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Zambia local community

Busy-ness as usual at Rainbowz

Flying Mission Zambia Manager, Bryan Wilson, calls it 'Mad Hour' and oh boy! on Sunday the Rainbowz meeting place was full, full, full! Perhaps 160 children crowded into the Flying Mission Zambia rondaval (an old satellite dish thatched to give us protection from the sun's rays) where we do Children’s Bible Club each week. Rainy season in Zambia is between November and March and so a few times we have had to cancel the meetings but this week the sun shone and the children turned out in style!

Rondaval

Cooking up a storm in Africa

Sally cooks nshimaLast week there was a role switch at Tiyanjane, the woman's group that started two years ago in the neighborhood of Flying Mission Zambia's base. Some of the village ladies taught the Wazungu (white) ladies, and each other, how to cook some of their traditional Zambian dishes. It was a lot of fun. The missionaries found it quite hard work stirring the pot of nshima (the stiff maize meal porridge which is their staple food) but then we had the pleasure of eating it all!

'Call to me and I will answer...'

Since we reported on Kenneth's accident in the item, 'Tell me your job description again', he has made very good progress. When Bryan Wilson MD of Flying Mission Zambia, took a party there recently, he took these photos for us. Shortly after that, Stuart Bassham, a UK volunteer, visited the remote hospital and chatted with medical staff there. He discovered that there was a need for a sling to enable a hoist to be used in the care of Kenneth. Stuart contacted his wife, Nicky, who works with disabled people. 

Tell me your job description again?

Here in Africa one never knows what might happen around us and without the '4 Emergency Services' to hand, the mission station is often the first port of call for problem-solving. Here is a recent story from the Smiths at Chitokoloki.

Tannis, Phil and KennethTannis Walker (Head of Hospital) has been the only missionary medical person around for a few weeks and has been handling any and all medical situations that have come in while our doctor has been on leave. This means a LOT falls to her. Decisions are often called for immediately, and such was the case one day when several local men came to her, carrying in a man on a blanket.

Kenneth had been in a tree trying to capture a baby monkey. Monkeys are a real menace here and play havoc in the maize fields, so the local people try to cull them in order to protect their crops. Kenneth had noticed a little one in a tree and knowing the mother was now gone, he had decided to capture the infant.

From witchcraft to Christ

Perhaps you recognise this header as the title of a book written by Doreen Irvine in UK some years back. Or maybe you thought about Paul in his time at Ephesus when many trusted the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation and turned from their magic to the Living God. The good news is that such things are still happening today! We heard this story from Gwen Amborski, Flying Mission Zambia (FMZ) missionary formerly at our partner Mission station, Mukinge Hospital, NW Province.

Mukinge from the air

Trusting God even when it hurts

Back in 2005, Elvis Musonda worked for Flying Mission Zambia. In that time he became a believer. He also married Christina, a widow with 2 small sons. The couple had a child, a beautiful little girl. We named her Sarah, Princess, because she was the apple of her daddy's eye. When she was 6 months old, malaria struck her little body. Pneumonia followed and, despite all our efforts to help her, she died.

Sarah with parents

The FMZ family was shocked. Elvis and Christina were devastated. We wondered how Elvis would respond. Would he blame God? Not at all! He held on through this gut-wrenching experience - and found out God keeps his promises.

Those who hope in the Lord.....

We would like you to meet Peter Mwanza. He is a delightful lad. Peter was paralysed from the waist when, at 14, he contracted TB of the spine. Since he was already an orphan, it was Peter's grandfather who tried to care for him but, as Peter deteriorated, it became too difficult for him to manage. Peter was discovered by 'home carers' in a mud hut, emaciated, lying in his own excrement and close to death.

Peter with Sister Michael

Rambos or Rainbowz? Life on the edge

housing in Makeni KongaHere at Makeni Konga, 15kms from central Lusaka, most families are living in simple, rented mudbrick housing. Men are mostly unemployed or only finding casual work; if they're lucky, women might work for a few mornings as a house help at a farm or for a person who has a job in town. There is usually little money coming into the home. The major strategy for survival for adults is to consume the local home-brew, which can be a fearsome liquid made from any spirit one might lay hands on. One nickname for it is 'red-eye', since those who drink it take on that appearance.

Fun, games and life changes in Southern Province, Zambia

Our Macha partners have shared this story with us:

Macha was blessed just recently by a team of 10 wonderful people from the State of Virginia, USA. They spent their time visiting government schools and showing love to the children. They also did evening outreaches where they showed the Jesus film and many people were changed by it.

At the same time, the visitors were learning about the Tonga culture through interaction with the local people and a 'village live-in'.

They painted the Assembly of God church in a beautiful Zambian blue inside. They had a young people's day at church for the teens and the unmarried 20-30's. They visited the hospital and saw the new hospital playroom for children.

Cottage industry in the neighbourhood

Mavis concentrating on her squareWhen knitting wool arrived in the container from USA - you can read about it in the item, Worth waiting for - and needles appeared in boxes from UK shortly afterwards, we knew here at Flying Mission Zambia that it was time to get people knitting!

The girls in the neighbourhood were the first ones to try. They knitted 'squares' - in reality they were many interesting shapes - which they crocheted together to make a colourful blanket, of which they are most proud. It was fun to see them walking around with needles clicking, instead of sitting aimlessly around their houses. They will give the blanket to an older person when the cold winter nights come to Zambia in June and July.

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