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...

The King and I

Friday night was the opening night for “The King and I.”   It was an amazing success!  Honestly, after dress rehearsal on Thursday, I wasn’t sure how it would end up.  Lots of things were rough.  Friday came, though, and it all came together in every way. Literally, there were no major issues in either performance!  I think we were all a bit shocked!   All of the students completely blew me away with their energy, scene changes (yikes!), great attitudes, teamwork, etc.  Their acting and singing was at its best all weekend and I stood at the back just shaking with delight and excitement!  Above is a photo of our 80 member cast, crew, and orchestra. We have two more performances this Friday and Saturday – then strike and cast party on Saturday evening.  We’ll be posting more pictures as the week progresses – so check back again a few more times.  We’ll actually finish taking pictures on Saturday.  I can’t wait for you to see some good photos of all the costumes and sets – oh, and the “Siamese” makeup and hair! 🙂  You can see this photo of Brian and Beth, as the King and Anna, dancing in “Shall We Dance?”.  Also below is a photo of the ballet (“Small House of Uncle Thomas”).  We have an AMAZING choreographer, Betsy Kreamer, who choreographed the ballet.  The students, only one of whom (Sonia, as “Eliza”) has any dance training, all did a fabulous job.  They were so proud of themselves, as the should be – the 10 minute (ish) dance was a sight to behold! All this is...

Brown Family Update – March 2009

Day 600. It’s hard to believe we’re coming to the end of our 1st term here in Africa. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 2 years since we left the US, hard to imagine how much we’ve changed, and how your lives have changed since we’ve last seen you. And we are very excited to catch up and swap stories and share meals and fellowship with you in just a few months. Before we get to the details of our travel schedule, we wanted to share a few things about our lives here: Financial situation We’ve been watching the news in the US and are well aware of what things are like back home. We have been praying for the financial crisis that is affecting so many in our nation and most nations across the world.  Many many thanks to all of you who have continued to faithfully support us these past couple of years.  It humbles us and reminds us that we must put our trust in God every day to provide and that He uses His people – His church – to make possible His work throughout the world, especially in places that can’t afford to help themselves. Even before the financial crisis, our monthly support income was $1,500 lower than it needs to be.  Thankfully, due to the generosity of supporters before we left America, we have been able to stay afloat, never lacking for anything that we need.  How amazing is it that God has so generously provided for us?! Now, however, as we are preparing to return for our end-of-term Home Assignment, we...
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