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God is moving, can you see it?
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!

 

team brainstorm session

team brainstorm session

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.

 

hanging out with chameleons and dogs

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!

friends feeding chickens

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!

glass-blowing demo

glass-blowing demo

country traffic jam

country traffic jam

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.

waiting for election results to come out

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.

Daniel 2:21

Whew, I’m glad we are all caught up!

August 24, 2011 9:22 pm
Published in: Pre-Field Tags: , , ,

Desert to FLOOD.  Both are extreme, both are transformative, and both happened to me.

July was, well, dry dry DRY.  Spiritually, physically, emotionally, the whole she-bang.

I had done my level best to carry this Africa thing on my own.  Didn’t work.  Almost took me out in fact.  I wound up in a barren place, out of breath with a canteen full of dust.

“I will make her like a desert,

turn her into a parched land and slay her with thirst

Hosea 2:3

Sounds about right.  This wasn’t random, it was a result of my mistrust, my unbelief, my stubbornness, and my utter lack of faithfulness in the God who created my very bones.   I have been stuck at 70% of my monthly support-raising goal for ages.  By the time July was almost spent, so was my hope of ever making it to Africa.  I know it sounds dramatic, but when you are faced with a huge wall of lack that won’t budge, things can quickly become daunting.  The forest become a desert.  As cracked, dessicant, and awful as it was, I was lead to that place for a purpose… so I would know what living water tastes like.  So that I could recognize the hand of my Provider.

 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
The wild animals honor me,
the jackals and the owls,
because I provide water in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland,
to give drink to my people, my chosen,
the people I formed for myself
that they may proclaim my praise.”

Isaiah 43:18-21

A wonderful man named Steve Valentine always said that when we are down to nothing, God is up to something.  Well that little saying just became all kinds of real.

On July 13th, my Grandpa went on to his next big adventure, eternity with God.  My Dad and his three brothers came together from all over the country to celebrate Grandpa, and to take care of everything that is left behind after someone leaves this world.  My Grandpa was a strong, smart, caring, and generous man.  He flew planes in WWII, and collected Meerschaum tobacco pipes, loved roast beef, and was no-nonsense.  His caretakers called him “The Commander.”  When I went to Africa the first time he sent a nugget of advice along with his hefty donation… “Take some Deet, and don’t forget the Kaopectate.”  A practical man indeed.

At the very end of July, my Dad returned from the funeral and time with his brothers with some news.  Grandpa had left his entire estate to his family, and that turned out to be a lot.  Before his health declined, he had expressed wanting to be a donor for my new life in Africa.  My dad wanted to honor Lord and Grandpa, and thus committed helping open the floodgates to God’s unique plan of provision.  Not only that, but all this month, I have had new donors come out of the woodwork that I had previously written off.  God is up to something, the waters are springing up from the ground… and I am all but swimming.

With God infront of me, and the family of God beside me, I will hopefully land safely in Kenya on October 1st…. OCTOBER FIRST!!!!!!!!  AH!  That means that September 27th is my last day in Montana.  Woah.  The rains just came like a hurricane.  All I can do is stand with my arms to the skies.  I am so happy things didn’t happen the way I imagined they would… but that I was surprised by God’s unique hand.  He is up to something, the proof is in the water.

 “The poor and needy search for water,
but there is none;
their tongues are parched with thirst.
But I the LORD will answer them;
I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.
I will make rivers flow on barren heights,
and springs within the valleys.
I will turn the desert into pools of water,
and the parched ground into springs.
I will put in the desert
the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive.
I will set junipers in the wasteland,
the fir and the cypress together,
so that people may see and know,
may consider and understand,
that the hand of the LORD has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 41:17-20

 

April 6, 2011 9:33 pm
Published in: Pre-Field Tags: , , ,

 

Spring is in the air, and I’ve got some FUN up my sleeves!  My good friend and fellow missionary Holly Leonard and I are hosting a joint support-raising event, and I am SO pumped!

Here’s the skinny…

If you will be in the Missoula/Florence area at the end of April… mark your calendars!!!

Join Holly and I for a night of LIVE music, DELICIOUS dessert, and EXCITING news… we’re dusting off our passports and heading into FULL TIME ministry all over the globe!!!

Come to the Africa & Beyond fundraiser at Florence Carlton Community Church on April 30th at 5:30pm!

We will be sharing about our upcoming adventures into Africa, Asia, and beyond, and want YOU to be there!

Enjoy live music performed by our talented friends Grandfather Glen (Pat, Katherine, and Lizzie Cook), Daniel Beard, Courtney Mostad, Daniel Fernandez, and MORE!!

Partake in an array of scrumptious desserts, while sipping on a tasty coffee or tea! We will have gluten free options as well, never fear!

Bring your family, your friends, your special someone, all are welcome!! That includes your kids too… childcare WILL be provided!

OPEN donation at the door, all funds raised will be split evenly between Holly and I and go towards supporting our upcoming ministries with Africa Inland Mission International and Hope’s Promise Orphan Care Ministries (www.hopespromise.com). ANY amount blesses us tremendously!

Eat.
Worship.
Pray.
Partner.

We can’t wait to share this evening with all of YOU! Thank you for all of the love, prayers and support you have shown us already!!  The body of Christ is absolutely incredible!

See you there…

(The church is located at 20075 Old Hwy 93, Florence, MT 59833)

 


November 14, 2010 7:04 pm
Published in: Pre-Field Tags: , ,

There is NO way I can make this journey alone.

Though I will only occupy one seat on that plane next summer, it is my prayer and my hope that all of you will make the trek with me.  Through your unceasing prayer and faithful support, you can join in with God’s work through AIM in Africa.  As intercessors and partners we are all connected to what God is doing throughout the world.  Each of us can be a part of witnessing the good news encompass the earth… whether it be in our neighborhoods, at our jobs, or even all the way to Africa, the call to holy lives full of purpose and love is within all of us.

Will you join in what God is up to in Africa?

If you are interested in PRAYING for me, I would be so grateful!  Your intercession crosses timezones and hemispheres and blesses me, how incredible is that?!

If you are interested in supporting me financially,  I would be absolutely honored.  My time in Africa will be lived out on a 100 % support-raised salary.  As excellent stewards of money, AIM will dispense all support sent to me into my accounts for things like rent, health insurance, gas, travel, and even a furlough account for when I visit home!  And of course, all of your donations are tax deductible.

To donate online please visit CLICK HERE

1. Click the drop-down menu and select> Missionaries (US Sending Unit)

2. Click the second drop-down menu and select> Brownlee, Bess

3. Enter the amount of your gift, and click ADD, and enter your billing info, and finally click NEXT


To donate using AIM’s Electronic Funds Transfer program…

CLICK HERE

The page contains full instructions about donating through your checking account.

 

Africa Inland Mission
ACH Transfer
PO Box 178
Pearl River, NY 10965

To donate by check

Make payable to Africa Inland Missionenclose a note with my name on it or write my name on the memo line

Mail it to…

Africa Inland Mission
PO Box 178
Pearl River, NY 10965

 

Your prayer and support are BEYOND valuable and essential.  God’s love expressed by all of you are the reason I am able to embark upon this adventure… THANK YOU, Asante sana 🙂