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 September 2013!

Greetings from Zambia!

The warmth has returned, but it’s still dry and dusty here.  It hasn’t rained in 5 months but within the next 2 months the rains should return.  Since my last update there have been many things that have changed!  I have moved into a house that is going to be my permanent home here, its a nice little 2 bedroom house in the community very near our base (see pictures in my pictures post).  I also have gotten a roommate, his name is Alex and he is from Canada working with Flying Mission as an auto mechanic for 1 year.  It has been nice to have some company as well as cut down on the cost of rent.  Also the shipping container with my tools and a few other personal items arrived, it’s been nice to use my own tools to work on airplanes!  Finally, I have had the privilege flying a few longer trips with regional directors to some of the different locations they have ministries in Zambia.  I really enjoyed meeting the different missionaries and seeing the work they are doing in rural Zambia!  God’s work is alive and well here!  if you want to hear more about these ministries or the different kinds of work we support here in Zambia, email me, I ‘d love to share in more detail!

One thing that hasn’t changed yet is my problematic truck.  It has continued to cause problems, and I haven’t been able to sell it.  I was able to buy a dirt bike, and it has been great for getting me to the base everyday, but it’s not licensed yet and can’t be my only transportation once the rains start.  I am in the process of seeing what my best options are right now for getting some other reliable transportation, but it looks like I am going to need to raise a few thousand dollars in order to get a different vehicle that will work in this challenging driving environment.  PLEASE be in prayer about this situation and if you are able to contribute a bit extra towards getting my transportation needs resolved that would be great!  You can print a form HERE and send it to the address at the top with donations.  If you want more information on my transportation needs please let me know!

SME (Share my Experience)

On to more enjoyable topics!!  The church in Mwembeshi village is starting to take shape!  The walls are now in process, and as they raise more money they are continuing to build.  The congregation was able to raise enough money for 500 more blocks and I was able to match them with money I had set aside for the church.  Lord willing we can continue with the matching funds until the walls are completed!  I am hoping to visit soon to see the latest progress.

I have also been able to get involved in the football (soccer) ministry at Flying Mission.  I’ve only just begun getting to know the different boys that come out and play, but it’s obvious to see they are way better at playing then I am!  On Saturday mornings about 10 or so of the boys come to a Bible study that I have also had the privilege of getting involved in.  I’m hoping to be able to build some good relationships, and encourage these young men as they mature!

Well that’s all for now, Thank you for being involved and interested in my life!  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!

May the Lord bless you and keep you,

Jonathan

Pictures are worth a 1000 words.

My house!!

My house!!

Just before I had to start bailing water out of the boat so we could stay afloat!!

Just before I had to start bailing water out of the boat so we could stay afloat!!

Local on the Zambezi!

Local on the Zambezi!

Sunset on the Zambezi River!

Sunset on the Zambezi River!

Up close and personal!

Up close and personal!

Lovely view before sunset.

Lovely view before sunset.

The beautiful "common bee eater"

The beautiful “common bee eater”

My (semi) sea worthy vessel on Lake Tanganyika.

My (semi) sea worthy vessel on Lake Tanganyika.

Hungry hungry hippos...

Hungry hungry hippos…

Almost looks like paradise!

Almost looks like paradise!

Zimbabwe off in the distance.  Can you see the bungee jumper?

Zimbabwe off in the distance. Can you see the bungee jumper?

Avionics upgrade on one of our airplanes!  It's gonna be nice.

Avionics upgrade on one of our airplanes! It’s gonna be nice.

The walls are going up at the Church!

The walls are going up at the Church!

My tools finally arrived!!!!  Yay!!

My tools finally arrived!!!! Yay!!

My cousins the Weaver birds!

My cousins the Weaver birds!

We got a nice welcome from the choir at the local baptist church when we arrived in Solwezi.

We got a nice welcome from the choir at the local baptist church when we arrived in Solwezi.

Fresh Fish!!

Fresh Fish!!

My little Gecko friend.

My little Gecko friend.

Mongu Harbor, anyone want some fresh fish??

Mongu Harbor, anyone want some fresh fish??

I learned a ton in my cultural orientation class!

I learned a ton in my cultural orientation class!

My living room!

My living room!

