Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Hello, from Michael, to all that follow what the Stephenses are up to!

I have to say that my wonderful wife is the one that usually writes the blog for our family. I have input most every time she writes. However, she pens it out and corrects my wording and punctuation. For those who know me well, to write anything longer than a sentence is a feat. So, then let's get on to why I am writing this blog.

I want to make sure that our friends, family, and followers have an accurate picture of what our purpose is. Some parts of our blog show the Stephenses traveling all over the country and the world, and it may appear to many that we are out for the adventure. We DO love the adventure. However, this is not why we are all over the place. The reason we are here and there is because Fawn and I have been saying, "Yes, Lord." We have been called by Jesus to bring his Name to the nations. (.....Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name among all the nations. Romans 1:4b-5)

Like Christ with our Father, we want to be obedient, first and foremost. He (God) knows our DNA. (Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you...Jeremiah 1:5). He knows that Fawn and I, along with our children have adventurous hearts. He is now preparing those hearts to obey by being in the mission field of Indonesia.

The acceptance and support that we are receiving from our family and church body and friends has been overwhelming. I do want to make something very clear, though. The Stephenses are going to Indonesia for God's purpose and not our own. We are choosing to be obedient to Him calling us, regardless of what follows. We are very excited to see how the Lord will use us for His purpose. He is a great God all the time.

To see another aspect of Helimssion's purpose, watch this video clip about the work in Ethiopia:

Also, please let us know if you'd like to give us the opportunity to share more specifically what God is calling us to in Indonesia with your congregation, small group, etc. We love to talk about it and it is our strong desire to be connected with you all here in a deep, spiritual way before we leave.

In the Name of Jesus Christ,


Thursday, August 8, 2013


It's been almost two months since we left beautiful Switzerland and Helimission headquarters. Wow! That went fast. Which brings the point home that we will soon be headed to New York for Bible school and then Indonesia! INDONESIA! What?! Anyway, every now and then it hits us and we experience multiple emotions at once - excitement, humility, fright, anticipation, nervousness. This month marks ONE YEAR until our lives shift into a whole new gear - full time cross cultural missionaries. In August 2014, we will say "see ya later" to our friends and family and our home and move to NY, then move to the island of Java, Indonesia for 6 months, then move again to the island of New Guinea, Indonesia. One year sounds really close. REALLY close. Praise God and Help, God!

We are moving quickly into what in missionary circles is called "support raising". This involves many facets. The most often thought of is finances, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. God will move, and is moving, the hearts of those who have some money to give to help us fly helicopters to bring the good news of eternal hope and freedom in Christ to the unreachable places of Papua, Indonesia. We are not worried about that (well, occasionally).

What we really desire to do during the next year is connect with God's church here in the USA, and abroad, and share His heart with you about these people He has asked us to serve. We want you to be aware of them and how desperately they need Jesus, and how He, in His great mercy and LOVE is reaching them! We want you to be aware of God's call on us, and stay connected with us and the work God will do through us as we move to the other side of the world. We will very much need people to be praying for us to be able and willing to do the hard work that will come our way. If you know what's happening there now, and once we are there, you will have the desire and ability to pray for us and for the people there that God wants to spend eternity with. We have a desire to share with you - if you would like us to speak to your church small group, seniors' group, congregation, men's breakfast, etc., we would love to! We have some great videos, pamphlets, etc. to share as well.

Speaking of which, this quarter's Helimission newsletter is too good not to share. These are just the pages regarding where we will be stationed. There are several other pages regarding the bases in Ethiopia, Madagascar, and the headquarters in Switzerland. Please read this, there are some amazing stories, from patients who nearly died to earthquakes and bullet holes in the helicopter windscreen. For some perspective on how well we live here on this side of the world, read page 13.

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Michael has a special message to share and will be blogging next time - be on the lookout! Something to mull over in your heart this week -

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Romans 10:14-15


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