Update From Africa Nazarene University

April 11, 2008 at 6:07 am 1 comment

Habari Asebuhi (Good morning)!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every blessing in his sight.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Once again we meet via cyberspace.  This blog page is making it easier for me to post things that are happening here and keep a running file for future reference.  I hope you enjoy the pictures I have added as well.

This is exam week and it will continue through next Thursday.  By this time there are many students who have completed their work, but there are still a lot more who have days of sweat and study to go.  However, by this time next week the campus will be nearly deserted.  Only a very few students who are unable to travel home because of the great distance will be around.  In those times we get an opportunity to really get close to them.

We had a pretty neat adventure earlier in the week.  Mary Jane and I took three students out to lunch at the Masai Lodge.  While waiting for our meal we noticed three giraffes just a ways off from where we were.  It was the first time we had seen giraffes since we have been here so we were pretty excited about them.  When we had finished out meal and started to leave we had another bit of excitement.  Walking up the path that led back to our car I heard a noise in the brush beside me.  Suddenly a four-foot crocodile burst across the path and scurried on down the hill.  I think he was more surprise by us than we were by him.  It’s amazing how fast those things can move.  Anyway, we were pretty pumped by the time we got to the car after our wildlife adventure.  Driving back we saw a number of gazelles, with some right near the car at the edge of the dirt road.  Pretty cool stuff for these folks from “smalltown” Indiana!

Things are moving quickly toward graduation day, which is May 30th.  Committees are meeting, plans are being made, and the usual “Will we be ready?” feeling is in the air.  However, I am sure that all will go off without a hitch.  We have an excellent team of workers here who know what they are doing.  I think this graduation (the eleventh) will be as special as any we have had here before.  Because of housing it in the new Helstrom Chapel and Student Center it will be a landmark event.  In years gone by the graduation has been outside in a tent. 

Our days are filled pretty much with studying and preparing for the next semester.  Both of us are teaching two classes (Study Skills and English for Mary Jane and Church History and Homiletics for me) in addition to our other duties, so there is much to do to get ready.  As long as we can stay one step ahead of the pack we will be okay. 

Some have asked about the cost of living here.  There really isn’t much difference for some things from being in the States.  Groceries are about the same, but gasoline is much higher.  Last October the cost was 62 Kenya Shillings for per liter, but now it is 95 Kenya Shillings per liter.  When you convert that to US dollars that makes it just under $6 per gallon.  Medicine and medical treatment is a lot lower, but things have to be paid for up front.  We have no charge accounts for our bills.  The nice thing about getting medicine here is that it doesn’t require a prescription.  I can just walk into a chemist (pharmacy) store and order what I need without a doctor being involved.  That in itself saves a lot of time and money.

This will be our last Sunday to hold services on the campus for a while.  Once the students leave there is not much purpose in having church here and the time off gives us the freedom to visit around a little.  I have been asked to speak in the Riff Valley District at Nakuru for a pastor’s conference the first weekend of next month.  I look forward to the opportunity.  I haven’t preached through “an interrupter” since I left south Florida so it will be interesting to do it again.

Our health continues to be in good order and we thank God for that.  Every new day is a blessing as beautiful weather continues to grace our lives.  I only hope that all is as pleasant where you are.

By the way, because the Internet is so tentative here we have opened accounts in various venues.  You can now reach us at any of the following:






We can usually get to one of them.  Gmail or the ANU sites seem to be the most reliable here, but I check all of them daily – when the net is up. 

So that’s all for now.  Till next week…Kwa herini (Goodbye)!


Randy and Mary Jane James

Africa Nazarene University

Nairobi, Kenya 






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Update from Africa Nazarene University

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Toni  |  April 16, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hey Mom and Dad,
    Just thought I’d leave you a quick comment. I hope you have a wonderful day. Love you bunches and miss you lots!


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