Driving in Lusaka is always exciting.  Driving in Lusaka is always exciting.

I often get stuck in heavy traffic.

I often get stuck in heavy traffic.

Swimming hole just off the Zambezi River.  No Crocodiles because it has rapids on both sides.

Swimming hole just off the Zambezi River. No Crocodiles because it has rapids on both sides.

Come say Goodbye!

Jonathan C. Weaver

Hello Friends!!

Greetings from beautiful Colorado Springs, CO!!!  It is with thankfulness and appreciation to the Lord for His great faithfulness, and to so MANY of you who have supported me now and over the years in various ways ~~ prayer, encouragement, teaching, financial resources, etc., I want to invite you to CELEBRATE with us on Saturday, February 9th for an Open House from 4 to 7 PM at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. There will be a brief time of sharing about 5:30. I have reached my full support and will be leaving the following Friday, February 15th to begin my journey to Zambia, for my two-year commitment to serve with Flying Mission Zambia, as a pilot/mechanic.

If you would like, please bring a letter of encouragement with a photo or two of family members, a particular memory, etc., which I will take with me as I travel. I’ll enjoy reading some each week, and I’ll pray for you as you are praying for me!!

CVCA is located at 4687 Wyoga Lake Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44224 with parking and entry to the building at the back, accessed using the drive at the south side of the school.

RSVPs are helpful as we plan for a “Javanese” meal together.  Please respond to this email if you are going to come!  Or RSVP for the event on FacebookHERE!  If you would like to bring an item, let me know that, as well, and my mom or I will get back in touch with you!

Remember to add this email to your address book to ensure getting all of my emails, and you can “like” my page on Facebook (Jonathan Weaver Missionary Pilot).  

THANK YOU AGAIN and we are looking forward to seeing you all on February 9th!

My Schedule:

Praise the Lord, my time to leave is coming soon!

January 21-February 8th:  Cross Cultural Training in CO!
February 9th:  Open house at CVCA! 4-7PM
February 15th:  Leave for Zambia with a quick stop in Scotland!

Just a little more time!

Hello Friends! Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

I hope this email finds you well.  I am writing with plenty of news!  First, I have just finished and “graduated” from the JAARS pre-field flight and maintenance orientation, and I moved back to Ohio.  I realized as I was coming back that it has been a year now since I officially started raising support.  I am surprised and overwhelmed by how quickly things have progressed.  The Lord is good!  During this past year I have raised most of the necessary funds, quit my job at Kent State University, moved to North Carolina, completed all of my pre-field flight and maintenance training at JAARS, and moved back to Ohio!  It’s been a busy year!  Secondly, I have finalized a date when I am beginning my trip to Africa: February 15th!  Less than two months from now.  Wow I can’t believe it is so close.  There are many details to take care of between now and then, and I would appreciate much prayer!  Also, I want to see as many of you as I can before I go!!!  If you have some time and want to see me please feel free to contact me.  🙂

Brown

Support!
My support level continues to be very close to full support!  Praise the Lord!  I do still need to raise about $5000 dollars for my outgoing costs, and am still looking for about $200 a month to round out my monthly support and assure that I will be set once I am in Zambia.  I know the Lord is going to take care of this, but if you have have some year end money that you would like to give that would be great!  Click HERE to go to my website and you can simply print off the form and send it in with your donation!  If you have signed up to do monthly support but haven’t started yet, now is the time!  If you need more information on how to start automatic credit card donations just email me back and I will give you the details!  Thank you so much!!

Prayer and Praise!
I know that many of you have been praying and I very much appreciate it!  Praise the Lord I know he was with me during my time at JAARS and I learned a lot!  It definitely felt like I was in the right place for the right amount of time to do some intense learning.  Praise the Lord for safety for everyone involved in my training!  Please pray for the details of shipping my tools to Arizona and then to Zambia to come together soon!  Pray that I will have wisdom in packing and choosing what to take and what not to take.  Pray for my heart to continue to be prepared for what God has for me.  Pray for my time in the Cross Cultural course that I will learn what I need to!  Thank you in advance for your prayers!

Strawberry Ridge

My Schedule:

Praise the Lord, my time to leave is coming soon!

Now until January 20th: Home visiting and packing!

