About Son Safaris

Jesus is the Son of God. Fledge is a safari ranger.

We combined these two ideas to create: Son Safaris

 
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Fledge was born in Namibia, and lived in South Africa for most of his life. His impressive resume includes Drill Instructor in the South African Defense Force, volunteer crew member for the National Sea Rescue Institute, 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 and two daughters. 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.

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Meet the Staff

Fledge Fiamingo, Founder and Director

Tim Hudson, Chief People Officer

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 traveling, 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. 

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Grace Dore, Chief Operating Officer

Grace was born in Orlando, Florida. She now resides in Athens, Georgia. Grace attended both the Florida and Tennessee campuses of Johnson University before graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies with a focus on Missions. Missions, particularly in Africa, has been a desire of hers since college. Grace loves working for Son Safaris because we tie God back into His creation. Since working here she found the connection between loving God and loving His creatures, His earth, and His people. 
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Meet the Board

Executive Committee

Mac Hamilton, Chairman

Mac was born and raised in Athens, Georgia so it was only natural for him to go to UGA after high school. A graduate of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business, he has spent his career in commercial real estate. Mac and his wife, Catherine, have been blessed with two incredible daughters. As an outdoors enthusiast, he is frequently found hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, and golfing, when possible, the entire family enjoys those experiences together.

Mac and his wife Catherine, met Fledge and Julie Fiamingo in 2009 in the setting of a small group from their church. The Hamilton’s and Fiamingo’s began a three year journey in which they shared life's ups and downs in an environment surrounded by fellow followers of Jesus Christ. Mac has had the opportunity to watch Sons Safaris grow, from its very beginning. After Mac and Fledge being together, as brothers in Christ, and after countless discussions about opportunities for networking, exposure, and expansion of Son Safaris, Fledge surprised Mac with an invitation to join the Board of Directors. To this Mac responded "I feel blessed and honored with the opportunity to become a formal activist for, and supporter of, Son Safaris. To bring my love of Christ and the outdoors together, as a way to further expand the world’s exposure to Christ, is an exciting opportunity."

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Hannah Seaman, Secretary

Hannah was born and raised in Georgia. She graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Business Management. Hannah works for Fellers, Schewe, Scott, & Roberts, Inc., as a Property Tax Consultant. Her job entails appealing commercial property values to lower property taxes. Hannah has a great sense of adventure which has led her to enjoy activities such as backpacking, rock climbing, white water rafting and anything outdoors. While attending college, she was introduced to her husband, Michael Seaman, through a mutual friend. Hannah and Michael welcomed their first child, Nathanael, in March 2015. With a heart for mission work, they have traveled to Botswana, Africa as part of Son Safaris first mission trip as well as multiple trips to Ecuador and India. Hannah was honored when asked to join the board of Son Safaris. She looks forward to sharing Christ love with the people of Africa!

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Sandy Overton, Treasurer

Sandy was born and raised in the charming small town of Madison, GA. After working in restaurant management for many years in New Orleans and the Atlanta area, she chose to take a few years off to stay home with her three children until they reached school age. During this time, Sandy and her family returned to her hometown and became involved with a local childhood literacy organization where she volunteered for several years in an effort to give back to her local community before accepting the position of Program Administrator and Bookkeeper. During her employment, she earned her accounting degree. Sandy is very involved in her home church, Center Pointe and currently works as the Operations Manager for Household Water Specialist in Covington, GA.

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Personnel Committee

Weldon Davis

Weldon grew up on a cattle farm in southern Virginia. He graduated from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN where he received a degree in Bible and Youth Ministry. He currently serves as the Men's Resident Director at Johnson University. Weldon is married to Ashley Boone Davis and they have one son and one daughter. Weldon loves the outdoor life and will go camping and rock climbing any chance he gets. Weldon and Ashley have been following Son Safaris' God-sized dream since its inception. Weldon is very excited to be part of what Son Safaris is doing, and is going to do for the glory of Christ.

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Brian LaRue

Brian serves as the youth minister at Galilee Christian Church since 2008. Before working at Galilee he served at Central Christian Church in St. Petersburg, FL., from 2000-2008. Brian is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University with a degree in Bible and Youth Ministry. Brian's passions are his family, working with students, and short-term mission trips. His wife, Sarah, is a high school teacher of special education and mathematics and they have three children Sadie, Hannah, and Isaac.

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Current Openings

 

What is God calling you to do? See our two open positions below to see if serving with Son Safaris is where God is calling you!

