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...

Providing food for Kibera

A few days ago we began to feel the burden on our hearts for all the people around us who’ve been displaced by the riots and are now sleeping on floors in relative’s houses or on the floors of churches or on the streets. It seemed like every Kenyan we knew was having to address this issue in one way or another and we wanted to help. So we pitched an idea, with a little prayer, to the missions committee at our sending church, Dulles Community. We proposed to them sponsoring a Kibera church with whom we have a relationship through some Kenyan friends (James & Truphena) by helping this church to feed the >250 people who are sleeping on the floor there. We were blown away by DCC’s quickness to respond and their generosity in wanting to being involved. We’ve been working on the details of this project for a few days, and today it all came together. Below are portions from our email to the DCC mission committee we sent earlier this afternoon. Our hearts are overflowing right now as we just returned from the grocery store and have successfully been able to hand over the first bunch of vouchers to the church. Please forgive us for this very long e-mail, we just have a lot to say! We want to tell you what transpired today and how God opened the doors – to give Him all the glory for His constant provision for His people.This morning, when we got up, we checked the news and found out that the opposition party is planning to rally every...

Jan 3 update

THANK YOU First, we want to thank you all for your prayers and your notes of encouragement.  We have truly felt your love holding us up here.  It has made this all much more manageable and less stressful to feel so connected to you. UPDATE Just a quick update on life here in Nairobi today.  We were all set for everything to fall apart – and it really didn’t (at least from where we are at).  We were told to be ready to evacuate, if the situation called for it.  So we spent the day finishing up all of our packing and deciding what we really couldn’t leave behind.  The plan would be to drive to a safe place outside of the country. However, the rally that was set to occur was thwarted by police.  We could hear activity not far away, as the police were shutting down the advance of the protesters towards the city center.  Even though the protesters were actually making an effort to be peaceful, the government canceled the rally.  The rally is set to occur again on January 8th. We don’t think that everything is cleared up, by any means.  We continue to ask for prayer for this situation.  Specifically now that the international community will be able to successfully influence the leaders here and that those committing violence will see that it will not change anything and in fact is hurting their county. We had a bit of a change tonight.  We were able to join the other missionaries in our neighborhood for an impromptu cookout.  It was so wonderful and relaxing to...

June 1 Update

Dear friends and family, WE MADE IT!! We got our financial clearance from AIM yesterday and we are on our way to Kenya at the end of June! God has been in the middle of this whole thing – we basically just sat back and watched. The other highlight of this past month was our Commissioning Service at Dulles Community Church, where we have been on staff for the past almost 5 years. It was such a beautiful time where we really got to see the body of Christ in action as the local church sent out its own to serve. As we write this, we are about 3 hours outside of Virginia, driving to Ohio – the first stop on our June tour of the country! Here’s our travel schedule, in case anyone wants to pop in to see us when we are out your way: May 31 – June 2: Cedarville, OH at Grandma Stormont’s June 2 – 9: Aledo, IL at Andy’s parents (we will be getting away to Chicago from the 5th – 8th for our 10th anniversary) June 10 (am): Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO. We will be speaking specifically at the 9:15 service about our upcoming ministry in Africa June 10-20: Hutchinson, KS at Lesa’s parents’ June 20 – 22: Kansas City (Robbie wil be attending camp at Heartland while we spend time seeing friends in KC) June 22-27: Aledo, Illinois June 27 – 29: Pearl River, NY at AIM headquarters to meet up with the other new missionaries who will travel with us to Africa Once we get to Kenya,...
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