January 21-February 8th:Cross Cultural Training in CO!

February 15th:  Leave for Zambia with a quick stop in Scotland!

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I made it to JAARS!!!!!

As many of you know I will be spending the next 3 1/2 months in Waxhaw, NC doing aviation flight and maintenance orientation with JAARS to prepare me for the missionary service I will be doing in Zambia, Africa with Flying Mission.  I arrived earlier this week and will begin my training next Tuesday, September 4th.  Waxhaw is located near the South Carolina border just south of Charlotte.

Here’s a brief look at who JAARS is and what life will look like for me here in Waxhaw, NC!!!!!

Who JAARS is (this info was taken from their website, follow the links to their website to find out more):

“We’re a nonprofit that provides technical support services—such as aviationinformation technology, and media—to advance Bible translation and literacy programs worldwide. Our work impacts teams with SIL International, the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and many related organizations.”

“For more than 60 years, JAARS aviation has provided safe, dependable flight services to translators and support personnel, enabling Bible translation to flourish in locations that would otherwise remain inaccessible.”

JAARS used to stand for “Jungle Aviation and Radio Service” but at this point they do a lot more than aviation and radio service so the acronym was dropped and it’s just JAARS.

Because Flying Mission doesn’t have any training facilities in the United States, JAARS handles most of the evaluation and pre-field training for FM pilot/mechanics.

JAARS owns and operates out of JAARS-Townsend Field, and does much or their training on the field, as well as at other strips in the area.  While their main runway is long and paved, they have short grass strips set up on the side that can progressively train pilots to land within precise limitations.

 

 

For my training this fall I will be flying this Cessna U206G.  The Cessna 206 is a 6 seat single engine aircraft with a rugged design and powerful engine.  It is a popular bush plane, and is used all over the world by many different mission agencies.  The first airplane that I will be operating with Flying Mission in Zambia will be the 206, so my experience this fall will be invaluable when I begin flying in Africa.

 

I have a small (it’s smaller inside then it looks :-)) apartment that I will be living in during my training.  It is about a 5 minute walk from the airport, so it’s the perfect spot for me to be!

 

 

 

 

Update July 2012!

Support Update!
Hello Friends!  Just wanted to send out a quick update to let you know the latest on my support raising for service with Flying Mission in Zambia.  God is continuing to work!!  My monthly support totals have reached 90%.  This is great news and I am almost there!  I am hoping to get the remaining 10% in the next month before I leave so that I will not have to worry about support raising while I am at flight training in North Carolina.  As of today, July 27th I have left my full time position with Kent State!  I have hit the point of no return!! 🙂 I will be working part time for the remaining few weeks I am in Ohio, as well as focusing on finishing up my support raising.  There are so many different things that must be done, I am feeling just a bit overwhelmed, but I know it will all get taken care of before I go.
  Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone that has become part of my prayer and financial team! The momentum is building!  If you are wanting to join the financial or prayer team now is the time!!!! Even if you can only do $25 or $50 a month, every little bit helps!  If you click on the “Pledge” link you will be forwarded to my new website where you can print and send in the donation from. Also feel free to email or call me with any questions.  For more regular updates on my go to my websitewww.weaversworldtravels.com and click on the “follow” link.
I have felt God’s blessing from all of you who have been praying for me!  God has given me new confidence and excitement in the past month for what He is doing in my life.  I would still ask for prayer that I can honor God in how I ask for support and that the needed funds will come in. As well as His continued work in my heart to prepare me for this HUGE life change ahead of me.  Thank you for all of the support and love I have felt over the past months.  I wouldn’t be here without so many people behind me.  THANK YOU!
Tentative Timeline
Many of you have asked how soon until I leave, and if things continue to progress as they have, I am hoping to reach 100% of my fundraising needs by the end of August!   Then the Lord willing this is how my next 6 months will look!
  • August 27th-December 19th 2012–Prefield flight training with JAARS in Waxhaw, NC.
  • December 20th 2012-January 2013— Back in Ohio saying my goodbyes and tying up loose ends.
  • January 21st 2013-February 8th 2013— Cross Cultural Ministry Training with MTI in Colorado.
  • February 9th or after— Leave for Zambia!!!!