Update from Africa Nazarene University

November 15, 2008 at 4:57 am 1 comment

Habari Yako? (What’s the news?)

“This is what the Lord says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord
Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no
God” (Isaiah 44:6).

It’s been a good, but busy week.  Here is a recap of some of the
things that have happened since my last writing.

LONG LIVE THE KING
Obama-mania continues here on a large scale. People are putting up
calendars with his picture on them, newspapers can’t write enough
about him, and parents are naming their babies after he and his wife,
Michelle. In fact, there was one news account of some many babies
being name “Obama” that one mother named her baby boy, “McCain” just
to be different.  The most radical statement I have read came from an
editor of last Saturday’s “Standard,” a local newspaper.  In it he
said, “I curse the day that my ancesters missed the slave ship to
America.”  Now that’s taking Obama worship to the limit.

ONGATA RONGAI
I got to attend our Ongata Rongai Church of the Nazarene last Sunday
for worship. It is the oldest Nazarene church that we have in Kenya,
having been started back in 1983.  It’s amazing that five districts
have sprouted from that one church plant over the years. One of my
students was preaching and it was my job to evaluate him for a class
assignment.  I’m proud to say he got an “A.”  I teach a good group of
guys. They are from Nigeria, Rwanda, and Malawi, but none from Kenya.
I’m sure that mix will change by the next trimester.

CLERGY APPRECIATION
The idea of having a day to appreciate pastors has become pretty
common place in the US, but here it still a new idea.  A survey was
done among our students to see how many of their churches had a Sunday
or time of appreciation for their pastors.  Not one said that they had
done so.  This was our fifth annual day of appreciation here at ANU,
so we are breaking some new ground and the men and women of the cloth
seem to really appreciate it.  We have a special chapel to honor them,
give them gifts, treat them to tea (and snacks) when they arrive and
lunch before they leave.  Last year we had about 180 pastors and this
year there were over 220, so I guess it is a growing event.  We have a
year to plan the next one, but each time we hope to do it a little
nicer.

AN AFTERNOON OFF
I toke some time off this afternoon and to in some golfing.  This was
my third time to play here in Kenya and I never get any better, but
then that’s kind of the same story I had in the US. Still, it’s fun to
just get out and walk and listen to the caddies snicker at my shots.
The wildlife is different here than at home too.  You never know when
a group of monkeys are going to come along and join the snickering.
It’s been a busy time and a few hour of R & R was enjoyable.

TRAFFIC
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I never cease to be amazed at how
people get around.  After finishing my golf game I had to do the
grocery shopping in town and it was dark before I headed home.  There
are so many vehicles that travel without lights, or at least without
turning on their lights.  Imagine driving down a two lane road and
then without warning a line of cars, vans, buses, and trucks start
passing on the left.  Then all of a sudden there is a similar line on
the right.  It’s still a two lane road but you look around and there
are five lines of traffic in the dark.  Throw in dark-skinned walker
in dark clothes that step out in front of your car, bicycles and
motorcycles that weave in and out through the traffic and you have
driving in Nairobi.  I lost count of the accidents and broken down
vehicles that blocked the roads tonight.  People never move their cars
off the roads when they hit each other until the police arrive (who
don’t have cars and take forever to get there) or their insurance
companies won’t pay.  The up side to all this is that we have to go so
slow that when there are accidents they are usually just
fender-benders.  I traveled about 22 kilometers to get home tonight
and it took me nearly two hours.  Ah, life on the road on Friday night
in Kenya.

CHOIR TOUR 2009
I am very grateful for the response of the many who have invited our
choir to sing when we do our tour next summer.  Our slate is just
pretty much full.  Here is the meetings we have scheduled:

May 30 Northeastern Indiana District NMI Convention (tentative)
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
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 (am) Kansas City, Missouri First Church of the Nazarene
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

Now it’s a matter of getting passports and visas for everyone and
getting van transportation lined up for our American journeying.  It
truly will be the trip of a lifetime for many of these young people.

SCHOLARSHIP TOUR
Our home scholarship tour begins three weeks from yesterday.  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.  Be blessed and be a blessings!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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