Update from Africa Nazarene University

August 16, 2008 at 5:08 am 1 comment

Jambo! (Hello)

“When I am afraid, I will trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.  What can mortal man do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

ZEBRAS IN THE MIDST
Last Saturday morning the phone rang just a little before 7:00 and one of the security officers at the gate was on the line.  He told us that there were zebras on the soccer field and we should come if we wanted to see them.  So we quickly grabbed our camera and off we went.  Sure enough, nine of the beautiful horse-like animals (including one baby) had ventured into our domain and then had a hard time finding their way out.  We got some great shots, which I have posted on our weblog site.

In the evening we had to go to the airport to pick up a visitor and decided because of the heavy traffic on the main road to take the dirt road that borders the national park.  This time we didn’t have a camera with us, but we saw one giraffe and hundreds of zebras.  The more we drove the more herds we saw.  It was truly an amazing vision as we gazed upon the open plains covered with zebra as far as we could see.  It just makes us want to get back to the park again.

LAST DAYS AND NEW GUESTS
We are now at the last day for our regular students here on campus as they wrap up their exams.  Though most of them are gone, we do have a new group of school teachers who have come for a three-week intensive program, which will lead to them getting a degree.  Many teachers in Kenya have only diplomas and not university degrees and we are doing our part to try and change that.  We are starting small with 21 on our main campus, 21 on the Machakos campus, and 27 doing environment development and protection training on our town campus.  Teachers and people working with land reclamation are in great demand here and we are happy to be able to offer classes in these areas.

GOODBYE TO THE MELLINGERS AND BAKERS
We met this week for a farewell dinner for Jon Mellinger and Don and Ilean Baker.  Jon, Sally, Adrian, Michael, and Sam Mellinger have been a part of our mission family here in Africa for a number of years and will not be returning to service here due to personal family situations.  We have loved getting to know them and appreciate what fine dedicated servants of the Lord they are.  Jon was back to pack and get things ready to move back to the States (all in a week) while Sally took care of the family already situation in Ohio.  We will certainly miss their ministry and their friendship.

 
We also say goodbye this weekend to the Bakers.  These Mission Corps volunteers have provided greatly needed services in ANU’s financial department and in the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office.  The three months have passed quickly.  As they return to Michigan they leave behind many friends who wish them well and appreciate their labors and love for the people of Kenya and love for the Lord.
 
A BABY CHURCH IS COMING
Just yesterday I was privileged to meet with District Superintendent Geraphas Oure and a staff of supporters in my office to unofficially launch plans for the new University Church of the Nazarene.  Rev. Oure is appointing Rev. Gift Mtukwa to serve as the initial pastor of the church and the launch date for this new congregation will be the 100th anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene, October 5th.  This project will begin at that time as a preaching point, but we envision the congregation to grow rapidly as efforts go forth to reach out into this growing community.  As Pastor Mtukwa makes plans and gathers his co-laborers around him I know he would appreciate the prayers of God’s people from around the world.  It is really going to be exciting to watch what God is going to do as this church takes its place as a vital support and harvesting partner with Africa Nazarene University.  We will keep you posted as to how things develop in the coming days.
 
THANKS
I want to say thank you to all who have written letters, cards, and e-mails to help me celebrate my 54th birthday today.  I am thankful for such a great family around the world and appreciate the prayers, concern, and support of our ministry here.  I’m even got out today to try eighteen holes of Kenyan golf.  I won’t tell you how bad the score was. I had a couple of chapels to do first and a meeting at the school afterwards, but I had a lot of fun  Hopefully, I didn’t hit any baboons and do them bodily harm.
 
UPCOMING TOUR
We are excited about returning to the States in December and our slate continues to grow.  At present we are
scheduled to be at the following churches:
December 5 – arrive in USA
December 7 – Clearwater, Florida First Nazarene (am)
December 10 – Archer, Florida Nazarene
December 14 – Live Oak, Florida Nazarene (am)
December 14 – Dublin, Georgia First Nazarene (pm)
December 17 – Gainesville, Georgia First Nazarene
December 21 – Middletown, Indiana Nazarene (am)
December 21 – Dunkirk, Indiana Nazarene (pm)
December 28 – New Albany, Indiana (am)
January 4 – Muncie, Indiana Southside Nazarene (am)
January 5 – fly back to Kenya
Have a blessed weekend and a great Lord’s Day!  Be blessed and be a blessing!
 
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya
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  • 1. Ruth Ann Harris  |  August 24, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Belated Happy 54th from Ron & Ruth Ann!!!

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