Loudon, John & Karen
Richmond, MI 48062
Lake Pointe Bible Chapel, Plymouth, Michigan, USA in 1900
John & Karen served the Lord through mission aviation in Africa for 34 years, living in Kenya for 5 years and in Tanzania for 7 years before moving to Zambia in 1996. They worked at Kalene Mission in northwest Zambia with Mission Flight Services. John was the Operations Manager and a pilot/mechanic. John led a weekly Bible study for young men from local assemblies, with an emphasis on discipleship training and encouraging local assemblies. He preached occasionally at the Kalene assembly and sometimes would take several sessions at the yearly assembly conference or elders conference. Karen's main contribution was as the Flight Follower, tracking the plane whenever John was flying, recording important details. Hospitality, bookroom management, flight scheduling at the hangar, working with a girls sewing class - these were all on Karen's agenda from time to time at Kalene. Both John & Karen began worshiping with the saints at Chifwafwa, a small assembly about a half hour from Kalene, for many months, to encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Karen and John were involved with Sakeji Mission School over the years, with John on the board, and Karen in teaching or on the PTA. Their 4 children were raised in Zambia & all attended Sakeji School. The youngest one, Joshua, graduated from Rift Valley Academy in July 2018, so John & Karen came on an extended furlough, with the desire to return to Zambia, either full-time or part-time, in a discipleship Bible teaching ministry (rather than aviation), as the Lord leads. We value your prayers regarding this.
While in the US, John is teaching at The Ezekiel Project School of Evangelism (TEPSE) while Karen helps in the office. Josh is a 2nd year student at TEPSE, thinking of overseas missions. Julie lives in Iowa working with refugees from Africa. Jeannie completed 5 years teaching at Christians schools in the Bahamas & in Rwanda and is now studying at TEPSE. Nathan had been serving the Lord with us in Zambia since 2013, discipling young people, doing outreach and preaching on Sundays. He & his wife Chichi are now in Michigan, as well. Nathan is currently teaching at TEPSE while Chichi cares for our 2 grandchildren, Jonathan & Natalie, with a desire to return to Zambia.