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Zambia local community

Say it with flowers

As told by Paul Collier, Flying Mission Guesthouse:

I had just done something that I had not done for several years: I had bought my wife a bunch of roses to celebrate her birthday.Colliers at their house We were in the car on our way home when my mobile phone rang. Pauline answered the call but could not make out what was being said. I did not do much better but recognised it was Leonard, the Zambian foreman at the Flying Mission Zambia base where we live and work; with all the background noise all I could make out from what he said was, “…outside your front door.” We were still 10 miles from the base and it was just beginning to rain where we were but, looking in the direction of home, the sky looked very dark. We decided that there must be heavy rain at the base and maybe the water was coming in the front door of our home or, more likely, the front door of the guest house.

Say it with shoes

SITUATION VACANT:

Missionary to work as a shoe shop assistant:shoes for the community

  • Must be able to lift heavy boxes
  • spend hours inside a hot and smelly 40 foot long container
  • bring a smile to the faces of satisfied customers
  • be willing to be accused of dealing unfairly after trying your utmost to be fair

Helping out in Macha

Flying Mission Zambia people seem to be retracing their steps just now. Following Diane Wilson’s trip back to Mukinge where she nursed (read it in……Mukinge Hospital re-visited), pilot Rick Rempel took his family back to Macha recently. The rural village was Rick and Tracey's first home after their marriage. Rick was going to help MICS (Macha Innovative Christian School) to erect a water tower. He was helping to lay the footings. MICS is a day / boarding school which helps under-privileged children.

How to build a Recreation Centre - Zambia-style

Want to know what building Zambia-style looks like? Check out this pictorial account of the building of the new Recreation Centre for the people at Makeni Konga, Flying Mission Zambia's local community.

Party time again at the Recreation Centre!

cookingThe Tiyanjane Ladies really enjoy the new Recreation Centre so they decided to organise a celebration to thank all the men who helped build it for them.

The planning began and then on the day each lady brought something to cook for the men.

At 15:30 the men arrived and the ladies began by singing three songs.

Gertrude, wife of Flying Mission Foreman Leonard Kashweka, gave a speech explaining what 'Tiyanjane Ladies' is all about and thanking each man for his part in building the Centre.

Going to another level

another level!Flying Mission Zambia pilot Andy Kradolfer has declared that he wants to take the young guys who play football at the airfield to 'another level' in soccer skills, life skills and most importantly, their faith in Jesus. So, to get the ball rolling, he organised a party!  

The boys, all aged between 12 and 21 years, came exuberantly to the building to see what was awaiting them. They were to celebrate the provision of the new Recreation Centre.

New facilities: new opportunities

There’s no one, there’s no one like Jesus”, sang the children when they arrived for their first meeting at the new Recreation Centre at Chilongolo. This facility has been provided  by Flying Mission Zambia on their base just outside of Lusaka.  The steel roof amplified the sweet music of children praising God.  “Lift Jesus Higher”, they continued, heartily.

Towards a harvest

'For the past four months the water tank at James and Elosia's has been sitting on the ground', wrote Faith Solt from Flying Mission Zambia. 'Yesterday that changed. A truck with a crane came to Flying Mission to pick up the twenty-foot tower that had been made for the tank to stand on. Since we are still in the rainy season, the road to their house was very muddy. The truck got stuck about 1/2 mile from their home. We were very fortunate that it had a hydraulic lift to raise it up.  We were then able to put some small trees under the tyres. Forty-five minutes later the truck pulled up to their home. 

Cranking up!

sewing machines‘Tiyanjane’: coming together. Ladies from the locality of Flying Mission Zambia's base outside of Lusaka have been doing just that most weeks for some years now. One recent meeting stands out as special. Faith Solt, one of the FMZ missionaries who helps them, describes it:

‘We took all eight hand crank sewing machines to the home where the Tiyanjane women meet. Eyes sparkled as the ladies watched and then threaded the machines.  Using scraps of material, they started to practise sewing, using one hand to turn the crank whilst guiding the material with the other hand. After becoming familiar with the machines, they were eager to begin sewing in earnest.  A few took off their chitengi – that’s the brightly-coloured cloth women in Africa traditionally wrap around themselves to protect their clothes

God delivers again

Good news: Prince is mobile! If you've read here about Prince in the item, Want to make it happen for Prince?, you'll know he needed wheels. Some folks in UK sent out buggies for disabled children in Zambia and Prince has been allocated one of those. It's the all-terrain type, with big wheels. 

The intention is that it will enable him to manage the rough ground around the village and school until his wheelchair from USA arrives. His friends are already happily pushing him along with them so now he can be 'just one of the boys'!

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