Update from Africa Nazarene University

August 8, 2008 at 5:37 am Leave a comment

Greetings from Kenya!

 
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.  How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:1-2)
 
I hope all is well in your part of the world.  Things are quiet for the most part right now.  There is just one week of final exams to go and most students are hitting the books except for an occasional break for some exercise.  It’s good for folks to blow off some steam with soccer or basketball – or the really adventurous ones, like me, play frisbee golf.  My Homiletics class and Mary Jane’s English class are now behind us.  This next week I will test my students over Church History and she will test hers over Basic Study Skills.  By noon next Thursday we will be officially done with it all.
 
My health has been much better this week.  The medicine I am on makes me drag a bit, but overall I feel pretty good.  I’ve only had one brief “double-vision” episode since I came home from the hospital, so I think I am fully on the mend.  Mary Jane continues to fight the parasite battle.  It seems like she has them more than she is free of them.  I don’t know why she is so susceptible to them and I am not.  I guess she is just sweeter than I am.
 
We are enjoying our new campus visitors, Jonathan and Jessica Duranceau.  They are a young couple from Tennessee that are here as volunteers until December.  Jessica is working with Student Services in organizing dorm supervision and Jonathan is helping with our sports program.  He has pretty much taken over coaching the basketball team and the students seem to take to them both real well.  We have also been blessed to have Don and Aileen Baker from Michigan.  They have been here about three months as volunteers.  Don has been working in the finance department and Aileen has been helping in the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Office. They will be leaving in about a week.  They have been a joy to have around.
 
So many people have come here as Mission Corps volunteers over the years and have made such a difference in the life of this campus.  Most of these people will be unidentified to many, but their contributions have certainly been noticed by the Lord and I know He rewards those who are faithful to them.  There are many names in our Court of Honor (Work and Witness teams) here who have truly been instrumental in transforming the face and spirit of this campus and we will always be grateful for them.
 
We are having several international visitors these days.  Some are just taking brief tours of the campus and some are staying for a few weeks.  This is a great place to meet people from all over the world.  ANU is a magnet that attracts a lot of different nations.
Our new addition on our house is really coming along.  Lights and plumbing are now in place.  The wall connecting the old part of the house and the new has been opened and we are hoping to be able to move into the new part over the trimester break.  We will send some pictures when we get all moved in.  It is really beautiful!
 
Our trip home is coming together nicely.  Our tentative schedule is as follows:
 
December 7th (am) Clearwater, Florida
December 14th (am) Live Oak, Florida
December 14th (pm) Dublin, Georgia
December 21st (am) Middletown, Indiana
December 28th (am) New Albany, Indiana
 
We have some other places that are still pending, but we will wait until they are confirmed before we post them.  I hope we can make contact with several who read this newsletter as we travel in the USA. 
 
Have a blessed weekend and a wonderful Lord’s Day!  Be blessed and be a blessing!
 
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya
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