Fall update and Future Plans

Hello and Welcome…
…to our fall/autumn update

Firstly, we’d like to say thanks to those who attended Jonathan’s dad’s visitation and service; prayed, and sent cards and flowers to the family, following his passing in June. We appreciated everyone’s support. The family continues to adjust to life without him around. We are glad to have been in the USA for his final days, and for this time after.

We are happy to advise that Sonia’s trip to New Zealand for the visa was successful. Sonia knew people were praying when she got a row to herself on her first flight, upgraded to a sky-couch on the next, and an exit row for the final flight. Thanks praying friends!

15,000 words and less than 2 weeks!
That’s the length of Jonathan’s dissertation and how long he has left to complete it!

Overall, he is progressing on it well, but as you can guess, his life is very focused on this goal, studying 40-50 hours a week to get the dissertation done by October 6th and complete his Masters in Contextual Theology. Its all go! To facilitate, Sonia takes care of things on the home front, and makes trips to the library to pick up MORE books! When not doing this, she looks after our nieces helping home school the oldest, Addie.

In July we took a family vacation, and have since been blessed with opportunities to fellowship with new and old friends through dinner invitations, hiking, a small group, and for Sonia- a ladies book study. Thank you to those who have blessed us with your company and hospitality- it has been wonderful connecting with you.

What’s next?
As Jonathan’s studies come to an end, we are looking to our next steps- returning to the mission field in Zambia. In preparation for this we will do a furlough in the USA and New Zealand. We hope for opportunities to speak with individuals and churches, to share about our return, and raise further support- both financially and in terms of prayer.

If you’d like us to share our mission plans with your church or small group, in USA or NZ, please contact us. We’d be grateful for the opportunity.

We’re hoping to see as many of you- our wonderful friends and supporters, as we can, before we depart to Africa, so please feel welcome to come along to the events below. More locations and dates to be advised.

FURLOUGH TIMELINE (so far)

September 24 – South Side Bible Church, Battle Creek, Michigan. 10.45am
October 15 – Grace Baptist Church, Kent, Ohio 6pm
October 22 – First Christian Church, Salem, Ohio 9.30am/11am
November 12 – Youngs Corners Fellowship Baptist Church, Wadsworth, Ohio, 11am

November 24 – Depart USA
November 26 – Arrive NZ (Yes, 2 days later!)
January 24 – Depart NZ, return to Zambia.

God’s Blessings on you all,

Jonathan and Sonia

Praises for:

  • Opportunities to connect with others through bible studies, a small group and meals
  • Sonia’s visa approval and good travels
  • The outpouring of love and support following John’s death

Prayers for:

  • Jonathan’s dissertation writing- due October 6th
  • Preparations for furlough time in USA and NZ, and our return to Zambia
  • For Jonathan and family as they continue to get used to life without John

Just a few of the books for Jonathan’s paper!!!

Send us Mail!!!! NOTE the NEW mailing address. (if you send it now it might arrive by the time we do…)
Flying Mission Zambia
Jonathan and Sonia Weaver
PO Box CA197
Makeni
Lusaka, Zambia 10101

On vacation with Jonathan’s family. Our nieces Addie and Bailey.

Sad News…

Dear All,
It is with sadness and yet hopeful joy that we send this update. Jonathan’s dad peacefully passed away on Friday night surrounded by his family. We read scripture, prayed, and shared memories until the Lord took him home. He will be missed greatly, but we rejoice in the hope that he is now in the presence of God enjoying perfect peace and joy. For those interested, the information about calling hours and the memorial service are below.

Services:
Redmon Funeral Home in Stow will host visitation Friday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM.
Grace Baptist Church will host the memorial service on Saturday at 1 PM (5915 Rhodes Rd., Kent 44240).

  • Please be in prayer for our family over the next difficult days. We are thankful to have been able to spend extra time with each other over the past few months.
  • We are also thankful that Sonia’s visa was approved on Friday to stay in the USA for a longer time period! Please pray for a safe and speedy return back to Ohio for her.

With Love,
Jonathan and Sonia

Continuing Transitions – May 2017

a694eb81-e9e2-43b9-aa86-1c8ed2c78783Hello Friends,
Sometimes the life of a missionary is all but dull. In the short time we’ve been married we’ve travelled from USA-NZ-Zambia-UK-USA-UK-NZ-UK-USA-UK-USA, travelling to NZ and USA for family reasons, we’ve done many long flights and time zone changes!

