twenty fifteen

twenty fifteen

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 God has provided abundantly for every need for our family over the past year: jobs, church, friends, ministry opportunities, and renewed closeness as a family. All glory and praise to Him for providing everything we needed, at the perfect time, and for keeping missions and His kingdom close to our hearts. We needed to send everyone our updated mailing address and phone numbers, but thought we could take the opportunity to also share our joys of the past year. This year has held many changes for our family, one of the biggest being that we are homeowners again, for the first time since 2007. We found a lovely 1973 split-level home that had been foreclosed, flipped, and unoccupied for the past year and priced to sell. We have a guest bedroom and love to have company, so if you are ever coming to Colorado, please look us up! Our new address: 3125 Raindrop Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80917 Our new phone numbers: Andy: 719-663-6551 Lesa: 719-663-6651 (Our email addresses remain the same: andy@, lesa@, robbie@, avery@ and sydney@ brownfamily.ws) Andy, Lesa and Robbie have gotten involved in music at our church, Village Seven Presbyterian, and can be found occasionally on Sunday mornings playing in the orchestra or helping lead the band. It’s the largest church we’ve ever been a part of, and an exceptional music program. We also were involved with Village Arts, an arts organization started by our church,...

A new adventure

Dear friends and family, We wanted to write to you to give an update on our lives here in Colorado Springs. God has been so faithful to us – He has brought us into a “spacious place” (Psalm 118:5) and we are amazed by His goodness and His sovereignty in our lives. Since we last updated you, Andy has started a new job and the rest of us are settling into a new routine of life here, making friends and getting into activities (more on those things below). Life is slowly starting to feel more “normal” for us and we are truly spending everyday in awe and thankfulness to our God who has been with us every step of this journey. The biggest news of the year is after months of searching and many rounds of interviews, Andy landed a job with Compassion International as Communications Manager for Global Advocacy. And there was much rejoicing in Colorado Springs at our house. Compassion, one of the largest Christian NGOs in the US, is best known for its excellent child sponsorship program which serves 1.5 million children in the developing world through holistic child development. Global Advocacy is the newest strategy for Compassion, working in areas where Compassion has not been able to reach and in creative ways outside of the traditional donor-beneficiary support model. Andy is starting the first communications position in this strategy, working with local media producers and churches around the world to raise the flag of advocacy for holistic child development. The next few months will find Andy in Myanmar and South Africa on video productions. It’s a...

twothousandfourteen

Dear Friends and Family, As we sit here in our cozy new home in Colorado Springs, with a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak out the windows and a warm fire going next to us, we are blown away by God’s goodness and faithfulness to us. We have a home we can call our own and furniture to sit on! Our kids are in excellent schools with teachers that care! We have found an amazing church to attend and hopefully plug into with our gifts! We are sitting here in this moment, applying for jobs, praying like crazy and reminding ourselves to take deep breaths. Putting one foot in front of the other. To be honest, sometimes we feel a bit like Israel in the wilderness – waffling between being grateful and being fearful. We know we’re on a journey towards something good (because that is what He has promised!) but we really don’t know what it is and we are really struggling sometimes to believe its actually going to happen. Each day we have new ideas, new dreams, new fears and still renewed hope in the Lord, whose gifts and calling are irrevocable, who makes all things new, who has plans for us and who will be faithful to complete the good work He began in us. Healing In the past few months, we have gone through intensive counseling for missionaries, we have sold most of our belongings in Kenya and packed up the rest, we have rented a home in Colorado Springs and we have gotten “settled in” to a new life here. Each of us has undergone...

Mlango ni wazi

Mlango ni wazi (“the door is open” in kiswahili) is a short film highlighting the incredible opportunity and open door for ministry that the classroom presents, especially in Africa where 42% is under the age of 15.   I directed this short film, and used one of Lesa’s former students, Carter Harrell, for the...
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