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...

Brown Family Update – November 2007

Greetings Greetings once again from the city of cold water (that’s what Nairobi means in Kikuyu)! At least 4 days of the week that is true, the other 3 days it is the city of “hakuna maji”, or no water. Which is why we have 2 giant tanks in our back yard to store up water to get us through the dry days. Which means no laundry and few showers during half the week, making up for it on the other end. Not that things are dry here, quite the opposite in fact. The short rains (one of two rainy seasons here) have started this week and everything is muddy and wet. It’s even cold, which helps us remember that back home people are getting their turkeys and raking leaves and thinking about Christmas. It’s going to be a weird Christmas for us here, the start of summer and probably the 1st time we’ll have been hot since we left the US at the end of June. On Field Media The last time we wrote an update I (Andy) was just starting my job with the new On Field Media team. Mike and Ted and I have had a great time the past couple months pulling together our first video project and building our website to host all our content. Our 1st video, Psalm 40, is a worship video. Ted and I shot all the footage, in Kibera slums at a literacy class, in another slum at a health clinic, in Machakos at Scott Theological College, and in Korr, Kenya, in the remote desert northern frontier. After weeks of...
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