Update from Africa Nazarene University

May 16, 2008 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

Jambo! (Hello!) Habari asibuhi! (Good morning!)

“Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant” (Psalm 135:3).

Greetings from equatorial Africa! It’s a beautiful day and the sun is shining brightly. We could really use rain, but I guess we will be content with what we have. I have a feeling it’s going to be a long time before we see moisture in a very heavy amount from the skies.

School is fully underway and so are the many other activities that go on in the midst of a university campus. Clubs are meeting, lecturers are giving out assignments, the library is trying to collect overdue fees, and students are getting aquainted. We moved our chapel services into the new Helstrom Student Center this week. I preached on Tuesday and Thursday this week to launch our new trimester theme, “Living to Please God” and found that it is an entirely different environment than I have been used to. This huge, cavernous, concrete building makes sound a real challenge and we are working steadily to correct that problem. Next week we have five student preachers preaching our “Holiness Week” services. I’m sure they are in for an interesting experience. Please keep them in your prayers.

All systems are go for graduation (May 30) and we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration and reunion of former students. This will be the 11th graduation ceremony of the university and the first to have inside a building for some time. It’s going to be a very special weekend.

Mary Jane is staying really busy teaching two classes, supervising campus visitor arrangements, helping out in the alumni department, and entertaining students in our home. She is also teaching a Bible class on Sunday and helping out some with music. I don’t think she needs to add one more thing to her plate.

I continue with my teaching (six hours) and preaching duties on the main campus and at our town campus. This week I preached or led devotions for groups eight times. Some days there are a lot of meetings to attend. I am totally off all medicine now except for the one pill of blood thinner a day. I thank God for continued strength and health.

I hear word from home that prices are rises there and that people are having trouble coping. I did a little survey here concerning what things cost.

Gas – $6.00 per gallon
One chicken – $6.40
5 lb. flour – $2.00
3 liter of milk – $3.60
Peanut Butter (800 g) – $3.83
Grapes (one bunch) – $9.98
Breakfast cereal – $10-15
One gallon of paint – $35.92
Dress shirt – $16.66

When you consider that the average wage here is still $400 per year, it’s pretty tough for folks to get ahead.

One of our graduating students lost her mother last Friday and Mary Jane and I went to the “visitation” this week. It was an unexpected and unusal experience. There was no body. In fact, there were several groups that met in small room throughout a large building and each had a time of singing, a brief sermon, and then we were asked to contribute money to help cover the family expenses. We were glad to help, but was certainly different than anything we had experienced in the USA. I’m getting more used to driving at night here. There is no way to go to these events unless I do.

Well, this is my study day so I’d better get at it. I don’t get many days when I am just free to hit the books. Most days I start at 6:30 a.m. with my first student meeting and go until well after dark, so I need to take advantage of study time when I can.

Please help us spread the word about our scholarship tour in December. We need to schedule meetings in enough churches to make our trip home worthwhile and getting the message out is important to the future of students here and throughout Africa. We will be in the USA during the month of December 2008 and the first week of January 2009 and we would love to share the ANU story any place we didn’t get to visit last time. Thanks in advance for your help.

For previous newsletters and pictures, go to: https://randyandmaryjane.wordpress.com

Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Lord’s Day where you worship!

Kwa herini (Goodbye)!

Randy and Mary Jane
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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