Finances

We hate sounding like we’re always on the brink of financial disaster, but one look at the world headlines and you see that we’re not unique. Despite our very best efforts to simplify and save, inflation in Kenya is out of control. Most items have gone up 20-30% in price in the past year, and many commodities have doubled or tripled in price. Our electric bill has doubled (and we don’t even have AC or heat in our home!), groceries have gone up 30% or more, gasoline is at a high for us. That said, we have a huge amount to be thankful for. We are among the wealthy. We don’t have to miss meals because we don’t have food, like the million Somalis in refugee camps here. We don’t have school fees. The dollar is trading very strongly here. We have a huge blessing of a house. We run out of money by the end of each month, but we’re still able to generously give to those who need. And we have not a few people in the US and Canada who are sacrificing financially every month because they want to be a part of God’s kingdom work through us. We are a bit low in our monthly support, though, and having to raise our support rate now to combat inflation. If you or your church would like to participate in our ministry financially, either regularly or with a one-time gift, you can do so here. And prayers are free, so please continue praying for...

Summer update

Probably none of us looks at our lives and thinks ourselves uninteresting or dull. That’s human nature, or at least Western nature, thinking that no-one could possibly be as busy as we are, or have lives as crazy. That said, we must be the craziest people on earth. In the past month we’ve moved houses, entertained Andy’s parents for 2 weeks, brought bibles and a vehicle to our Maasai community, safaried across the Mara plains, made a movie, and sent Lesa to graduate school in Colorado. And the summer’s only half spent… So where are we now? Andy and the kids are settled in the new house in Nairobi, and Lesa is at the University of Northern Colorado finishing her final on-campus course requirements for her Masters in Theater Education. If you live in Denver, please come hear Lesa speak at GracePoint Community Church in Littleton on July 24. She will be speaking during the Sunday School hour at 9:15, and singing and briefly sharing in the worship service at 10:30. If you live in Northern Virginia, Lesa will be having two dessert nights while she’s there in order to see everyone and share details/answer questions about what’s been going on in Kenya with our family – complete with photos, videos, etc. If you can come to either one, that would be wonderful! Please contact the host if you plan on coming and if you want to help provide a dessert! Wednesday, July 27: Brad and Amy Russell’s – dessert night. RSVP 703-327-4952 Saturday, July 30: Bruce and Cindy Lang’s – dessert night RSVP 703-435-6115 Sunday, July 31: Lesa...

Brown Family Update – March 2011

Loving friends and supporters, Life is a test. Of this we can be certain. A test of our heart, our character, our works. The bible speaks many times about God testing us, testing our hearts, trying us, refining us. We should rejoice in these tests (James 1) and stand in God’s strength to endure. Since returning to Kenya after the weddings last summer, we’ve felt tested on multiple fronts. Not the kind of testing you want to run away from, but the kind of testing where you know you have to see it through, to see what God is up to. We’ve been tested financially, to see if we could trust God to provide in the face of an impending support shortage. God answered our prayers with what we needed, through both friends and our supporting churches. Now there’s the test on the other side of the equation, if we can be good stewards, when we have what we need. We’ve been tested in our church leadership. Coming back from this summer with a conviction about church structure and governance, we’ve been a part of transitioning our informal church into a simple, but biblically obedient structure, with Andy being ordained as an elder late last year. We’ve seen God’s hand moving powerfully in our church, as a result, we believe, in taking a step in obedience. We’ve been tested in our ministries, with ever expanding scope and responsibility, and we’re trying to be resourceful and creative and obedient to the opportunities that God has placed in our spheres of influence. Those of you who know us well aren’t suprised...

A change of plans

Snoozing on the overnight to London A few weeks ago we were sitting trying to analyze our feeling of unsettledness about going back to the US for furlough this summer. We had been planning on it, since it will have been 2 years since our last furlough. And Lesa has a required 3 weeks of graduate school in Colorado she has to attend. Yet, there were some problems with this plan. We had just been in the US last summer for a pair of weddings. We are losing our house in Nairobi and are required to move out this summer. The 3 weeks of graduate school was going to wreak havoc on our travel schedule. 6 months ago we were certain we’d need to be furloughing this coming summer just to be able to raise money to remain on the field. Since then we’ve seen God’s mighty hand of blessing provide enough for us to remain here without running out of money in the near future. So, we’ve decided to delay our furlough until summer of 2012, which solves many problems for us. It allows us to be able to move into our next house when it opens up, rather than having to move our entire household into temporary storage in May, and then into a house when we would have returned from furlough. It allows us to have a much less distracted and busy furlough in 2012, without having to squeeze 3 weeks of grad school into our 8 week furlough. And most importantly, it allows us to actually have some down time this summer, as we’ll have...

Upcoming events

March 10-12 A Midsummer Night’s Dream HS Drama production for the spring March 29-April 5 Andy on production Pray for safety and freedom and security, and for creativity and power to tell the compelling story of the people in this region. April 15-16 Musical revue A fun weekend of musical theater, covering shows from each decade of the 20th century. June 10th-ish Moving…again We’ve been blessed to have been able to stay in our current house for the past 2 years. We were starting to get the itch to move again when our landlord decided to nearly double the rent and make the decision that much easier for us. Praise God for opening up a house close to the school campus that a better house than our current one, at half the price! June 27-July 3 Lesa at DCC Lesa will be visiting our sending church, Dulles Community Church, and supporters before she heads to Colorado. July 4-23 Grad school Lesa has 3 weeks of grad school, the last time she’ll need to be on-campus to fulfill her degree...
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