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,...

Commissioned

The Commissioning Service at DCC was one of our most memorable experiences ever. The morning was filled with surprises for us – especially through many of our dear friends speaking and encouraging us from the stage, videos from friends in Africa, and photos of our time at DCC. It was also a significant morning musically. We sang some of our favorite songs, such as “Missions Flame” by Matt Redman, which speaks very clearly of how worship is the fuel (and the goal, John Piper!) of missions. This is where our heart is – we want to see the Lord worshiped in every tongue, in every nation. And our love of God and experience of a life of worship to Him drives us to help others find the same. At the end of the service, we sang “Jesus Paid It All” with our successor (new worship leader at DCC), John Webb. It was very powerful to lead worship together and transition from our leadership to his. Way cool. Our AIM regional administrators, David and Darlene Noden came for the service, as well. They spoke a bit about how our church needs to go ahead and “kick us out” 🙂 so that we can go – even though it’s hard for us all to part. We all talked about the fact that it’s not so much that we are leaving DCC to go on to something different, but that DCC is now going to Nairobi through us. We are still a part of this church body – functioning not as musical-worship leaders, but as missional- worship leaders. The elders anointed us...

May 10 Brown Family Update

Dear friends and family, It is with great excitement and anticipation that we share with you about our progress this past month. First of all, it is very likely that we will be heading to Kenya at the end of June! Yeah! God has completely blown us away by continually providing for the financial side of things, as well as for all of our other needs. We have been in the process of wrapping up life in Virginia by trying to spend special time with all the people here whom we have grown to love so deeply, tying up the loose ends of our work and home life, and packing up to move. This whole experience has changed us. We had heard that this process actually teaches you many important lessons for the mission field – it’s so true! We have learned so much about trust, as this entire year has consisted of life completely out of our control. God has brought healing in many areas: in our personal lives, in our marriage, and in other relationships. He has brought us to a place where we are actually OKAY with getting rid of most of our earthly possessions – stuff that we have been holding on to for years, stuff we have loved and cherished. He has had us in a wonderful place (Dulles Community Church) these past five years, where we have been loved on and taken care of, stretched and challenged, inspired and directed. We have grown in our appreciation and love of our amazing families and the support they have shown us as they let us...

Purged!

Wow… what a weekend we just had. We spent all last week getting ready for the largest garage sale we will ever have (considering all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the past 10 years of marriage!) and sold most of it on Saturday morning (the Boy Scouts got what was left). It’s quite a freeing feeling to be done with it all. Not just because it was a lot of work to get ready for (we filled a UHaul and a couple cars!) but to have lightened the load so dramatically. The money we made at the garage sale ($1100! thanks in large part to an awesome family that donated some good stuff for us to sell) is going to purchase a portable sound system for us to use for worship leading on the field. We saw the need for this last year when we led worship in Mombasa… how much use a good sound system could be put to! Next big project: packing for the big move. By the end of this month we’ll be on our way, and travelling light for the month of June (everything has to fit in a minivan- including us). We’re going to take a big load up to NYC (our mission’s HQ) and leave stuff there we’ll be shipping via ocean freight, and stuff we’ll be flying with at the end of June but don’t want to haul around in a van all month. We are feeling extremely blessed and encouraged right now… knowing that God is in control, not...

Africa Update – April 2007

Wow! Lately our lives have been a living, breathing testimony of God’s provision and faithfulness. Truly, when He calls, He also provides. Below we’ve shared some of the amazing things that He has done in and around us over the past month or so, along with some updates on what’s coming in the next few months… We closed on our house this month. Everything came together without any problems. We are currently renting back from our wonderfully generous and flexible friends, the Katzers. We’re in the process of sorting through most of our stuff – storing some and selling most. We will be moving on April 14th to the vacant (yet furnished!) home here in South Riding of some other friends of ours, who are living currently in North Africa. We’ll live rent-free there until we leave Virginia at the end of May. We have made an agreement with a family who is moving away from Nairobi. We will be purchasing their entire household and car and will move into that house (for rent) when we are finished with all of our Orientation activities in Africa. This will be our home, most likely, for the next two years, at least! Our boys have been accepted into West Nairobi School for next fall. WNS is a Christian, American-style school where many missionary kids attend, as well as other international families and Kenyans. We visited it last year and were very impressed with the campus and all we heard about the school. Some dear friends of ours have agreed to purchase our mini-van before we go. From the proceeds from the...
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