We don’t say this to brag. The travel has been tiring and we haven’t had much time in one place to feel settled. We often have a need for something and realise its in another country. Our possessions were spread across four continents, and generally not in the same one as us when we needed them!

Well, that number has now been reduced as recently we made another hard decision in our lives… to leave the UK and our place of study and relocate to Ohio, to be closer to Jonathan’s family as John (Jonathan’s Dad) battles cancer. We felt our support was needed to spend quality time with Jonathan’s family, and assist them where possible. So after spending four weeks in the USA over our holidays, we went back to England to pack up our stuff and return to the USA, where we are intending to stay for most of 2017. We were very blessed to sell our car, make arrangements for the remainder of our house lease, and have some goodbyes. This was good closure on this unanticipated move. We were sad to leave the UK, but feel this is the season to be in the USA.

So what does this mean for study and ministry?

Jonathan has completed most class work for his Masters in Theology, so he is able to skype into the remaining class each week, and complete the rest of his masters remotely online. He has access to a theological library here to help with resources. His studies have become part time, and the timeline extended so he can combine study with family support needs. Sonia is unable to continue her studies remotely, so it has been deferred, with the option to finish at a future date.

We are still supported missionaries with Flying Mission, and remain on a leave of absence. At this point we still intend to return to the mission in Zambia in early 2018.

But thats not all….

As Sonia is not a U.S citizen, she can enter the USA on a visa waiver for up to 3 months at a time, provided she is not deemed to be living in the USA. We thought Sonia could get another visa or extension to stay as long as needed. We looked into a green card but it was expensive, time consuming, and wasn’t right for our purposes as we aren’t planning to live in the USA long term at this stage. (The visa isn’t granted for short term circumstances and gets revoked if we leave for an extended period- eg back to Zambia). Also as she entered on a waiver, we learned she is not eligible to extend this visa.

After researching, we found a more appropriate visa. It enables Sonia to enter the USA for up to 6 months at a time, can be extended if necessary, and is valid for 10 years. However, there’s a catch… applicants must apply from their home country! So- we have used our own and others airpoints for Sonia to return to New Zealand to interview at the U.S consulate to apply for this visa. She leaves on May 28, has an appointment on June 16, and hopes to return to the USA in late June. Please be in prayer for the application and that she can return to the USA. We have already spent two months here this year, and applying for more time may be seen to look like she is trying to live in the USA, which can be grounds for denying entry. The consulate assume you are an intending immigrant until you prove otherwise. Obviously, we very much want to be together in the USA during this time. While not ideal to be apart for a month, Sonia is excited to spend time again with friends and family. Please also pray for travels. Its a long journey, and to be honest, we are both a bit over the long travels, unpredictability, and unsettledness!

Please pray for Jonathan as he remains in the USA and balances his masters studies with family time and support. We are hopeful we will be able to see many of you over the next few months, after Sonia returns. And we intend to keep you updated with the visa situation as it eventuates! Please also continue to be in prayer for John, Janet, Laura and family.

God’s Blessings on you all,
Jonathan and Sonia

 Praises For:
– Good closure in the U.K, valuable learning at All Nations
– Quality time with John, Janet and family in the USA
– Air points!! 😀
Prayers for:
– Sonia’s visa application and travels back to New Zealand
– Jonny balancing Masters studies with family support
– Full recovery for John, from lung cancer and for family as they support John

Update April 2017

Our College looking alive with Spring!

Hello Friends
We are pleased to report that the dreary winter has left the UK and beautiful spring has arrived! Term two passed swiftly as we juggled the requirements of study- classes, lots of readings, assignments and presentations. It was a busy time! Life has mostly consisted of attending classes from 8.30am until 1pm then staying on and studying- doing readings and assignments, until usually around 5 or 6pm. We then come home, have dinner, relax a little, go to sleep, and repeat!

Sonia has enjoyed classes studying the New & Old Testaments, Integral Mission, Personal Development, Interpersonal Skills, World Religions, Worship Theology, and a ministry placement on Saturday mornings. She has especially enjoyed finding out more about herself- such as her evangelism style (hospitality) and spiritual gifts (helps, administration, hospitality). Sonia has also been pleased to get good grades at College.

