Summer Update!

Happy Summer!
We always look forward to Summer because of the longer days, the permission to be lazy and sleep in, the outdoor activities, and more time together as a family. We have been incredibly busy this summer and busyness often distracts us from our calling and our time with our heavenly Father. The ministry in Swaziland has been heavy on our hearts lately. We always long to be in Swaziland. We wrestle with the fact that we aren’t able to financially do all that we want to do. We do believe that God wants to expand E127. Our desire to make a change and empower the people we work with is greater than the finances currently allow. Many of you have supported this ministry for years and we have no words to adequately describe our gratitude. If only we could take each of you with us on a trip to Swaziland for you to see firsthand all that you have sown into. As we have often mentioned, we do not live off of any of the support that is given. Every bit of support goes toward feeding orphans, training pastors, planting churches and caring for widows. We would like give you a quick update.

UPDATES:
*The kitchen is complete and in full use! We are serving breakfast every morning to our preschool children and a hot meal after school for all of the school aged children. God is so good that He even prompted the local prime minister in Bulandzeni to donate the funds to have the kitchen painted.kitchen5

 

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*In November, we will be taking our first missions team to Swaziland. We currently have a team of 14 going, and we are extremely excited.
*On the November trip, we will be securing the land for the next church plant. We will be holding a tent crusade to help launch the church in Bulandzeni. We will have the graduation for the current preschool class of 25, which is our largest class to date. We will also be doing some light construction and painting.

Many of you have been supporting a child at the orphan home in Mpolenjeni. The kids are happy and are doing amazingly well in school. Please let us know if you would like to send a letter or have any correspondence with your sponsored child. We have 7 children who are currently in need of a sponsor. Please email us at owensnafrica@gmail.com if you would like more information on sponsoring a child. These children are fully aware that without the safe godly home provided for them, they may not be alive today. Most of them come from abusive home situations and needed to be rescued. God has done a work in their lives and it is truly our honor to be a part of all that God is doing through each one of His children!

CURRENT NEEDS:
*$3750 for the flights for our family of four to travel to Swaziland in November.
*$1500 to build toilets on the property in Bulandzeni.
*$800 to install electricity at the Bulandzeni campus.
*7 children sponsored in the children’s home at $50 per month or $25 for partial sponsorship

Without your prayer and financial support, this ministry would not be building another church, feeding children daily, training pastors, caring for orphans, or operating a preschool. We love and pray for each of you and cannot begin to thank you enough for your sacrifice. God sees and knows and you will reap the blessings of all that you have sown!
In His Service,
Chad, Wendy, Brielle, & Caden

We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God. John Stott

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Happy 2018

Happy 2018! We pray you are feeling blessed!
Africa Dec 2017bWe are excited to introduce you to Tema. She is one of the sweetest 7 year old’s you may ever meet. Tema’s story is heartbreaking, but unfortunately not uncommon. She lost both of her parents due to the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. She was living with a grandmother who was abusing her and forcing her to sleep outside. She wasn’t eating on a regular basis and was not being cared for or attending school regularly. A community police officer found her sleeping in the forest. He took her to the nearby care point who then brought her into the chilAfrica Dec 2017cdren’s home. Despite feeling unloved and unwanted, this little girl is full of smiles. It was absolutely priceless to see her eyes light up when she opened her “Frozen” kite and towel in her Christmas gift bag full of gifts. We wanted you to know her story so that you can be praying for her. Tema needs a monthly sponsor. Please prayerfully consider a full or partial sponsorship for her. For $50 per month, Tema would be fully sponsored. This would cover all of her immediate needs; food, clothing, medical, as well as provide her with a school uniform and supplies. If you are able to do a partial sponsorship at $25 per month, we could pair you up with another partial sponsor to make sure Tema is given all of the love and opportunities that she deserves. You can write her letters or send her a gift that we can deliver when we travel to see her. As always, 100% of your sponsorship will go directly to Tema and all of her needs.

To those of you currently sponsoring a child, we want you to know that we are so grateful for you and your commitment to these children. The best part of every trip to Africa Dec 2017Swaziland is spending time with these precious kids. The dynamic in the home is incredible. These kids are one big happy family. They care for one another, they serve one another, they pray together and are growing in the Lord. They are being given a chance to break the cycle of poverty and abuse by receiving a good education and a loving godly home. Without you and your dedication to the “least ofAfrica Dec 2017j these”, this ministry would not be operating. We do have 3 other children who are not currently sponsored which means that each month we come up short to meet all of the demands of the children’s home. Please email us if you have a desire to partially or fully sponsor a child monthly. Because we are short on sponsorships, we are not able to pay all of the school fees for this current semester. If you are not able to do a monthly sponsorship, please consider a one-time gift to help us pay for the school fees that are currently past due. We need $400 for the kids to go back to school. The holiday break is over and school has already resumed so these kids are home praying they can get back to school as soon as possible before they get too far behind.

