Preparation and trust

Faith is a balancing act, and that is a good thing. It keeps our eyes on Jesus, and our trust off ourselves. And we need to be tested in our balancing ability, so that we can be matured and completed (James 1). It’s an opportunity for joy. It’s an opportunity for obedience. 1 week from today, Kenya votes for a new president. We were brand-new, inexperienced missionaries 5 years ago, the last time Kenya had presidential election and eroded into chaos that killed 1,000 people and left 600,000 homeless. We survived a couple weeks of lockdown and emerged from the experience closer to the people of Kenya and affirmed by God that this was where He had us for a reason. Political insecurity is not rare here in Africa, and this election might not prove any different (read “Neighbors Kill Neighbors“, New York Times, 4 days ago). What is different, this time around, is that we are prepared. We’ve got 100 litres of petrol and diesel in our garage, a pantry stockpiled with food, our evacuation cash and documents in order, and the experience of having been through this before. As before, we also have a strong trust in God’s sovereignty and his plan in having us living here for such a time as this. Many NGOs and mission organizations have already pulled their personnel out of Kenya. But we realize this is the time we need to have solidarity with our African brothers and sisters, and weather whatever storm may come our way. So, would you please pray for Kenya on March 4, which also happens to be Avery’s...

Election

Dear Friends, As you all are getting up from a late night, we were able to wake up at our regular hour this morning, just in time for the announcement of the election results, as we are now ahead of America’s east coast by 8 hours and ahead of the west coast by 11 hours.  It has been a bit surreal here, we can actually hear the sounds of celebration coming from the streets outside of our home.  Watching CNN this morning, the Kenyan station has inserted its own scenes continually of celebration activity around Kenya over the newly elected Obama, whose father is a Kenyan and whose grandmother still lives here.    The alternating scenes blending our two worlds together and bringing a visual to what often happens on our hearts – the leaping across the ocean often to remember and love you all in America and still live in a full reality here. We will be praying for our country as this new president gets his feet under him.  We are rejoicing with those who are joyously celebrating the election of our country’s first African-American.  He has a tough job ahead, and we know that even more now, living overseas.  What every American suspects, that America is a central focal point to the rest of the world and where many many people look for leadership, is so so true.  Do we deserve it?  We don’t know about that, but we do know that America has a responsibility to lead faithfully and wisely.  Let those of us who pray, pray that this new president will be able to do...

Brown Family Update – March 2008

Habari zenu! We decided it was about time for a new update – and there’s so much to tell!  Yesterday was Avery’s 6th birthday and we had 20 people here for cake and an awesome water balloon fight (which felt great in the current heat)!  We’re in the dog days of summer here, the hottest we’ve been since we arrived in Kenya 8 months ago. Still, it’s nothing like the humid summers we had in the US, more like a hot day in May in Denver, where it is still cool at night and you might wake up chilly if you sleep with your window open.  Oh, and speaking of heat, remember that vacation to Mombasa that we had to cancel in January? Well, we’re finally going to make that up, when Andy’s parents come to visit in 2 weeks! Situation in Kenya We’ve got some very uplifting news to share with you.  Last Friday Kofi Annan successfully negotiated a peace agreement between Kibaki’s PNU party and Raila’s ODM party. Kenyans have been celebrating and things seem to have cooled off tremendously since January. Kibaki will remain President, and Raila will fill a new post of Prime Minister. There’s obviously a great deal of work to do to figure out how that is going to work exactly and they are continuing to meet to work on some other issues which Annan wants to address.  Overall, it seems to be promising at this point.  There are still many displaced people throughout the country, though, which is a crisis that many churches and organizations, including AIM, are trying to address. Travels...

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...
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