We are undoubtedly living in a season of uncertainty. As we watched church online this morning, the pastor spoke about Game Changing Moments. The message hit incredibly close to home for us, as we are unquestionably walking through a game changing moment that is about to transform into our new reality. Let us backtrack a bit and try to describe what we have been sensing in our spirits for a few months now.
This past November we were privileged to take our second mission’s team to Eswatini (Swaziland). There was an undeniable shift within Chad on that trip. At first, he felt completely overwhelmed by the ministry growing at a rapid pace and began to question whether we could keep up with the growth. Upon returning back home, God revealed to him that the stress and burden that he was carrying for things here in the States was not for him to carry. The realization is that we are needed in Eswatini on a more consistent basis and the weight on him to make changes to his situation here in the States was the distraction from the call on our lives as a family. Our mission from God and passion has not changed over the past 20 years and that is to plant churches and impact entire communities in Eswatini, Africa.
As many of us know, the timing of things does not always make sense. When Chad’s position at the church was eliminated due to budget cuts, we felt like God was leading us in a direction we weren’t expecting at this time. The season of life we are living in does not afford us to pack up everything and move back to Africa, even though our hearts long to be there. Brielle will be entering her senior year in High school and we are currently visiting colleges this Spring. Caden will be starting 8th grade and is active in sports year-round. We believe that there is a season for everything. Chad has felt a burden to be on the ground more in Eswatini for quite some time now, staying months at a time if the Lord would allow. Pastor Mbongeni needs the support and help and we want to do all that we can to sustain the growth of the ministry. God keeps moving on the hearts of people to jump on board all that He is doing in Eswatini. We would not be experiencing the rapid growth that we have without our supporters.
So, this leads us to what we feel God is calling us to at this time. The plan is for Wendy to continue working at the kid’s school during the school year, taking teams overseas in November and around Spring Break time each year. The Summer months would enable us to be on the ground in Africa for 2-3 months at a time. This means that Chad would be shifting to full-time missions, spending time between the States and Eswatini year-round. His focus will remain steadfast speaking on behalf of E127 and all that God is doing in Africa as well as being on the ground overseas more to support Pastor Mbongeni. For quite some time we have felt stretched between two places. This is a tricky season for us. We must be mindful of what is best for our children in their stages of life, as well as be all-in helping this ministry grow to the capacity that God desires.
Here is where you come in. First, we are asking that you pray for us as we step out of our comfort zone and trust God to take care of us financially and all that is needed to operate the ministry month to month. We are also asking that you prayerfully consider sponsoring us on a monthly basis as once again full-time missionaries. We need to raise $3200 per month to run all operating expenses as full-time missionaries between the States and Africa. Please know that we do everything we possibly can to get the most out of every donation. Anyone who has had the opportunity to join us on a trip to our ministry sites can attest to that firsthand. Please contact us if you have a small group, church service or any other opportunities for us to share about what God is doing in Africa.
We know that this is a tough time for many of us, but we are getting hit especially hard in our rural communities in ESwatini. There is no hoarding and storing up groceries for a month at a time happening there.
With the closing of the schools and businesses, everyone is struggling to find ways to feed their families. Currently, we are still able to feed at our feeding sites at our churches as long as we serve no more than 10 at a time and everyone is washing their hands. We are the only source of food in the communities and do not have enough to feed everyone. We are limiting food to only the children at this time, but we want to open feeding up to all who need it.
People are coming to the churches for help right now and we don’t want to turn anyone away. You can imagine the desperation these families are feeling not able to have food for days on end. Not only is hunger setting in, but also fear of the future and how long this could last. PLEASE prayerfully consider helping with this critical need. Please keep these communities in your prayers. It truly does not take much and there is no gift too small. We’ve said it for years, for only $10, we can feed 5 children for an entire month. Can you give up $10.00 or maybe God wants you to do more? Please pray about how you can be used by God to meet the most basic of needs!
