A typical Brown-family Christmas video…

… what happens every time you try to get your kids to sit still for a picture? Merry Christmas! We hope that you all are having a blessed time of celebrating Christ’s birth this week. We’ve been hearing of the cold and snow back in the States and suppose we shouldn’t mention the sunny 90 degree weather we’ve been having!? As we are winding up 2010, we look back and are so amazed at what God has done in our lives. The biggest piece of news we wanted to tell you is that we had an incredible response to our last update about our financial support needs. Thanks to many of you, we are able to stay on the field through the end of this term (May 2011) when we will be returning for our second “home assignment.” We look forward to hopefully seeing each of you in June or July when we visit our churches and families. As you can see in the video, we just got back from a short trip to Olepishet this week. We’ll tell you more about the cool things happening there in our next update! For now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love in Christ, Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, and...

Browns in Africa update – October 2010

Reading emails from us is boring, we know, so we kicked it up a notch and made a video update for you. Please take a (few) minutes to watch this, and please pass on to other missions/Africa minded friends and churches. In summary, we do have some significant and immediate prayer requests: We have been $450/month short on support for long enough that we have exhausted our work funds and are in danger of not having enough to live on next month. Click here for specifics and to get involved. Tomorrow Andy is heading to Tanzania, to the islands in Lake Victoria. Pray for safe travel and for Lesa and the kids at home. A lot is happening with Lesa and our kids and school: broken arms, field trips, drama production at the end of this month. Click here for specifics. We are actively pursuing a medical project vehicle for Olepishet. Click here to read more about Olepishet and how to get involved. Andy is potentially going to be installed as an elder at our church, International Christian Fellowship. Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Andy’s latest video, AIM Identity, watch it...

Please pray…

Today we received our monthly statement from our mission office with the bad news we’ve seen coming for several months now: this is the last month we’ll get our full salary. Since our furlough last summer (2009), we’ve lost about $450 a month in support. We’re not surprised by this or discouraged, we feel this reflects the global economic situation that is evident in everything from our retirement accounts to the cost of corn flour in Kibera. We know that everyone has had to live on less, and in fact, in 2009 during our furlough we prepared for this by lowering our support rate to the minimum, so that we could tighten our belts as far as they would go. However, every month we are under-supported, money gets taken from our work funds, where our excess money is kept, usable only for ministry purposes or to supplement our monthly salary if needed. We started our ministry in Africa over 3 years ago with a healthy amount in this account, but as the time has gone by the support shortage has eaten away at this account. Unless we are able to replenish our work funds, this month will be the last one we get our full salary, as next month there won’t be enough extra left to supplement our shortage in monthly contributions. All this is to say, it is a miracle each and every month that we have to minister here. We serve a God who has all the resources in world! We praise God each month that so much support comes from so many people who are sacrificing...

10 days with Revdad

This morning I dropped my friend and college roomate Dave Parker and his son off at the airport to return to their home in Galesburg, Il. The past 10 days we’ve had some amazing experiences together, a weekend with our Masai church in Olepishet, a couple days in Amboseli camping with elephants and lions and hippos, a tour through Kibera, and generally sharing our lives with them. It was a great time, and a great encouragement to our family. Today I share with you Dave’s blog from his website about his experiences with the Masai church in Olepishet: This weekend we (Andy, Avery, Will & I) traveled to Olepishet, Kenya which is a tiny village in the heart of Masai Land, southeast of Masai Mara–the great animal preserve. We were about 20 km from the Tanzanian border, 45 minutes from the nearest town, and 2.5 hours from electricity. The community of Olepishet has about 400 people in it, but there are about 4,000 in the surrounding communities–other small villages in the area. The church compound that we stayed on is the only church for 45 minutes (that’s by car–2 hours by foot). the Pastor, Patrick (the tall one in the middle of the picture) is 34, has had some training through YWAM, can speak English, Swahili, and Maa (their native language). There were about 3-4 others that could speak English as well, but translation was needed for communication to the majority of the people. We were welcomed very warmly: always treated like part of the family. Time and again they hoped that we felt like part of their family....

Brown Family Update – May 2010

In the past month we’ve closed a musical, said many goodbyes to graduating students, goodbye to OFM teammates, “welcome back” to friends, Andy’s traveled to the Northern Frontier and Rwanda, played in jazz festivals, and we’ve hosted our Rendille and Maasai pastor friends and many other students and friends at our house. For sure, May was one of the busiest months in Africa we’ve ever had. Olepishet Evening campfire discussions about life Many families around here like to travel over Spring break. Some go to the Maasai Mara to watch the migration of the wildebeest. Some go to the Indian Ocean and relax on the beach. Some even squeeze in a quick trip to Europe.  Well, our idea of relaxation this Spring Break was a bit different, but still just as rewarding.  We decided this was the best opportunity for our family to invest in the tiny Maasai village of Olepishet, where Lesa had led a group of HS students in January (Click here to read “More than I thought it could be”). We packed our Land Rover to the ceiling, including extra fuel and lots of water, and drove about 5 hours, way past the end of the paved roads, crossing rivers, driving up and down steep, rocky terrain, to reach this special place in our family’s heart. We didn’t have a big agenda, other than camping and living in the community for a few days, and exploring ways that our school, and our family specifically, could invest in the people and church here. We spent several nights, sitting around the fire, eating roast goat and talking with...
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