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

“God’s Will”

Life in Africa, always has something new for me right now.  Transitions are usually difficult, but keeping a good attitude and your sense of humor seem to be the keys to good transitions.  Driving in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, is quite the experience and I am still adjusting to it.  It’s hard enough to remember which side of the car to get into, and then which side of the road to drive on, but add to that a crazy mix of slow trucks, more speed bumps then I can count, cautious and slow drivers, and finally extremely aggressive fast “minibus” drivers, and it makes for exciting stories on every commute.  The beauty of the minibuses is that in spite of how they actually drive, they have friendly reminders of the important things of life posted all over them.  It’s good really, but it just doesn’t always seem like it after they have just cut you off, or held up 2 lanes of traffic with a green light because they pulled into an intersection that was already full when they had a red light.  But hey, it’s a whole lot easier to take pictures while sitting in traffic then driving right?  And after all we do want God’s will to be done…

"God's Will"

“God’s Will”

Update!! Feb 25th, 2013

Well, it’s has been a busy last couple of months for me as I have prepared to move to Africa.  I arrived home from North Carolina in mid December and was able to see many family members and friends during the Holiday season, as well as visit a few churches and continue to spread the word about the ministry that the Lord has called me to in Zambia!

From January 21st to February 8th I attended a course at Mission Training International (MTI) which was very beneficial.  Their organization exists to help missionaries and their families to make the jump from home culture into another culture and back successfully.  I was able to learn some practical skills and attitudes that will help me as I make that transition!  The time I spent there was much needed and truly Christ centered, and I appreciated it very much.

After I arrived home from MTI, I had one week to get everything else done before I got on a plane headed to Scotland on February 15th.   It was quite a world wind but everything got done, praise the Lord!  Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped with and came to my open house.  It was so nice to see as many people as I could and be able say goodbye for a while!  One of the things we learned at MTI was the importance of saying “good” Goodbyes because it puts one at peace and shows the value of the relationship with those one is leaving and also opens up the individual for the opportunity to say many new Hello’s!!

I had the privilege of being commissioned and sent out for service in Africa by both Christ Community Chapel, in Hudson and Grace Baptist Church, in Kent.  I feel very loved and blessed to have such strong bodies of Christ behind me as I step out in to the unknown of my future!!

After working like crazy to pack up everything going to Africa and eliminating those things that didn’t quite make the cut, I was ready to go!  Two large bags and one bin (see picture below) and that’s it for now!  I boarded the plane with my good friend Tom to visit the New College at the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.  Tom will be studying there in the fall, and knowing I would have a layover somewhere near there, we planned to visit together!  It was been a wonderful time of rest and relaxation, and I have enjoyed seeing some of the sights of Scotland.

I am headed to London, England today (Feb 25) and will be heading from there to Lusaka, Zambia tomorrow.  Lord Willing I will arrive in Lusaka, Zambia at 6:55am local time on Wed. Feb. 27th!!!  (That is 11:55pm Tues. Feb. 26th EST.) Please be in prayer for safe travels and a smooth transition!  Not sure what the next few weeks will look like for me, but most likely I’ll be looking for a vehicle, learning where things are located in Lusaka, learning as much about the culture as I can, and possibly living in a village for a little while!

Until I can update again, check out these pictures from my final days in the United States, and my time in Scotland!!

Much Love,

Jonathan