More Than I Thought It Could Be (A Week With the Maasai)

(Click on the photos to see the complete picture, and go to the full album by clicking on”latest photos” in the left column). Maasai woman 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 living conditions.  Particularly.. squatty potties, with which I was not yet an expert, despite my nearly three years of living in Africa.  Andy was glad for me to get out of Nairobi and see some more of up-country Kenya.  I guess I was glad for that too, in a sort of disengaged kind of way.  I certainly didn’t expect my life to be changed by the people of a small community called Olepishet. When we arrived on Friday afternoon, we met with our host coordinator, a Maasai man near my age, named Patrick.  He was dressed in Western clothes, but all the other young men with him were dressed in traditional Maasai clothing.  This means lots of red, beads, and dangling things. There were fourteen of them and fourteen of us.  Their role was to focus on us for the five days that we would be there – as our cooks, our guards, and our “entertainment” (or, as it turned out, our friends). Entertainment I’m not going to give you a full detailed minute-by-minute account here.  Instead, what I want to focus on is what or who I found when I went on this trip with twelve high school seniors and one other adult sponsor. ...

Immediate prayer requests

Hi friends, It’s been a few weeks since we’ve shared with you, ok maybe a few months if you don’t follow us on twitter or facebook, but we do have some immediate things we need prayer for: On Friday, Lesa is leading a group of over a dozen 12th grade girls on a CFS trip (Cultural Field Studies). She will be taking this group of young ladies into the heart of Masaai land, staying in local homes, participating in local culture, building cross-cultural relationship, for about 5 days. She will also be mentoring and discipling these girls, which is something Lesa loves to do more than anything! Please pray for her safety and comfort and for great relationships to be built, both with the high schoolers and with the Masaai. Also pray for special “dad” time with the kids while Lesa’s away. In just under 2 weeks, Andy is leading the OFM (On-Field Media) team to North Africa, to a country he’s never been to but has always wanted to visit. A country where there are no “missionaries” because such a thing would get you expelled from the country, or worse. A country where the cost to local believers for following Christ is more than most of us could bear. And yet the church lives, and we hope to share in that, encourage the church, and capture some of these stories and people and culture on film for the edification and building up of the worldwide church. Please pray for safety in the air and especially on the ground, for open doors to be able to capture the stories...

the Diary of Anne Frank

…was a smashing success. In fact, a Dutch man from Amsterdam came up to Lesa after one of the performances and exclaimed that this was the best production and the most authentic costumes and set he had ever seen. Next production… Lesa’s directing a middle school play: “Chateau La Roach”, which he had seen done in Virginia and loved. And rehearsals for the HS musical, “Seussical” have already started as well. Full photos of the Diary of Anne...

Brown Family Update – Oct 2009

Dear Friends, We have been grateful and blessed by your prayers and emails and chats and thoughts over the past 10 weeks since we’ve returned to Africa. We have been trying to find time to get an email update written, and are very sorry it’s taken so long! Please know that you have been on our hearts and minds as well, as our goodbyes this summer are still fresh in our memory. Over the past 10 weeks we have: flown across 8 timezones and eventually conquered jetlag Lost 2 friends in the AIM AIR accident (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/08/17/the-update-i-didnt-want-to-write/) Did what we could to support those 2 families who lost their husbands and dads Moved into a new house (our 5th house in Nairobi!) Lost all the weight we’d gained over the summer in the US Struggled with electricity and water rationing, often both at once! Started having health issues and had a colonoscopy (Andy), the 2nd in 3 months! Started over at a new school Saw our little girl become a schoolgirl (Sydney- kindergarten) Saw Lesa’s return to full-time teaching Celebrated a birthday (Robbie- 11) Started regularly leading worship on Sunday mornings (after a 2 year hiatus) Spent 5 days in the Northern Frontier District filming (Andy) (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/10/16/worship-from-the-desert-place/) Driven over 600 miles through Nairobi traffic on a motorcycle (Andy) Are 8 weeks into the 11 weeks of rehearsal for The Diary of Anne Frank (Lesa) Praised God over and over that He has placed us here, doing exactly what we were made to do Over the next 10 weeks we will: Celebrate two more birthdays (Lesa, Oct 30 and Sydney, Nov...

The King and I

Friday night was the opening night for “The King and I.”   It was an amazing success!  Honestly, after dress rehearsal on Thursday, I wasn’t sure how it would end up.  Lots of things were rough.  Friday came, though, and it all came together in every way. Literally, there were no major issues in either performance!  I think we were all a bit shocked!   All of the students completely blew me away with their energy, scene changes (yikes!), great attitudes, teamwork, etc.  Their acting and singing was at its best all weekend and I stood at the back just shaking with delight and excitement!  Above is a photo of our 80 member cast, crew, and orchestra. We have two more performances this Friday and Saturday – then strike and cast party on Saturday evening.  We’ll be posting more pictures as the week progresses – so check back again a few more times.  We’ll actually finish taking pictures on Saturday.  I can’t wait for you to see some good photos of all the costumes and sets – oh, and the “Siamese” makeup and hair! 🙂  You can see this photo of Brian and Beth, as the King and Anna, dancing in “Shall We Dance?”.  Also below is a photo of the ballet (“Small House of Uncle Thomas”).  We have an AMAZING choreographer, Betsy Kreamer, who choreographed the ballet.  The students, only one of whom (Sonia, as “Eliza”) has any dance training, all did a fabulous job.  They were so proud of themselves, as the should be – the 10 minute (ish) dance was a sight to behold! All this is...
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