Jonathan has studied anthropology, contextual theology, and leadership. He also had the opportunity to preach during the weekly worship service at College. Many commented that he did really well and they enjoyed hearing him talk! Jonathan too has been doing really well with grades.

We have been placed at a small local Anglican church called St Catherine & St Paul’s. The demographic is different to what we are used to so we have been appreciating a different style service and building relationships with the congregation. To facilitate this and be part of the church community we serve on the tea & coffee rota and do readings during the service.

All this hasn’t left much time to explore the UK or socialise but we did manage a trip to Oxford with a friend who visited from Belfast, and we have been able to host others for dinner. As we write, we are currently in the USA during the break between terms. We thought this was a good opportunity to spend time with Jonathan’s family and provide support and assistance where possible. Please continue to lift John’s health and wellbeing up in prayer, and the rest of the family during this time. Please also pray for wisdom for us as we make decisions about how we can best support family in the USA in light of studying in the UK!

Whilst here we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. Time has flown, and while life has included a lot for us both during this time, our marriage has been fantastic! We praise God that he has blessed us with each other as we walk through it all, and we are sure this will serve as a firm foundation for our years ahead.

God’s Blessings on you all,

Jonathan and Sonia

Jonathan preaching during the College’s Wednesday morning worship. The subject was Hebrews 12.

The life of a Masters student! These were just some of the books used for ONE essay!

Update December 2016

Hello and Welcome

general_md_slider_compressedHello from the U.K!
In August we departed Flying Mission and Zambia. This involved Jonny tying up lots of loose ends in the Chief Engineer role so things were in a good place to be handed over to his replacement. We also packed our belongings into storage so a new family joining the mission could move into our house. On August 31 we said ‘See you again’ to Zambia and on 1 September arrived in England. The cooler temperatures of the U.K were our first shock, as were the continuous cloudy days. Quite a contrast in comparison to the ever blue sky and warmth of Zambia!

We settled into our little one bedroom flat in Hoddesdon in the region of Hertfordshire, about an hour north of London. We were very blessed by the provision of a cheap and economical vehicle which we use to get to and from school.

As many of you know Jonathan’s father was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in April and has been undergoing treatments since. The treatments seem to be working and his tumors have shrunk, but we still request prayers as this type of cancer is inoperable. Because we hadn’t seen the family since the diagnosis, we dipped into our reserves to make a quick trip to Ohio to support the family. We felt this was a good time as we knew the next few months would be busy with school. On Sept 19th we started orientation at All Nations Christian College, full of excitement to see how the Lord would stretch, teach, challenge and grow us during this time studying.

However, it wasn’t long before life threw us a curveball. A week into lecturers, on 28th September, Sonia’s younger sister Karen passed away suddenly of, as yet, unknown causes. This was a devastating and shocking loss for her family. This necessitated a trip back to New Zealand to be with Sonia’s family and attend Karen’s funeral. Unfortunately we were only able to stay a week, but are glad we were able to be there. We are extremely grateful to those who assisted with help toward airfares and use of a car while there. Please continue to keep Sonia and her family in your prayers as they grieve this sudden loss, and get used to life without this special and joyful young woman who was an important part of their lives.

On return, we jumped back into week 4 of school and spent the remainder of the term catching up, going to lectures, doing readings, papers, exams, presentations and all that comes with studies. We have both now finished term one and are very much looking forward to a break to rest and relax, and explore more of our local area.

Thank you for being part of our journey this year- in friendship, financial support and prayer. We are grateful to you for the part you play in our lives and especially for your support and encouragement in being in the UK as we study. We wish each of you a wonderful and blessed Christmas.

Merry Christmas,
Jonathan and Sonia

Praises For:

  • The knowledge we have gained through studies, it is a blessing to be here and become further equipped for future ministry. We are confident God is going to use this time to work in, and through us.
  • Gods provision of accommodation, a vehicle, assistance with airfares to NZ, and the building of friendships.

