Hello and Welcome
to the 2nd edition of the Team Weaver newsletter.
We have been busy here in Zambia for the couple of months we have been back. Sonia is now helping out part time in the finance department of the FMZ office, and Jonathan has continued to be busy with his Chief Engineer and flying roles. We are adjusting well to married life here in Zambia. For Jonathan its returning to his current home, for Sonia this now means a long term future as a missionary in Zambia.
One of the conditions for acceptance as a long term missionary with Flying Mission is that everybody complete a course in cross cultural living, usually with a missionary emphasis. Because Sonia has always come on a short term basis, she has never completed one of these courses, nor has she ever had any formal bible training. It has also been on her heart for some time, that if she is to be a long-term missionary, and to be the best one she can possibly be, she should complete bible and cross cultural training.
Flying Mission has also recommended that we spend some time during our first year of marriage away from the mission field to give us a chance to adjust to married life in a less stressful environment.
All Nations Christian College is a missionary training school just north of London in the UK that several Flying Mission members have attended for their cross cultural training at the recommendation of Flying Mission. After considering various options, All Nations seems to be the best fit, and we are currently in the final stages of being accepted to study there starting in September. Sonia will be doing a Certificate in Biblical and Intercultural Studies, and Jonathan will pursue a Masters in Contextual Theology. We are excited for this opportunity to be enriched, and to qualify and equip ourselves further for our missionary work in Zambia. Check the school out HERE!
We will continue to be under Flying Mission during this time, as we will return to Zambia after study, and the way we receive our support will not change. In the UK we are going to try to live on the same budget we have had in Zambia. All Nations has already blessed us with some scholarship funds and by connecting us with a couple who offer an “in-law suite” (granny flat) to couples attending the school at a highly discounted rate. Its awesome to see how God is already attending to our needs! Next request is a car to use while we are there. 🙂
Share OUR experience
Recently, Jonathan went on a flight to a rural area area and ended up bringing two missionaries (who were going to take the 18 hour bus ride) to Lusaka for a few days to get visas. They were hoping to use FMZ’s guesthouse, however it was full. While Jonny was flying up, Sonia was asked if we could host this couple for accommodation and meals. We have a spare room so hosting others is a great way to bless and serve in these situations. So Sonia set to work making up the spare room and preparing dinner, and advised Jonny that his passengers would also be our house guests. Later, Jonny and the missionaries arrived. Turns out they were from New Zealand! That night we all enjoyed a meal together. It was nice for Sonia to hear NZ accents and talk of things ‘home.’ The guests ended up staying three nights and were served by FMZ in terms of air transport, accommodation and car hire, making their time in Lusaka quicker and easier. We were happy to be part of that. Jonny was scheduled to fly the missionaries back on a Saturday and stay overnight up there to bring someone else back the next day. Sonia is getting used to Jonny being away on weekends and overnights, but this time, there was space in the plane both ways, and because Jonny has built a relationship with people up there, he arranged for Sonia to accompany him on this particular overnighter. Our guests ended up hosting us for an afternoon while we awaited our own hosts, and we were then blessed with wonderful hospitality on a bonus night away to a beautiful rural area!
- Married life- its going well and we are both enjoying it
- God going before us and providing well priced accommodation in the U.K
- Final preparations for studying at All Nations in the U.K, in September
- Jonny in his role as Chief Engineer
- Provision of more people at FMZ
- Full recovery for Jonny’s Dad John, from lung cancer