Summer update

Probably none of us looks at our lives and thinks ourselves uninteresting or dull. That’s human nature, or at least Western nature, thinking that no-one could possibly be as busy as we are, or have lives as crazy. That said, we must be the craziest people on earth. In the past month we’ve moved houses, entertained Andy’s parents for 2 weeks, brought bibles and a vehicle to our Maasai community, safaried across the Mara plains, made a movie, and sent Lesa to graduate school in Colorado. And the summer’s only half spent… So where are we now? Andy and the kids are settled in the new house in Nairobi, and Lesa is at the University of Northern Colorado finishing her final on-campus course requirements for her Masters in Theater Education. If you live in Denver, please come hear Lesa speak at GracePoint Community Church in Littleton on July 24. She will be speaking during the Sunday School hour at 9:15, and singing and briefly sharing in the worship service at 10:30. If you live in Northern Virginia, Lesa will be having two dessert nights while she’s there in order to see everyone and share details/answer questions about what’s been going on in Kenya with our family – complete with photos, videos, etc. If you can come to either one, that would be wonderful! Please contact the host if you plan on coming and if you want to help provide a dessert! Wednesday, July 27: Brad and Amy Russell’s – dessert night. RSVP 703-327-4952 Saturday, July 30: Bruce and Cindy Lang’s – dessert night RSVP 703-435-6115 Sunday, July 31: Lesa...

Brown Family Update – March 2011

Loving friends and supporters, Life is a test. Of this we can be certain. A test of our heart, our character, our works. The bible speaks many times about God testing us, testing our hearts, trying us, refining us. We should rejoice in these tests (James 1) and stand in God’s strength to endure. Since returning to Kenya after the weddings last summer, we’ve felt tested on multiple fronts. Not the kind of testing you want to run away from, but the kind of testing where you know you have to see it through, to see what God is up to. We’ve been tested financially, to see if we could trust God to provide in the face of an impending support shortage. God answered our prayers with what we needed, through both friends and our supporting churches. Now there’s the test on the other side of the equation, if we can be good stewards, when we have what we need. We’ve been tested in our church leadership. Coming back from this summer with a conviction about church structure and governance, we’ve been a part of transitioning our informal church into a simple, but biblically obedient structure, with Andy being ordained as an elder late last year. We’ve seen God’s hand moving powerfully in our church, as a result, we believe, in taking a step in obedience. We’ve been tested in our ministries, with ever expanding scope and responsibility, and we’re trying to be resourceful and creative and obedient to the opportunities that God has placed in our spheres of influence. Those of you who know us well aren’t suprised...

A typical Brown-family Christmas video…

… what happens every time you try to get your kids to sit still for a picture? Merry Christmas! We hope that you all are having a blessed time of celebrating Christ’s birth this week. We’ve been hearing of the cold and snow back in the States and suppose we shouldn’t mention the sunny 90 degree weather we’ve been having!? As we are winding up 2010, we look back and are so amazed at what God has done in our lives. The biggest piece of news we wanted to tell you is that we had an incredible response to our last update about our financial support needs. Thanks to many of you, we are able to stay on the field through the end of this term (May 2011) when we will be returning for our second “home assignment.” We look forward to hopefully seeing each of you in June or July when we visit our churches and families. As you can see in the video, we just got back from a short trip to Olepishet this week. We’ll tell you more about the cool things happening there in our next update! For now, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Love in Christ, Andy, Lesa, Robbie, Avery, and...

Browns in Africa update – October 2010

Reading emails from us is boring, we know, so we kicked it up a notch and made a video update for you. Please take a (few) minutes to watch this, and please pass on to other missions/Africa minded friends and churches. In summary, we do have some significant and immediate prayer requests: We have been $450/month short on support for long enough that we have exhausted our work funds and are in danger of not having enough to live on next month. Click here for specifics and to get involved. Tomorrow Andy is heading to Tanzania, to the islands in Lake Victoria. Pray for safe travel and for Lesa and the kids at home. A lot is happening with Lesa and our kids and school: broken arms, field trips, drama production at the end of this month. Click here for specifics. We are actively pursuing a medical project vehicle for Olepishet. Click here to read more about Olepishet and how to get involved. Andy is potentially going to be installed as an elder at our church, International Christian Fellowship. Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Andy’s latest video, AIM Identity, watch it...

Brown Family Update – March 2010

Greetings from Kenya Greetings from warm and sunny Kenya, where we are wrapping up our summer months and heading into the rainy season! We have enjoyed hearing all your stories from blizzards of biblical proportions and reminding us that during these months we live in polar opposite seasons! It’s been a crazy couple of months since we’ve last written an update, so we wanted to catch you up with our lives, and thank you for praying for us and thinking of us. North Africa Andy had the opportunity to lead the OFM team to North Africa last month. He and the team lived inside an ancient medina for 2 weeks and served the local platforms there with media: web, photography, filmaking. Click the photo to the right to watch a short film the team produced for the workers there. Click here to read more about Andy’s trip there, and the rapidly deteriorating situation for Christian workers there. For the password to the post, please contact us. Olepishet A tiny village in Masai land has captured our hearts, through Lesa‘s January trip there with our school’s Cultural Field Studies, and last week our whole family went to spend a few days doing life and ministry with our new Masai friends. We are continuing to process how we might be involved in an ongoing way with this community. From Lesa’s blog post: I’ve been trying to determine at which point the trip became more than I’d planned on – more than I thought it could be.  I went into it excited about time with the students but nervous about the unknown...
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