Half-time

30 number of days spent in the US so far 29 days remaining 35 lbs gained collectively 3853 miles driven Half-way through our furlough we are still fund-raising. We’ve picked up some new supporters, and possibly even an additional church partnership, but still find ourselves lacking about $700/month that we need to be able to return to the field at the beginning of August. AIM requires us to be 100% funded before allowing us to return. $6634 amount per month needed to minister and live as missionaries in Kenya 3 number of churches that support us 50 number of individuals that personally support us $100 amount of average monthly individual support $700 amount per month that we are under supported 29 number of days to find $700/month so we can receive financial clearance to return to the field number of months, in the past 5 years in Africa, that we have run out of support: 0 consistency of God’s faithfulness: 100% Please join us in praying for 7 new families that could partner with us financially with $100/month. Please join us in praising our eternally faithful God, who is able to provide, every time, perfectly...

Furlough update… day 15/44

We’ve had a wonderful time in Virginia, seeing our sending church, Dulles Community, and meeting with many friends and supporters who’ve stuck with us and prayed for us during the past 5 years in Africa. A quick update from our prayer requests we shared: The Masai jewelry we brought from Kenya has completely sold, bringing over $600 to the Masai church ladies’ ministry to orphans in the Olepishet community! We’ve picked up a couple new supporters! We are still looking for about 9 new families or churches who could commit to financially supporting us at $100/month. If you’re considering supporting us, could you please send us an email to let us know, as we need to show our organization that we are 100% supported before the end of July. We are now into the “vacation with family” portion of our trip. We’re in North Carolina at the moment, heading to the Smoky Mountains with Andy’s family. Our last week on the east coast and then on to the midwest! Love you all, Andy and Lesa...

Virginia tonight!

After a day in Amsterdam and a few days’ rest in Illinois, we are beginning our epic summer tour roadshow! During the next week+ in Virginia, we’d love to see as many people as we can. If you live in the DC area, please come to one of the following events and hear about Andy’s epic trips to Egypt, Iraq and Madagascar, and the feature-length film he’ll be directing in September. Lesa’s got a lot of great stuff to share as well… Sunday, June 10 at 10:30am leading worship at Dulles Community Church Tuesday, June 12 at 7pm dessert night at Brad and Amy Russell’s house Thursday, June 14 at 7pm dessert night at Bruce and Cindy Lang’s house Sunday, June 17 at 10:30am speaking at Dulles Community Church If you’re not able to make it to one of these events, we’d still love to see you. Please call us on our cell in the next few days so we can find a time to meet. 309-752-8355 We don’t take it lightly that there are nearly 100 people in the US and Canada who sacrifice financially, regularly, for us to serve the church in Africa, and even the church in the middle east occasionally. We are humbled and blown away every month to see who God will use to provide the funds it takes every month for us to live modestly and serve effectively here. Before we start our 3rd term as missionaries in August, we need to raise about $27,000 total (in one-time gifts or monthly pledges) before we’ll be allowed to return to the field. Would you please be praying about joining our support...

May update, and urgent pray requests…

…it’s been a month like no other, and it’s only just begun. Please take a moment to read what God has been doing in and through us, our summer furlough schedule, and how you can partner with us to continue doing this ministry as our 3rd term in Africa starts this summer. The Sound of Music, Lesa’s 9th show at our school, and the first one featuring Sydney in a major role, finished 2 weeks ago. See photos from the show and read more about the 11 weeks of rehearsal, 85 cast, crew, and orchestra, 5 sellout performances, and 1 drama teacher to rule them all. Tonight, Andy heads to Egypt and on Monday, Iraq. He will be serving as a videographer with International Christian Concern, an organization whose mandate is getting the world to notice Christian persecution and to fight on behalf of those who are enduring this persecution. Read more about this trip, and how you can be praying for Andy, and especially for the christians from these countries. 2 days after he returns, Andy starts casting for “A Distant Boat”(working title), the first feature-length film his team has ever taken on, and with Andy as director. Andy’s team will weed through up to 400 actors in 2 days to get down to a cast of about a dozen. Watch a short video about this film project and how you can get involved. A little under two weeks later, and the whole family will be in Amsterdam, riding the canals and checking out the Anne Franke house, on a short 1-day layover on the way to the US...

March forth

This weekend (March 4, specifically) marks Avery’s 10th birthday. Tomorrow he and I will head out in our Land Cruiser, to the floor of the great Rift Valley, and then ascend a dormant volcano, Mt Suswa, where we will go caving and climbing and exploring and camping and sit around the fire cooking meat and talking man-to-little-man. I took a similar trip with Robbie when he turned 10, which ended in a great adventure and near disastrous consequences involving a cape buffalo and a fight with a baboon. I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on what it means to be a man. To be a dad. To be a husband. To be a follower of Christ. How I stumble all the time trying to be good at all these things, but how my identity is wrapped up in all of them. And I pray for my sons to find their identity in these things someday as well. Which is why I like having adventures with my sons. When Robbie and I climbed 16,000 ft Mt Kenya in December, we did it for the adventure, for the lessons in persevering through something difficult, and for the discipleship time we could have when not catching our breath or passing out from exhaustion. I hope to have a small bit of that this weekend with Avery. To laugh and sweat and get dirty and smoky and talk about the manhood that he is rapidly approaching and that his brother is awkwardly experiencing. About what it means to respect and love his sister, respect and love his mother. About what it means to find your...

Brown Family Update – Dec 2011

In this update: On-Field Media the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Lesa’s first choir concert Robbie’s video from the top of Mt Kenya Avery’s broken arm Sydney cute as ever and our need for year-end donations Holiday Greetings from Africa! We hope you all have had a joyful Christmas holiday and are able to spend this time slowing down, enjoying friends and family, and celebrating the incarnation of God into our world. We have certainly been using this past week to unwind and take a deep breath – our lives have literally slowed down to a halt the past few days, which has been quite lovely. Its been a full semester of activities and ministry for the whole family and we wanted to fill you in on what’s been going on with us and what is coming up. We thought we’d give more details than usual, just in case you’re interested/have some time to read! We really wanted to give you a picture of our everyday lives here in Kenya! Andy and Lesa Just when we think our ministry here in Kenya couldn’t be better, He refines it even further to fit who we are. As you all well know, we tend live life at a high level of activity. Over time, we’ve begun to understand that this is how God has uniquely made us and called us to serve His people. So we don’t feel overwhelmed at all that God has us doing right now, in fact we see everything as opportunities to serve with the gifts, experience and passion that has all come from Him. Just...
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