Prayers for:

  • Sonia and her family, following her sister’s death. Please pray for peace and comfort, especially as Karen’s Birthday and Christmas approach.
  • Jonny’s dad, John as he continues cancer treatments.
  • For a restful and refreshing break between school terms- there has been a lot of life changes for the Weavers this year- we’re looking forward to a period of relaxation over the holidays.
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Sonia’s sister Karen passed away unexpectedly in September aged just 35. She will be very missed.

Hertfordshire

During our time of study we are living and studying in Hertfordshire (pronounced “Hartfrdshure”) which is the county just north of Greater London.

Update May 2016

Hello Friends!
Welcome to Team Weaver’s first update as a married couple! We are writing from back in Zambia where we’ve been for the last several weeks settling into Jonathan’s house, and life here. After a week to get over jet-lag, unpack and set up our home together, Jonathan is back at work in his role as Chief Engineer and has managed to get back in the pilot seat a number of times too! Sonia has been busy with various domestic duties around the home, tending to the garden and looking after and supporting Jonny to do his work. And is looking to find her own niche at FMZ as well.

To take a step back, we thought we’d update on Jonathan’s time in New Zealand, as well as our beautiful wedding.

Sonia left Zambia early last December, following our engagement a week prior. After a few months apart, Jonathan came to NZ to meet Sonia’s family and friends, finalise wedding plans, and help with additional support raising. We were also able to go hiking and camping in a few spots in New Zealand, including the Abel Tasman National Park (see top picture), Tongariro National Park, Queenstown, and up a volcano in Auckland. We were blessed to have time to take part in a 6 week pre-marriage course through Sonia’s home church.

The time in NZ was busy, but a great opportunity for Sonia’s family and Jonathan to get to know each other well and spend some quality time together. We feel very blessed that Sonia’s family could get a good sense of who this guy was that Sonia said yes to! We are so grateful for the amazing hospitality of those who hosted us to stay, and for meals. We also had amazing provision as a number of people helped with,and contributed to wedding necessities (including an engagement party, donations, being loaned a dress, photography, rings, domestic flights, and flowers done at cost, to name but a few). We were overwhelmed by the way the Lord blessed us through others. If you were one of those people, we wish to thank you so very much for your contribution.

The wedding itself was a really special time. We chose to get married in Hawaii with 24 family and close friends as Hawaii is the mid-point between Wellington, NZ and Ohio, USA. The location was beautiful and both before and after the wedding we were able to spend good quality time with friends and family we hadn’t seen for a while,and weren’t going to be seeing again for some time too. It was also a chance for our families to meet as well. We enjoyed a week long honeymoon on Kauai island where we were able to go hiking and kayaking and relax after the busyness of wedding planning!

Back in Zambia now, and a few changes have occurred at FMZ. Four couples/families are departing in the next couple of months,and two will return. This will have a big impact on the organisation. Please pray for provision of people to fill the roles, and for those who remain to cope with the extra workload.

SME (Share My Experience)

Jonny recently had a big flying day. A group of 20ish American University students needed air transport to outreaches. This required all hands on deck as 3 planes would fly with 2 pilots doing the return trip twice. This included Jonny. He was to fly an approx 4 hr return flight, land back at FMZ, pick up the next group and drop them off at the same destination, then return to FMZ all before sunset. With darkness coming early in Zambia, there wasn’t much time to mess around. However into the second trip Jonny got word that the pilot of one of the flights had an issue on his trip to the destination. Nothing major or dangerous, but as Chief Engineer Jonny needed to have a look. The time looking into the issue and work required meant Jonny wouldn’t return to FMZ by sunset and instead would have to stay the night! Jonny did some on the spot maintenance that afternoon and the next morning, and thankfully both he and the other pilot were able to return in their respective planes the next day.

From Sonia’s end, she was preparing to cook Jonny as pretty awesome meal to welcome him home. Jonny did the right thing and called his new wife to advise of the change of plans. The awesome meal was scrapped till the next night and Sonia ate raman noodles instead. Not quite what either of us expected but a reminder that the unexpected can happen. (And also that Jonny should carry a toothbrush & paste in his pilot bag- just in case!).

Once again we wish to sincerely thank everyone who sent cards and contributed to our wedding. We are so appreciative of the way you blessed us so much!

Thanks for reading, and God’s Blessings on you all,
Jonathan and Sonia

Despite being April Fools Day, it was no laughing matter! Mostly! (With our wonderful Hawaiian Pastor Steve)

Despite being April Fools Day, it was no laughing matter! Mostly! (With our wonderful Hawaiian Pastor Steve)

We did it

We did it

It's for real!

