Update from Africa Nazarene University

September 12, 2008 at 6:05 am Leave a comment

Jambo! (Hello!)
 
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.  Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice” (Psalm 105:1-3). 
 
This has been a good week at ANU.  It is the first week of classes and seemingly everything has gotten off to a good start.  I am only teaching one class this trimester – a preaching lab – and it will be a joy to work with the young men in the class.  The first two chapels have gone well and there seems to be a warmer feeling on campus.  We have some great new students and when they mix with the we already have they make a nice group.
 
The highlight of our week has been the arrival of our son, Rick, from the United States.  He will speaking, singing, and playing his guitar in our Holiness Week services next week, but this week he has been mixing with the students, jamming with the musicians, and just generally getting acquainted with African life.  We have been to the Giraffe Park, Kitengala Glass Factory, toured downtown Nairobi, and various local stores and restaurants.  Today I hope to take him on one of my “safari” walks around the countryside and tomorrow we are going to spend the day at the national game park here.  On Sunday he will go to Central Church in Nairobi and next Sunday we are taking him to the Woodley Church in Kibera, the largest slum in east Africa.  It should be quite an educational experience.  The students seem to relate to him well, but we request your prayers for the Holiness Week services next week, that God will anoint him with the words and music to share with our students.  The students here have scheduled a night of prayer tonight as they focus on revival for our school.
 
We have been blessed with some raindrops this week.  On a couple of occasions we have had real downpours.  Right now it is a light, cold rain and we may have to put off our walk as a result.  At the best it’s going to be muddy.  We have been dry for so long, however, it is a joy to feel the drops come down.
 
A lot of work is being done to the road immediately outside our school to widen it and make it smooth.  Unfortunately, it is a road that very few people ever use.  The Maasai Lodge Road, the main one that everyone travels, is still as rough and bumpy as ever.  I guess the thinking is that the unused roads are easier to work on than the busy ones so they decided to do them first.  I’m not sure I understand the thinking, but that’s true for a lot of things that are different from my American background.  Life is always an education.
 
I just wanted to say a word concerning those who pledged scholarship funds for ANU for this year.  First of all, thank you so much.  To date, over $44,000 has come in to help brighten the future of students in this part of the world.  You are making a difference that only eternity will fully reveal.  Secondly, there have been some funds (about $7000 actually) that has come in unmarked.  We really don’t know who sent the money in because the records were not clear.  If you or your church is sending funds, please make your check out to “General Treasurer, Church of the Nazarene” and mark at the memo line on the check ANU Scholarships # ASS1261.  That way each church will get proper credit for their gifts of love.  You might also note that our headquarters has moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Lenexa, Kansas.  The full address is: Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center, 17001 Prairie Star Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas 66220 (phone: 913-577-0500). I’ve only seen pictures of the new building, but it looks like a beauty.
 
Speaking of the scholarship tour, here is what our slate looks like for December and January.
 
December 4 – Leave Kenya for USA
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 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 15 – Wrightsville, Georgia Church of the Nazarene
December 16 – Albany, Georgia Grace Church of the Nazarene
December 17 – Gainesville, Georgia First Church of the Nazarene
December 21 – Middletown, Indiana Church of the Nazarene
December 21 – 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 – Leave for Nairobi, Kenya
 
Again, thanks for all your prayers and concern for us.  It is an honor to represent you and the church in this part of the world.  We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and blessed Lord’s Day!  Kwa herini! (Goodbye!)
 
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya
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