Africa Dec 2017gThe Christmas party, made possible by Thrivent was a big success. Each child received a bag full of Christmas gifts. WeAfrica Dec 2017f also purchased board games, footballs and soccer balls along with posters to hang in their rooms. The girls were given nail kits and nail polish and a necklace which brought much happiness and smiles. There was plenty of chocolate cake and juice and even some fun photo props for pictures! The delight and gratitude on the kid’s faces was more than enough, but when each of them hugged us and said “I love you” we knew that they felt loved and grateful. It truly made our Christmas extra special this year!Africa Dec 2017e

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We reported in an earlier newsletter that the kitchen at Bulandzeni was completely paid for and construction was to be completed within a few weeks. We had an unfortunate setback before the holidays. The local marijuana growers decided they needed the special fireproof blocks for their marijuana sales. The stolen blocks were all made of special cement that we can only acquire over the border in South Africa. This was very disheartening because this community project seems to take 3 steps forward and 5 steps back. We have had two horrible storms that destroyed the church structure, the construction company stole our money for the steel to complete the roof and now the fireproof blocks have been stolen. The enemy is working overtime. He is obviously nervous about what God is about to do in this area! We hope to complete the kitchen within this next month.

Please prayerfully consider becoming a partner with this ministry. Know that 100% of every penny given is sent directly to Africa to meet the needs of the church plants, the preschool, the feeding site and the orphan home. We are thankful for each of you and your support and prayers!

In His Service,
Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden 
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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We have a need!

As most of you are aware, 100% of all funds given to E127 are sent straight to the mission field in order to continue doing ministry in Swaziland.  We have monthly ministry expenses to feed and care for the orphans, run a christian preschool, provide for the pastors, and run daily feeding sites for impoverished children.  We have had over $500.00 of Christmas gifts purchased for the orphaned children who live in our children’s home.  We have also been given $500 toward the purchase of the cow in order to secure the land for the new church site across the border.  Our son has also been raising funds toward a Christmas party, including food, a bounce castle and most importantly, the word of God!  This will take place in Bulandzeni where the children have never experienced Christmas in a tangible way.

So, you can see that our desire to be on the ground within the next couple of weeks is weighing heavily on us.  We need an additional $2000.00 for Wendy and I to make this trip possible.  We have been attempting to supplement the monthly needs for quite sometime now cutting back on our own expenses here stateside in order to make certain everything is taken care of month after month.  This time, we are unable to come up with the necessary funds to travel and are asking if you would pray about helping us get on the ground to take Christmas to the orphans as well as breathe life into our pastors.
We love you all and are incredibly thankful for your sacrifice to greater the kingdom of God!
In His Service,
Chad & Wendy30766_10154540348965847_8692341619370864726_n

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Tent Meetings & Testimonies!

Just to give a quick update on the tent meetings happening in South Africa.  The pastors & team have held meetings in people’s homes for some time now and the group is growing.  We decided to start a tent crusade to help with the church planting.  They were running the tent meetings in the evenings and seeing dozens of salvations.  One  morning this week a lady came to our pastor with a child who had swallowed a large coin.  They went along with her to the hospital ward where the Dr. took x-rays and informed them that she would need surgery.  They immediately prayed for the child.  The coin moved and the child was fine.  She did not need the surgery.   The team decided to stay at the hospital and hold prayer meetings.  Several people gave their lives to the Lord, and many were healed right there in the middle of the hospital ward.  After spending many hours at the hospital, they went back to the tent meetings and continued ministering to the community.

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The pastor is now doing home visits in the area during the week.  The tent revival will start up again this weekend and we will continue through the end of the month.  We are currently renting the tent, but are hoping to buy a tent on this next trip.  We have $1250 pledged towards the purchase and we are praying the balance comes in before we head over.  We still need another $1250.00.

We are heading to Swaziland the beginning of November and are in need of $3000.00 for our trip.  We desperately need to get on the ground in order to make sure the starting phase of the new church plant in South Africa is where it needs to be.  We also need to meet with our pastors and team to encourage them and see what their needs are to continue the work of the ministry.  As we continue to expand to plant more churches, that also means starting a new feeding site, digging a well and constructing an outdoor kitchen.  Over the past few months, support for the ministry has been down.  We are struggling to keep things going strong and we hate to see our pastors struggle with the choice of paying their rent or feeding the children.  Please pray that we can gain more support for the work of this ministry.  Every penny given is sent straight to Africa.  We do not live off of any of the support that comes into the ministry.  Any time we lose monthly support, the ministry suffers.  We know that God knows the need and will provide and we are believing for a financial breakthrough.

