Update from Africa Nazarene University

October 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm Leave a 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” (Isaiah 25:1).

I hope your week has gone well.  Here is what is going on in our part of the world.

We were visited today by dozens of district missionary presidents from the USA.  I think there was somewhere between 65 and 74 in number.  We gave them a place to shower, got a tour of the campus, and had lunch together with them.  They will fly back toward the US later today.  We are always excited about guests from home and this is a very special group to us.

Unfortunately, yesterday there was a terrible accident.  The group was in Amboseli, at the National Game Park, which is at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. They were preparing to have a meal when an outside gas grill exploded.  Some of the team were blown back from the blast and burnt severely.  Wilma Yates, NMI President from West Virginia South District and Patty Williams, NMI President from Kirksville, Missiouri, and a lady named Pheobe, a worker who was lighting the fire, were flown from Amboseli to Nairobi Hospital to be treated for burns.  Patty’s husband, Charles (Sonny) also went along and had some first degree burns, but seems to be okay.  Patty is hoping to be released later today to return to the US with the team, but Wilma needs surgery and looks to be staying around for a while.  Mary Jane and I went to the hospital last night and met with other missionaries, Verna Stanton and Sarah Reed to stay with the families and pray with them.  I went back to the hospital this morning and all were doing better, but the surgery for Wilma had still not been completed.

Let me say how proud I am of our Nazarene leaders who came alongside these folks in their time of need.  Rob North and a young seminary student who works at headquarters, named Shawna Songer-Gaines, made the trip from Amboseli with the burn victims and have been angels of mercy to them in this tragedy.  We can be thankful for the aid and leadership they have shown at this time.

Speaking of game park experiences, Mary Jane made the long trip with a work and witness team to Maasai Mara for a three-day experience in the wild.  They saw more animals than anyone could count and even had a lioness come and lay down right beside one of the vans to get in the shade.  I guess it was pretty amazing.  I kept the home fires burning here as we hosted Dr. Stephen Franklin from Tokyo Christian University and Olivet (he splits his time). We were discussing some collaboration ideas between the schools.  It’s been a busy week for a lot of people.

Once again we have to say goodbye to some dear friends.  Jeremy and Kristen Chatelain will be leaving campus tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m.  I will be driving them to the airport, where they will catch a plane to their next assignment aboard a mercy ship in Liberia.  We get so many wonderful Mission Corps people here, but these have a special place also.  Everyone that comes here is different, but we are blessed to be making so many friends from all over. Jeremy and Kristen have been here for a month and they will be dearly missed.

We got some wonderful rain last night.  I woke up several times in the night and heard it coming down.  We need it so badly, but when I went out to drive down Maasai Lodge Road this morning it was a muddy nightmare.  The road is under construction anyway, but today it was down to one muddy lane with six to eight inches of the muck on either side.  By the time I got back from the hospital it had dried a lot, but it is amazing how quickly the road changes when the weather does.

The Pitts’s, our next door neighbors, returned home on Thursday of this week.  They had been in the States for Mark’s mother’s funeral.  The poor things haven’t stopped running since their feet hit the ground, but we have a long weekend coming up and hopefully we can all put our feet up for a little bit and rest.

Very quickly our slate is starting to build for our ANU choir tour for next June, leading up to the General Assembly.  We have already tentatively booked May 30-31(Indiana), June 2-3 (Georgia), June 12-13 (Illinois) and June 21(Florida) for district conventions, campmeetings, and church services.  If you are interested in hosting the 16-20 voice African University choir for your church, youth camp, NMI or NYI convention or other venue, please contact me as soon as possible.  We will do all we can to accomadate, but when the dates are gone they are gone.

We are now 48 days away from leaving here for our 2008-2009 ANU Scholarship Tour.  Here is where we will be:

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…

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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