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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
September 23, 2013 11:15 am
Published in: Uncategorized

We are deeply grateful to have not had any involvement in the horrific Westgate shootings in Nairobi.  Westgate is not a shopping center that we frequent but was the only place showing a movie we wanted to see.  We had been trying to find a babysitter so we could go, and feel especially grateful that we didn’t find a babysitter, and thus were not in the theater when the attacks occurred.  Please join us in praying as the situation has not come to an end.  We have been praying Psalm 34:7 – “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them” over those still being held hostage.

As we have heard stories of people being allowed to leave the mall if they were Muslim or could quote a passage of the Koran, etc to “prove” their belief in Islam, it has challenged us.  We hope that we would be able to boldly stand with Christ and not deny Him, knowing that the decision would cost our life.  We are asking ourselves this question based on what happened to one person in particular in that mall – If the Muslim next to us wrote a passage of the Koran on a piece of paper and gave it to us to memorize quickly to save our life, what would we do?

6 Responses to “Heavy Grateful Hearts”

  1. Jean McGrogan Says:

    Hello Ali and Tom,
    God provides in many ways, as you are experiencing. Rejoice in the lack of a babysitter! In the scenario you have presented, I wonder if the Muslim’s offer would be a God-sent means of saving your lives. It reminds me of the sermon illustration of the man on his roof in his flooded community praying for rescue. He turns down rescue by boats and a helicopter, and he dies. He asks God why He didn’t save him as he had prayed. God responds with “What do you mean? I sent you boats and even a helicopter and you refused.” Sermon illustrations are not sacred, but this does remind us that God uses many things to save us. (Another example of such is medicine.)
    May God continue to bless and provide for you. Perhaps this tragic situation will open doors for you to have meaningful conversations with Kenyans.
    Sincerely, Jean McGrogan

  2. Pam & Joseph Says:

    Hello Loved ones!! We too are thankful that the Lord decided to keep you home. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in such a transparent way. Your question is thought provoking and we look forward to some prayerful discussion to hear how God would speak to us about this.

    Missing you 3!
    Love, We3

  3. wayne cerullo Says:

    Thank you for being a light in a situation where the difference between dark and light has shone so sharply. Thank you for sharing your personal experience.

  4. Robi Says:

    Thankful as I read your story of God’s protection and grace extended toward you both. Praying for you and His peace to guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus as I can only imagine the spectrum of emotions you have felt.
    Love and blessings to you!

  5. Aunt Elaine Says:

    I am so very happy that you were not able to get a babysitter. I am also very sad that these terrible things are happening in Kenya. I hope you are thinking the way I would think……that if I were in such a dangerous situation, and someone next to me offered to help me, I would accept it as God’s Will. We must remember that God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes our eccentricities and a single way of thinking can really foul us up. You are not denying God when you accept help, or you depend on anything to be able to continue on your way. I hope and pray that the situation in Kenya is relieved. And if not, come on home!!!!! Love, E

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