Brown Family Update – Oct 2009

Dear Friends, We have been grateful and blessed by your prayers and emails and chats and thoughts over the past 10 weeks since we’ve returned to Africa. We have been trying to find time to get an email update written, and are very sorry it’s taken so long! Please know that you have been on our hearts and minds as well, as our goodbyes this summer are still fresh in our memory. Over the past 10 weeks we have: flown across 8 timezones and eventually conquered jetlag Lost 2 friends in the AIM AIR accident (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/08/17/the-update-i-didnt-want-to-write/) Did what we could to support those 2 families who lost their husbands and dads Moved into a new house (our 5th house in Nairobi!) Lost all the weight we’d gained over the summer in the US Struggled with electricity and water rationing, often both at once! Started having health issues and had a colonoscopy (Andy), the 2nd in 3 months! Started over at a new school Saw our little girl become a schoolgirl (Sydney- kindergarten) Saw Lesa’s return to full-time teaching Celebrated a birthday (Robbie- 11) Started regularly leading worship on Sunday mornings (after a 2 year hiatus) Spent 5 days in the Northern Frontier District filming (Andy) (http://brownfamily.ws/2009/10/16/worship-from-the-desert-place/) Driven over 600 miles through Nairobi traffic on a motorcycle (Andy) Are 8 weeks into the 11 weeks of rehearsal for The Diary of Anne Frank (Lesa) Praised God over and over that He has placed us here, doing exactly what we were made to do Over the next 10 weeks we will: Celebrate two more birthdays (Lesa, Oct 30 and Sydney, Nov...

December 2008 Brown Family Update

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas! We hope you are all enjoying the cold weather back in the States! We must admit that the warm weather here is quite nice, though we wouldn’t mind bundling up and throwing a few snowballs around every once in a while!  This is the time of year here when the weather gets continually hotter – the hottest time will be January/February.  I guess it helps us remember that Christmas isn’t all about a season, decorations, stockings, and cookies, but is about something much more profound and permanent – a God who loves each individual on earth so passionately that He came to earth personally to bridge the rift between us and Him – to live among us, teach us, touch us, and to eventually lay Himself down for us that we could live.  That is something worth celebrating! Things are slowing down for us a bit.  Andy has returned from his trip and had quite the tropical island experience!  They had some incredible opportunities to film in this creative access country at locations which are usually closed off.  Check our website soon for stories and photos from that trip. His team doesn’t have any more trips planned for the near future, but will settle in to work on several video projects that they have been assigned, including one about their last island trip, an AIM orientation video, an AIM medical ministries video, an RVA (AIM’s boarding school) video, among others. The boys’ school is wrapping up this week with Christmas parties and such.  Robbie’s class gets to take a field trip to an orphanage to...

Close encounters with animals

I just got back from a week in Rwanda (more on that later!), during which I missed Robbie’s birthday. Knowing this ahead of time, Robbie and I decided to do a special weekend camp-out beforehand, just the two of us. To talk about guy stuff like turning 10 and responsibility and God and girls and being a man. We called it our “manventure”, and had no idea how appropriate that term would be. Just the previous weekend I had gone camping with Tim and a bunch of other AIM guys at the annual men’s camping retreat. The same retreat that I wrote about a year ago in “Camping with Hippos“. So, I thought I had the whole “camping in the wilds of Africa” all figured out. We were going to go to Hell’s Gate National Park, near lake Naivasha, and camp out in the wild, do some hiking, rock climbing, cook our food over a fire, and have a memorable weekend that would hopefully stay in our memories forever. Boy, will it ever! Robbie and I arrived at Hell’s Gate (about a 1.5 hour drive from Nairobi) around 3pm as the rain clouds were starting to form. As we paid our admission and entered the park and found our campsite, it was starting to rain. The campsite was up a steep, volcanic silt road, situated on the edge of a cliff overlooking much of the park. From there we could see Fischer’s tower, a two hundred foot high lava plug left over from a volcano. We could also hear steam vents several miles away, and were literally surrounded by...

Our 1st Year

The summary of our first year in Africa, what it’s like to pack up and move across the world, orientation, culture shock, what it’s like to live here, and the ministries we are involved...

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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