School update

Lesa and the kids have had a busy and productive time at school the past few months. Late last year saw Robbie’s theatre debut, in the middle school portion of a night of student-written one acts Lesa produced. And with a giant Bollywood style ending no less! In January Lesa had the opportunity again to lead a group of high school students to Olepishet, our Maasai village where we’ve been adopted by the community, for a week-long cultural field studies program. It was a great time for her in continuing to build a relationship with this community, helping students to engage with Maasai culture, encourage and support the local church, and provide some basic community health care training. In addition to teaching drama, discipleship, and directing the 4 high school worship teams, Lesa is in production week for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the HS Drama department spring play. Following that, in April, will be a weekend production of a musical revue, spanning 20th century Broadway hits. One of the most important parts of ministry to teens is the discipleship. In all things Lesa sees her most important role as being not just a mentor, but a discipler. Seeing kids develop their full potential in Christ, not just artistically, is very exciting, and what keeps Lesa energized. Check out the portfolio of Sonia Kuguru, and see what caliber of students she gets to work with and develop! And somehow in there she finds time to work in weekly homework assignments for her Master’s in Theatre...

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...

a new year at school

Life kicked in quickly at school for Lesa and the kids.  We just finished our seventh week.  Robbie started middle school, Avery is in 3rd grade, and Sydney is in Kindergarten (yes, again!) and everyone is doing quite well.  Robbie broke his arm on the first day of school, but his cast is now off.  He is in Lesa’s middle school one act play and is playing the trombone in the band.  All three are in piano lessons.  Avery just finished soccer intermurals and Sydney just joined the Daisies (little Girl Scouts). Lesa is currently directing “An Evening of Short Plays”.  In this, she is putting her master’s classes into practice by using a type of theatre she learned about this summer called Devised Theatre, where she takes the kids through a specific process of activities (acting, team-building, etc.) to produce original works that are driven by the students.  The high school cast is producing 7 of these short pieces, two of them being directed by seniors.  The middle school cast is producing one longer piece (approx. 45 minutes).  Lesa’s Intro to Theatre class is also producing a piece.  All of these are to be performed at the end of October as one show. Lesa has also been thrilled to be the new Coordinator for Worship Teams for the high school chapels.  She has 25 students who rotate on teams to lead worship each week.  She and Andy took them on a retreat in late August to work on skills and to just spend time worshiping together as a group.  They are quite good musicians and are amazing kids...

Help needed with Lesa’s tuition

On July 5th, Lesa started graduate coursework for a Masters in Theater Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Many of you know Lesa’s undergraduate degree was International Ministries with an emphasis in Fine Arts. It wasn’t an education degree, however, and for Lesa to teach drama at the school she works at, she received a provisional teaching certificate with the requirement that she would need to do continuing education. Many of you are keenly aware of the incredible ministry Lesa has, not only in drama, but in discipling, mentoring and training these students.  She’ll be filling you in more in our next update, but she is already learning many things that she is excited to use in her teaching/directing and for helping her students utilize drama as a ministry tool at school and in the surrounding communities. If you would like to be a part of supporting her in continuing this work, would you consider giving to her educational expenses? Right now we took out student loans to pay for her schooling and books. This summer she is earning 9 credit hours at a cost of $3,500.  She’ll then take 3 hours each semester, another 9 hours next summer, and then 3 more semesters of 3 hours each.  If you would like to give a tax-deductible gift to help with these expenses, instructions are below. go to AIM’s online giving page (https://dlq4.donatelinq.net/qv10/Donation.aspx?MerchantID=aimint) under categories, select “Missionaries (USA sending unit)” under the subcategory, select “Brown, Andrew & Lesa – Cont. education” Click the “Add” button to add a donation to this project Fill in the rest of the information...

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...

Brown Family Update – March 2010

Greetings from Kenya Greetings from warm and sunny Kenya, where we are wrapping up our summer months and heading into the rainy season! We have enjoyed hearing all your stories from blizzards of biblical proportions and reminding us that during these months we live in polar opposite seasons! It’s been a crazy couple of months since we’ve last written an update, so we wanted to catch you up with our lives, and thank you for praying for us and thinking of us. North Africa Andy had the opportunity to lead the OFM team to North Africa last month. He and the team lived inside an ancient medina for 2 weeks and served the local platforms there with media: web, photography, filmaking. Click the photo to the right to watch a short film the team produced for the workers there. Click here to read more about Andy’s trip there, and the rapidly deteriorating situation for Christian workers there. For the password to the post, please contact us. Olepishet A tiny village in Masai land has captured our hearts, through Lesa‘s January trip there with our school’s Cultural Field Studies, and last week our whole family went to spend a few days doing life and ministry with our new Masai friends. We are continuing to process how we might be involved in an ongoing way with this community. From Lesa’s blog post: I’ve been trying to determine at which point the trip became more than I’d planned on – more than I thought it could be.  I went into it excited about time with the students but nervous about the unknown...
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