The rains have returned to Zambia, and everything is becoming lush and green. It is amazing how quickly the landscape changes. Farmers are busy planting their crops for the growing season, and at Flying Mission Zambia we have also had a busy couple of months. In addition to the normal flying, we have been able to help the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) with an aerial survey of the large mammals in their national parks. Flying Mission and a couple of other companies here in Zambia were selected to help with this important job. The aerial survey helps ZAWA track how healthy different mammal species are and if the populations are rising or declining. It is also good for Flying Mission because it helps us make connections with individuals and the Zambian Government. I was able to help with this survey and spent 90+ hours in one of our airplanes bouncing around at 350 FT above the ground while the spotters counted animals. We took off shortly after sunrise, took a break mid morning, and then flew till sunset; I saw a lot of very beautiful sunrises and sunsets during this time, and it gave me the opportunity to get to know some great people. I also enjoyed spending some time in the amazing Zambian National Parks!! For some pictures and a short writeup I did on this project check out my post HERE.
Thank you so much to those who helped out with my truck fund. While I still have not been able to sell it, I think I have at least come to a temporary resolution. After my last update, I got my truck back from the mechanic that has been working on it and he was able to sort a couple of issues, and told me that they were responsible for the “consistently inconsistent” engine problems. However, the problems came back almost immediately and I began to look into the wiring and was able to find a loose connector. I secured it and the problems have not returned. So I am hopeful that at least this problem has been solved. This gives me a bit of breathing room, I am still trying to sell the truck, but I can wait for a better buyer at a better price now, and I am thankful for that. Please continue to be in prayer about this!
Otherwise, I have settled into a bit of a routine here in Lusaka, our flying schedule will slow down in December and January and it will give us the opportunity to catch up on other projects the mission is working on. I have been studying for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering test, and will shortly be writing the exam. If I pass I will be able to do more on the aircraft maintenance side. It is going to be strange to experience a hot, rainy, and humid Christmas, but I am blessed to have a close friend coming to visit, so I am looking forward to it. I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas!
SME (Share my Experience)
In this episode of “share my experience” I want to tell you a little about the church that I have been attending here in Lusaka. Living near the capital city in a developing country presents the expatriate with extra options and opportunities when it comes to choosing a church. We have “village” churches in the neighborhood surrounding our base, as well as churches that are predominately full of white expatriates in the city. While the village churches are great because they are full of Zambian culture, often most of their services are in one of the local languages, and until I learn more of the languages I wouldn’t really be able to participate. The expatriate churches are also great because they are more like what I am used to, and are in English and feel more like home, but they lack Zambian flare and culture. In my beginning stages here I was hoping for something with a mix of both, and for the time being I think I have found it. I have been attending a large church in Lusaka called Miracle Life Family Church. The preaching is in English with an American pastor, but is a 90% Zambian congregation. The worship is led by a Zambian worship band and they rock!! But the words are on a screen so when they sing songs in the local languages, I can read and understand what they are saying. Many of the members of the congregation are middle to upper class Zambians, these are the people that can truly influence the future of Zambia in a positive way, and I am enjoying getting to know some of them. Not sure if I will attend this church for a short time, or long term, but so far I have been blessed by it.
Well that’s all for now! If you have any questions or comments please email me, I’ll be happy to answer them and give you even more information on what life is like here in Zambia!
God’s Blessings on you all,
- Safety with all of the wildlife flying.
- Figuring out some of the problems with the truck.
- The Lord is blessing me with a good attitude through all the changes and challenges.
- My Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Test.
- Continued good adjustment and focus on God.
- Safe Flying through the rainy season!
- For the ministries we support to be blessed by God in the work they are doing for him.