Brown Family Update – March 2011

Loving friends and supporters,

Lesa, in the colorful women's sectionLife is a test. Of this we can be certain. A test of our heart, our character, our works. The bible speaks many times about God testing us, testing our hearts, trying us, refining us. We should rejoice in these tests (James 1) and stand in God’s strength to endure.

Since returning to Kenya after the weddings last summer, we’ve felt tested on multiple fronts. Not the kind of testing you want to run away from, but the kind of testing where you know you have to see it through, to see what God is up to.

We’ve been tested financially, to see if we could trust God to provide in the face of an impending support shortage. God answered our prayers with what we needed, through both friends and our supporting churches. Now there’s the test on the other side of the equation, if we can be good stewards, when we have what we need.

We’ve been tested in our church leadership. Coming back from this summer with a conviction about church structure and governance, we’ve been a part of transitioning our informal church into a simple, but biblically obedient structure, with Andy being ordained as an elder late last year. We’ve seen God’s hand moving powerfully in our church, as a result, we believe, in taking a step in obedience.

JumpingWe’ve been tested in our ministries, with ever expanding scope and responsibility, and we’re trying to be resourceful and creative and obedient to the opportunities that God has placed in our spheres of influence. Those of you who know us well aren’t suprised by this. We’re busy people. We have super busy periods, and then we crash and recover and do it all again. For us, the worst thing would be to do the same thing every day. We’d rather have big projects to look forward to, that don’t last forever. Maybe it’s the creative mindset. Maybe it’s ADD. But most likely, it’s just how God wired us both.

Our prayer is that our ministry would stand the test. That it would be found to be built with things that last, and not on ourselves or our skills or talents.

Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 1 Cor 3:13

And we’re continually tested as a family. How we will spend our family time. How we raise our kids to know and fear the Lord. Constantly tweaking our tactics so that our family’s spiritual walk doesn’t become a routine, but striving for a holistic walk.

I know you’re being tested as well. We all are, and it’s a good thing. May you see it as something to not run from, but to embrace. To know this is how God keeps us from being set in our ways, from being complacent, and on the path to transforming our minds.

In Christ,

Andy and Lesa and kids.

3 Comments

  1. All of you look so beautiful. Our God has certainly been revealed in your ministries. I am so sorry that it has been so long that I have followed up on your ministries and yourselves. I thank God, He has taken care of you like I never imagined.
    God Bless your ministries and family.
    Uncle Steve

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  2. You’re the kind of missionaries we love keeping track of – miss you guys!

    I love these words, “We’ve felt tested on multiple fronts. Not the kind of testing you want to run away from, but the kind of testing where you know you have to see it through, to see what God is up to.”

    Embracing the tests of life with you,

    Joel

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  3. Hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair” 2 Cor 4:8 his central message was that we may be weak but in Christ, we are strong: we may lack but in Christ, we have everything.

    David

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