The past couple of weeks has been filled with lots of therapy and visits with friends old and new. The surgery went very well and we had the best of care from the whole medical team. Jenn was released from the hospital a day early and has done so well with therapy that she was released from home therapy early as well. Now we have to go to outpatient therapy three days a week. There has been many opportunities to share about Swaziland and the work that we do there from therapists to friends bringing food to the helpful Best Buy staff (who have been helping us with our phones). Ian continues to be a big support and help in caring for Jenn and encouraging her in her therapy.
We have spent time at the West Little Rock Assembly of God church, the Mosaic church, and the R street church. It has been such a blessing to renew friendships and make more. The support that we have received from everyone around us has been so incredible and we are so thankful! The weeks are flying by and we are now half-way through our trip which has been amazing. It is amazing to see how God is working in the two of us while we are here, showing us things that we have never seen before and bringing us closer together as a couple. We now understand that God made us one and that's even more amazing if you know us!
Our hearts are looking forward to returning home to Swaziland in just a few weeks, but we are thankful for the ministry opportunities that God has given us here; both to receive and to give to others.
There are a couple things we would like to request you to be praying for:
1. Jenn's doctor's appointment is Thursday, April 29th. Please pray that we get a good report.
2. Continued prayer for complete and quick recovery both here and back in Swaziland. There has been a couple people that we've met who have experienced problems with their knee replacement, and we don't want any complications to pop up later.
3. Prayer for wisdom and strength as Ian continues to provide care for Jenn.
4. That our talks with a couple more churches and everyone that we meet would clearly show God's hand at work in Swaziland and how people can get involved to help.
5.We just heard from our directors and the lady who was running the Woman's Sewing project in Section 19 is no longer going to be doing that, we are praying that God would provide the right person to take over the Sewing Project.
6.Continued monetary support for the reagents (the chemicals needed to test blood samples for HIV status).
Thankfully, we've received a generous donation that will cover a month's supply of reagents that will be used to test some of our most critically ill patients.
7. Our vehicle that we use in Swaziland has been in the shop the whole time that we've been here. Please pray that it can be fixed with quality workmanship so that it will be road worthy and reliable upon our return.
8.We are still trusting God to provide the amount lacking in our monthly support as well as providing for some other items that we will need upon our return to Vuvulane.
P.S. - If you want to support our ministry, the fastest way is to make an Online Donation via www.WorldOutreach.org
Go to "Donate" and select our name, Stephens, Ian and Jenn SWAZILAND. The system can process USA and International cards.
Or simply mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061 and designate for Ian and Jenn, Fund Code #97.