Browns in Africa update – October 2010

Reading emails from us is boring, we know, so we kicked it up a notch and made a video update for you. Please take a (few) minutes to watch this, and please pass on to other missions/Africa minded friends and churches. In summary, we do have some significant and immediate prayer requests: We have been $450/month short on support for long enough that we have exhausted our work funds and are in danger of not having enough to live on next month. Click here for specifics and to get involved. Tomorrow Andy is heading to Tanzania, to the islands in Lake Victoria. Pray for safe travel and for Lesa and the kids at home. A lot is happening with Lesa and our kids and school: broken arms, field trips, drama production at the end of this month. Click here for specifics. We are actively pursuing a medical project vehicle for Olepishet. Click here to read more about Olepishet and how to get involved. Andy is potentially going to be installed as an elder at our church, International Christian Fellowship. Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Andy’s latest video, AIM Identity, watch it...

Help needed with Lesa’s tuition

On July 5th, Lesa started graduate coursework for a Masters in Theater Education at the University of Northern Colorado. Many of you know Lesa’s undergraduate degree was International Ministries with an emphasis in Fine Arts. It wasn’t an education degree, however, and for Lesa to teach drama at the school she works at, she received a provisional teaching certificate with the requirement that she would need to do continuing education. Many of you are keenly aware of the incredible ministry Lesa has, not only in drama, but in discipling, mentoring and training these students.  She’ll be filling you in more in our next update, but she is already learning many things that she is excited to use in her teaching/directing and for helping her students utilize drama as a ministry tool at school and in the surrounding communities. If you would like to be a part of supporting her in continuing this work, would you consider giving to her educational expenses? Right now we took out student loans to pay for her schooling and books. This summer she is earning 9 credit hours at a cost of $3,500.  She’ll then take 3 hours each semester, another 9 hours next summer, and then 3 more semesters of 3 hours each.  If you would like to give a tax-deductible gift to help with these expenses, instructions are below. go to AIM’s online giving page (https://dlq4.donatelinq.net/qv10/Donation.aspx?MerchantID=aimint) under categories, select “Missionaries (USA sending unit)” under the subcategory, select “Brown, Andrew & Lesa – Cont. education” Click the “Add” button to add a donation to this project Fill in the rest of the information...

Brown Family Update – May 2010

In the past month we’ve closed a musical, said many goodbyes to graduating students, goodbye to OFM teammates, “welcome back” to friends, Andy’s traveled to the Northern Frontier and Rwanda, played in jazz festivals, and we’ve hosted our Rendille and Maasai pastor friends and many other students and friends at our house. For sure, May was one of the busiest months in Africa we’ve ever had. Olepishet Evening campfire discussions about life Many families around here like to travel over Spring break. Some go to the Maasai Mara to watch the migration of the wildebeest. Some go to the Indian Ocean and relax on the beach. Some even squeeze in a quick trip to Europe.  Well, our idea of relaxation this Spring Break was a bit different, but still just as rewarding.  We decided this was the best opportunity for our family to invest in the tiny Maasai village of Olepishet, where Lesa had led a group of HS students in January (Click here to read “More than I thought it could be”). We packed our Land Rover to the ceiling, including extra fuel and lots of water, and drove about 5 hours, way past the end of the paved roads, crossing rivers, driving up and down steep, rocky terrain, to reach this special place in our family’s heart. We didn’t have a big agenda, other than camping and living in the community for a few days, and exploring ways that our school, and our family specifically, could invest in the people and church here. We spent several nights, sitting around the fire, eating roast goat and talking with...

Brown Family Update – March 2010

Greetings from Kenya Greetings from warm and sunny Kenya, where we are wrapping up our summer months and heading into the rainy season! We have enjoyed hearing all your stories from blizzards of biblical proportions and reminding us that during these months we live in polar opposite seasons! It’s been a crazy couple of months since we’ve last written an update, so we wanted to catch you up with our lives, and thank you for praying for us and thinking of us. North Africa Andy had the opportunity to lead the OFM team to North Africa last month. He and the team lived inside an ancient medina for 2 weeks and served the local platforms there with media: web, photography, filmaking. Click the photo to the right to watch a short film the team produced for the workers there. Click here to read more about Andy’s trip there, and the rapidly deteriorating situation for Christian workers there. For the password to the post, please contact us. Olepishet A tiny village in Masai land has captured our hearts, through Lesa‘s January trip there with our school’s Cultural Field Studies, and last week our whole family went to spend a few days doing life and ministry with our new Masai friends. We are continuing to process how we might be involved in an ongoing way with this community. From Lesa’s blog post: I’ve been trying to determine at which point the trip became more than I’d planned on – more than I thought it could be.  I went into it excited about time with the students but nervous about the unknown...

Immediate prayer requests

Hi friends, It’s been a few weeks since we’ve shared with you, ok maybe a few months if you don’t follow us on twitter or facebook, but we do have some immediate things we need prayer for: On Friday, Lesa is leading a group of over a dozen 12th grade girls on a CFS trip (Cultural Field Studies). She will be taking this group of young ladies into the heart of Masaai land, staying in local homes, participating in local culture, building cross-cultural relationship, for about 5 days. She will also be mentoring and discipling these girls, which is something Lesa loves to do more than anything! Please pray for her safety and comfort and for great relationships to be built, both with the high schoolers and with the Masaai. Also pray for special “dad” time with the kids while Lesa’s away. In just under 2 weeks, Andy is leading the OFM (On-Field Media) team to North Africa, to a country he’s never been to but has always wanted to visit. A country where there are no “missionaries” because such a thing would get you expelled from the country, or worse. A country where the cost to local believers for following Christ is more than most of us could bear. And yet the church lives, and we hope to share in that, encourage the church, and capture some of these stories and people and culture on film for the edification and building up of the worldwide church. Please pray for safety in the air and especially on the ground, for open doors to be able to capture the stories...
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