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Dan Stephens

My Story

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while my father was in Medical School; was raised as an MK (missionary kid) from the age of 6 in what was then Rhodesia; attended Primary and Secondary school in Rhodesia; was Born Again at the age of 4 and received assurance of salvation at the age of 12. I dedicated my life to missionary service as a doctor at the age of 14; did 'O' Levels at 16 and began University -- Undergraduate at Bob Jones University, graduating with a BS in Biology, and MS in Human Anatomy at the University of Michigan. I was married to Julie Hendrickson, an MK from Zimbabwe in 1978 and lived for a year in Escondido, California. Medical school followed at Hanyang University in Seoul Korea (1983). Then internship (1984-85) at St John Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and Surgical Training (1984-89) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. Our boys came during training -twins in Korea in 1980, one in Detroit in 1984 and the final in Ohio in 1988. I then joined Southwestern Medical Clinic in Berrien Center, Michigan in June of 1989 and TEAM 1990. In August 1991 we arrived in Zimbabwe and have since served at The Karanda Mission Hospital. In June each year and on Home Assignment every 5 years I still work at SWMC, with a home base in St. Joseph, Michigan.

At Karanda I have been the Medical Superintendent since 1991 but primarily work as a surgeon. I am involved in mentoring staff, medical students and young doctors, lead staff devotions and preach at the local church. I am involved with the ministry area leadership team, currently as the treasurer.


Family:

Wife: Julie, 4 Married sons, 4 Grandchildren

Ministry Focus:

Health Care, Serving God, Serving Others, operating a rural hospital with the aim of humanitarian care and sharing the love of God through witness and compassion. Educating health care workers-- Medcal students, interns, and nursing students and training midwives.

The People:

We work with the Mashona people who speak Shona. The official language in Zimbabwe is English although many of the rural people do not speak it. They are a quiet, non- confrontational people for the most part. The primary missionary movement began in Zimbabwe in the early 1940's in our area and the country on the whole is Christian although committed christian living is very rare. There is a strong syncretic movement -The Vapostori - who mix christianity with traditional animism. Each cult or church group is headed by a prophet, who purportedly has healing powers.

Primary Prayer Request:

To live a life of dedicated service to God and the people whom we serve at Karanda. To have a Christ-like attitude despite tremendous pressures, a heavy work load, over whelming frustrations and a tight time schedule.

For my family to walk worthy of Christ, centered on His will for their lives.

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