One more hug

Sydney and RebeccaWe have made an attempt to actually say “goodbye” to everyone in South Riding and Denver and Ohio. That’s as far as we’ve gotten up to this point. But then we keep remembering people we missed, “oh no! We didn’t get to see so and so!” We’ve had special dinners, parties, lunches, etc., trying to get one more last time with each person. People have blessed us so much with amazing notes and gifts – it will definitely help us to feel loved for a long time. I told my small group that I was going to sleep with the scrapbook they gave me under my pillow and call it the “feel good about myself” book. In South Riding, we had been procrastinating our goodbyes as long as we could, so the night before we left, we told people to stop by for one more hug – we ended up having an impromptu Open House (thanks for providing the cookies, Colleen!) that lasted from 6 – 12pm. How cool is that? Man, we love people so much – it was so hard to say “goodbye.” So, it became, “see you soon!” Two years isn’t that long, really! We figure we’ll be back to visit in two summers from now. We know we have the hardest “see you soons” coming up – with our parents and siblings. We’ve begun to realize with each one that we have to recommit this to God again and again. Jesus called for this kind of radical commitment – I had never really understood what He meant before. But, now we’re starting to. Its not easy. Being a disciple above all else. Being sold out to His vision of reaching the world. We’ve realized that He’s going to have to step in and help us sometimes, when its too much to bear. We know He’ll step in and help our loved ones too.


  1. We miss you guys already. 🙂

  2. ditto. I missed you before you left . . .
    “Just because I don’t know the answer, doesn’t mean I’m lying . . .” – Strange Brew
    Which is my way of saying just because I don’t write doesn’t mean I’m not thinking of you –

  3. I know where you are and I am praying for you and your families. I will be saying some of my first really big farewells this weekend. yikes!

    I am so excited for you all though (so are the folks at SC, had lunch with them after I spoke at the UP last week – Marge, Dennis and Betsy, etc.)

  4. Heavenly Father, I ask that this year, by the power of the Holy Spirit, You would enable the Browns to discover more of Your presence, experience more victory, help change more lives, expand more of Your Kindom, provide more healing to the hurtin and needy, overcome more darkness with Your light, and embrace more of the life You destined them to live. It is only by Your grace that they can accomplish these things. May they place their trust in You for this to be the greatest year of their lives in You. And, Father, God of Hope, fill Andy, Lesa, and their wee ones and not so wee ones (the babes) with all joy and peace as they trust in You, so that they may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit, now,during their flight, their arrival,and their assignment for Your glory. Lord, protect them. Cause Your face to shine upon them. May they relax in Your presence. May their lights shine, even on the plane, Lord. Bless this family with divine health. May they enjoy their everyday life, live for the moment, moment by moment in Your grace. Bless them mightily; may their cups overflow that others may glean from their oil. May the joy of the Lord be their strength. In the matchless name of Jesus I pray, Amen & Amen.

    Kathy Monte from South Riding VA, U.S.A.
    Love ya and praying for you and your mission.
    I admire you, bless you and lift you up.


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