A typical Brown-family Christmas video…

… what happens every time you try to get your kids to sit still for a picture? Merry Christmas! We hope that you all are having a blessed time of celebrating Christ’s birth this week. We’ve been hearing of the cold and snow back in the States and suppose we shouldn’t mention the sunny 90 degree weather we’ve been having!? As we are winding up 2010, we look back and are so amazed at what God has done in our lives. The biggest piece of news we wanted to tell you is that we had an incredible response to our last update about our financial support needs. Thanks to many of you, we are able to stay on the field through the end of this term (May 2011) when we will be returning for our second “home assignment.” We look forward to hopefully seeing each of you in June or July when we visit our churches and families. As you can see in the video, we just got back from a short trip to Olepishet this week. We’ll tell you more about the cool things happening there in our next update! For now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love in Christ, Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, and...

December 2008 Brown Family Update

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas! We hope you are all enjoying the cold weather back in the States! We must admit that the warm weather here is quite nice, though we wouldn’t mind bundling up and throwing a few snowballs around every once in a while!  This is the time of year here when the weather gets continually hotter – the hottest time will be January/February.  I guess it helps us remember that Christmas isn’t all about a season, decorations, stockings, and cookies, but is about something much more profound and permanent – a God who loves each individual on earth so passionately that He came to earth personally to bridge the rift between us and Him – to live among us, teach us, touch us, and to eventually lay Himself down for us that we could live.  That is something worth celebrating! Things are slowing down for us a bit.  Andy has returned from his trip and had quite the tropical island experience!  They had some incredible opportunities to film in this creative access country at locations which are usually closed off.  Check our website soon for stories and photos from that trip. His team doesn’t have any more trips planned for the near future, but will settle in to work on several video projects that they have been assigned, including one about their last island trip, an AIM orientation video, an AIM medical ministries video, an RVA (AIM’s boarding school) video, among others. The boys’ school is wrapping up this week with Christmas parties and such.  Robbie’s class gets to take a field trip to an orphanage to...

A very African Christmas…

… temps in the 70s, no Christmas specials on TV, few decorations, and from Lesa’s angel ornament collection, only 3 of 173 fit onto our tree this year. It got me to thinking how for many people in the southern hemisphere, the entire Christmas repertoire makes little sense (Frosty the snowman, Chesnuts roasting on an open fire, Over the river and through the woods, Twas in the bleak midwinter)! We know Christmas isn’t really about all that. These are seasonal things… but somehow they are wrapped up in that warm, gingerbread-latte feeling of the holiday. Our family has been watching Home Alone and Wonderful Life and other Christmas movies trying to remind ourselves that this actually is Christmastime. It’s our first Christmas away from our home culture! But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4) When Kenyans do Christmas, there’s no trees and presents. They go to church, and they have a big meal together with extended family. We should be celebrating Christmas like that, like a family around a table, because God sent his Son that we might receive the full rights of sons. Jesus is as our brother, closer than a brother in fact. We are family,...
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