Easter in East Africa

It was a great holiday, getting to celebrate the resurrection with my jetlagged parents who arrived here Friday night. Today they’re headed into Kibera, Wednesday night we will take the overnight train to Mombasa and enjoy 3 days at the beach together. Next week they’re heading to Malawi for a short trip to visit friends, then back here for a few last days of game drives and seeing the country. We’ve been looking forward to having them visit for a long time… Yesterday after church we had a little egg hunt in our yard… And we awoke to a troup of at least a dozen vervet monkeys in our backyard this morning. Gotta love...

Brown Family Update – March 2008

Habari zenu! We decided it was about time for a new update – and there’s so much to tell!  Yesterday was Avery’s 6th birthday and we had 20 people here for cake and an awesome water balloon fight (which felt great in the current heat)!  We’re in the dog days of summer here, the hottest we’ve been since we arrived in Kenya 8 months ago. Still, it’s nothing like the humid summers we had in the US, more like a hot day in May in Denver, where it is still cool at night and you might wake up chilly if you sleep with your window open.  Oh, and speaking of heat, remember that vacation to Mombasa that we had to cancel in January? Well, we’re finally going to make that up, when Andy’s parents come to visit in 2 weeks! Situation in Kenya We’ve got some very uplifting news to share with you.  Last Friday Kofi Annan successfully negotiated a peace agreement between Kibaki’s PNU party and Raila’s ODM party. Kenyans have been celebrating and things seem to have cooled off tremendously since January. Kibaki will remain President, and Raila will fill a new post of Prime Minister. There’s obviously a great deal of work to do to figure out how that is going to work exactly and they are continuing to meet to work on some other issues which Annan wants to address.  Overall, it seems to be promising at this point.  There are still many displaced people throughout the country, though, which is a crisis that many churches and organizations, including AIM, are trying to address. Travels...

Quick update

I realized today that we should update everyone on Sydney’s surgery. First of all, thank you for your prayers on Friday. I talked to Lesa on the phone about midnight Friday night (4pm CST) and they had just gotten home from the hospital. Here’s a quick recap of the surgery from Aunt Cathy: Barbara just called and Sydney is done with the surgery..she did great..her eyes just look like bad pink eye..swollen and red…no bandages. They have just now got to go back to talk to her…she is happy and wanted some apple juice and some Teddy Grahams. The Dr. said she might be sick to her stomach..but so far so good. They said it was so cute…they put her in little yellow scrubs and gave her a little car to ride around in to get ready and when it was her turn…she drove her little car to the room. Then they gave her a balloon to blow into (that was the “gas”). Barbara said she just told them that the balloon smelled very funny! So there you have it. Driving under the influence at age 3. We praise God for the success of this surgery, as well as for the safe travels they’ve had so far. Please continue to pray for Sydney’s recovery, and for their return to Kenya next week. Speaking of Kenya, please take some time to read some of the articles coming out of our On Field Media team, which are currently featured on AIM USA’s front page. Kenya Crisis Fund has ways for you to give to the recovery efforts going on here, and...

Kibera Church of God

A video from the Kibera Church of God, and the feeding program that was happening there through the efforts of Dulles Community...

Brown Family Update – January 2008

Situation in Kenya First of all, thank you for all of you who have been praying for us and for the country of Kenya during this time. Since our last email we have been so encouraged and blessed by your emails to us. It’s good to know when we click “Send” it doesn’t just go out into the vacuum of space, but that people are actively following what is going on and praying along with us. Thank you! Secondly, sorry for the long email, we’ve been trying to keep these things short but we have had so many things happen in the past 30 days we needed to tell you about. Things were pretty tense at the beginning of January, and have fluctuated wildly since then. Threats of riots, sounds of gunfire, and constant visitors to our door from Kibera remind us that this situation is far from over. A lot of forgiveness will need to happen first, and that is a supernatural act that can only come from Christ and his power to transform minds and humble hearts. AIM is continuing to monitor the situation for the safety of all of its’ missionaries in Kenya and we still feel confident in their experience, judgment, and guidance for us during this time. The Body of Christ in Action Despite being in this difficult situation, we have been blessed and encouraged to see the body of Christ at work around us and through us. Many churches here have stepped up to the challenge to take care of the displaced and hungry and wounded.We had a unique opportunity to partner our...
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