Ian and Jenn Stephens are missionaries working with C.H.I.P.S, Children HIV Intervention Programme in Swaziland, to help the orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS pandemic in Swaziland, Africa. Their home base is in Vuvulane and they travel around to various communities testing for HIV, assessing medical needs and treatment options, teaching job skills, providing workshops, and occasionally conducting Crossroads training (character building/positive living/HIV & abstinence). Ian and Jenn's main desire is to share the love of Jesus for each of these precious children while working towards fulfilling the vision of a HIV free Swaziland.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Amazed at God's handiwork!

 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.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Fun in the UK and a prayer request

We went out to dinner with Jenn's sister Gill on our last night in the UK. 
Ian is enjoying his naan bread
Jenn likes her tikki chicken balti. 

Since coming back to the States a little less than a week ago, we've managed to renew our driver's licenses, work out everything for Jenn's surgery, go grocery shopping, and visit with several people that we haven't seen in years. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that people have blessed us with; from the cottage, the use of a car, phones, food, company, and prayer.  

Early tomorrow, we head to the hospital for Jenn's surgery and would like to ask you to pray that the surgery goes well with no complications. Please pray for the ongoing recovery process and for Ian too as he will be the care-giver at home. The surgeon is more than willing to work with our time frame to return to Swaziland late May and doesn't think that will be a problem at all. 

We are very homesick for our Swazi family and are counting the days til we can return. We have been so blessed and are so thankful. 

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.


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