Update from Africa Nazarene University

July 26, 2008 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Jambo! (Hello!)
“Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.  Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 111:2-3).
Hope your week has gone well.  The countdown is on here as students now have one week to go before their final exams begin.  I have two more chapels and two more classes to teach.  Everyone here senses the mounting pressure.
Because US schools don’t put such a huge price (60% of the total grade) on the last test it’s hard no doubt to understand why this one exam is such a big deal.  A student can work for the whole semester and have one bad day and all that they have worked for is lost. There is a strong temptation to find a way to cheat as a result of this situation.  People like me have a responsibility to see that they don’t.  Still, there are often those who try – and then they really lose everything.
We had a little bit of rain yesterday.  That too may not seem like a big deal, but when things are as dry as they are here, we appreciate every drop we can get.
Softball is quickly becoming  a favorite among the students here.  Guys and gals play coed games and are having the time of their lives.  Most have never had a ball glove on before or swung a bat.  Many have never even seen such a thing, but they are catching on fast.  It’s a joy to hear them laugh and cheer each other on – even though our field would make most sandlots look great.  I think that in days ahead there will be even more interest in this “All American” sport.  Who knows?  Maybe someday it will be “All African” as well.
We have had a couple of good chapel services this week and our Christian Union group had their last meeting for the trimester.  Nobody sings like Africans and they put their all into their effort.  To be honest, I just don’t have the energy to keep up with them.   I will be preaching the final chapel next Thursday and it will be the last time for a while.  Most students will be headed home as soon as their tests are over.  I will preach at the Sunday services here on campus until they are all gone.  Then we will have at least a couple of weeks to visit around a little bit on Sunday.  That’s always a nice change.
Though there is only about three weeks between trimesters we don’t really have that much down time.  The first week after exams is fairly free, but then we have a major youth conference called “Africa Ablaze” which will last five days and then a faculty retreat in Mombasa.  I don’t think there will be much grass growing under our feet during the break.
This Sunday Mary Jane and I will celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary.  It’s seem impossible to think that much time has rolled by.  Who would have even thought that we would be celebrating it in Africa.  The Lord certainly does work in mysterious ways.  Mary Jane will not be teaching in the classroom this next trimester, but instead she is going to commit herself to teaching piano to as many students are possible.  There are only two pianos on the campus so scheduling practice time is going to be a bit tricky, but we will work it out.  This should be a great blessing to many students since there is a great love for music here and very little formal training available.
Well, it’s time for me to get ready to go to work.  I’ve got a town campus chapel in a couple of hours.  We always look forward to hearing from you, so keep those notes coming.
We are now scheduled to be in Florida, and Indiana for our upcoming scholarship tour in December.  If you would like us to come your way just drop us a line and we will get if worked out.
Be blessed and be a blessing…Kwa herini (Goodbye)!
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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