Update from Africa Nazarene University

October 31, 2008 at 8:22 am Leave a comment

Greetings from the warm part of the world!

 

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:19-20).

 

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

As I walk to work each morning I pass by the carpenter’s shop where often it is time for their morning devotions.  There is not a more beautiful sound on earth than the voices of African men singing hymns a capella in the morning.  These are memories I will treasure forever.

 

SOFTBALL IN KENYA

Last weekend began with the first-ever softball team from ANU playing in one of the first softball tournaments anywhere in Kenya.  It is truly a new sport here and there are no diamonds, few teams, and really inexperienced umpires.  We practiced in a rough country field and played the games on a rough soccer field with no shade from the equatorial sun for players or spectators.  However, people came

together to have competition and a good time and we did both of those things.  Because there are few guidelines for this new sport it is much like a church league and people can pick whomever they want to play – just as long as they are associated with the respective schools.  As a result of that ruling I

became the pitcher for the ANU team.  We played three games, losing the first 8-2 and winning the next two 7-6 and 20-10.  It was not the finest hour for the sport because it was a fast-pitch tournament and my

fastball has long since departed the way of my hair, but it was a lot of fun and our players learned a lot.  Hopefully, improvement will come with play and eventually even get a real ball field to play on.  Cow

pastures do not make for good games when trying to field grounders.

 

SUNSHINE

Last Sunday the school choir, Mary Jane and I went to hold a worship service at Nairobi Sunshine Boys High School.  There were about 1000 students present and the choir did themselves and their school proud as they ministered to them. It’s always a joy to preach to such a group.  Not only are they potential students for our school, but also for the Kingdom.  We are blessed to receive such invitations on a regular basis.

 

ELECTION FEVER

I know that the American elections are just a few days off, but the matter has already been decided here in Kenya.  Because Senator Obama has Kenyan blood many people here think that Kenya will practically become the 51st state and that visas and green cards will be issued like water should he be elected.  The US Embassy here has been going to great lengths to visit high schools and universities (including here) to help people to know that this is just not true, but family ties are very close here and anyone with Kenyan blood is family.

 

I have been invited to go to the US Embassy for an election result party on Wednesday morning (5:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.) at the ambassador’s home.  I hear that about 1000 people will be there so I’m guessing that it must be quite a house.  It will be an interesting way to view this historic election.

 

CHOIR TOUR 2009

I am grateful to so many who have invited our choir to sing when we do our tour next summer.  Our slate is just about full.  Here is the meetings we have scheduled:

 

May 31 (am) Anderson, Indiana Southdale Church of the Nazarene

May 31 (pm) Northeastern Indiana District Campmeeting

June 2-3 Georgia District NMI Convention

June 7 (am) Gallatin, Tennessee First Church of the Nazarene

June 7 (pm) Louisville, Kentucky Farmdale Church of the Nazarene (tentative)

June 10 Hartford City, Indiana Church of the Nazarene

June 11 Rockville, Indiana First Baptist Church

June 12 Chicago Central District NMI Convention

June 14 (pm) Olathe, Kansas College Church of the Nazarene

June 17 Nashville, Tennessee Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene

June 21 (am) Leesburg, Florida First Church of the Nazarene

June 21 (pm) Fort Myers, Florida First Church of the Nazarene

June 24-30 Orlando, Florida General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene

 

I will post this slate again as the dates draw near.

 

SCHOLARSHIP TOUR

Our home scholarship tour begins one month from next Tuesday.  We look forward to telling the ANU story in the following churches:

 

December 4 Fly out from Nairobi, Kenya to the US

December 7 (am) Clearwater, Florida First Church of the Nazarene

December 7 (pm) Clearwater, Florida Central Church of the Nazarene

December 8 Gathering 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 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 (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

January 5 Fly out from Indianapolis, Indiana to Kenya

 

Well, that’s about all for now.  Have a good weekend and a blessed Lord’s Day!

 

Randy and Mary Jane James

Africa Nazarene University

Nairobi, Kenya

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