Pure and Genuine religion in the site of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27
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Praising God that all of the startup funds for the 3 children have come in. We will now be able to purchase beds and bedding, as well as clothing and all of the essentials they need to feel at home. We are still praying for a monthly sponsor for each child. $50 per month covers all of their daily living costs as well as schooling. Please let us know if the Lord lays it upon your heart to bring one of these precious ones into your family! ❤️ We are incredibly blessed to have you partner with us!
Our pastor has sent us an urgent, immediate need. We have 3 children, ages 9, 5, and 2 years old who have been abandoned by their mother. She is currently running from the law and has left the children behind. The children have been rescued and taken to pastor Mbongeni’s mother’s home (Margaret). They came with only the clothing on their backs. We have no beds, bedding, clothing or personal belongings. They also have not been attending school. The breakdown for the immediate need totals $1000 US dollars. For that amount we can purchase: beds, mattresses, bedding, personal clothing, and uniforms & school fees for two of the kids. A long term need will be for each of these children to be sponsored. Pastor Margaret Is currently caring for 4 orphans and does not have the funds to care for 3 more children.
The oldest boy is Okuhle Ndlovukazi and is 9 The two younger siblings are girls, Okwenzile Ndlovukazi who is 5 yrs. old and Okwanelisa Ndlovukazi who is 2 yrs. old.
If the Lord compels you to help, please contact us. Owensnafrica@gmail.com or you can simply go to the “DONATE” link on our website. Thank you once again for helping “the least of these”
Friends & Family,
It’s that time again. We are counting down until we fly out to Swaziland. We host a team of 14 people on November 4th. This trip will be similar to our last team trip as we will be ministering to the women, celebrating our graduating preschool students, visiting the children’s home and having a birthday celebration for all of the kids. We will also be visiting the new church sight, which is under construction, and have plans to help with the building project as well as get the feeding site operating. We are excited for the new opportunity to celebrate Bulandzeni’s first Christmas party. We are expecting between 200 and 300 children in attendance.
We are looking for cell phones for our rural pastors as well as a camera and video camera to receive more of the updates that we need. Please let us know if you can contribute to this need.
Currently, we need $500 monthly to operate the new feeding site and preschool. For $10.00 per month, you could feed 5 children. Please prayerfully consider this small sacrifice. If we all do our little part, it becomes the biggest blessing for these needy communities and has proven to draw people to Jesus.
A future need that we struggle to meet each year is that all school fees are due in January. This is always difficult because it falls after the holidays. We need a total of $2000.00 to cover all school fees for the entire school year for every one of our children in the orphan home. Without an education, our kids have no hope.
This Christmas would you consider giving the gift of education to a child in need? If we have 20 sponsors contribute $100 each, we can meet this vital need of an education!
In His Service,
Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden Owens
If only there were words to explain the longing to be in another place. This is a busy season of life with our kids involved in multiple sports and activities, our full-time jobs heading into busy seasons, and the ministry rapidly growing. In the moments of quietness, though they are few and far between, we find ourselves longing for our life in Swaziland. We desire to be with the people we serve and dearly love. We hunger for a slower pace of life. We miss feeling purpose and used by God daily in the lives of people who can never repay us. It feels like we are in a season of anticipation and anxiousness. We are anticipating all that is to come within the ministry that we have struggled at times to keep afloat. We anticipate what God has for us next to do. But, we are also anxious with the honest moments where we don’t understand how our vision will come to pass. We are anxious for God to send us back, knowing fully that now is not the time. There is a time for every season. We want to soak up all of the moments with our kids while they are still home and keeping us busy. We want God to use us daily in the lives of those we do life with. All the while, we yearn to be in Swaziland. It is unexplainable. Some days the ache is too much to bear and the tears flow. Other days, we are fully at peace that we are exactly where God wants us for now.
The ministry in Swaziland is quickly increasing. We are incredibly excited to begin breaking ground at the new church plant in Ntondozi. This town has a population of over 14,000 people, but no church of any denomination exists. For over 10 years, we have dreamed of planting a church in this location.
We are still in need of sponsorships for the kids that will be coming to the feeding site connected to the church. We anticipate between 250-300 kids coming daily for a warm meal. For $10 per month, you would be sponsoring 5 children a hot meal. Please prayerfully consider how you could give up $10 per month to feed 5 children every day! Amazing what so little can do!
