My daughter and I joined Fledge Fiamingo on a 2-week mission trip to South Africa in June 2017. I'm well traveled, but this was my first experience as part of a mission team. During our trip, we completed projects and served at two children's homes, and worked on two conservation projects at a game reserve. The trip, alone, was a wonderful adventure, made so much more special by sharing it with my daughter. But several things made this one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Meeting so many people who selflessly serve others everyday; being surrounded by some amazing young people so strong in their faith and love of life; Fledge's passion for Son Safaris vision and his enthusiasm in sharing his story and professional knowledge as a former ranger - these are just a few things that stood out for me. Son Safaris provides such a unique opportunity to serve. We were able to work at both children's homes AND on a game reserve, while staying on the reserve surrounded by wildlife. Thank you Fledge for a remarkable experience! I came back so elated that I can't wait to go back!
Fledge has spoken at two of our Fall Retreats and he does not disappoint! The students loved his stories of his encounters with exotic animals. I loved how he used those stories to proclaim biblical truth.
God did it again, this time getting His word out to us in sin city - Las Vegas. Thanks Fledge for speaking on His behalf. GSCO Ovis Convention - Henry McNatt
Fledge is an awesome man of God working for God's glory. Fledge brought a powerful message and was submissive to the Holy Spirit who worked through him. Fledge's expertise in the field of study allowed him to capture the attention of all audiences and draw them into the scripture that did the work in lives. I am looking forward to working with Fledge and Son Safaris again in the future.
It was a privilege to have Fledge from Son Safaris present and interact with our church. We used Fledge to speak at a Men's Retreat with 4 sessions, and he did a great job connecting in and out of sessions with our men and giving unique and dynamic presentations. During the same weekend, Fledge spoke during our 3 weekend services and the congregation loved his Lions vs. Hyenas sermon. He was approachable, professional, and relatable. He also spoke a relevant message to our youth. This man can taylor his message to a wide variety of audiences. Also, I appreciated Fledge explaining his mission but not being pushy. He is defiantly someone that you want to get on board with and we are planning on having him back in the future. Highly Recommend.
Fledge was a fantastic choice for our group! He came and spoke at one of our club meetings at Lincoln memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. He gave the perfect amount of the gospel and love for Jesus while still being considerate of those who didn't know Christ. Everyone mentioned how much they enjoyed having him come and how encouraging he was. A month later and people are STILL talking about him! You can't go wrong getting Fledge to come speak to your group!
- Rachel Biggers
Christian Veterinary Fellowship President
Fledge Fiamingo of Son Safaris is a master and South Africa was incredible. This was my first international mission trip (first time on a plane, actually). I could not have imagined going with a better leader. Not once on this trip did I, or any of my teammates, feel unsafe or unclear of our expectations. Being neglected, or misinformed just isn’t part of the equation with Son Safaris. We worked hard, but all of this work was for beautiful, Christ-centered purposes. Our work included conservation projects at our reserve camp, visiting children's homes to spend time with the kids, and building a home for a children's home staff member. There's plenty of manual labor, but there's work for everybody of all skill levels and interests. Equally part of the trip, as the Safari in Son Safaris suggests, was taking game drives on the reserve, observing so much of the wonder God has created and animals I did not even know existed. As a college student who has had very little mission experience, I had a great feeling about traveling with Fledge from the beginning, and that was not in vain. His ability to keep us encouraged and informed is second to none. I gained perspective on this trip that will guide me for the rest of my life. Seeing God’s love halfway around the world in the faces of people in heart breaking conditions will change you. If you, or a child are considering international missions, do yourself a favor and give Son Safaris a serious look.
I have traveled to Africa with Fledge through Son Safaris not once but twice to serve the people there. Both trips were unique, uplifting, and as safe as any mission trip that I have been on! I have been on multiple mission trips besides these with several different mission organizations and Son Safaris by far ranks at the top of my list! Son Safaris is a very professional mission organization that allows you to experience local culture, work to conserve the environment, and most importantly share the love of Christ with the local people.
I will use no other organization than Son Safaris as my avenue to serve in South Africa. I will definitely be returning with Son Safaris in the near future. As a Resident Director for Johnson University I plan to encourage my students to serve in South Africa with me through this great mission of Son Safaris. I also have children of my own and hope that the opportunity will present itself for us as a family to serve through Son Safaris.
She came back a different person.
I have known Fledge for over 10 years. His work with Son Safaris changes lives. I know because my daughter recently traveled to South Africa with a team of college students. She came back a different person. For parents who may be hesitant to allow their kids to go to South Africa with Fledge, you have nothing to worry about. Fledge's experience, leadership skills, and common sense is exemplary. I would not allow my daughter to go on the trip if I did not have complete confidence in Fledge. My prayer each day she was gone was that God would use her and the team to reach others. That is exactly what happened. It was inspiring to see how God work in raising the funds to go to South Africa, and in using Gracie and the rest of the team as they served the people there.
I have heard Fledge several times, and I always learn from his lessons. I am a huddle leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Apalachee High School, and Fledge brought his message during a special event for us. The students were engaged in his lesson and loved his presentation of God creating the animals and His way of creating each of us. I have witnessed him speak to young children, teens and adults- he always adapts his lesson based on the age of the audience. Fledge is amazing!
Tonya Crowe - Apalachee High FCA