3 weeks until departure!

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 ChristIMG_9410mas 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 IMG_9488per 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 IMG_7597falls 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 OwensIMG_9082

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God’s constant Protection

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We received this message from our Pastor in Swaziland. We are thanking God today for protecting our kids!  Your continued prayers for this ministry DO MAKE a difference. Thank You!

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Longing & Settled

Dear Friends & Family,

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.IMG_0030
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, IMG_0033& 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 owensnafrica@gmail.com 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 thiIMG_9956s 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.

In His Service,
Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden

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Sizwe 9 yrs.                                                Mandla 13 yrs.

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Short update! Please Pray!

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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!

Thank you for your partnership!

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Giving Christmas Hope

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!

In His Service,

Chad, Wendy, Brielle, & Caden

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THANK YOU ?

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.

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

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Acting with Urgency

URGENT!

We have a very unique opportunity and we need your help.  With the current elections in South Africa and other situations surrounding the farmers, the Rand has taken a big drop.  As many of you know, Swaziland’s currency is based on the South African Rand.  With this dip, we are able to accomplish several of our current projects well below the initial budget. 

We will be landing back in Swaziland the beginning of November.  We are praying that we are able to hit the ground running.  We will be securing the land for the next church plant.  This is in an area outside Malkerns. This has been on our hearts for over a decade, and God has opened the doors for us to begin. This specific area is where AIDS is believed to have started in Swaziland, mainly because of the heavy prostitution and witchcraft there.  First we need to construct the kitchen for the feeding site as well as dig the well for the community.  After that, we can begin building the church.  This way we are immediately serving the community and children and “being the church” before the structure is complete and able to hold services.  We have already begun meeting in homes and we are ready to put up the tent for the next phase. 

We are believing for a financial miracle and for the funds to be here within the next month and a half in order to complete the kitchen and the well. The initial budget to complete these two projects was $7,000.  If we can move quickly, we can complete both projects for $5,600.00.  This is a huge savings.  We are also praying to be able to purchase a tent for the initial church meetings.  We already have some of the funds pledged and we are just short $800.  Please prayerfully consider partnering with us to make this happen. We are looking for 100 supporters to contribute $64.00 or 64 supporters at $100.00.  This ministry project will completely transform a very dark community in Swaziland and bring healing, deliverance, and the love of Christ where a group of people feel totally hopeless.  Please pray about whether God would want you to be a part of bringing hope to a place where the enemy has been killing, stealing, and destroying for too long.  We are saying “ENOUGH!” and are believing God to transform and bring hope!

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -Leonardo da Vinci

We are grateful for your support and prayers!

In His Service,

Chad, Wendy, Brielle & Caden Owens

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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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