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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
July 27, 2012 7:47 am
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Pictured below is our family at an AIM “American Celebration” (a late 4th of July BBQ).  I was delighted to put on red, white, and blue and celebrate a piece of home.  This year, I am all the more aware of what we are celebrating as Americans.  As you are following (or not) candidates for the new election in the US and talking politics, it might be easy to comment on all America is doing wrong.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not blind to many of the “issues” we have in the US.  At the same time, I am grateful for how much freedom and safety we do have!  Though my heartaches for the victims in the recent attack in Colorado, I find it strange that terrorist attacks happen throughout Africa on a regular basis and don’t always make the Top Story in the news.  There is a prayer chain sent out to AIM missionaries via text to inform about prayer needs.  This “prayer-chain” is also used for security and keeps us abreast of what potential safety hazards are present in Nairobi.  This past week, here are some of the texts I received:

“Caution: there is rioting on Ngong Road, between Kenyatta Hospital and Upper Hill Road, Riot police are at the scene.” (note: Ngong is a major road across Nairobi)

“POLICE: SOMALIA militia Al-Shabaab warn of terror attacks in Kenya during the month of Ramadan; public urged to remain vigilant.”

 

Each Friday AIM women get together and pray- a woman’s prayer meeting I have come to look forward to.  In the midst of our prayer time last week, we got a phone call that an AIM couple was held at gunpoint and robbed just near one of the shopping centers Tom and I frequent.  Though the only harm done to this couple is that they are stripped of their valuables, this unfortunate occurrence took place in day light in the middle of the day!  To echo a Facebook post of one of my friend’s here: You have no idea how your prayer protects us!  Though I don’t live in fear, I am aware that I am at greater risk.  I have yet to receive text messages about riots and warning against terrorist attacks in the US.  While we were in Mombasa, the US government advised against any travel to Mombasa.  Sure enough, a couple of grenades were thrown into a bar just across the river from us.  We are surrounded by danger, and yet we feel the peace of the hedge of protection your prayers provide!  Thank you. I posted about our dog Rusty in a previous post- I am not a dog person (though Rusty and I have formed a bond), but I am aware enough of my lack of freedom and safety here that I wanted a dog for extra security (most Kenyans are terrified of dogs).

I wore my red, white, and blue this weekend with pride!  I pray America can find a way to stand under our founding Father’s claim: In God We Trust.  It is God who I put my trust in as an individual… and I have seen the destruction and lack of safety a corrupt government can cause.  If you don’t have 8-foot walls around your house, you didn’t get a text message today about a bomb fired downtown, and you have a dog merely because he is “man’s best friend”- thank the Lord for your country and for His grace on your life.  We praise Him for protecting us here in Nairobi, Kenya.

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