Quick update

I realized today that we should update everyone on Sydney’s surgery. First of all, thank you for your prayers on Friday. I talked to Lesa on the phone about midnight Friday night (4pm CST) and they had just gotten home from the hospital. Here’s a quick recap of the surgery from Aunt Cathy: Barbara just called and Sydney is done with the surgery..she did great..her eyes just look like bad pink eye..swollen and red…no bandages. They have just now got to go back to talk to her…she is happy and wanted some apple juice and some Teddy Grahams. The Dr. said she might be sick to her stomach..but so far so good. They said it was so cute…they put her in little yellow scrubs and gave her a little car to ride around in to get ready and when it was her turn…she drove her little car to the room. Then they gave her a balloon to blow into (that was the “gas”). Barbara said she just told them that the balloon smelled very funny! So there you have it. Driving under the influence at age 3. We praise God for the success of this surgery, as well as for the safe travels they’ve had so far. Please continue to pray for Sydney’s recovery, and for their return to Kenya next week. Speaking of Kenya, please take some time to read some of the articles coming out of our On Field Media team, which are currently featured on AIM USA’s front page. Kenya Crisis Fund has ways for you to give to the recovery efforts going on here, and...

Kibera Church of God

A video from the Kibera Church of God, and the feeding program that was happening there through the efforts of Dulles Community...

Brown Family Update – January 2008

Situation in Kenya First of all, thank you for all of you who have been praying for us and for the country of Kenya during this time. Since our last email we have been so encouraged and blessed by your emails to us. It’s good to know when we click “Send” it doesn’t just go out into the vacuum of space, but that people are actively following what is going on and praying along with us. Thank you! Secondly, sorry for the long email, we’ve been trying to keep these things short but we have had so many things happen in the past 30 days we needed to tell you about. Things were pretty tense at the beginning of January, and have fluctuated wildly since then. Threats of riots, sounds of gunfire, and constant visitors to our door from Kibera remind us that this situation is far from over. A lot of forgiveness will need to happen first, and that is a supernatural act that can only come from Christ and his power to transform minds and humble hearts. AIM is continuing to monitor the situation for the safety of all of its’ missionaries in Kenya and we still feel confident in their experience, judgment, and guidance for us during this time. The Body of Christ in Action Despite being in this difficult situation, we have been blessed and encouraged to see the body of Christ at work around us and through us. Many churches here have stepped up to the challenge to take care of the displaced and hungry and wounded.We had a unique opportunity to partner our...

Things are getting better…

We have been receiving so many e-mails asking how we are, that we have realized that we have neglected to update you all on the situation here in the past few days!  How wonderful it has been for us to know that you all are concerned for us and have been praying for us.  Thank you so much for your prayers, especially – we know that they have made a difference here. Politically, as you have probably heard, attempts are being made at mediation between the two parties.  There has still been some violence in different parts of the country, but mostly now everyone is realizing what terrible consequences they must face now.  The tragic part of it is that the consequences are being paid by innocent by-standers – women, children, and peaceful people who have lost possessions, homes, jobs, schools, churches, etc.  Many will not be able to return to the areas where their families have lived for generations because of tribal conflicts. Andy is going on an AIM AIR flight tomorrow to Kisumu, one of the most affected areas in Kenya.  The plane will be taking three trips, carrying food and supplies to one of the camps there filled with those who are displaced.  He will be doing photography and videos for AIM. For our family, life is slowly returning to “normal”.  Though it is a new normal for us because we are in a new house, which we very much enjoy.  We are so grateful for what we have – safety, food, and a loving community here and at home.  The boys start school next Tuesday...
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