Our 10 year old son, Caden is working on a leadership project in his 5th grade class at school.  He has chosen to create awareness and is currently running a project called AFRI-CANS.  He is collecting can donations to raise funds to host the first ever Christmas party for the Bulandzeni community.  We are praying that we will be able to take the funds with us to get things set up for this exciting event.

Our pastor on the ground has been going through many challenges.  We are believing and trusting in the Lord to be able to make this trip to pray with him and encourage him. We covet your prayers for the ministry and the funding of everything that takes place on a monthly basis.

In His Service, Chad, Wendy, Brielle, & Caden

 

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Planting & Growing

We are excited to give an update of our new church plant in South Africa.  The church has been holding home groups for quite some months now.  We have now entered into the Tent Meeting phase which Pastor Mbongeni has just begun.  We are anticipating a move of God in this new area and are thrilled to be venturing into South Africa where the need is so great.

Things are going very well in Swaziland.  Our newest church in Bulandzeni is now almost completed and has a kitchen and shelter for the preschool.  The community is beyond thrilled at the progress and growth of this ministry that serves such a large area of people.  Where there was once simply a field of weeds, now is home to a large community church, a well with clean running water, an outside covered kitchen to feed children daily, a preschool running strong and a people group who love the Lord, are growing and have a desire to bring others to Christ!

The orphan home is doing well and we want to thank each and every one of you who have faithfully supported a child over the years.  Because of your sacrifice, these children are attending school and succeeding above expectations.  They are healthy in body and in their relationship with Christ.  They are protected and safe and loved.  If you would like correspondence with your sponsored child, please email us at owensnafrica@gmail.com and we will be sure to have a letter sent to you upon our return in November.  Also, if you have a desire to sponsor a child, please send us an email so that we can help you make an eternal impact on a child!

We are heading back for a trip in November and are anxious to meet with our ministry partners, visit each site and breathe life into all that is happening in Swaziland.

We say it often, but we honestly cannot thank you enough for your continued prayer and support for the ministry in Africa. Please know that 100% of every financial gift given goes directly to the ministry in Africa. Without our supporters, we would not be starting another church plant, daily operating two feeding sites, supporting our pastors or caring for an orphan home of 20 vulnerable children. THANK YOU for giving to the least of these! Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed by us or by your heavenly Father!

In His Service, Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden

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Thanks to friends of the ministry for purchasing a much needed reliable vehicle.

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Land has been cleared for the new church in South Africa

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Prayer and Healings!

 

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Planting & Feeding

We are making progress on the construction of the outside kitchen near the church. Thekitchen funds have come in to complete the kitchen and we are hoping it will be finished and in use by the end of the month! Thank you for supporting this desperately needed project that will serve the community for years to come!

Right now we are in the beginning stages of planting 3 more churches. In order to be effective in beginning a church in an unreached area, we need to purchase a large tent. The tent we were using was destroyed in the cyclone that hit Mozambique. The total cost for a tent is around $2500.00. We are praying and believing for 25 people to give $100.00 toward the purchase of the tent. The ministry tent will be used for each church plant for monthly crusades and meetings until funds are raised to build a more permanent structure. It is imperative to begin a church in Swaziland by holding tent meetings. Our pastors on the ground will hold overnight prayer and revival services for a few weeks to get the community involved and active in the process of starting the church.

Along with planting each church, we need to make sure our pastors are taken care of. These called men of God are working hard in their community, going from home to home, holding overnight prayer services, as well as being involved in the construction of the church. We are looking for sponsors for each pastor. They receive $100Zweli NdlovukaziBongi Dube.00 monthly for two years while the church is being established and can be self-supporting.

I Timothy 5:17-18 “Pastors who do their work well should be paid well and should be highly appreciated, especially those who work hard at both preaching  and teaching…those who work deserve their pay.”                                                                    

Our prayer is to have the funds to begin feeding at the new church sites, but we have found it difficult to maintain the feeding site we currently have in Bulandzeni. Our preschool there is going well and the feeding site is also growing. Now that the well is finished and the church has a roof, more families are sending their children to us. We have been short on funding for the daily meals and have had many days where we were unable to feed because of the lack of finances to purchase food. For only $10.00 per month, you can feed five children daily. Please prayerfully consider being a part of changing the lives of these precious children.   Proverbs 22:9 “Generous hands are blessed hands because they give bread to the poor.”

