Update from Africa Nazarene University

May 2, 2008 at 5:49 am Leave a comment

Habari asebuhi! Mhali gani? (Good morning. How are you?)

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless
the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain” (Psalm
127:1).

I have heard from several who receive this newsletter that they are
having trouble getting into our weblog
(https://randyandmaryjane.wordpress.com), so I have decided to just send
this directly and post it on the blog as well. If you want to see
pictures you will have to go to the weblog page because for some reason
I am not able to send them via aol. Otherwise, you can just read the
letter and I will try to use enough word pictures to provide the scenery
for you.

The campus is starting to come alive again after days of quiet during
the student’s trimester break. There is a local church camp going on
right now, which has about 180 teenagers on the grounds. They are a
loud bunch, but they seem to be having a great time and I am happy that
we have a place for them to “get away” from the usual routine of life
and focus on fun and spiritual growth.

We also have a retreat going on for pastor’s kids. They are mixed in
ages, the youngest being fifteen and the oldest into their adult years.
This is a first for ANU and it will be interesting to see how effective
such an effort is.

This weekend the student mentors will be returning to campus for
training and by the time this newsletter comes out next week many of our
regular students will be back on campus and off we go again for another
trimester. Time rolls right along.

Tomorrow I head out for the Rift Valley, about three hours to the west,
to teach in a district pastor’s seminar on Saturday and then preach on
Sunday. It will be my first venture into that part of the country and
the first time for me to travel alone. Mary Jane will be providing
music for the service here on campus, so I get to fly this one solo.
The Rift Valley is the breadbasket of the country and from all that I
hear, it is also contains some of the most beautiful scenery. I look
forward to the trip. It was also the site of some of the worst violence
during the days of unrest, but thankfully things have calmed down now
and life is beginning to return to normal for lots of folks. It will be
interesting to hear stories from the local pastors there and find out
what truly has happened over the past few months from those “on the
ground.”

Work continues on the campus. The men’s dorms are getting new tile
floors throughout the buildings, the apartment building next door is
coming along nicely, and the addition on our home is under roof and
progress is being made daily on it. The Helstrom Student Center and
Chapel is nearing completion and decorations will soon start going up in
preparation for graduation. Even the buses here are getting a makeover.
They have been refitted with brakes and shocks, which don’t last long
on these roads, and new seatcovers have been installed. The outside of
the buses have been sanded down, repaired, and repainted. They will be
like new vehicles by the time that the students return. All this work
is done here on campus by our talented labor force. They can fix or
make just about anything.

The Masai Lodge Road is in the best shape that I have ever seen it.
It’s not ready to be paved yet, but except for about a 100 yard strip it
is at least passable without tearing a car’s suspension all to pieces.

Our health continues to do well. I am walking about an hour and a
half a day and since my blood pressure seems to be almost perfect
(119/70) I am hoping to be able to eventually get off that medicine
altogether. My blood count is where it should be (2.7), so I think I’m
doing pretty well. God is good and I am grateful for His healing
touch.

Mary Jane is also doing her daily walking and keeping up with her usual
household activities as well as working in the office five days a week.
She heads the coordination of visitors to the campus and will be
teaching two classes in a little over a week. She has been able to stay
away from the parasite problem lately. We have just learned not to eat
anything fresh unless we are home and can clean it ourselves. She seems
to love it here more all the time.

So, that’s what’s going on where we live. This next week we will
finish up with our lesson plans for upcoming classes and prepare for the
return of our students. We hope to have a good crop of first time
students as well as those who have been here previously.

Thanks for your prayers and interest. TV is not much here, so we
always look forward to getting your notes and letters to read and catch
up on life at home.
Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Lord’s Day!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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