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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
May 12, 2013 8:53 am
Published in: Uncategorized

I was given an amazing gift today.  It’s one I already had, but was reminded to use: permission to be a mom.  I was challenged by the sermon at church today directed at mothers.  We encourage, welcome, and invite people to come visit us, encourage us, and to see first hand what our lives and ministry look like here in Kenya.  This month, we have had several inquiries of people wanting to come visit.  Processing these potential visits with another missionary mom here, she said: “but, do they realize your job/life is basically a stay-at-home mom?”

Confession: this fact worried me.  What will people think if/when they visit and see that most of my day is spent raising a toddler and making sure three affordable, healthy (hopefully), and nourishing meals end up on the table?  What will they think when my life looks so similar to any other stay-at-home moms life in the states? (other than the fact that preparing a meal is a bit more complicated here, and grocery shopping is often an adventure)   My day does not consist of “__ fill in the blank ___” that I idealize in my mind would make me a “real” missionary; one whom someone would want to write a book about.

Today, the pastor pointed out Proverbs 31:31 “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”  He emphasized how the Bible encourages believers to honor women for what their hands have done!  (Husbands- have you praised your wife for the loads of laundry that got done, or the countless dirty diapers that have been changed?)  My life here is not as exciting as many of the missionaries I read about and admire like Amy Carmichael and George Mueller.  Primarily, I am a wife, and a mother.  I work hard daily to manage our household and hope I abide in Christ and exemplify Him as I do it.

DSC_0342_2Today, I was gifted permission: Permission to be a mom.  Reminded that for the next 16+ years of Crescena’s life, my primary role is to raise her up in the Lord.  To teach her about life, love, relationships, knowledge, and what it looks like to be a child of God.  I was reminded that even though I am a “missionary” in Kenya; my most important mission right now is as a mother to Crescena.  Be affirmed other mothers, you are missionaries- you woke up a missionary.  Your children have much to learn about Christ.

I will end with a long quote that was presented during the sermon with the emphasis that the greatest difference I might make is to raise children who will be change agents in the world for Christ.  What a high call.

“I believe it is a very high calling to be a mom charged with teaching everything she possibly can to one, two, or eight kids.

The women who flourish most and who delight most in that calling—and who are best at it—are not women whose lives are circumscribed by their houses. They are women who are aware of the world. They’re aware of God’s global purpose. They’re aware of the ultimate purposes of God in history. They’re aware of things in history and in the far off reaches of the world today that God is doing. And those are part of what they want to build into these children. They want to raise global Christians, world Christians.

A mother will delight most in the little baby in front of her when she has a vision of God and a vision of the world that’s big enough to admit that this little child has a destiny in front of him or her and might become this or that.

If she is totally circumscribed by her little home—with no vision for the world—then I think her domestic scene is probably going to shrivel up on her, and she is going to feel that it is small and constraining. But if she sees it in the wider context of what she is a part of in the missionary enterprise [as a mother], I think every detail of her life can take on a global significance, indeed, an historical significance.”

– John Piper, in response to the question: How can eternity influence a mother’s daily tasks?

Now, to get dinner on the table…

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