Update from Africa Nazarene University

October 4, 2008 at 4:25 am Leave a comment

Happy Friday!
“It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.  How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:2-3).
Greetings once again from the campus of Africa Nazarene University, where the altitude is 5700′ above sea level and where we are one degree south of the equator.  Our campus is a Garden of Eden in the midst of a very dry and thirsty plain.
Saturday began last week with a trip into Nairobi to Stratmore University, where our athletic teams were in competition with many other schools.  We competed in soccer, karate, basketball, and for the first time ever – field hockey.  We won some and lost some, but it was great to see our students in action.  There is nothing like a warm sunny afternoon on athletic fields, especially when I don’t have to be the one sweating and working hard at play.
From the world of sports I traveled on to our field office and to the home of our religion department chair, where Dr. Ron and Sarah Reed hosted the ANU religion department for a goat roast.  There is probably no more favored meat here among the students and local Kenyans than this.  “Yama choma” (roasted meat) is a real treat, but an acquired taste.  We had a great afternoon together, but I don’t think goat meat will ever replace a good ol’ American Whopper.
On Sunday, Mary Jane traveled with our school PR group to a nearby high school where they sang and one of our students preached.  At the close of the service nineteen high school students came forward to receive Christ.  On campus this week there have been several professions of faith made as well.  God is continually working and changing lives and we are excited to a part of the process.
On Tuesday of this week Dr. Mark Pitts, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, received word that his mother had passed away.  She was elderly and in a nursing home in Brazil, Indiana, but its never easy for a son to lose his mother.  Please keep Mark and Nancy in your prayers as even now they are flying back to the US to attend the funeral.
On Wednesday the Pitts’s had another crisis.  While driving on a deserted road they were flagged down and robbed.  Six men with guns and machettes scared them pretty badly and took some valuable things, but then let them go without harming them.  Though we are saddened for their losses we rejoice over the fact that they are safe.  We realize that this thing could have been much worse.  God was surely a protecting shield for them.  Incidents like these remind us that we must be ever vigilant in our choices and constantly aware of our surroundings and it’s a good lesson for us all no matter what country we are in.
We have now received permission from the International Board of Education concerning our plans to bring our ANU choir to the US next year.  We plan to leave Kenya in the latter part of May and tour the USA until our General Assembly in Orlando during the last part of June.  This will be the trip of a lifetime for many of our students and we look forward to showing off our home nation as they have showed off theirs to us.  We are beginning immediately to book churches, youth camps, NMI/NYI Conventions, etc. for concerts and special musical presentations.  If you are interested in hosting this group of about 20 students for a service please contact me as soon as possible and we will work out the details.  We will be coming on a first-come, first-served basis.  I believe you will be blessed and energized by the passion these students have for music and for the Lord.
Like Nazarenes around the world, this Sunday we will be celebrating 100 years as a denomination.  The styles and sizes of the celebrations will vary from place to place, but we have our own way to party.  We are birthing a new church.  At 10:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. EST) we will have the first service of the University Church of the Nazarene here in Jernigan Chapel on the ANU campus.  Our local district superintendent, Rev. Gerphas Oure, will be preaching and installing Rev. Gift Mtukwa as the church’s first pastor.  I have the privilege of serving communion during the service, Mary Jane will be leading the choir, and we are all excited about this new adventure with a baby congregation.  We thank God for answering our prayers and honoring our labors as we see this birth come to pass. 
We leave here two months from tomorrow for our scholarship tour in US.  Once again, here is our schedule.  We hope to see many of you along the way.
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
Well, that’s about it for now.  We love hearing from you, so keep those notes coming.  Be blessed – and have a wonderful weekend!
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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