Botswana, Aviation (BW), AME School (BW), HIV/AIDS (BW), In Community (BW), Mission Family (BW)

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. 

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

Bibles Behind Bars

Patient At ARV Clinic Holding His New BibleFlying Mission Team Outside Nykoyaphiri Clinic

Christian discipleship is a core part of the vision of Flying Mission Care Ministries. To this end we are involved in Bible distribution activities throughout the year at prisons, HIV and AIDS treatment clinics, and amongst children's ministry projects and Sunday Schools.

Planting Seeds for the Future

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. ISAIAH 55:10-11

Pastor Chris MaphosaPastor Chris Maphosa is a man of God who is passionate about serving the world’s forgotten children of Southern Africa

A Short-Termer Reflects: Aviation, Training and Care Ministries

Helen Scarlett in organising the new AMETS LibraryHelen Scarlett, a short-term missionary from New Zealand, came to serve with Flying Mission for 3 months from the start of May 2014. We have been greatly blessed by her servant heart, energy, skills and gifting. Here is what she had to say about her time with us …

“My 3 months with Flying Mission in Botswana has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience as I have made new friends and seen a good cross section of the work that the mission does.

I saw an advert, on the Serving in Mission (SIM) website, for a short term administrative assistant role with Flying Mission. I felt it was a role I could be useful in, and SIM facilitated my coming to Gaborone. Flying Mission’s motto, ‘We serve by facilitating the spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through aviation, training and care ministries’, has reminded me of the three persons of the Godhead; I got to see all 3 in action.

Combating Cold at Rerotlhe Day Care

Children at Rerotlhe Day Care with Donated Items

On 27th June 2014, a team from Flying Mission Care Ministries travelled to the remote settlement of Seherelela (130km from Gaborone) to donate winter clothing to children who attend the Rerotlhe Day Care Centre.

Me? A Missionary?


Sonia Sutton; Short-Term Missionary with Flying Mission

Then Jesus came to them and said,“ … go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you …” Matthew 28:18-20.

It is Jesus’ command to all believers that they should take the Gospel, through word and deed, to the whole world. At Flying Mission we are blessed to have an international team serving with us in fulfillment of this command. Part of this team is Sonia Sutton, a teacher from New Zealand, who is doing a short–term placement with us. We asked her a few questions about what brought her to Botswana and Flying Mission. Here’s what she had to say:

 

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

‘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’).

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).

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