Update from Africa Nazerene University

April 27, 2008 at 2:51 pm 2 comments

Jambo! (Hello)
“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you” (Psalm 63:1-3).

I know this blog is post a few days late, but I’ve been out of Internet connection for the last few days. Hopefully, I can get back on my Friday schedule now.

The service we took part in last Sunday was truly an African experience. We attended services in Umoja, on the east side of Nairobi. We left home at 8:15 a.m. and got back at 5:30 p.m. The Sunday school and worship time was finished by about 1:00 p.m., but then there was another meeting that involved a young man that was riding with us that took another hour or so and then the pastor and wife wanted us to come to their home for snacks. This took another couple of hours. By the time we hit the road we got into a terrible traffic jam and had to fight for our spots as we roamed through a ghetto-like area until we finally got back to town. It is not an experience for the faint of heart.

Worship itself is also an athletic event. There was lots of standing, clapping, and singing – mainly in Kiswahili – so I really couldn’t tell you much about what we sang. However, as I look around the 36’x20′ corrigated metal building that we worshipped in I was refreshed by the joy of the people there. One 75 watt lightbulb hang from a cord near the front and provided the only light other than the windows. The floor was concrete, the pulpit and altars we rough handmade structures, and we sat in plastic chairs looking at a banner draped over the pulpit that read “Holliness to the Lord.” Their spelling may not have been correct, but their hearts were. As music blared from the outside and roosters crowed along with our singing, and as the room heated up with the sun warmed metal roof overhead walls around us, we counted our blessings to be able to experience this time of worship with our brothers and sisters in this part of the world. Regardless of how long we will serve in this capacity we will never be the same for having lived in Kenya.

The week went by pretty uneventfully until we left ANU Wednesday for Limuru and the East Africa Field Conference. All the district superintendents, missionaries, field director, and regional director of Africa come together once a year to learn from each other, make plans, listen to good preaching, and just generally get to know each other better. On Friday at noon the superintendents depart and then there is time for the missionaries to get to know the heart of our leaders and the direction they feel we need to be moving for the future. Over the last few days we have sat (a lot) read, ate, prayed, listened, played, ate, sang, laughed, cried, ate, and rejoiced together. Did I mention we had plenty to eat. It was truly a wonderful time. We may have to rest up for a couple of days now that it is over, but our first gathering like this was certainly a memorable one. The only thing that didn’t cooperate as we had hoped was the weather. It rained a lot and was pretty cold (at about 7500 feet elevation), but it gave us an opportunity to build a cozy fire in the fireplace and enjoy wearing jackets again.

This will be our last full week to prepare for our upcoming classes, attend meetings, and get our ducks in a row before the new crop of students begin coming to the campus. It will be great to see the ones who have been on break and get to know those who will be coming for the first time. I am preparing a new discipleship program to share with our students and trust that it will be of benefit to them and Africa in the days to come.

Graduation is now just about a month away and we will be doing all we can to be ready when the date arrives. There is a lot to do between now and then.

Well, I’m about to head off for a walk through the countryside. Wish you could be here to see it. The sun is shining brightly and a nice breeze make the temperature just about perfect. It’s nice to be back home again.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day! Kwa herini, (Goodbye)

Randy and Mary Jane
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

 

 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Toni  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Sounds like you’ve had a good week. I hope you took pictures.

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  • 2. Rona  |  April 28, 2008 at 3:28 am

    It’s always great to hear that you are well and enjoying the amazing adventure. All is well back at home, but we miss you, of course. Stay healthy!

    Reply

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