Update from Africa Nazarene University

October 10, 2008 at 5:21 am Leave a comment

Habari asibuhi!  Mhali gani? (Good morning! How are you?)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not
easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in
evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres" (I Corinthians 13:4-7).

Daniel Moi was the second president of Kenya (the third one is in
office now) and he has his own national holiday. All government
offices are closed today and school is dismissed as well. There are
stores and businesses open (kind of like President's Day in the US),
but anything official is given a day off.

I will be spending the day shopping with the visiting Work and Witness
team.  Mary Jane is normally the person who coordinates things with
the international visitors, but she is teaching so I will be leaving
with the group.  It is nice to get off campus once in a while, but a
retailer by nature I am not.  Still, this group from various parts of
the US are a special bunch and it will be great to fellowship with

Today also begins a two-day basketball tournament for eight local high
schools to be played in our new Helstrom Student Center. It will be
the first time we have used the building for athletic events and our
workers here have been laboring feverishly to get the goals up and
things ready for our guest.  This venue should be a great marketing
tool for the school and we are happy to finally be able to open the
building to the outside.

Last Sunday was a wonderful day here as we celebrated the 100th
anniversary of the Church of the Nazarene by launching the University
Church of the Nazarene.  We had a gathering of 238, including 44
children in our children's church area. Those there were many from
nearby churches who came to support and witness the historic event,
there were also a number of people from the community around us and we
are excited to see this baby church start off so well.

One thing that the beginning of the new does is free me up on Sundays.
I have been responsible for holding services on campus in days gone
by, but now I can venture out to speak in other venues whenever I am
asked.  There is a lot of Kenya that we haven't seen yet and I look
forward to getting out to see it.

We finally were able to purchase and use a new 5000 lumin video
projector in our new chapel.  We still have some work to do to shade
the huge windows in the Helstrom Building to show videos during the
day, but for normal PowerPoint presentations, like for our music, it
is wonderful.  Little by little was a developing our equipment and our
overall program in the Spiritual Development Department.  We have a
ways to go still, but things are definitely going in the right

Mary Jane has been busy this week interviewing and auditioning
students who would like to join us next summer for our choir tour in
the US.  We will make our selections next week and then begin working
on getting their visas in order.  We hope to tour with about 20
students through the month of June and culminate our trip at the
General Assembly in Orlando.  We are starting to receive some bookings
already, so if you would be interested in having these ANU singers at
your NMI Convention, Youth Camp, NYI Convention, or local church, just
let me know and we will see if we can make it work with our schedule.

So, once again, here is where we will be for our scholarship tour in
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

Have a great weekend and a blessed Lord's Day!  Till next week...

Wape salamu zangu jamaa zako! (Give my regards to your family!)

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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