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Father Charles Brown Radio Interview PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Friday, 26 August 2011 10:51

In response to the Groundbreaking Event for the new Jacksonville Bridge facility, radio host Jim Byard of Renda Broadcasting requested an interview with Father Charles Brown. Father Charles had the opportunity to share the story of Bridges of America on the “Inside Jacksonville” radio show. Listen to the 15-minute clip that aired on August 7, 2011 on Jacksonville’s stations Lite 96.1, Country Legends 100.7, Gator 99.9, and Classic Rock 94.1.

Reaching Out in the Name of Christ PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 13:02

As I am writing this we are in the seventeenth day after Easter. During the forty days following our Lord’s resurrection and before His ascension, Jesus appeared several times to the disciples as well as others, one time being seen by over five hundred people at once (1Cor. 15:6). Scripture gives us the different reasons for each of His appearances but one thing they all accomplished was proving that He had risen and was alive and well.

In John 21 during this forty-day period, the disciples had decided to go fishing, just like they used to do before they met and began following Jesus (Luke 5:1-11). They failed to catch anything and started back, but before they got to shore they spotted Jesus standing there. He told them to drop their nets into the water and the nets came up full, just as they had in the Luke story. In the Luke story from that day on, while Jesus was with them in the flesh day after day they followed Him and did as He said. In John’s story however, when He had been out of their sight for a short while, they had gone back to doing what they were doing before they met Him.

In recovery, this sort of behavior (losing sight of Him) can lead to relapse. But it is foolish to think that it only applies to those in recovery. Losing sight of Jesus in our lives can lead to backsliding into our old ways. We all need to keep our eyes on Jesus, especially during the times we don’t particularly feel like He’s right there beside us. Jesus told us “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” (John 14:21; NIV)

Join us during this season between Easter and His Ascension in praising God for all that He’s done in our lives and the sacrifice He made for us. Staying focused on our Lord Jesus will give us continued hope and strength for any challenges life presents each day.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support, and we pray for God’s continued blessings over you and your families.

Love, Open Homes Staff

Fr Charles Brown Discusses Substance Abuse in Kenya PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Monday, 07 June 2010 13:28

Nairobi, Kenya

Father Charles Brown, VP of Programs, Bridges of America, accompanied the Patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates, and Archbishop Charles Jones on their visit to east Africa to meet with prison officials and drug rehab professionals in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. 

On Tuesday, April 28, Fr Charles and Bishop Bernard Njoroge met with Professor Catherine Gachutha, CEO, Maranatha International Counseling Foundation, Helen Njoroge, Director and Programs Manager, MICF, and Mrs. Jennifer Kimani, National Coordinator / CEO, national Campaign Against Drug Abuse Authority. 

Fr Charles discussed the substance abuse programs offered by Bridges of America and the Society of St. Dismas and explored ways the CEC and St. Dismas could partner with these agencies to reduce substance abuse and rehabilitate abusers in Kenya. He summarized the success rates of these programs, the importance of program standards and collaboration with the State. The group set several goals to help develop standards and share curricula and training materials. All participants believe a partnership with the CEC and St Dismas can have a positive impact on the problems of substance abuse in Kenya. Please pray for these efforts.

This entry was written by Scott+ and posted on May 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm and filed under CEC Communications, CEC Kenya, CEC News, Charismatic Episcopal Church.

Visit with Kenyan Vice-President PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2011 10:10

Nairobi, Kenya

On Tuesday, May 5, the Patriarch, Archbishop Jones, Bishop Njoroge, Father Charles Brown and Father Scott Howard had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice-President of Kenya and Minister of Home Affairs. The Vice-President welcomed us warmly and expressed his appreciation for the work the CEC is doing throughout Kenya. The Patriarch thanked the Vice-President for his time and for his support of our Church.

Father Charles Brown, VP of Programs for Bridges of America and the Society of St Dismas, explained the ministries’ substance abuse programs and their process for preparing recently released inmates to succeed outside of prison. The Vice-President was very interested in Fr Charles’s work and asked many questions. He expressed his sincere hope that the CEC could help Kenya in their work to improve their prison system and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation programs.

We were originally scheduled to visit for 15 minutes but were granted 45 minutes. The Patriarch prayed for the Vice President and for Kenya, thanked him for his time, then the state photographer took many photos.

Also attending the meeting were the Commissioner of Prisons and the Permanent Secretary to the Vice-President and Ministry of Home Affairs.

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