New site

Wow… we put this up in a hurry, trying to get all of our “marketing” materials built before our Christmas letters arrive in homes. In the few short weeks since we were “appointed” as missionaries and could begin raising support (or had any idea how to go about this!) we’ve developed and printed 1000 brochures, 200 Christmas letters, spoken at our church, and developed a new website. We’ve been busy… big thanks to Rob Soule for some of the CSS and design...

Prayer letter (Winter 2006)

Merry Christmas from the Browns! We just got our Christmas tree up, and we’re already writing our “Christmas” letter (a big step for us)! We hope your holiday season has started off well and your tree is up! Things are going well here. Life is busy and in full swing as we are enjoying our ministry at Dulles Community Church, spending time with our kiddos, and giving LOTS of piano lessons. Robbie, who is eight and in 2nd grade, keeps busy playing with Legos and video games, practicing piano, losing teeth, and running around playing with his buddies. Avery, who is four and in preschool, learned to ride a bike this summer and is as happy-go-lucky as ever – following his brother around! Sydney is two now and talking and singing up a storm. Every place we go, someone is exclaiming how cute she is (what can we say?)! The big news… Two weeks ago we were officially “appointed” as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. We hope to be moved to Nairobi, Kenya by next July to serve as full-time missionaries there! The process was prompted by Andy’s trip to North Africa which made a profound impression upon him. I (Lesa) had felt drawn towards missions, particularly Africa, since I was 15 and had pursued the subject in college and seminary. So when he came back on fire, I wasn’t sure what to think! We prayed for four months. We eventually decided that we were being called to go somewhere, we just weren’t sure where! We took a wonderful trip to North Africa and Kenya last spring, which confirmed...

Meeting with AIM

This past weekend we met with David and Darlene Noden, the regional representatives for Africa Inland Mission. We had a great time talking with them about missions, and about the real, personal, and relational struggles that the mission field can create. Fits in nicely with the chapter on suffering I’m reading in John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad. Anyhow, Lesa and I feel led to pursue a position with AIM, hopefully with the media team in Nairobi. Right now we’re praying about the best time to do the “candidate week” in New York, which is required to be accepted as a missionary candidate. Their next candidate week is in November, the one after that is January. We’d like to do it as soon as possible so we can start raising funds, with the hopes of arriving in Africa maybe next fall. November is a bad month for us, though, the busiest time of year for church...

Outer Banks – day 5

By the time we woke up, there was a steady, light rain. On TV we saw pictures of flooding everywhere around us, but our house was fine. We spent most of the day in our house, Lesa and the boys escaped for a while to do some school shopping for Robbie at the KMart down the street. We had promised ourselves on the way down we’d have one good seafood meal before we left, and this was our final evening to make that come true. On our way to find a seafood buffet, we stopped at a pier and walked out to the end to enjoy the enormous, turbulent, storm-tossed waves. Then we went down on the beach and the boys ran around in the shallow waves. The water was strangely warm, much warmer than the air by now. The meal we had was pretty good, Lesa and I decided not to cough up the $26/person for the buffet, but the kids were only $1 for each year of their age. Robbie ate way more than $7 worth of crab legs, so I guess it was a good deal. All in all, it was a really great trip. The first, long vacation we’ve had as a family when we’ve been by...

Outer Banks – day 4

Today the rains kept us from the beach, either rain from a front that had moved in, or the early bands from tropical storm Ernesto.  We went back to Roanoke Island, and went to the festival park, where they have a recreated village settlement and the Elizabeth II, an accurate reproduction of the kind of ships they sailed here from England. By evening, it was raining pretty steady and tornado warnings were starting to appear in southern North Carolina.  By the time we went to bed it was raining non stop, and several times in the middle of the night we were awakened by the pouring rain and gusting...
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