Brown Family Update – May 2008

Fell off the face of the earth? No, we haven’t, in case you’d wondered. Yes, we know we haven’t sent an email since March 5. No, it’s not because the rainy season knocked out the internet to all of east africa. Yes, it’s because we’re busy and sometimes lazy and forgetful, and often both at once. Consequently, since we skipped a month, we have a TON to tell you about! During the past two months, we have moved to a transitional home on a AIM missionary compound. Also, Lesa had her wrist surgery which ended up being fairly significant and is taking a while to recover fully. Praise the Lord that it is doing better every day! Mom & Dad We began our journey over the past few months with the visit from Andy’s parents over Easter. We had a wonderful time with them, somehow squeezing in trips to Kibera, an overnight ride on the Lunatic Line (go rent “Ghost in the Darkness“), a few days at the beach, a move, visits to the Rift Valley and Kijabe, and a game drive. Read the full story here. On-Field Media The OFM has been PDB (pretty darn busy) serving AIM throughout EA – East Africa (we are an organization that loves abbreviating). Andy’s got a few more stamps in his passport, and some great photos and stories as well. In March, Ted and I (Andy) went on a trip. We met some amazing national believers, some amazing Christian workers there, got spat on, rocks thrown at us, and all kinds of frontier-missionary kinds of stories to tell. Get our photos...

Brown Family Update – January 2008

Situation in Kenya First of all, thank you for all of you who have been praying for us and for the country of Kenya during this time. Since our last email we have been so encouraged and blessed by your emails to us. It’s good to know when we click “Send” it doesn’t just go out into the vacuum of space, but that people are actively following what is going on and praying along with us. Thank you! Secondly, sorry for the long email, we’ve been trying to keep these things short but we have had so many things happen in the past 30 days we needed to tell you about. Things were pretty tense at the beginning of January, and have fluctuated wildly since then. Threats of riots, sounds of gunfire, and constant visitors to our door from Kibera remind us that this situation is far from over. A lot of forgiveness will need to happen first, and that is a supernatural act that can only come from Christ and his power to transform minds and humble hearts. AIM is continuing to monitor the situation for the safety of all of its’ missionaries in Kenya and we still feel confident in their experience, judgment, and guidance for us during this time. The Body of Christ in Action Despite being in this difficult situation, we have been blessed and encouraged to see the body of Christ at work around us and through us. Many churches here have stepped up to the challenge to take care of the displaced and hungry and wounded.We had a unique opportunity to partner our...

A prayer request

Happy New Year! We hope you are all having a restful holiday time. Ours has been restful… too restful, in fact! You may have heard about the recent election here in Kenya. We won’t go into all the details of the story here (you can find more of the story on our website or on most news sites), but wanted to tell you what our situation is and ask for prayer. In a nutshell, there has been a great deal of unexpected unrest all over Kenya since the results of the election unfolded this past weekend. Hundreds have died in tribal-related violence over the disputed election results. This being a usually peaceful country, the extreme violence has surprised us all. At this point, we have cancelled our vacation to Mombasa that we had planned and will continue to stay put here in Nairobi. We have just completed our 4th day of being in the house – though Andy ventured out today in search for some food! Our neighborhood has been quiet and peaceful. There was only one point yesterday afternoon when we became concerned – we could hear a mob and police gunfire in a market area not far from us, close to Kibera slums. This occurred at the same time as a protest rally was being thwarted in another area of the city. We are awaiting some kind of move towards a resolution on the part of the political leaders, as well as another rally set to occur on Thursday. Prayer Requests: – Please pray for this country – that the leaders will resolve their issues politically and...

Situation in Nairobi

We want to give you all an update on the situation here in Kenya, as we know it isn’t getting a lot of press in the US and what you are hearing may alarm you.   First, we are sitting in our (new) house, not having left our front gate for three days and wondering when we will be able to leave.   We are completely fine – we have supplies, food, water, etc. to keep us for a while.  We were prepared and expecting there to be an unstable situation for a few days after the election.  So, please, do not be concerned that we are in any danger because we are not.  AIM has kept us very informed and has required us to stay at home until the situation stabilizes and we feel completely comfortable with their leadership and experience in this kind of situation. Here is a run-down of what has occurred in the past week: The election was held last Thursday.  There are many parties here in Kenya, and the election process is very different than what we are used to.  Many people follow a party based on tribal lines, even though this is a “metropolitan” city.  Therefore the tribal animosities arise during election time especially.  The two main candidates were Kibaki (who was already president) and Raila.  In the first couple of days after the election, it looked as if Raila was winning.  Many people wanted him to win with the hope that life might get better for them than it has been under Kibaki.  There is a general mistrust of the government and here –...

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...
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