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...

Brown Family Update – November 2008

We’re taking a little vacation this weekend. We’ve come back to Eldama Ravine, a town a few hours northwest of Nairobi, where there is a farm called Sunrise Acres, equipped with several self-catering cottages for missionaries to come for a low-budget get-away. We love it here. There is a playground (we haven’t seen much of the boys since we arrived), farm animals, trails, a small “mini-golf course”, ping pong, basketball, board games, books, toys (consisting mainly of old McDonald’s Happy Meal prizes – always a sure hit with our kids), birds chirping, trees swaying in the breeze, and a swimming pool which we have yet to try out. We’ve put a ban on all videos and computer games, except for a family movie at night. Andy and I have already read an entire book each, the boys have already made fast friends with a 10 year old belonging to another family on holiday here, and Sydney has rediscovered the art of playing quietly by herself. Aaahh. (For a short story about our time here at Sunrise Acres, click here). We came here to get away before the big wave of utter busyness hits us in the next couple of months. We decided this would be a great time to send you a short update on our lives. We heard from many of you that you enjoyed our last video update. We’re so glad! Since then, the past two months have been great. Tim Lang has come to stay with us for the year. He is serving as a short-term missionary with Andy’s team, OFM. If you want to check...

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 – March 2008

Habari zenu! We decided it was about time for a new update – and there’s so much to tell!  Yesterday was Avery’s 6th birthday and we had 20 people here for cake and an awesome water balloon fight (which felt great in the current heat)!  We’re in the dog days of summer here, the hottest we’ve been since we arrived in Kenya 8 months ago. Still, it’s nothing like the humid summers we had in the US, more like a hot day in May in Denver, where it is still cool at night and you might wake up chilly if you sleep with your window open.  Oh, and speaking of heat, remember that vacation to Mombasa that we had to cancel in January? Well, we’re finally going to make that up, when Andy’s parents come to visit in 2 weeks! Situation in Kenya We’ve got some very uplifting news to share with you.  Last Friday Kofi Annan successfully negotiated a peace agreement between Kibaki’s PNU party and Raila’s ODM party. Kenyans have been celebrating and things seem to have cooled off tremendously since January. Kibaki will remain President, and Raila will fill a new post of Prime Minister. There’s obviously a great deal of work to do to figure out how that is going to work exactly and they are continuing to meet to work on some other issues which Annan wants to address.  Overall, it seems to be promising at this point.  There are still many displaced people throughout the country, though, which is a crisis that many churches and organizations, including AIM, are trying to address. Travels...
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