It’s for real!

Great to have family attending!

Great to have family attending!

Great to have family attending!

Great to have family attending!

And some Friends!

And some Friends!

More friends!

More friends!

 

Praises For:

  • Time in New Zealand for Jonny to get to know Sonia’s family & friends (& vice versa!)
  • A special wedding and honeymoon in Hawaii
  • The generosity of so many, towards our wedding and honeymoon

Prayers for:

  • Transitioning back to Zambian life
  • Jonny in his role as Chief Engineer
  • Sonia to be used well and find her niche in Zambia
  • Provision of more people at FMZ
  • Full recovery for Jonny’s Dad John, from lung cancer

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!

Update November 2014

Hello Friends!

The heat has returned to Zambia, and we are at the beginning of the rainy season.  The past several months have been very busy for me!  During September and October we were quite short handed on pilots and mechanics, thankfully our flight schedule wasn’t as busy as it sometimes is because for several days we only had one or two pilots available!  We can have up to 8 pilots if everyone is around (which also rarely happens).  Recently I have flown not only to spots in Zambia, but I also took some missionaries to Mozambique, one of Zambia’s neighbors, where they were able to do some teaching and visit with other missionaries there.  Check out my website HERE for that story!

Flying Mission Zambia is in a transition process of changing how the mission is structured and governed, as we grow we need to have a good leadership structure in place.  We have adopted a new model which should give us ample opportunity to grow and change.  With these changes, new positions have been added and others have shifted around for a 3 month trial period. I have been asked to assume the role of Chief Engineer (head mechanic) for the aircraft we operate and maintain here!  I was not expecting to be given this much responsibility in such a short time, but I am excited to have the opportunity to learn and grow in this new role.  This new position has been keeping me quite busy as I learn the ambiguous procedures and paperwork needed to keep the airplanes legal and flying in Zambia.

Zambia is also in transition.  Just a few days after celebrating 50 years of independence in October, Zambia’s President Michael Sata passed away.  He had been sick for some time so it wasn’t a total shock, but it a sad occurrence nonetheless and the second time a Zambian President has died in office in the last several years.  Zambia is generally a peaceful country and one of the only African nations to have consistently transitioned relatively peacefully between leaders throughout it’s history.  But there is always the possibility of unrest in times like these.  There will be general elections probably in January to elect a new president.  Please pray for the interim president and for peaceful elections.

 

SME (Share my Experience)

Amongst all the work that I have been doing the past few months, I was able to get away and have a bit of fun as well.  My good friend Ashley has come back to Zambia on a missions trip called “The World Race” (check out her blog HERE) and when one of your friends comes to the country you are living in you go see them!  So last weekend a few other friends and I made the 6 hr drive to Livingstone to visit her.  While we were in Livingstone before we met up with Ashley we also got the chance to go whitewater rafting.  It was tons of fun!  And thankfully the water is so rough that we didn’t see any crocodiles or hippos the whole time we were in the Zambezi River! We got to do 25 different sets of rapids ranging from very easy to Class 5, including Rapid 18 known as “Oblivion” where everybody went flying out of the raft as it capsized!  I’ve included a few pictures for your enjoyment.

Finally, the church I have been raising money for is in the final stages of exterior construction.  They’ve gotten the steel beams for the roof and are in the process of raising it, after that just the roof sheeting will remain! I have continued to use any excess support I have to match funds with what the church is raising itself, and they are still in need of more funds.  Hopefully soon they will be able to begin meeting in the building.  I don’t have any updated pictures, but as soon as beams are up I’ll get some pictures out.

 

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,

Jonathan

 

Praises For:

  • Continued progress on the Church Building.
  • Growth and changes for Flying Mission Zambia.
  • Continued safe flying and good maintenance.

Prayers for:

  • My transition to my new position, and Flying Mission’s transition to a new governance model.
  • Finishing the church building.
  • Safe Flying!
  • For the country of Zambia and peaceful elections.

 

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Jonathan Weaver
Postnet #197, P/Bag E891
Lusaka, Zambia

 

Almost done with the exterior of the building!

Almost done with the exterior of the building!

