Flying Mission Zambia Pilot, Guillermo Reddekopp, writes: Flying Mission Zambia is here to help Zambia but it has never before taken on a project like this one. FMZ was asked to assist Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) to survey the animal stocks in the National Parks. Understanding that the work would take 3 weeks, FMZ accepted, with the reservation that planes would be withdrawn for normal scheduled mission flights and for maintenance.
It was soon clear that 3 weeks was insufficient time to fulfil the task. However FMZ pressed on to help the Authority complete the job, which finally took nearer to 8 weeks.
Guillermo recalls: ‘One time we had the chance to visit a village. The arrival of the plane was fascinating to local people. Perhaps 90 adults and children gathered around. I wondered how I could share something of God’s love with these people since I did not know their language. I found that a few of the youth had a little English and one was willing to try to translate for me to speak to the group. Later, a second one came to help him out. I gave a short story of how I met with Jesus and told them what a privilege it was to be a missionary pilot in their country. I even managed to share a verse from the Bible since one child had a little ‘Gideon’ New Testament just like the one I had received from that Society as a child in Canada!’
I became good friends with the ZAWA team whilst we were together. They even began to refer to me as “cousin”! When one got so sick we had to cancel a flight, I was able to pray for him and by the afternoon he was ready to go again!
‘It was a very good experience’, says Guillermo,’even though it demanded a lot of time and energy. Yes, it was a challenge, but FMZ was able to shine for Jesus.’
You can read another report on ZAWA flying, this time by pilot Rick Rempel, in the article, The Mammoth Task.