Update

I realize I’m not doing a very good job at keeping up with the weekly posting commitment we made, so today I’m going to quickly bring everything up to speed on where we’re at: We sold our house this week. That’s right, we are no longer home owners, and have made our last mortgage payment for a long time! It’s actually a very liberating feeling, although there is this pit in our stomach that we have done something irreversible and drastic! We’ll be moving (within South Riding). Our good friends, and missionaries, who are currently on the field have offered to let us stay in their house until we leave the area, rent free. Our fundraising is coming along. We’ve very nearly raised all of our outgoing expenses, and are about 44% there on our monthly pledges. To get involved, click here. Thank you to everyone who is praying for us and supporting us financially! All in all, we are totally blown away by God’s hand in all of this. We are completely assured that we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and that he will continue to work all things together for his glory, getting us on the field in his perfect...

Our house in Nairobi

My Aunt Shirley (who, with my uncle and 2 cousins, has lived in Nairobi for over 15 years) has had her ear to the ground since the beginning of the year, trying to find a house full of furnishings and maybe a vehicle for us. This week we were introduced, electronically, to a Canadian family who are moving back home and wanting to sell everything, more or less walking out of Nairobi with their clothes, but leaving everything else behind. Come to think of it, it’s much the same deal we’re doing here with Max & Rebecca. Handing down most of our stuff to someone who needs it more, getting the benefit ourselves of not having to sell it a piece at a time. Isn’t God...

Shot

Q: What does $1300 worth of travel vaccines get you? A: 11 pokes with a needle and 2 sick boys with a strange combination of typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis, and hepatitus A.

Step 1. Sell House

Ok… it’s been a long time since we’ve posted, and since the traffic on our site has really spiked we are committing to keeping you up to date at least once a week. Ever since our candidate week in November, we knew there were 2 big tasks looming over our heads that had to get done in the next 6 months or we wouldn’t be going to the mission field. Those 2 tasks are to sell the house, and to raise the support. We started praying back in November that God would somehow provide a buyer for our house without having to put it on the market. We were praying this because 1. the housing market in South Riding is terrible right now and many many townhomes here have been on the market for months, or even a year, and 2. because we knew it was going to be very hard to be packing our home, selling our stuff, and showing our house. Praise God, we wrote a contract on our house Wednesday, with our very good friends, Max & Rebecca. Yes, that Max. That guy with tattoos all over his arms. That guy who provided the inspiration for our sons’ Mother’s Day surprise when they scrawled “i love mom” in permanent marker all over their chest and arms. The amazing thing is that we were nearly neighbors about 7 years ago in Denver, and probably ran into each other many times at King Soopers. I met Max a few days after Sydney was born, he introduced himself to me after church that Sunday, by the next Friday he...

Prayer letter (Winter 2006)

Merry Christmas from the Browns! We just got our Christmas tree up, and we’re already writing our “Christmas” letter (a big step for us)! We hope your holiday season has started off well and your tree is up! Things are going well here. Life is busy and in full swing as we are enjoying our ministry at Dulles Community Church, spending time with our kiddos, and giving LOTS of piano lessons. Robbie, who is eight and in 2nd grade, keeps busy playing with Legos and video games, practicing piano, losing teeth, and running around playing with his buddies. Avery, who is four and in preschool, learned to ride a bike this summer and is as happy-go-lucky as ever – following his brother around! Sydney is two now and talking and singing up a storm. Every place we go, someone is exclaiming how cute she is (what can we say?)! The big news… Two weeks ago we were officially “appointed” as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. We hope to be moved to Nairobi, Kenya by next July to serve as full-time missionaries there! The process was prompted by Andy’s trip to North Africa which made a profound impression upon him. I (Lesa) had felt drawn towards missions, particularly Africa, since I was 15 and had pursued the subject in college and seminary. So when he came back on fire, I wasn’t sure what to think! We prayed for four months. We eventually decided that we were being called to go somewhere, we just weren’t sure where! We took a wonderful trip to North Africa and Kenya last spring, which confirmed...
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