Engagement in Africa!

Sonia's introduction to the USA in June!

Sonia’s introduction to the USA in June!

Just wanted to update on some exciting news!
As many of you know I have been in a relationship with another missionary who has also been serving with Flying Mission for some time. Sonia and I met in June of 2014 at a meeting I went to with Flying Mission in Botswana. She also came up to Zambia for a short visit in August and then for a couple of months in October. We hit it off quite well and continued talking until she returned to Zambia in January 2015. Since that time we have grown closer together and enjoy spending time and serving together.

Sonia is from New Zealand, with a lovely accent, and is a teacher by trade. She began her African missions experience in 2012 serving with Flying Mission in Botswana, participating in a teacher training program run by Flying Mission. They give national teachers who haven’t had prior teaching training practical knowledge to teach children better. Sonia volunteered for 5 months and then headed back to NZ. Within a year however she felt Africa calling again and returned again to Botswana in April 2014 and when her teacher training course ended at the end of 2014 she was invited to come to Zambia to help us with various things. Sonia is leaving Zambia and heading back to NZ very soon and was looking for a reason to return, so I gave her one by asking her to marry me!! She has excitedly agreed and so we are making plans for a wedding probably in March next year with a return in April to Zambia. Most likely we will look for a place half way in-between New Zealand and Ohio to assure that as many of our family members as possible will be able to attend. If you would like to get to know Sonia better check out her blog HERE.

Enjoying some famous American Sites.

Enjoying some famous American Sites.

There will be more details to come, but for now we are excited about the future and serving together long term in Africa. We would appreciate your prayers as there are a lot of decisions to be made in the near future!

God Bless,

Jonathan and Sonia

Listen folks, we can't get it right every time.  And we don't have a selfie stick...

Listen folks, we can’t get it right every time. And we don’t have a selfie stick…

I took Sonia on a little flying adventure to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay.

I took Sonia on a little flying adventure to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay.

Update November 2015

You can pitch your tents just at the top of the falls! Don't fall in...

You can pitch your tents just at the top of the falls! Don’t fall in…

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the November edition of my newsletter! I hope all is well. Here in Zambia we have been enjoying (or suffering through) some hot weather. Just before the rains come every year the weather turns hot and humid and eventually it becomes enough that the rains come and provide much needed water for the land and comfort from the heat. Because of the water shortage in the Kariba Dam causing an electricity shortage in the country, this year everyone is waiting for the rains with even more anticipation! Our power outages have increased and there are rumors that it could get worse before it gets better.

At Flying Mission Zambia the flying has slowed down, and we have been busy with projects to organize and develop our property, and well as catching up on some larger maintenance projects on a couple of our airplanes. Recently we were able to take two days and participate in the Global Leadership Summit put on by Willow Creek Church in Chicago. This was a really great time of trying to learn and evaluate where we are as leaders ourselves and within Flying Mission. It is great that Flying Mission wants to help us improve as individual leaders and as well as the mission as a whole. Pray that we can take things we learned here and apply them to lead better and build unity within our team.

The church building we have been raising funds for is getting so close to being finished! Check out the picture below. They have been meeting in the building now for a few weeks, but because doors and windows haven’t been finished nothing can be left in the building between the weekly services. If the church can raise the remaining funds (which we will match) they could have bars on the windows and be able to lock the doors by the new year! It has been a long process, but the end is in sight.

SME (Share my Experience)
At least once a year it is nice to take some time to get away from the everyday routine at Flying Mission and see a bit more of Zambia. My girlfriend Sonia and I along with another couple from flying mission were able to take a week and visit and camp at some waterfalls around the northern part of Zambia (see the top picture for a spot we camped at!) It was a great time to get away a bit and see some really beautiful and hidden sites in Zambia. Check out some of the photo’s below to see God’s beauty in Zambia!

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!

Praises For:

Safe Flying during the Wildlife Count.
Safe travel during our holiday.
A chance to grow as a person and leader at the leadership conference.
Prayers for:

Flying Mission to grow and unify from the conference.
My Bible study to help these young men to grow in their faith.
Zambia’s leaders to wisely handle the power crisis.

Until next time take care, and God’s blessings on you all,

Jonathan

 

The roof has been finished on the whole building and the walls are sealed at the top.

The roof has been finished on the whole building and the walls are sealed at the top.

Camped near these waterfalls the first night.

Camped near these waterfalls the first night.

Above these falls is a network of cascading water and perfect swimming holes. Thankfully free of Crocodiles.

Above these falls is a network of cascading water and perfect swimming holes. Thankfully free of Crocodiles.

2nd highest waterfall in Africa! 772 foot drop. Breathtaking! The far side of the picture is Tanzania.

2nd highest waterfall in Africa! 772 foot drop. Breathtaking! The far side of the picture is Tanzania.

Picture at the top with my lady.

Picture at the top with my lady.

Sometimes when there's no water anywhere else... you have to wash your dishes at the top of a 700 foot water fall.

Sometimes when there’s no water anywhere else… you have to wash your dishes at the top of a 700 foot water fall.

Not everyday you see a momma Hyena with two babies!

Not everyday you see a momma Hyena with two babies!

Sunset over the Luangwa River.

Sunset over the Luangwa River.

Another breathtaking set of waterfalls!

Another breathtaking set of waterfalls!

We took a "short cut" to try to avoid a 9 Hr drive... once we finally found the track we did ok. Ask me the story sometime... it's a good one!

We took a “short cut” to try to avoid a 9 Hr drive… once we finally found the track we did ok. Ask me the story sometime… it’s a good one!

Glad this guy wasn't in any of the rivers we were swimming in!

Glad this guy wasn’t in any of the rivers we were swimming in!