Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas 2007

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We went home to visit friends and family this Holiday. The best place to be to see people seems to be Backporch Coffee... we ran into most everyone there and it was wonderful! :) We got to meet with many of the youth (now turning into incredible young adults!) we used to help pastor while we lived in Bend. It was a great time with family....

Ashley's Brothers... Austin and Marc

Ashley's Dad and Mom

Seth came and hung out with us before he took off to Halfway Oregon!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Update


The School of Excellence girls- Pastor Taunia took us all out to lunch...


Hey from Nampa! We thought it was about time for another update... life has been so busy! Both of our computers decided it would be fun to crash at the same time- so we have been unable to do most of what we need to be getting done lately. We both went out for our first ever shopping experience (and possibly the last :)) the day after Thanksgiving to get new computers...

 We also just found a little apartment right next to the church offices, and will be moving in a couple weeks!

Love the Browns

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Week Alone In Nampa

Somehow I managed (Ashley) to be in Danny and Jamie's house alone this weekend, so with all the extra free time I thought I would write an update! :) My wonderful hard working husband is floating down the Snake River for 4 days helping his brother Bo be a "swamper" (if I knew what that was I would explain in further detail...) and the Schulz's went on vacation!

Ephesians 3:19-21 "to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

Hopefully for all of our Bend friends and family we will get to visit very soon- we miss you all! Until then, blessings and much love!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Back West

It has taken us a while to update... but here it is! After much prayer we have moved from Kansas back west- this time to Nampa Idaho to be a part of Family Life Church. It was a very hard decision, but we are confident this was the best decision and feel peace about it. Our trip back was great! We stopped in Smith Center KS to see Ashley's Grandparents, then stopped in Fort Collins CO to see some of Caleb's family. After that it was a straight shot to Nampa. It is great being closer to family- only a 4-6 hour drive to see either the Brown's or the Sears's. We are now serving coffee Sunday mornings for church, writing information for new believers in the church, helping out at the NXT, and Ashley is doing the internship here called the School of Excellence for 9 months.
Jake, Megan, and their handsome boys came and visited us on their way through to Boise. We had a great time hanging out with them!
We went to a seminar last weekend with Kevin Conner, the man who wrote many doctrine books that are very accurate and respected. I think he left most of our mouths hanging open because of the information he pulled out of the bible that we didn't know was there!
This is the NXT, the youth church of Family Life Church.

So there is the update! Our 1 year anniversary is today- we have no idea where that year went, but we are excited to see what year #2 has in store! Thank you all for your prayers during our transition- I wish we would have taken a picture of how our car looked on the way back west... we had many people pointing and laughing while they drove by us on the road. :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hawaii and Bend

Our grandparents flew us to Hawaii 2 weeks ago to celebrate with them and the rest of Ashley's family their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We had a wonderful time snorkling, surfing, playing with fishes and great conversations with family! It was also great getting to spend a few days in Bend to see friends (for some reason we didn't get any pictures from Bend!). We really loved spending time with you all! And a big thanks to Seth and his travel buddies for giving us a ride to and from the airport in Portland!
Ashley's dad with his surfboard... :)

Ashley's grandpa at their Anniversary dinner in Lahina looking pretty tough... :)

The fam...
In downtown Lahina on Maui
Beautiful Grandma Helen and Handsome Grandpa Duane... Happy Anniversary!

To our friends and family, we feel like the Lord is moving us on from our time here in Kansas. In responce to what we feel like we have heard in our quiet time with the Lord, we will be leaving Kansas shortly to travel to the next place God is taking us. We are waiting to share where that will be, but we would love your prayers during this time of travel. Thank you! We will have another update soon...

Monday, July 16, 2007

Kansas Adventures

Caleb and Seth back to together again after many months of separation. It was a real swell visit.

The fella's from Oregon were a real blessings and a huge encouragement.

Our new Kansas friends and some old Oregon friends: Charity, Mindi, Jesse, Brandon, Ashley, Seth (Clif lingered just out of view of the camera...but he was there!)

Jesse, Mindi, Ashley, Caleb, Clif, Chris, Shaina


We took a trip to Smith Center Kansas (about 5 hours west from Olathe) to visit Ashley's Grandparents. They are Nazarene Pastors at a church in a town just outside of Smith Center. They took us to all the sites, and fed us incredible food!
Smith Center is right next to the geographic center of the USA.
The smallest church- 4 pews seating 4 people total. :)
Grandpa Keith and Ashley
The whole gang. Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the great hospitality and conversations!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Roca Blanca

We just got back from a Missions Trip with 13 of our youth to Oaxaca Mexico. There is a place there called Roca Blanca, where a couple named Duane and Sue Kershner have lived for 17 years- raising pastors and leaders, and sending them out to unreached people groups in the mountains of Mexico. This couple is amazing. They have completly given their lives to do what God has asked of them.
This lady gave us some bean tamales. We couldn't figure out what they were till later, but she wouldn't leave till we started eating them.
Here is our team!
Caleb preaching in the village Tiltipec.
A village.
Dramas with the kids.

This is Roca Blanca, where we stayed. Duane made it like a resort for all the people that come to serve.
All the girls...
Caleb with the kids. We saw over 40 first time salvations on this trip, 100s of healings, and many of our youth experienced worship for the first time. God showed up and really suprized us. It would be accurate to say that most of our lives will never be the same.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

New Car, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Friends!

Kansas is sure an interesting place! We have seen more rain and thunderstorms in the last few weeks than we have in our whole lives combined. We bought a car, a Chevy Colbalt, and Peggy Spedick came and picked up her van, driving it back to Bend.
Peggy and I, in front of a huge fountain at the Plaza.
Molly, Peggy, Gwen, Caleb, Ashley, Adriel in Starbucks... Gwen was out visiting Adriel and Molly, and we got to spend a few amazing hours with them catching up on all of our lives!
Although they wouldn't let us take any pictures, we took this one for proof that we saw the Scrolls. It was crazy reading the translations of these thousands of years old scrolls.

Thank you all for your continued prayers as we have been here. We have been gone a little over 1 1/2 months now. We will be back in Bend for a couple days in August, and hope to see you all then! We love you!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Our painting project... almost completed!

We have spent many long nights (some till 4 in the mor
ning!) painting our youth room. It took 5 coats of primer to cover the black , red and blue.... We still have more painting to do (designs and such) and more decorating, so we will show some more pictures when we are done. We had some amazing helpers!

Mark painted all the hallways and down the stairs. This man worked for 14 hours straight!
Here is me (Ash) getting some more primer ready...

Our new friend Brandon... turns out he knows how to do anything, including electric work!
Here is Ray Raya. He helped us so much, and brought all the rad tools to make the painting easier!

One of the girls going on our missions trip- Cela!
Here is Steven, another guy going on our missions trip.
We are excited to be almost done. Brandon has volunteered to do some design work for us (he is an amazing artist), and we are going to build a sound booth. Until next time... We love you guys!

More about our new home...

Here are some pictures of our new "home away from home", our new church! We spend more time here anyhow. :) This is a picture of our new friend Heather, who is also the assistant to our pastor. We really like her and her husband Seth!
Below are a few pictures of our "Fusion" youth room before we painted. About 4 years ago they had a grafitti artist come in and paint. He did a great job, but we sure had to use a lot of paint to cover it up!!!!



My incredible husband Caleb working hard in our new office.
Here is inside our temporary home with the Evelands. It's a rad home!
We are busy but doing great. We have started training our missions team once a week about how to preach, how to lead people to Christ, how to lead them in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and how to heal the sick. We are both being stretched in what we are comfortable with!

We miss and love you all at home!