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God is moving, can you see it?
October 14, 2013 12:17 pm
Published in: On the Field Tags: , ,

Two whole years.

What?!  I’m sitting here at my house in Nairobi trying to wrap my mind around leaving.  It’s been an amazing ride, full of more discovery, worship, and growth than I ever imagined.  It would be foolish to try to sum it all up in a single little blog post, so I’m defaulting to my normal medium, photos.   Let me show you some of the things I’ve learned…

I’ve learned that this world is vast, multi-faceted, beautiful, and diverse… just like it’s occupants, and just like the body of Christ.

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I’ve learned that experiences are better when shared with those you love.

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I’ve learned that God is at work EVERYWHERE, we just need to pray for the eyes to see.

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I’ve learned that it is possible to have a home in two places, and it’s ok to long for both.

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These trouble makers made sure I got soaked!  My Kenyan brothers: Phil, Ezekiel, and Jacktone

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I’ve learned above all, that He is good, that He is love, and that He is faithful to fulfill His promises.

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Thank you for taking this journey with me.  For praying tirelessly.  For taking time out of your day to send me love and encouraging words.  But thank you most of all for joining God in what He is doing on the continent of Africa.  His Spirit is moving here… it always has been.


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“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count,

from every nation, tribe, people and language,

standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”

-Revelation 7:9

 

July 29, 2013 1:57 pm

I guess it is technically winter here in Kenya, but only just.  While 60 degrees is on the chilly side for us here at the equator, it’s nothing to those Montana winters!

So much has been going on (uh, and I haven’t posted in almost three months!  Tut tut!), and it would take an age to write it all down, let alone for you to read it.  So let’s do a photo recap, shall we?  Righteo!

June was dominated by my trip to Rwanda to photograph for an NGO.  It was challenging, full of lessons, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be in such an interesting country and further push my photographic skills.

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Check out those giant arrow-roots!

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July brought departures.  My dear friends Ethan and David winged their way back to the states.  They always had me laughing, and I miss them hugely.  Below they are putting on brave faces before running a marathon!

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Ted, our fearless team leader, also made his way to the USA with his family to take care of their stateside relatives.  Before they left, we had a wonderful team retreat out in the countryside and a 4th of July bbq.

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Teammates relaxing.

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Chasing flamingos on Lake Bogoria

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Best seats in the house for a safari.

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We even had the privilege of witnessing Ted’s youngest son’s baptism.  What a special day!

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I’ve been keeping busy with a few personal photo projects.  From bees to awesome lady missionaries, I just can’t seem to stop clicking.  And that’s just how I like it!  (To keep up with my photo work, head to bessbrownleephoto.tumblr.com)

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Me and two Maasai mamas with our bee suits on!

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The golden magic of a honeycomb!  Learning the skills of beekeeping with new friends.

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Hannah is a fashion designer AND a missionary living in Liberia.  Pretty awesome!

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Virginia is a family practice doctor in a tough part of Nairobi.  She is also a missionary and a darn nice lady.

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We round out the review with a little visit from a wonderfully familiar face.  My dear friend Lauren spent ten days with me after a mission trip and we had a bucket-load of fun!

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We toured a cheese farm and did some tasting as well… YUM!!!

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Apparently we were quite close to a python nest in this picture… yipes!  We didn’t find out this information until we were back at the car.  (Insert scream of horror here!!!) I have searched all my photos and haven’t found conclusive evidence of a giant snake, but the mere possibility is enough to keep me away from Crescent Island for a while!

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Whew, I’m so glad we caught up.  Eat a ripe peach for me, and enjoy your summer wherever this post finds you!

March 11, 2013 5:58 am
Published in: On the Field Tags: , , , , ,

I barely had time to catch my breath upon returning from the States before life in Africa swept me up again. And I’m glad of it. So many great things are going on here, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. But I’m a little bashful that two months have gone by without a peep from me on this blog, whoops!  Let’s catch-up, shall we?

January saw the team and I back into the thick of the MOVIE.  Many brainstorming sessions and hours of editing later, we launched a trailer for The Distant Boat!!  Check it out HERE!

