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.
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!
Jonathan and Sonia