Just need roofing sheets!

Just need roofing sheets!

 

 

Going into Rapid 18...

Going into Rapid 18…

Getting wet!

Getting wet!

And coming out of it… Oblivion!

And coming out of it… Oblivion!

I'm the one on the left.  Don't worry, everyone survived and even enjoyed it!

I’m the one on the left. Don’t worry, everyone survived and even enjoyed it!

Update May 2014

Yep it's a real cheetah, she was much more interested in the meat then me.

Yep it’s a real cheetah, she was much more interested in the meat then me.

Hello Friends!

Putting up a quick update on what has been going on in Zambia the last two months since my last update.  Our flying has picked up considerably and so I have been flying all over Zambia, and it has been fun!  I also got a puppy and a kitten around the same time in hopes that they would keep each other company because I am away a lot.  The kitten worked out find, but the puppy was not house trained (though I was told it was) and I wasn’t around enough to be consistent in training it.  I have realized I need a good fenced yard in order to keep a dog well, thankfully my landlady, who is always home, loved the puppy more then I did and was happy to take it off my hands.  So now I just have the kitten, who is growing quickly, climbing the curtians, and attacking everything in sight.
I was excited to announce in my last letter that I had passed my maintenance exam, and while that is still the case, I still haven’t actually gotten the license.  I’m not exactly sure what all the reasons for the delay are, but right now they are delaying because they put the licenses in “booklets” and they are out of official covers for the booklet.  We don’t know how long it will take until the covers come in and are working to have it issued without the cover, but please be in prayer about that. I also finished my Cessna 210 transition, and have begun flying it and have been enjoying the 30kts faster speeds when I do.  🙂

SME (Share my Experience)

In this addition of SME I will be sharing about a vacation that I had the chance to take to the neighboring country of Namibia.  A few friends and I decided to take a bit of time and road trip through Namibia.  Namibia is south east of Zambia and has a strip of land that extends west and borders Zambia.  It was a German colony originally and is rich with amazing sights as well as diamonds.  We enjoyed nicely paved and well marked roads as well as considerably lower prices for fuel and food.  Namibia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.  It’s geography is varied and gorgeous.  We drove though bush country, rolling hillsides, mountains, countryside scattered with stones, and some of the most stunning desert in the world, all to finally meet the Atlantic Ocean.  Some of the highlights were petting a Cheetah, the “Giants Playground,” KolmanskopDead Vlei, and quad biking through the desert and then coming over the last dune and seeing the ocean open up before us.  Check out the pictures!

 

Well that’s all for now, but 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,

 

Jonathan

The pictures have been slow to load, so keep checking back I’ll slowly be putting more on!

 

I made a new friend!

I made a new friend!

The closest thing I've seen to Starbucks in Africa!

The closest thing I’ve seen to Starbucks in Africa!

Tropic of Capricorn

Tropic of Capricorn

It's harder then it looks!

It’s harder then it looks!

Climbing!

Climbing!

I felt like I had gone so far, but I think I wasn't even half way up this dune...

I felt like I had gone so far, but I think I wasn’t even half way up this dune…

Soooo beautiful! Saw the sunrise here.

Soooo beautiful! Saw the sunrise here.

I love the panoramas!

I love the panoramas!

Thankful for my truck which can take the rugged terrain!

Thankful for my truck which can take the rugged terrain!

Can you see the seals out on the rock?

Can you see the seals out on the rock?

This water was super clear but super salty just a mile or so from the ocean.

This water was super clear but super salty just a mile or so from the ocean.

I think it's the law of Entropy?

I think it’s the law of Entropy?

Just doing a little sun bathing.  :-)

Just doing a little sun bathing. 🙂

Good luck flushing that one!

Good luck flushing that one!

Now that's a sandbox!

Now that’s a sandbox!

This is what happens when you build a state of the art town in the middle of a desert… it gets abandoned.

This is what happens when you build a state of the art town in the middle of a desert… it gets abandoned.

Called the Giants playground, but I think it should be renamed God's playground.

Called the Giants playground, but I think it should be renamed God’s playground.

Meerkats are cool.

Meerkats are cool.

Panorama of the quiver trees.

Panorama of the quiver trees.

Lovely sunset in the Quiver tree forest.

Lovely sunset in the Quiver tree forest.