we’ve already been able to use the new BIG house we just moved into was to host a huge yard sale in our driveway', writes Michele Royce of Flying Mission Zambia. 'It was raining in the morning so most of the sale was moved into the garage, front porch and under a tree. What we were selling was odds and ends, things that previous missionaries weren’t able to sell or move on before leaving the country. Over the years stuff has just accumulated here at FMZ.

From Secret Service to 'Senior Service' in Africa

'Jim (name changed) sat next to me for over three hours on our flight way into North Eastern Zambia,' mission pilot and MD for Flying Mission Zambia, Bryan Wilson, told us recently. 'It was his first trip to Zambia for the purpose of teaching a large pastors conference held twice yearly. Jim told me about his 21 years working for the White House, travelling to over 50 countries, serving his country by doing secret service stuff….. using all the best equipment in the world to protect the President's travels. 

The Big 'Day Out'

We all like a change, don't we? And around the Flying Mission base outside of Lusaka, Zambia, there's not too much opportunity for that for the teens who live there. So our new Community Outreach couple, Michael and Severina Ndhlovu, decided to make it happen for the girls anyway. Here's what's happening at Chilongolo on a monthly basis nowadays.. The Big Day Out!Girls' Day Out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Town Day in Lusaka from another angle

'I welcomed the darkened car windows, so that I could stare to my heart's content at the passing world of downtown Lusaka, without being stared at in return.'Lusaka traffic

This past week, Heather and her husband Phil (both from Ireland and working with Wycliffe Bible Translators at Mongu in Western Province) joined Gabriele, Flying Mission "administrator extraordinaire", on her weekly trek to town so they could stop at Immigration Headquarters to update some information in their employment visa. Here is Phil's fresh perspective on the trip. We hope you enjoy it!

Preparing the next generation of mission pilots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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