Ways for you to be involved:

  • $10 monthly feeds 5 children
  • Give toward the $2500 needed for the tent
  • Sponsor a child in the orphan home monthly
  • Sponsor a pastor monthly
  • Give toward the overall needs of the ministry
  • Pray for God to provide the finances for every area of the ministry to flourish

We say it all the time, but without you this ministry would not have been able to accomplish all that it has. God has allowed us to be a part of 30 church plants, countless children being fed daily meals in rural areas, dozens of double orphans being fully sponsored to have a godly safe home, pastors being discipled and trained from the beginning stages of starting a church to multiplying and training others to plant new churches, and seeing communities enjoy running water for the first time. God has entrusted us with eternal relationships with people who are impacting Africa & changing their communities and culture. We are grateful to God and grateful for you, our supporters. Thank you for your prayers and for your support! You are appreciated and prayed for!

In His Service, Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden Owens

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COMPLETION

Friends & Family,

We want to give you an update on all that is happening within the ministry and thank you for your part in all that God is doing!
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The much anticipated well has been dug, installed and is in operation.  We received cheers and hugs upon arrival at the church.  The community is beyond excited to have running water for the very first time.  It was an emotional moment watching the children sing and dance as they marched single-file to the well to wash their hands!  Thank you for greatly impacting this community in an indescribable way!

church1The roof of the church has gone on and the walls are completed to the top.  The preschool children will finally have a roof over their heads as they head into cold weather season.  Because of the completion of the church, families are now sending their children to our preschool.  We graduated six children in December and we are currently teaching and ministering to a class of twenty-five.  The church has been meeting within the church walls, but now there is a roof to protect them from the elements.  This past Easter Sunday, 400 people attended the service.  Eighty of them spent the night because there

was no public transportation early enough in the morning to arrive on time.  Twenty-Five people received Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior and eighteen were baptized in thebaptism2 cold river immediately after the service.  It was a glorious day! baptism6

We also want to thank Christian Life Schools in Rockford, IL for their donation of hundreds of toothbrushes and toothpaste that we were able to give to the preschool children, children’s home & Care Point kids.  They were very excited to receive such a needed necessity!

Currently our greatest need is to build an outside kitchen at the Care Point next to the church.  This will provide the ladies of the church a covered place to cook the hot meals for the children every day, as well as provide seating for the children to eat. We need approximately $2500 for the completed structure.   Please let us know if you have interest in sponsoring a child at the children’s home.  A full sponsorship is $50 monthly which provides a home, meals, medical, school uniform & all needs of the child.  A partial scholarship is $25 monthly.  We will send you a photo and information on your child and you can correspond with him/her as often as you would like.

Thank you for your prayers and support.  We are excited to be able to report the completion of projects and have much more on the horizon that God is showing us for this ministry!

In His Service, Chad, Wendy, Brielle & CadenIMG_3880

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January 2017 (unpublished)

 

For some strange reason, we did not publish this post from January.  Sorry for the late “New Year’s post”.  Since this post, we have received flight money and purchased our flights for March 23rd.  We will be posting soon on our upcoming trip and all that is taking place!

Happy New Year!

 

There is something exhilarating about a fresh start.  Many of us have made plans or resolutions to either make changes or begin something new.  We are believing for amazing growth to take place within this ministry this year and we are choosing to speak in faith and expect God to do something awesome!  We often focus on the lack or the slow timing of things or the frustrations in not being able to do what we see needs done.  This year we will trust and walk in faith and continue to claim God’s word and promises over this ministry. 

 

 

 

PRAISE REPORTS:

 

*The kids at the Children’s Home were able to have a wonderful Christmas party and New Years party this year.  Thank you to everyone who gave to make this Christmas special for them.  They want you to know that they are very thankful for each of you!

 

*All of the money has come in for the well.  The drilling has begun! As long as they do not have to go more than 100 metres deep, we will be able to have the well dug and completed within the next few weeks! There are no words to express the gratitude we have for everyone of you who gave towards this project.  This will change the community more than you may every know!  We will be putting pictures up on our blog as soon as we receive them from Swaziland!

 

*We recently received a large donation to put towards the completion of the church and preschool in Bulandzeni.  We are trusting that this entire project will be completed by the time we arrive back in Swaziland!

 

 

 

UPCOMING:

 

Our plan is to be back on the ground the third week of March.  We will be visiting the community of Bulandzeni to prayerfully see the completion of the church and preschool as well as inspect and get testimonies of the impact of the well and the provision of water!  We are extremely excited to be back “home” with our friends and “family”.  Our plan is to be on the ground for 2-3 weeks to meet with our pastors and check up on the completion of all of the projects.  We are also looking to see what opportunities that God has for the ministry this upcoming year.  We will need $3500 for our flights and are believing God to provide so that we can book them soon. 

