About Son Safaris
The Son Safaris Mission
Our mission is to create a unique opportunity for supporters and volunteers to understand God through His creation while on safari in Africa
Son Safaris is a Christian mission organization.
It is our desire to be responsible to God and His people so we accept no government monies.
We trust that our Lord will provide for our needs through His people
and serve Christ as His creation in the mission field in the local villages.
Son Safaris' Founder/Director, Fledge Fiamingo desires to provide ministry wherever needed without regard to their abilty to pay. This worthy goal cannot be accomplished without your help.
To achieve this goal we need individuals to:
- Please pray for Fledge and Julie Fiamingo to remain faithful to God's call to this ministry
- Prayerfully consider placing Son Safaris in their monthly mission budget to support this ministry regulary and generously
We need churches and organizations to:
- Schedule Fledge as a guest speaker to share the unique perspective of Son Safaris programs at:
- Youth Camps
- Vacation Bible School
- Prayerfully consider placing Son Safaris in their mission budget
When Fledge speaks of the beginning of Son Safaris, he often talks about his God-sized dream:
I was sitting around the fire at a VBS in the summer of 2009 just as I had done for the last 5 years. I had been speaking every evening to a middle school audience as I have done many times before, and it was on the final night as we gathered around the fire for worship and sharing that I was sitting behind the kids as they worshipped, and I remember just staring into the magnificent fire in front of us under the trees and stars of that evening, listening to the night sounds, guitars, and these inspired kids.
The Lord spoke to my heart then and I was made aware of a dream. The question was "why can't we have this, this week of worship and growth, around a fire at a lodge...IN AFRICA?
Where the same idea of vacation Bible school, Son Safaris, hearing God's Word, all while being in Africa, on safari, and around a fire to be surrounded by God's creation?"
Then it dawned on me, "why not?"
Speaking at events and conferences around the country since 2003, Fledge's unique perspective as a former game ranger has captured audiences as varied as children attending Vacation Bible School, college age students at Penn State University, and mature Christian adults at conferences such as the Georgia Christian Missionary Rally.
Fledge Fiamingo - Founder and Executive Director
Fledge was born in Namibia,and lived in South Africa for most of his life. His impressive resume includes dive master/skipper for Ocean Divers International, photographic safari ranger in three different countries in Africa and assistant campus minister at Christian Campus Fellowship at the University of Georgia. Fledge has been married to his wife, Julie, since 2003, and they have two sons. In his spare time, Fledge enjoys watching TV shows and movies with his wife, playing with the kids, and various outdoor activities such as camping and climbing. Fledge is the founder/director of the Son Safaris ministry.
Julie Fiamingo - Bookkeeper
Julie was born in Georgia and attended the University of Georgia, receiving a degree in Math Education and she also holds a master’s degree from Troy University in Education. She and Fledge have been married since 2003 and they have two children. In her spare time, Julie enjoys reading and getting pedicures. She is currently a math teacher at Apalachee High School.
Tim Hudson - Administrator
Tim is a native Georgian. He holds five degrees and honors from different colleges, universities and seminaries. Tim comes from a strong Christian background and has enjoyed preaching and teaching about God’s grace and working in Christian ministries for most of his life. He married his wife, Sheila, in 1968 and they have two daughters. Tim has seven grandsons and enjoys spending time with them as well as travelling, writing, reading and being a self-professed geek and technophile. Tim was senior campus minister for 28 years at Christian Campus Fellowship at The University of Georgia. While there he baptized Fledge, and has enjoyed watching his close friend realize the dream of the Son Safaris ministry. He is currently the Emeritus Senior Campus Minister of CCF, and the National Representative for the Association of College Ministries.