Son Safaris is a ministry of New International. All staff members are NI affiliates. Click to meet New International.

 

Ministry Administrator

Are you detailed? Do you enjoy problem solving, planning, scheduling, and organization? 

If so, our Ministry Administrator position could be perfect for you! Send us an application to begin a conversation.

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Media & Communications Director

Do you like to travel? Do you enjoy sharing exciting experiences through social media? Are you creative and excited about sharing God through His creation? If so, our Media & Communications Director position could be perfect for you! Send us an application to begin a conversation. 

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Speaking Ministry

Founder/Director Fledge Fiamingo is a safari ranger who hosted international guests on photographic safaris of African wildlife in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa. Fledge gave his life to Jesus Christ in 2001. After this life-changing event the more Fledge dove into God's incredible Word the more he realized the parallels of the excitement of being on safari in Africa and having a dynamic relationship with Christ. As a Christian inspirational speaker Fledge combines his vast knowledge of God's incredible creation with His inspired Word to bring a unique perspective to having a relationship with Christ. Since 2003, Fledge has been invited all over the United States to speak in various settings and to a wide range of age groups.

 
 

Christ-Centered Creation Care

All over Africa there are many incredible Christian missions doing wonderful projects within the local communities. There are also many wildlife reserves hosting guests on safari. Our vision for our Christ-centered creation care teams to South Africa is not to reinvent either of these great opportunities, but to combine them into one spectacular event for our team members who serve with us.

 

As a Christ-centered ministry we serve the Lord by obeying His first command, tend and protect His creation (Gen 2:15). We do this by assisting the game reserve with land and wildlife conservation projects. This also opens doors and provides opportunity for us to begin long-term relationships with the reserve staff whereby we can answer questions and begin opening their eyes to the Creator God who loves them. Our teams stay on the wildlife reserve for the duration of their trip. Fledge shares his extensive knowledge of African wildlife with the teams while on safari. The teams will experience and understand God in a whole new realm. Being on safari is where God can communicate through His creation.

Our Beliefs

 

We hold these vital beliefs:

The divine inspiration of the Old and New Testaments, which are wholly trustworthy and authoritative in all matters of faith and conduct, and reveal God's plan for all the nations.

One God, externally existent in three persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who is unwilling that any should perish, but that all come to repentance.

 

Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God, God manifest in the flesh, and born of a virgin.

 

Jesus lived without sin, was crucified for our sins, was bodily raised for our justification, ascended to take His place at the right hand of God, and is coming again in glory. It is in His name that repentance and remission of sins are to be preached to all nations.

 

The personal, perpetual mission of the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and Who indwells believers to enable them to live holy lives, to minister to one another, and to witness concerning Christ.

 

The alienation and separation of persons from God and their dependence on the grace of God manifested in Jesus Christ; in salvation through the atoning work of Christ received by grace through faith.

 

The continuance of the Lord's Supper and baptism as taught in the New Testament. The Church as a divine institution, essentially one upon earth as the Body of Christ, to which God has committed the message of reconciliation for all nations.

 

The necessity of righteousness and benevolence on the part of all Christians, love being a mark of a disciple.

Our Corporate Sponsors

We are thankful for businesses who invest in caring for God's creation through our ministry by generous, tax-deductible gifts that help protect endangered wildlife.

 
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Thank you Joe Cozart from Team Cozart

Thank you Justin and Michael Siebert from The Sign Bros.

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Justin and his wife, Alison, receiving a certificate of sponsorship from Welgevonden Game Reserve

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Our November 2017 team while collaring the elephant

Contact Us

Have a question about scheduling Fledge as your event's speaker, our teams to Africa, or other questions? Please send us a message.

 

We are a ministry of

New International

 

Mailing Addresses:

 

Georgia office:

Son Safaris

P.O. Box 48476

Athens, GA 30604

Florida office:

Son Safaris

2701 Cleveland Ave.

Suite 200

Ft. Myers, FL 33901

Son Safaris Phone: ​706-254-0558

Phone while serving in South Africa:

+27 76 515 4703

Son Safaris Mailing Address 

Home office:

P.O. Box 48476

Athens, GA 30604


Florida office:

2701 Cleveland Ave. 

Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Son Safaris is a ministry of New International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN 95-4338997).

All donations are tax-deductible.

New International, a member of ECFA and Charity Navigator, honors preference of gifts solicited and in accordance with IRS regulations, retains discretion and control over their use.