Combating poaching in the wilderness of Zambia

Flying Mission Pilot, Timo Kehr, had an exhilarating experience recently. He describes it like this:

God doesn’t only care for his beloved human beings. He is also interested in the animals he created. I had the chance recently to meet people who are fighting the poaching of elephants, rhinos and other wild animals in Zambia. Their goal is to protect the animals by working together with the Wildlife Police and the local village to recreate and maintain space for the animals. (The elephants and rhinos are wanted for their tusks and horns; antelopes are poached for meat.)

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Help at hand

The setting is Solwezi, a city in the north-west of Zambia, at 10am on an ordinary weekday. Solwezi is the capital of North-Western Province. The town has approximately 65,000 inhabitants. Most of the people living there are somehow connected to the copper mines. A mine worker is checking the fire extinguisher. What he doesn`t know is that the overpressure gauge is out of order and, sure enough, the whole things explodes, injuring his hand. This hand he needs in order to work, to get paid and to sustain his family. First aid is done by the local paramedics. Continue reading “Help at hand”

Another way of reaching the community

 

‘One way we’ve already been able to use the new BIG house we just moved into was to host a huge yard sale in our driveway’, writes Michele Royce of Flying Mission Zambia. ‘It was raining in the morning so most of the sale was moved into the garage, front porch and under a tree. What we were selling was odds and ends, things that previous missionaries weren’t able to sell or move on before leaving the country. Over the years stuff has just accumulated here at FMZ.

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From Secret Service to ‘Senior Service’ in Africa

‘Jim (name changed) sat next to me for over three hours on our flight way into North Eastern Zambia,’ mission pilot and MD for Flying Mission Zambia, Bryan Wilson, told us recently. ‘It was his first trip to Zambia for the purpose of teaching a large pastors conference held twice yearly. Jim told me about his 21 years working for the White House, travelling to over 50 countries, serving his country by doing secret service stuff….. using all the best equipment in the world to protect the President’s travels. 

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Town Day in Lusaka from another angle

‘I welcomed the darkened car windows, so that I could stare to my heart’s content at the passing world of downtown Lusaka, without being stared at in return.’Lusaka traffic

This past week, Heather and her husband Phil (both from Ireland and working with Wycliffe Bible Translators at Mongu in Western Province) joined Gabriele, Flying Mission “administrator extraordinaire”, on her weekly trek to town so they could stop at Immigration Headquarters to update some information in their employment visa. Here is Phil’s fresh perspective on the trip. We hope you enjoy it!

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A VIPOP – what’s that?

A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF PAPER – that’s what a VIPOP is. And here it is: the Air Operator Certificate, presented to Flying Mission Zambia by the ZCAA, the regulating body for aviation here in Zambia.Receiving the document

 

It has taken 2 and a half years to acquire this certificate and is the ‘passport’ to more ministry in Southern Africa for Flying Mission Zambia. National changes required Flying Mission to register as a commercial organisation and qualify for the new status. Much paperwork and re-structuring took place at Chilongolo to make it happen.

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Exponential growth at Flying Mission Zambia

 

 

 

So, what’s taking place at Chilongolo, home of Flying Mission Zambia, these days? It’s ‘all hands on deck’ to complete the hangar project! Every kind of skill is being employed by the team in order to finish this part of the infrastructure and integrate the administration department into the building. Come and see how it is coming along – or, better still, come out and help us!

 

 

Is that a pilot up there with a drill? It could be. This team is versatile.

 

 

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