 

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searching for filming locations in downtown Nairobi

searching for filming locations in downtown Nairobi

 

I had a great time catching up with friends after the holidays, both in Nairobi and up in the mountains of Kijabe, Kenya.  I even got to spend the weekend on my friend’s farm, enjoying some wonderful home-grown food and fresh air.

 

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hanging out with chameleons and dogs

Japanese feast with friends

Japanese feast with friends

The Great Rift Valley, on the way to a friend's house

The Great Rift Valley, on the way to a friend’s house

Maize fields and forests out in the countryside

Maize fields and forests out in the countryside

delicious bounty from a friend's garden

delicious bounty from a friend’s garden

New friends!

New friends!

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friends feeding chickens

Jean picking some fresh mint for me

Jean picking some fresh mint for me

backyard marshmallow roast with my neighbors

backyard marshmallow roast with my neighbors

My international license expired and so I had to apply for my Kenya drivers license, now I'm official!

My international license expired and so I had to apply for my Kenya drivers license, now I’m official!

shopping in the local market with my friend Anna

shopping in the local market with my friend Ana

 

February was such a fun month, namely because it was chalk full of visitors!  Some of my dear friends converged on Nairobi for a conference, and I had the pleasure of hosting many of them at my house.  We cooked, laughed, played lots of Bananagrams, and soaked up this rare chunk of time in the same country together.  Below are some of our adventures.

 

Courtney, Andy, and Anna all came to visit, what fun!

Courtney, Andy, and Anna all came to visit, what fun!

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My fellow Montanans, Anna and Andy!

My fellow Montanans, Anna and Andy!

 

church potluck to say goodbye to some great friends

church potluck to say goodbye to some great friends

 

A thrill and a photo assignment wrapped-up into one came my way at the end of February.  I got to photograph a family’s flight to their new home in rural Kenya for AIM Air.  I took two cameras along and snapped the morning away.  It was so great to see diverse land of Kenya fly by underneath me, from mountains and forests into rust colored scrubby deserts.  I even got to fly the plane for a while, that is until I started throwing up… ah motion- sickness, my old friend.

Flying high over Kurungu, Kenya

Flying high over Kurungu, Kenya

The men of the Callahan family on their way up to their new home in rural Kenya

The men of the Callahan family on their way up to their new home in rural Kenya

The acacia tree dotted land near the airstrip in Kurungu, Kenya

The acacia tree dotted land near the airstrip in Kurungu, Kenya

The Callahan family meeting their new neighbors in Kurungu, Kenya

The Callahan family meeting their new neighbors in Kurungu, Kenya

Kurungu is home to the Samburu tribe

Kurungu is home to the Samburu tribe

Flying the plane on the way back to Nairobi!

Flying the plane on the way back to Nairobi!

 

March brought the 2013 presidential elections with it.  We were on lock down for a few days, just incase things became insecure in the city.  But God was so faithful and peace reigned in the city, even amongst a lot of fear and anxiety of a repeat of the violence that occurred during the 2007/2008 elections.

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waiting for election results to come out

I don’t pretend to understand Kenyan politics or tribalism, but nothing seems cut and dry here.  The new president and his running-mate are both expected to appear before the ICC in a few months to answer for charges of crimes against humanity relating to the 2007/2008 Kenyan elections.

Vice President Ruto, and President Kenyatta

Vice President Ruto, and President Kenyatta

 

But these are the men that are in the driver’s seat of this country now; Kenya has spoken.  Would you pray with me that justice, integrity, and solid leadership would prevail even through these confusing choices?  I have so much hope for Kenya, and I know that God is at work here.  Please continue to pray with me.

 

He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.

He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

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Whew, I’m glad we are all caught up!

August 6, 2011 7:34 pm
Published in: Pre-Field Tags: , , ,

Film is amazing.

It has the ability to connect our hearts to the lives of people thousands of miles away.

When I go to Africa, I will have the opportunity to take part in making films about what God is doing in Africa… with the aim of helping connect people the world over to Africa.  Wowza, I can’t wait to be a part of that.

Below are some (short) films that have lifted my heart, inspired my soul and gotten my creative juices flowing.  They are about real people, their stories, their lives and our world… and they have me chomping at the bit to start creating in Africa.

Enjoy,  I sure did.