7 years

A younger and more naive Andy, 84 months ago when we landed in Africa

A younger and more naive Andy, 84 months ago when we landed in Africa

Dear friends,

It’s hard to believe our 3rd term in Africa is coming to a close. In a little under 2 months, Andy leaves Kenya, followed shortly by the rest of the family, for home assignment. Home assignment is a funny term. It used to be called furlough, which infers a time of rest, but as any missionary will tell you, it is not really a vacation but a temporary ministry re-assignment.

To home.

And what is home? For the past 84 months, Africa has been our home. Having spent only 5 months in the US in those past 84 months, and 2 years since our last visit, the feelings of being “home” are a bit akin to Marty McFly stepping into a future version of his future life/city/culture in which he has missed the progression. 2 years since we’ve watched a commercial. 2 years since we’ve driven on the right side of the road. 2 years since we’ve been a place where we could blend in and be anonymous.

And so, with great excitement and a little nervousness, we will re-enter life, briefly, in the US this summer. Our time will be filled with grandparents doting on our kids, catching up friends, family, supporters, churches , and traveling between DC and Denver and most spots in-between… 4400 miles. We’d love to see as many of you as possible during this time… contact us and let us know how we can get together!

Below is our basic travel itinerary.
Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 11.47.37 AMMay 17: Andy: Kenya to Chicago
May 28: Andy in Northern Virginia at DCC
June 9: Lesa and kids arrive in Northern Virginia
June 20: North Carolina
June 28: Ohio
June 30: Kansas City, MO
July 1: Hutchinson, KS
July 11: Denver, CO
July 17: Kansas City, MO
July 18: Minneapolis, MN
July 22: Aledo, IL
July 31: Lesa leaves for Kenya
Aug 8: Andy and kids leave for Kenya

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Andy (center, with pith helmet), overseeing Ted (center, also with pith helmet) as he loads another reel of film into the camera

The Distant Boat, Andy’s feature-length directorial debut movie, is continuing to make waves not only in Kenya, but throughout the continent of Africa, and even in missions conferences around the world. The past few months have been full of meetings and plans for translations, film festivals, and an easter weekend TV premiere on the biggest TV network in East Africa, which could be watched by a million people throughout Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

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Lesa (standing, whispering directions) directs two of her students in rehearsal for The Wiz, a contemporary staging of the Wizard of Oz

Lesa’s been busy this semester as well, between leading a group of high-schoolers to Masai-land for cultural field studies, and preparing for our schools big spring musical, The Wiz. She also manages to teach classes, direct the high school choir, facilitate our high school sunday-night youth group, and be a fantastic wife and mother.

Robbie’s enjoying his freshman year of High School, and is playing trombone in the pit orchestra for The Wiz.

Avery’s enjoying his 6th grade year, making award-winning short films with his friends and playing goalie in a Nairobi-wide soccer academy.

Sydney’s enjoying her 3rd grade year, taking ballet, piano lessons, and blossoming as a performer and artist.

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 1.18.04 PMLastly, we want to give you an update on our finances. In our last newsletter we asked you to pray for our support shortage. Many of you prayed, and several of you responded financially in generous ways that has made up for any shortage for a while. Thank you! Praise God with us, for his generosity through our friends!

And we are always thankful for everyone who regularly sacrifices financially for us to serve here. It is humbling to reflect on, that so many people have invested so much in us and in our work here. And it doesn’t have that much to do with us… it’s people investing in God’s kingdom work. Investments that will pay dividends we probably will never fully grasp on earth.

God bless each of you, and we look forward to seeing you soon, face-to-face…

-Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, Sydney Brown


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