Update from Africa Nazarene University

August 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm 1 comment

Good morning!

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago” (Psalm 25:1).

Greetings from equatorial east Africa!

The four-day conference held over last weekend was a smashing success.  The plenary sessions were inspirational, the workshops were instructive and well attended, the music was outstanding, and all the events seemed to come together in such a way that everyone wanted the conference to be repeated as soon as possible.  We are still trying to decide whether we want this to be an annual event or do it every two years, but we are grateful to God and to all those who worked so hard to make this event what it was.  The participants are now back home, all over the continent of Africa, spreading the flame that was started here.  Only heaven knows how far the fire will go.

This is the only week we have between the conference and students returning.  In fact, about forty of them will return today to prepare to be mentors to first-year students, who will be arriving next week.  That means there hasn’t been much of a break between the semesters.  I did take Wednesday off, but it looks like this weekend is going to be full and then we jump back into it next week.  Whatever I have to do to get ready for the next trimester I had better do in a hurry.

The Society of Friends have been meeting here on campus for a conference since Tuesday and will be here through Sunday.  They come from all over Kenya and kind of fill the gap we would normally have with our students being gone.  They remind us of the many groups who are trying to accomplish the task of spreading the gospel all over the world.  I will be speaking in their service tonight and look forward to making a few more Kenyan friends.  Though we often hear of the woes of the world, the Church is a large family with many branches and styles.  It’s comforting to know that denominationalism doesn’t have to be a divisive thing, but merely a display of different parts of the body of Christ, each fulfilling the Great Commission in a different way.  Family is a wonderful thing and God’s family is no different.

Today Mary Jane and I hosted about thirty workers, who did the construction on our house, for lunch.  She was busy in the kitchen preparing the sloppy joes (which will probably be a new thing for these guys), carrot strips, and cookies, which was be served along with chips and American Koolaid (of which, by the way, has been donated and mailed to us in greeting cards and has been a real blessing).  Most of these workers never get to eat lunch, so it is a highlight for them.  It’s just our little way of saying “thanks” and trying to build a stronger bridge with them.  They are an easy bunch to love, as they continually are trying to please us and we are the better for getting to work with such kind people.

By the way, Mary Jane is doing much better these days.  Thanks for all the prayers on her behalf.  I went to the cardiologist today and everything looks good.  I just need to get back into shape and lose a little weight. 

I finally got my first book off to the printer and should have it back in a couple of week.  It is entitled, “Unraveling the Revelation: Devotional Readings from the Apocalypse, written from an A-millennial Perspective.”  It has been in the works for a long time, but I look forward to having it out and getting reaction from students and colleagues as well.  It is written for laymen, but hopefully will pass the test of academic reviewers as well.  We shall see.  If you are interested in a copy, let me know and I’ll bring some home when I come to the states in December.  I have a couple more projects in the works right now, a Bible study on Daniel and a textbook for my preaching class, but we will see how this book does before I try to publish anything else.

By this time next week we will be counting down the minutes until our son, Rick, arrives from the states.  He will be with us for about two weeks, preaching in our chapels for holiness week and doing concerts and special music in the area.  We are excited about “showing him off,” but really excited about just having him with us again.  If you want to know more about his music and preaching ministry, just go to: rickjamesmusic.net.  He is always looking for new places to share the Good News via his talents.  Please pray with us for a safe flight for him as he comes our way.  We look forward to showing off Africa to him as well.

Well, that’s about it for now.  Blessings on you all.  Have a good weekend and a wonderful Lord’s Day!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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  • 1. Anittta Hamilton  |  August 30, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I would like to purchase your book –

    “Unravelling the Revelation—–“


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