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Better late than never! Our son (Levi Henry) joined us on July 8th at 11:46pm…four days after his due date. He weighed 7lbs 12oz and was 20 inches long! We thank the Lord for a healthy baby boy and a safe delivery. Mom and baby are now home and both are doing well! (Dad is feeling blessed and not so alone as he welcomes another man into the house!)
We want to thank you for your prayers for Rachael and Levi over the last several months. Living in Madagascar has opened our eyes to the fragility of life and the gift of health. We certainly do not want to take anything for granted and want to thank God every day for His blessing of health and life.
These last two months have found us busily traveling throughout the northeast (NJ, PA, VA, MD, RI). We have thoroughly enjoyed visiting our wonderful supporting churches and reconnecting with friends and family. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we have received since our arrival back in the United States. What a blessing it is to have individuals asking about prayer requests mentioned one, two and even three years ago. Knowing that many are faithfully “holding the ropes” and remembering us in prayer is truly humbling and encouraging. Though we have said it before, we want to say it again…we could not do what God has called us to do without you. THANK YOU.
Three years outside of one’s home country can change his perspective. It has been obvious that a lot has changed since we left for our first term. We have found ourselves “behind” when it comes to technological advances and changes. We have really enjoyed watching our girls adjust and readjust to America and the American culture. Simple things like automatic doors, water fountains with potable water and escalators have provided cheap entertainment!
Perhaps what has been most notable since our return to the US though, is the friendliness of people! Random conversation in various places have been common and people have been very friendly and kind to us (even in New Jersey!). But their friendliness has not been limited to conversations about the weather. We have found people open to the Gospel message as well. As we have shared the Gospel, passed out tracts and invited people to church, nobody has refused or rejected. Rather, they have been open, receptive and kind. To us, this reaffirms Christ’s message from Matthew 9:37 where He said, “the harvest truly is plenteous.” Two things are noteworthy from this: 1) the openness and willingness of the harvest (the lost world) to hear and receive the Gospel, and 2) the vastness of these lost individuals (Christ said it is plenteous). It is often thought that the harvest field starts beyond the borders of the United States. Yet, we can attest to the fact that the harvest field is ripe, even here in the United States. Our prayer is that we would be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ on the mission field (which includes the USA).
As we look ahead, we would appreciate your prayers as we continue to travel for the next several months. We have many meetings scheduled and will be speaking in some Vacation Bible School programs. Please pray that God gives us safety as we travel and effectiveness in our ministry. Our prayer is that God would call and send forth more laborers into His harvest field!
Also, please pray for camp in Madagascar this year. Plans and preparations are already underway. Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend (as we are home on furlough) but will be doing all we can to help in the preparations. Pray that God will prepare the hearts of the teenagers.
As always, thank you for your prayers and support. We appreciate you very much.
The Browns to Madagascar
“That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.”