For the past nine years I have had the privilege of flying Microlights over the Falls for a local company. So far I have taken more than 22,000 passengers over this great wonder, most of them over beautiful rainbows. It was my joy to see each of my passengers deeply touched by this magnificent glory of God’s creation. But there is more! There is a treasure, and this treasure is not at the end of the rainbow, this treasure is right in the people’s hearts.
For the bible says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.”
But let me tell you where my treasure is, the Zambian people of this land, a people so special, so full of joy, yet so stuck in poverty and tradition, with many overwhelming needs. My heart's desire is to be able to help these people in far remote places. And a Microlight is a fantastic tool that can reach plenty of people in the rural areas and help meet their needs, and bring the message of hope to their hearts, to God's treasure!
It began as my wife and I traveled deep into the bush of sub Saharan Africa to reach those who have never heard the gospel before. On treacherous roads we have spent many days trying to reach our location, using a Land Cruiser or even a Motorbike. During the rainy season, these roads turn into swamps leaving the villages unreachable for several months every year.
The poverty level we have encountered in the village is stifling. With AIDS one of the highest rates here in Africa, 1 in 3 people die daily, leaving behind 4- 6 children on average to fend for themselves. Zambia has the highest orphan rate anywhere in Africa.
Out of this desperation and my passion for flying, the vision was born: to launch a flying ministry here in Zambia. By being able to reach these remote villages with the gospel, the message of hope, we will make first contact, as well as scouting land logistics from the air to help develop outreach programs that will assist the people with humanitarian needs and Christian discipleship.
To make this dream a reality, we have been blessed with the ownership of a Microlight, for the outrageous amount of $1.00! However, to rebuild it, it needs a new engine, propeller, a new wing, intercom, and instruments, summing up to $24,000.
The only way we can make this vision a reality and get Airborne in Africa is with your help. Would you be willing to come onboard with us and donate parts or finances to help us build this dream?
We invite you to partner with us and join the flying adventure here in Africa.
The challenge… With your help, how many remote villages can we reach by Microlight in 2013?