Settling in Lusaka


Greetings from Zambia!

After an enjoyable two weeks living in a Zambian Village, I am settling into living in Lusaka, Zambia.

My village time was truly a blessing.  James and Elosia Shampande took me in for two weeks and allowed me to live with them and 5 of their kids on their farm in Mwembeshi, Zambia.  The Shampande’s have 7 kids total, but two are grown and married and live in the city.  James is a pastor at a local church in the village, but also farms his land with the help of his family.  They were very open and hospitable, and allowed me to see what life is like, and to ask any questions that I wanted.  I learned many things about Zambian culture, Nyanja (one of the many Zambian languages), and even a few things about farming.  🙂  Among other things I harvested beans, helped plow a field, and climbed inside a water tank to try to stop it from leaking!  We also visited other members of the church in the village, took a trip to a neighboring town called Mumbwa, went to James’s church, and visited a neighboring village church that he helped to plant.  I ate nshima (a cornmeal paste) and assorted side dishes with my hands, for almost every meal, and slept in a mud brick hut with a thatched roof.  My time in the village was very enjoyable, and the Shampande’s have told me that they will be my African family and I am welcome anytime!

A few interesting things about current village living… they have electricity, cell phones, a freezer, and even a TV!!  Life is certainly not plush or easy, but it is interesting to see how modern things are working their way even into the African bush.

I am scheduled to finish my cultural orientation this week, and begin my flight orientation next week.  I have learned much so far, but I know there are still many things to learn!  I am excited to start flying and seeing more of the Zambian countryside.  The rainy season is ending so it will be nice to see things before they turn brown during the dry season!

I am still looking for a quality vehicle at a reasonable price so that is a major prayer concern!!  I will be housesitting for another missionary who is on furlough for the next 2 1/2 months, and she is also letting my drive her car until I find my own, so that is a major blessing!

Thank you to all of those who have been praying and thinking about me!  I appreciate all of the comments and emails, even if I do not respond to them very quickly!  The internet here is very slow and expensive, but hey, at least I can connect and communicate!  I have uploaded some pictures to Facebook from my village stay and you can see them by clicking HERE.  Even if you do not have Facebook you can see the content on my page!

Praises For:

  • A safe, healthy, and enjoyable time in the Zambian Village!
  • Having a temporary house to live in and car to drive while I find my own.
  • The many new things I have learned thus far about Zambia and it’s people!
  • The many ways the Lord is blessing me in this transition.

Prayers For:

  • Finding a good vehicle at a reasonable price!! (Yes I’m still looking!)
  • Continued focus on God during the transition.
  • Safety as I begin flying, and wisdom as I begin writing my tests and transferring my licenses over to Zambia.

Send me Mail!!!!
Jonathan Weaver
Postnet #197, P/Bag E891
Lusaka, Zambia

Mud brick hut with a thatched roof!

Mud brick hut with a thatched roof!

My African Family!

My African Family!

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 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!!!!