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Singing, (P)salms, and San Jose
Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray for our current living situation as the house we are currently renting is up for sale.
  • Please pray for opportunities to speak and share about our ministry calling.
  • Pray for supporters and prayer partners to fund and sustain our ministry - We are praying for 100 new partners at $30/month.
  • Pray for encouragement as we wait on God's continued provision.

Staying Ready

June and July have been busy months and there is no sign that they will be slowing down any time soon.  Our family is finding ourselves on the road again as we travel around speaking at churches and visiting with family and friends during the barbecue season.  We have been blessed to have had three opportunities to speak during Sunday services, a summer day camp youth group (speaking about Kenya), and even an apologetics class which was so much fun that we didn't get home until 1:30 am (yes, with work the next day)!  The routine of working a regular schedule has been a nice change of pace from missionary life, but getting back into the crazy workload and chaotic schedule makes me long for serving on a mission team again.
 

We wanted to thank our friends at Infusco Coffee Roasters for hosting a fundraising "Coffee Cupping" event to raise proceeds for missions.

Upcoming Events

7/31
Tracy United Methodist Church
Women of UMC
7:30 pm Eastern

8/27
Bethany EV Free
Renssalaer, IN
 

How Long to Sing this Song?

A few years ago a close friend asked me if I (Tammi) had a section of scripture that was my life verse. I immediately thought of Psalm 40. It's a beautiful Psalm about waiting, trusting and God's faithfulness. U2 recorded a song called "40" inspired by that scripture and they added this verse to their song, "How long to sing this song".

"I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord." (Psalm 40:1-3 ESV)

Our lives have become marked by months and years of waiting and asking God, "How long?" We pray and reassure God that if we just knew His timeframe, then we could relax. We could live more confidently knowing. We would have a direct answer when asked, "So, when will you guys be moving?" Our kids could have peace knowing a moving timeline. They've said their goodbyes at their old school, just in case we moved before the new school year starts, and still knowing that if they return to that school in the fall, kids will ask questions and assume they had lied about moving away.

My flesh focuses too much on wanting to know how long I will sing this song of waiting and less on the patient part. Our life has been a life of limbo since 2005, almost a decade. We are better at the waiting than we were at the beginning, but it still isn't easy.

Where am I putting my trust? Where is my faith?

Has God not already given me a new song to sing? He has! A song of redemption and rescue. A song of faithfulness and miracles. A song of undeserving love. And yet I wallow too easily in the miry pit, sad and uncomfortable in my filth, but too self-absorbed to see my rescuer's hand.

We can wait and still sing a new song of praise, because we are seeing God's provision and his blessing.  And instead of focusing on our wait and the when, we are focusing on praising God in how He is providing.

Our progress to date:
Start Up Budget: 79% 
Monthly Sustaining Budget: 56%

 

 Please continue to pray with and for us as we seek out partnership opportunities and open doors to share the gospel message and teach on missions.


If you are interested in joining with us, please check out our website at  
www.brownfamilymission.com 
or just click here:
 
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