 

 

 

Again we are grateful for each of you-for your prayers and your support! Thank you for impacting the kingdom and allowing God to use you to bless this ministry He has entrusted us with!

 

 

 

In His Service,

 

Chad, Wendy, Brielle, & Caden

 

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Giving Thanks

We want to be the first to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and also tell you how thankful we are for each one of you who pray for and support this ministry!  We would like to give you a quick update on the fundraising for the well.  We are almost half way to our goal of purchasing the well.  As you know Swaziland has been suffering from a drought for the past year and there has been a desperation for water. Each well that we are able to provide will completely transform a community.  Thank you for praying and sponsoring this project.  If you still desire to purchase a “cup” of water for $25.00, you can go to our donations page.  Just note your gift, “WELL”.

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We are entering into the Christmas season.  I find myself getting so wrapped up in the busyness of this season and the excitement of making everything special for my family.  I can’t help but think about how incredibly spoiled we are.  Every year our kids wake up Christmas morning to a pile of gifts under the tree, we eat Christmas cookies all day, we spend the day with family and spoil one another with gifts that we don’t necessarily need and more food than we should even eat in one day!  How can we NOT do something to help give Christmas to 20 orphans who will not be waking up Christmas morning to a pile of presents under the tree or spending the day with their parents spoiling them?  Each year we send support to the orphan home to host a Christmas party.  The past two years we were able to send enough for each child to receive one small gift as well as purchase a nice Christmas dinner for them to enjoy together.  The excitement and pride on their faces as they decorated for their party, set all of the food out, and received their small gift is one I will never forget.  Please prayerfully consider giving a small donation toward giving Christmas to these kids as we strive to show them how much our heavenly Father loves them.  If you would like to give toward blessing the kids with a small Christmas celebration again this year, please designate your gift “Christmas Party.”  No gift is too small!  If everyone who receives this letter gave $1.00, we would be able to give them their Christmas party!

 

 

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Will you give a cup of cold water?

Family & Friends,

We pray you are enjoying the change of the season; this is our favorite time of year for so many reasons (apple cider donuts being one of them!).  As I reflect on the change of seasons, it makes me think of all of the different seasons that God has taken us through.  This present season of being back and forth trying to take care of our family here in the states and keep the ministry going strong in Swaziland has not been an easy one.  But, just as every season in nature has a beauty all its own, this season is bringing beauty and goodness to us as we live in and love two parts of the world.
As the leaves change here in this part of the world, we are believing for change in Swaziland as well.  We are believing for more supporters, for projects coming to completion, for new direction on what God has for us next and for financial blessings that will meet every need, every month.
Our recent time in Africa was a time of building up and encouraging our pastors and ministry partners as well as seeing the desperate need for water.  As we have mentioned Swaziland has been going through a drought for quite some time.  Every place we visited, the number one need every person mentioned was the desperate need for water.  Weimg_2983 honestly had placed building wells on the back burner as we have been focusing on the finishing of both churches and the construction of the children’s home.  Our eyes were opened to the need for wells to be dug now, there is no time for waiting.  We want you to know that you can impact an entire community through a very small donation.  Taking our cues from the passage in Matthew where Jesus is instructing the Disciples just before sending them out, He assures them that whomever gives even a cup of cold water to one of His followers, even the very least of them, will surely be rewarded.  We are praying and believing that each person who is reading this newsletter will sponsor a cup of water.  Our brothers and sisters are thirsty.  We can give them water!  If we have 100 people sponsor one cup at $50.00 per cup, or 200 people at $25.00 per cup, it would pay for the completion of a well that would bless and change the lives of an entire community!
If you have a heart to change the life of a child, we are in need of sponsors for 10 more children in the children’s home.  To sponsor a child and cover the cost of medical, school, clothing, housing, and food is $50.00 per month.  You can also do a partial sponsorship of $25.00 per month.  You will receive a photo of your child and information about him/her.  You can correspond with your child as often as you like.  We are able to take small gifts to your sponsored child on our trips to Swaziland.  Please pray about impacting and blessing the life of a child.
We are currently running $1500 short each month for the expenses of the ministry.  Pray about how you can take part in empowering the lives of vulnerable children, widows and entire communities who, without our help, struggle to survive from day to day, much less fulfill their God-given purpose.  Thank you for your loyalty, love and prayers for this ministry that God has entrusted to us.  The needs are overwhelming, but God is ready to bless our efforts!
In His Service,
Chad, Wendy, Brielle, & Caden
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