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...

Rocky Mountain High

Last week we had an incredible trip to Denver. A really really refreshing time of catching up with friends, leading worship at the church we used to be on staff at, enjoying the view, eating Colorado style pizza, playing stand-by roullette at DIA. We were blessed by so many friends and family there, and came away feeling incredibly encouraged and commissioned to the work God has called us to. A quick update for this week: * Our monthly support pledges now stand at 77%, props to our God! * We have 4 weeks to raise the final 23% (about $1100/month) in pledges. If you, your church, or someone you know would like to join our support team, just fill out this card, and email it back to us at andy (at) brownfamily (dot) ws. * Our home church interviewed someone for our job last weekend, a really talented worship leader from Texas. Please pray with us that God would call someone to our position and that the transition would be smooth for our congregation here. * We have a huge load of things to sell in the community garage sale this weekend. So much, in fact, that I’ve rented a U-Haul to get it all there (way more stuff than the space we’ve been alotted will hold!). Please pray for good weather and that we would sell as much as we can. We’re counting on the proceeds from this to help us set up our home in Nairobi. * We’re not even unpacked from our move 2 weeks ago (to temporary missionary housing) and we’re busy re-packing our things...

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...

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...

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...
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