Orientation

Almost a year ago I was tasked with creating a video to be used across AIM to show what the orientation process looks like. Who better to have do that than the video guy whose family was just wrapping up their first term at new missionaries? Anyhow, we recently released this video, and it is now being distributed to all AIM missionary candidates, but we thought we’d share it here as well so you can enjoy what our last 2 years have been...

Brown Family Update – September 2007

Dear Friends and Family, Tonight we are sitting here in our new home, on the eve of the official “first day” of the new On Field Media Team, (of which Andy will be one of three members). We have been in our home for 12 days now and are very much enjoying having the freedom as a family to eat meals when we want to and come and go as we please. Our seven week orientation process, including Orientation School and a homestay with a Kenyan family, was very valuable, but definitely was trying for us all. We are focusing on settling in now, learning Kiswahili, establishing some sort of routine, and seeking some kind of “normalcy” in this new life here in Kenya. We’ve been asked how we are feeling about everything now. Well, I’m not sure that we know how to answer that! If you have ever moved to a foreign country, then you probably know the state we are in now: feeling a bit upside down and trying to find our two feet to stand on. It’s interesting… before we left the U.S., we told ourselves and many others that we knew we would go through hard times on the mission field. However, what we imagined and what the reality is are two completely different things, (and we had been here on a trip before)! We knew we would have hard times in Africa. We knew cultural transition would be difficult. But we had no idea what was in store for us! The first thing that we began to see was how every little tiny detail...

August 6 Podcast

Coming to you from the foot of the Ngong hills in Kenya, at the shamba (farm) of our home-stay host...

Halfway point

ABO Our orientation school, ABO (Africa Based Orientation), was a really great time of making new friends and learning many things. It humbled us, challenged us, and helped us push through the culture shock. We realize how shell-shocked we were that 1st couple of weeks in Kenya and now we feel a little more like this is home, thanks to our 3 weeks of immersion in rural Kenyan culture. We learned a ton about Africa worldview and thought patterns, not only the obvious ones like event [Africa] vs. time [Western] oriented cultures, but more difficult ones like how to communicate between a shame [Africa] vs. guilt [Western] culture. We stayed in dorms at Scott Theological College (or, as Avery says: Scottological College). The kids had one room, Lesa & I another, which was nice. We ate primarily Kenyan food for those 3 weeks, stuff like ugali and sukamowiki and rice and beans, in different orders but pretty much the same food every day for lunch and supper. In addition to classroom “lectures”, we also participated in ministry on Sunday mornings.  First, at a rural church where we taught a children’s Sunday School lesson and second at a girls’ high school boarding school where we got to deliver the “sermon.”  We also went to visit a Mosque during our unit on Islam, and went to visit the home of a Kenyan family for tea (Chai and cookies).  The home was a one room “apartment”, we sat on the bed as we were served tea and visited.  We also got to go shopping for veggies and fruit at the market in...

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,...