Update from Africa Nazarene University

August 22, 2008 at 6:32 pm 1 comment

Habari yako (How is it going)?

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).

We are now in the midst of “Africa Ablaze,” a conference for college-aged youth who are focused on Christian leadership.  Students are here from Malawi, Madagascar, Zambia, Rwanda, Burundi, Nigeria, Uganda, Congo, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, and from all over Kenya.  I was priviledged to preach to this group yesterday morning and observe how God is moving among these dedicated young people as the altars were lined as they accepted the challenge to be “Plugged into the Source.”

Each day starts in the prayer room and I wish I could accurately describe the scene to you.  We are scheduled to begin our prayer time at 8:00 a.m., but even when I arrive early I can hear the students praying while I am outside the building and still fifty meters away.  Entering the room one hears these young people praying in a multitude of languages, with some singing, some crying, some shouting, some standing, some walking, and some kneeling.  Their voices are loud and their faith is strong.  God is honoring the conference with His presence as a result of such fervent prayers.  The conference will go on until Monday morning and we look forward to a wonderful weekend ahead.

Last Saturday I took a bus trip to Shalom Gardens in the Ngong Hills, about an hour’s journey from campus.  The event was a retreat with eighteen Christian Union leaders from ANU.  Christian Union is the organizing hub that all other spiritual activities and events spin out from.  It was a lovely place and we had a great time together as we prayed, sang, discussed business and schedules, played soccer, and had a picnic lunch.  It was about a twelve-hour day, but I think our planning efforts together with our student leaders will pay off in the coming days.

We moved into our new addition on our home this past Monday evening.  Pictures will be posted on our weblongas soon as I can get time to put them there.  It’s a very nice new bedroom, bathroom, and laundry area – all on the ground floor.  It’s so nice not to have to be climbing those stairs all the time.  We will now make our former bedroom upstairs into a guest room.

It may take some time to get used to the differences this change brings.  Last night some of our forty-three guard dogs decided to take up residence on our patio and bark their news to all the campus.  It’s hard to scare off German Shepherd dogs at 4:00 a.m. when they have been trained to do what they do.  We will make sure that the gates to the area next to our bedroom are closed from now on.

Our health issues continue to have their ups and downs.  Mary Jane continually fights the parasite battle and I still have occasional double-vision spells.  My events seem to pass in a few minutes but hers hang on a lot longer.  She has been plagued with these parasites since we have been here more than she has been free of them.  Please keep her in your prayers for this matter.  It seems like anything she eats and anywhere she eats it causes her problems.  It does get very frustrating for her since this pretty much ties her to the house.  It’s fortunate she is not teaching classes these days.

We praise the Lord that our year-end scholarship tour slate seems to be pretty-well filled up.  It looks like this:
December 4 – Fly out of Nairobi to Florida
December 7 (am) – Clearwater, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
December 7 (pm) – Clearwater, Florida Central Church of the Nazarene
December 10 – Archer, Florida Church of the Nazarene
December 14 (am) Live Oak, Florida Church of the Nazarene
December 14 (pm) Dublin, Georgia First Church of the Nazarene
December 16 – Albany, Georgia Grace Church of the Nazarene
December 17 – Gainesville, Georgia First Church of the Nazarene
December 21 (am) – Middletown, Indiana Church of the Nazarene
December 21 (pm) – Dunkirk, Indiana Church of the Nazarene
December 28 (am – New Albany, Indiana Christ Community Church of the Nazarene
December 28 (pm) – Mackey, Indiana Church of the Nazarene
January 4 (am) Muncie, Indiana Southside Church of the Nazarene
January 4 (pm) Anderson, Indiana Southdale Church of the Nazarene
January 5 – Fly back to Nairobi

Well, that’s about all the news for now.  Thanks again for your prayers, cards, e-notes, and gifts that you have sent on our behalf during our recent birthday times.  God is good and we are blessed.  We hope you have a wonderful weekend and a very special Lord’s Day!

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya
Weblog: https://randyandmaryjane.wordpress.com


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  • 1. Ruth Ann Harris  |  August 24, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Hi — good to see your newsletter as always — your description of the “Africa Ablaze” prayer time was wonderful — Ron and I were sorry to hear that Mary Jane is still plagued by the parasite problem and that your double vision episodes are still with you — we will continue to keep you in our prayers — the addition to your home is good news on two counts (more convenient for you and it’s good to know there is a guest room for us :>) — we’ll look forward to seeing photos — Love from the Harrises


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