Washington West Film Festival / Dulles Community Church

I just found out I’ll be able to attend the Washington West Film Festival, thanks to a couple of friends who are pitching in for the cost of my plane ticket. When I found out the pastor of our sending church, Dulles Community Church, was starting a film festival, I started begging for an opportunity to help out. I mean, how uncanny is that, given that this is our sending church, and we are here in Africa doing filmmaking? So, I’ll be assisting at the film screenings in a technical capacity. But more than that, I’ll have the opportunity to meet other indie filmmakers and share stories and ideas and inspiration. I’ll also be leading worship at DCC that weekend and speaking in the service. And who knows… maybe even showing that secret film I can’t talk about publicly… I’ll be in Northern Virginia from November 1 to 12, and would love to see everyone who lives in the area. Please email me so we can find a time to get...

Where’s Andy been the past 6 months anyway?

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on a film that I can talk about publicly. Here we are, the last quarter of 2011, and the only thing I can show for the past 10 months is “Build Something Beautiful“, which I shot at the beginning of 2011 in Uganda. I’ve been busy, though. Crazy busy, producing the largest documentary OFM has done to date, which took me to countries where you have to have armed escorts, where the penalty for becoming a Christian is the most severe in the world, and where we told the story of someone who became a Christian from that community. To tell you any more about this story would endanger the person whose testimony we documented, and possibly ourselves. You’ve probably seen Kenya in the news quite a bit lately and can understand how expatriates, like ourselves and our team, have to take some reasonable precautions because Kenya is not immune or safe from these kinds of things. I hope you’ll get a chance to see what I’ve been working on for the past 6 months, and if you email me directly I’ll send you a link, so long as you don’t repost anywhere that I was involved in this production. Please be praying for this unnamed film, which has great potential to effect an entire generation, only through God’s help and sovereign plan of course. It’s a story that has never been told in film format, about a people group that no-one can talk publicly about, and we took seriously our responsibility to tell this story, recognizing we were uniquely positioned...

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...

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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