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...

Protected: North Africa

North Africa: expansive deserts, exotic medinas, ancient Christianity, modern Islam. Its fascinating and diverse landscape is home to 165 million people, yet the number of people who know Christ here is less than 1% and closer to 0.1% in most places. Despite the region’s ancient Christian heritage, Jesus is not only unknown there, but great barriers to know him have been erected by the governments and their extreme control over many aspects of life. While a few of these countries have an official freedom to exercise religion, this really only applies to foreigners. Locals who desire to follow Jesus will most certainly be expelled from their family and community and risk imprisonment… or worse. Last month I had the opportunity to live for 2 weeks in an ancient medina in one these countries, which I can’t name. I’ve been to the region a handful of times and probably half my trips throughout Africa are to creative-access nations. I am well aware of the security and political considerations one must make as a Christian entering these countries. I know the list of words I can’t use over the phone, the sites I can’t visit on the internet, the email domains I can’t send or receive from. I know I have to leave my regular occupational identity back home in Kenya, and that here I am simply a photographer, a filmmaker, a tourist, who happens to be a serious Christ-follower. I don’t have to be afraid of that label. This trip reminded me that we, as Christians, are engaged in a spiritual battle, not a physical battle. The people I met...

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...

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...

Brown Family Update – March 2009

Day 600. It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of our 1st term here in Africa. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 years since we left the US, hard to imagine how much we’ve changed, and how your lives have changed since we’ve last seen you. And we are very excited to catch up and swap stories and share meals and fellowship with you in just a few months. Before we get to the details of our travel schedule, we wanted to share a few things about our lives here: Financial situation We’ve been watching the news in the US and are well aware of what things are like back home. We have been praying for the financial crisis that is affecting so many in our nation and most nations across the world.  Many many thanks to all of you who have continued to faithfully support us these past couple of years.  It humbles us and reminds us that we must put our trust in God every day to provide and that He uses His people – His church – to make possible His work throughout the world, especially in places that can’t afford to help themselves. Even before the financial crisis, our monthly support income was $1,500 lower than it needs to be.  Thankfully, due to the generosity of supporters before we left America, we have been able to stay afloat, never lacking for anything that we need.  How amazing is it that God has so generously provided for us?! Now, however, as we are preparing to return for our end-of-term Home Assignment, we...
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