Our 1st Year

The summary of our first year in Africa, what it’s like to pack up and move across the world, orientation, culture shock, what it’s like to live here, and the ministries we are involved...

Brown Family Update – May 2008

Fell off the face of the earth? No, we haven’t, in case you’d wondered. Yes, we know we haven’t sent an email since March 5. No, it’s not because the rainy season knocked out the internet to all of east africa. Yes, it’s because we’re busy and sometimes lazy and forgetful, and often both at once. Consequently, since we skipped a month, we have a TON to tell you about! During the past two months, we have moved to a transitional home on a AIM missionary compound. Also, Lesa had her wrist surgery which ended up being fairly significant and is taking a while to recover fully. Praise the Lord that it is doing better every day! Mom & Dad We began our journey over the past few months with the visit from Andy’s parents over Easter. We had a wonderful time with them, somehow squeezing in trips to Kibera, an overnight ride on the Lunatic Line (go rent “Ghost in the Darkness“), a few days at the beach, a move, visits to the Rift Valley and Kijabe, and a game drive. Read the full story here. On-Field Media The OFM has been PDB (pretty darn busy) serving AIM throughout EA – East Africa (we are an organization that loves abbreviating). Andy’s got a few more stamps in his passport, and some great photos and stories as well. In March, Ted and I (Andy) went on a trip. We met some amazing national believers, some amazing Christian workers there, got spat on, rocks thrown at us, and all kinds of frontier-missionary kinds of stories to tell. Get our photos...

Conference rundown

We had a great time at the AIM conference this week. On Thursday and Friday night last week we led worship and it was like being back in the saddle again. Something we enjoy so much, and really felt we were able to use our gifts like we used to. It was well received also: Andy and Lesa, please know how very much I appreciate your worship leading at conference. A number of people have shared with me how they valued the way both of you led and the songs you chose. Thank you for your prayerful preparation for those two evenings. We also taught a workshop on Friday morning about leading worship from guitar and piano, we’ll post the handouts here on this site for anyone interested. On Monday, we taught a workshop on “maximizing the internet as a communication tool” and it was very well received also. We showed the class the things we’re doing with email newsletters and blogging and video podcasting and how to use all these tools to stay in touch. I’ll also post the handouts to that on our site soon as well. Finally, they showed the OFM’s Psalm 40 video at one of the big sessions, as a reflective, closing element for worship. We had no idea when we made this video that it could serve that purpose, but it really tied in nicely with the conference’s theme of trusting God and knowing we don’t accomplish things by our own...
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