Update from Africa Nazarene University

November 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm 1 comment

Hello and Happy Black Friday!  Let’s hope the stores get back in the black today.

“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.  Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.  His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.  She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.  And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.  The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Revelation 12:1-6)

This is my favorite Christmas story.  It is written in apocalyptic form, but it tells the story of the birth of Christ and the ultimate triumph through Him.  Now that the holiday of Thanksgiving is over we can look to the Reason for the Christmas Season with all gusto!

Even though we celebrated Thanksgiving last Saturday with all our missionary friends we had another celebration of sorts last night.  Jonathan Duranceau and I watch the DVD of the Indianapolis Colts march to the Superbowl victory from 2007.  It wasn’t quite like being there, but the Colts managed to pull out a victory again.  It’s amazing how that happens.  Anyway, a great time was had by all.

Mary Jane had her first concert as director of the school’s music program in our final chapel of the year.  The various musical arrangements that showcased not only the two choral groups, but also a men quintet and ladies trio proved to be a fitting way to end the trimester.  (I know I’m a little prejudiced, but I think she did a great job.)  She will begin preparing them in earnest for our summer tour when we get back in January.

Today begins the final exams for our students.  For the first time, all exams are going to be held in the auditorium of the Helstrom Student Center.  The process is quite a bit different here than in the US because there are two weeks of exams and all of them are given in the same room.  The first tests begin at 8:00 a.m. and go until 11:00 a.m. while the second session of tests run from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  As many as 414 students will be in the room at a time with invigilators (student watchers) roaming the aisles and watching from the level above to make sure that everyone minds their p’s and q’s while the exams are in progress.  60% of the class grade is determined by this one test so the pressure is tremendous.  Please keep these students and their teachers in prayer as the testing period goes on.  They will be over on the 11th.

I got to preach last Sunday at our university church.  As you may remember, we had our first service there on October 5th.  Mary Jane has been coordinating the children’s Sunday School and teaching Children’s Church since the founding and she is having new children every week.  Last week we had 24 of them in our living room and the church as a whole is now running around 100 in attendance.  We are seeing people from the community and countryside coming in and of course we have students from the campus.  I had not been in a service here for about a month and it was good to see the progress that is being made already.  Great days are ahead for the University Church of the Nazarene.

I am bringing home a limited number of copies of my devotional book, “Unraveling the Revelation” when we come to the states next week.  Several have already asked me to mail them a copy and I will be happy to do so or if we are coming to your area I will bring them with me.  Should anyone else be interested just send me your mailing address and I will make arrangements for you to get a copy.  I’m mailing them from the states because it’s just too expensive to ship from this part of the world at this point.

This newsletter will either be early or late next week because we will be flying all night Thursday and all day Friday.  We fly from Nairobi, to Dubai, to London, to Atlanta, and finally to Tampa.  It should be quite a journey, but we are looking forward to it.

So in case something happens that I can’t send out our schedule later, here it is again:

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 9 Gathering with friends/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

Have a blessed holiday season!  Hope to see you soon!
Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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  • 1. Toni  |  December 2, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I’m so excited! Can’t wait to see you! Love you bunches!


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