Update from Africa Nazarene University

September 5, 2008 at 4:57 am 1 comment

 Happy Friday!
“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High” (Psalm 9:1-2)
We have been excitedly looking forward to today because this is the day that our son, Rick, flies in to spend a couple of weeks with us.  He will be our special speaker and musician for our Holiness Week Celebration, which begins on September 15th.  We look forward to showing off Kenya to him and showing him off to Kenya.  Hopefully, it will be a win-win experience for all.
The new freshman class, or “Freshers” have arrived.  They have been registering all week and going through orientation exercises.  They seem to be a nice group, though I don’t have an official count yet.  I have been meeting with them each morning and evening for devotional times and that helps them get to know me a little bit and me them some.  A new group always means a lot more new names to try and remember – and that’s one department I really struggle with.  It wouldn’t be so hard if they were names like “Joe,” “Bob,” or “Betty,” but when by the hundreds they are names like “Katanga,” “Adagi,” “Mwaniki,” and “Njiri,” it becomes a bit more difficult.  Still, they are usually kind and patient with the Wzungu (white folks) who can’t seem to get it all together.
We met on Wednesday evening to say goodbye to Dr. Russell and Donna Lovett, who are returning to the US for their four months of home assignment.  We usually meet and eat together (that night it was Chinese) when someone is coming or going.  I don’t know how much support it provides for those traveling, but we look for every chance we can get to party.  Seriously though, we alway bath our departing friends with prayer for we never know who will end up not returning for whatever reason.  We become a family here and each one is missed while they are away.
We finally had some rain on Monday.  It wasn’t enough to make a big difference, but it rained hard for quite a while and because we have hardly hard any moisture at all here this calendar year it was really a blessing.  It’s getting dry enough that the animals start wandering farther and farther from the game park in search of food.  In recent days a giraffe, some zebras, and even one lion has been spotted close to the campus.  It’s always neat to see our wild friends, but we don’t want to be surprised by them.
On Monday of next week we will begin the trimester in earnest.  My first class is at 8:00 on Monday morning so I guess I will be getting into things as quickly as anyone.  I have noticed some regular students making their way back to campus already, so I guess the dorms will be filling throughout the weekend.  The days of the “Africa Ablaze” conference and the Annual Meeting of Friends are now behind us and the school will soon be alive with all the sights, sounds, and smells of students full of life.
Here is the schedule we have for our upcoming journey.  It’s a little ways off, but we hope to see many friends and make many new ones along the path.
December 7 (am) Clearwater, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
December 7 (pm) Clearwater, Florida Central Church of the Nazarene
December 8 Visit with friends and supporters at Fort Myers, Florida First 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
Well, that’s about all for now.  Have a great weekend!  Blessings on you all!
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. AUC  |  September 5, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Good Information Thanks!!


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