We still have children that need sponsored at the Children’s Home. The cost to fully sponsor a child in the children’s home, which includes all daily living expense, medical care, & schooling is $50 per month. If you are interested in a partial sponsorship (sharing your child with another family) you can do that for $25.00 per month. Below, there is a picture of three of the children who need sponsored. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make any one of these kids a part of your family.
The children’s home has been under construction for many years as we needed to add rooms and bathrooms. This was a requirement by the government. The children have to walk quite far in the middle of the night to get to the outside toilets, which is understandably unsafe. It will cost $1000.00 to finish the indoor bathrooms and showers, and we are praying this project will be completed this year.
The church in Bulandzeni is going strong and now that the kitchen is completed, we are feeding more than 250 children a hot meal every day. The preschool continues to increase and be a blessing to the community. We are in need of $1700.00 to finish the church structure. We still need doors, windows, and plaster and paint. The people of this community are grateful people and were thoroughly blessed by our women’s conference last November. We hope to complete this project before the end of the year also.
Feel free to email any questions or if you desire any further information about taking part in any of these projects.
We have been waiting to give you a positive update on the new orphan children, but have been up against quite a few obstacles. We attempted to bring the 4 kiddos into the children’s home immediately, but were informed by the community officials that we could not do that. After a few days of back and forth legalities, we were able to bring all 4 children to the home. Unfortunately, one day later the two older children were taken away from us. The community leaders are putting stipulations on us to have security doors installed on our facility. This is a very heartbreaking and frustrating matter as their current situation leaves them completely vulnerable and unable to be cared for.
Please pray with us that this can be resolved quickly for the safety of these children!
We would like to give you a short update on the 4 new children who have recently been brought to us. Mandla is 13, Sizwe is 11, Nathi is 9, and Thando is 7. Three of their adult caretakers were all struck by lightning and killed. They were left alone with nothing. They have no way of obtaining food. They are not attending school and are in danger alone without an adult to protect them. Right now, we are making arrangements (by faith) to bring all 4 of them into the children’s home. We need the funds to support them monthly as well as the start up fees to get them into school and purchase uniforms, clothes, and a bed. It will cost $100 per child to get their start up items and $50 a month to sponsor them in the home. Please let us know if you would be interested in helping with any part of this. We can use full or partial sponsorships or one-time donations. What a great Christmas present to bring hope to what was once a hopeless situation. If you could see their faces, could you walk away and not help? I know you are not witnessing in front of you what we see all the time, but please hear our hearts when we say we can all do something! No amount is too small. If you are willing to give up a Starbucks coffee or one lunch out and can give $10.00, it can add up to be a huge help. We are so grateful for you all!
Thank you does not seem like enough! We recently put out an urgent post asking for your help and your generosity far surpassed all that we imagined! But, that is so God. Always taking care of the needs we put before Him, but then showing off in ways ONLY HE can! To say that we are grateful is a HUGE understatement!
We just returned from Swaziland. The funds came in for us to begin construction on the new church site. We were officially given the land and will be purchasing the cow this weekend to seal the deal. Once that takes place, construction of the kitchen and the well will begin in order for us to start the feeding at the new site. We are estimating that we will be feeding well over 300 children per day. The tent is being purchased to begin holding services during the construction phases of the building.
We also put out a plea for 3 new orphaned children whose parents died of AIDS and were living with an abusive uncle. A concerned neighbor dropped the girls off at the church with ONLY the clothing on their backs. Our pastor placed them into his mother’s home and told the girls to pray for sponsors to help them go back to school. We quickly put out a Facebook and Instagram post asking for funds to purchase school uniforms and toiletries and clothing for the girls. Within 28 minutes, we were able to send a message to our pastor and the girls that the funds had come in for their school fees, uniforms, daily necessities and clothing. The girls were so happy and couldn’t stop smiling. It was so great to spend time with all three of them and give them their gifts. Seeing the change in their countenance from the time they were first dropped off at the church feeling unloved and unwanted to now having a home where they are safe and loved.