Bob and Pam Brownfield met at church when he drove down from Alaska to go to school at Auburn University in Alabama. Upon graduation, Bob worked as an engineer, while Pam was a clinical microbiologist. When God called them to be missionaries, no organization would appoint them because Pam has lupus. Finally the directors of African Bible Colleges urged them to obey their calling and trust God with Pam’s health.
In 1994, they arrived in Malawi, along with their 4 children. There were many adjustments to be made during their 2 years there. The biggest adjustment at first was all the family members being together most of the time, but they quickly learned to love that. The children missed their activities like ballet and gymnastics. Grocery shopping was a problem because the products available changed from day to day, causing Pam to have to improvise menus.
Pam’s health improved, and in 1999, the International Mission Board commissioned the couple to return to Malawi. In 2010, they moved to a bush village in Mozambique where the people had never heard about Jesus. “The people in our ministry area are exchanging their old fears for joy and their old religious activities for trusting in only Jesus to pay for their sin,” Pam said.
After 2 years, she and Bob had led only 7 people in 1 village to Christ, but by mid-2016, there were more than 300 believers spread across many villages. The Mozambicans, most of whom were Muslims, are becoming very comfortable sharing the gospel with their neighbors.
The couple have tried new ideas to build relationships. Bob repairs bicycles for men and while they wait, he talks with them about the One Who loves them and can give them a new kind of joy and peace. Pam mends clothing for women, which gives her the opportunity to share the story of Jesus’ love. They both also travel to various communities to teach Bible study groups.
Bob and Pam have a growing confidence that God never fails because they have seen Him succeed in the lives of the people group they minister among.
Ann Knowles’s passion is missions. She enjoys writing about missionaries and teaching mission studies.
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