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The Browns – Tom, Ali, Crescena, Bez, & Ber
May 28, 2014 1:09 pm
Published in: Uncategorized

The latest story we are adding to our book of miracles is one we share with immense joy and celebration!

Many of you know that we have been praying for more children (in fact, I just read 1 Samuel and the first chapter describes Hannah’s anguish over longing for a child- what a fresh reminder of my calling out to the Lord and the state of my emotions often over the past 2 years).

**The following was written in February 2014

Due to the stress on my (Ali’s) body caused by Graves Disease, doctors asked (stressed for) us to not get pregnant as it would add additional stress to my body.  Ali went through RAI in December 2012 and was asked to not get pregnant until her levels were deemed stable on replacement hormones.  As celebrated on our blog, in October 2013, I was deemed “stable” (exactly 2 years to the month from when I was diagnosed).

We have been trying and praying to get pregnant since October.  In December and January, urine ovulation strips and basal body temperature showed NO ovulation.  Discouraged about the present and fearful of the future (whatever “fertility” interventions we might have to try), I especially have had a downcast heart.

[ I pause to express that there have been some interpersonal issues and needs at AIM AIR that have taken LOTS of our time and energy (especially spiritually and emotionally).  We have been quite “silent” in regard to correspondence because of this… but far from silent in the sense that we have been interceding and wrestling in prayer… possibly more than ever! ]

We went away the last weekend in January to the cabin we like to escape to that has NO internet or cell service.  We had extended time to talk to one another and to God.  What came to the surface through a book we read was my (Ali’s) fear.  Fear I might never get pregnant.  Fear of Crescena’s relationship with siblings as they would be “so far apart” if she ever was blessed with a sibling… and fear of what infertility medication would do/mean if it came to that.  Also, fear that the timing of pregnancy would disrupt our plans for home assignment in 2015.  We acknowledged that fear comes from the enemy and is the opposite of FAITH; this awareness was key.  Time spent reading, in prayer, and in the Word lead me to replace the fear, doubt, and bitterness in my heart and mind with TRUTH, HOPE, JOY, and FAITH.

It was with heavy, burdened, empty, and exhausted hearts (for many reasons) that we went away to the cabin.  I expected to spend time grieving my current barrenness, the departure of Noni (Ali’s mom) after a meaningful visit, and the difficulties some of the families are having here right now.  WE DECLARE GOD’s GOODNESS – Instead, Christ met us through His Word “on the mountain” and we returned home rejuvenated, uplifted, rested, hopeful, and FULL.  The Lord truly carries our burdens.  His yoke IS easy!

We came home believing that the Lord would (eventually) answer our prayer in agreement for more children.

On Tuesday after our trip, I was at day 38 of my cycle, and though I “knew” I had not ovulated, I wanted to put my hopeful (seemingly irrational) heart at ease.  So, I took a pregnancy test Tuesday morning … to my delight, shock, awe, amazement, and wonder… the test showed TWO LINES… PREGNANT!  I excitedly woke Tom up!  How could this be?!  We are still praising the Lord for this miracle!  We are IMG_1926celebrating this GIFT and we want to invite you to celebrate with us!

I was previously told by our Dr. that as soon as I thought I was pregnant, I needed to have my thyroid levels checked.  A second praise- they were stable & normal.  I also confirmed the pregnancy with a blood test.  Per protocol, I will have to get monthly blood tests to check my thyroid levels throughout pregnancy.  Pray my body would regulate itself and meet the needs of the baby and my system.

** An ultrasound done shortly after the above was written in February showed a due date of October 5! We are now 22 weeks… time has flown by.  Ali threw up morning, noon, and night for almost 7months with Crescena.  Her mild nausea whenever her stomach is empty, this time around, seems like nothing comparatively, and we continue to celebrate Ali’s health and the health of the baby. Continue to pray over Ali and baby. We are often asked where we will have the baby (a logical question). Ali plans to deliver at a hospital here in Nairobi, Kenya.

Thank you for your prayers, listening ears, and love over this journey of my health and our longing to have children.

To God be the glory, honor, and PRAISE! I get to rejoice like Hannah and declare: I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:27

PS – At the most recent ultrasound, the Dr. asked if we wanted to know if it was a boy or a girl.  When we answered unanimously “yes” he proceeded to inform us by writing the word “(censored so this doesn’t go in your spam)” on the ultrasound screen next to the body part in question – we still chuckle at how we found out.  We have a fun little video clip of Crescena saying “It’s a boy!”

7 Responses to “Miracle”

  1. Lynette Craner Says:

    Dear Tommy and Ali,
    We are so thrilled for you! How wonderful that God has answered your prayer for a new baby. God bless you all three!

  2. Mallorie Garber Says:

    Congratulations!! We are so happy for your family 🙂

  3. Kevin and Laura Brannan Says:

    What a wonderful story of God’s grace and goodness. Thank you for sharing. He is so so good. We rejoice with you all =)

  4. Joel & Tori Barbour Says:

    Congratulations Ali & Tommy! Your faith is inspiring! We will be praying for you all & your sweet baby boy. 🙂

  5. Kim Rau Says:

    Oh! how we rejoice with you on this exciting news. I will remember you in prayer during this pregnancy. Congratulations!
    Love you!

  6. Nancy Janzen Says:

    Congrats to a wonderful family!! Wonderful faith, wonderful story.

  7. Jamie Rau Says:

    Yay! Good news all around Ali! Praying for you and your family!

    Jamie

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