Update from the USA

December 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Greetings from the cool flatlands of Indiana!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

LOTS OF MILES AND LOTS OF NEW FRIENDS
Since the last newsletter we have traveled in excess of 1000 miles and have fellowshipped with the congregations at Live Oak, Florida; Dublin, Wrightsville, Albany (Grace), and Gainesville (First), Georgia, and have had time to share a meal with Jonathan and Jessica Duranceau in Nashville, Tennessee – following their return from ANU – and good friends Gary and Darlene Welch in Louisville, Kentucky. We have been pampered and blessed far more than we deserve. It seems, however, that about all we have done is eat, speak, and drive. I don’t know what the scales is saying these day – and am afraid to check, but I know I’ve got some jogging to do I know. The effects of Applebees, Burger King, Chick-Filet, Crackerbarrel, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, O’Charley’s, Roadhouse Steakhouse, Ruby Tuesday, Sonny’s Barbeque, Steak and Shake, and too many breakfast bars at the hotels where we have been staying is about to take its toll. I think it’s death by knife and fork.

We continue to re-appreciate driving on smooth roads and getting to travel in safety at night. These are luxuries that many US citizens often take for granted. Since we have not had these things for a while we feel a greater sense of gratitude than we would have experienced without our Kenyan connection. The United States is not any better than any other country, but it certainly is blessed far beyond what many others have encountered.

CHANGES IN WEATHER
We have been enjoying wonderfully warm weather during our time in the southlands. When we left the Altanta area yesterday morning we were at 64 degrees F, but by the time we reached my mom’s place in Indiana we were under a winter weather advisory for an ice storm and had a temperature of 31. Fortunately, this morning the temperatures has raised enough to keep most of the ice at bay and we just have wet roads instead of icy. A white Christmas would not be a bad thing at all, but we do hope that all the family gets in before the weather gets too snowy.

BLESSINGS FROM CHURCHES
So far we have had such wonderful experiences with the churches where we have spoken. Our family in Christ just seems to grow as we encounter new congregations and share in fellowship with them. We also learn of many of the struggles and sorrows that they share and rejoice that people have a church family to turn to in time of need. When I was pastoring and people would come to my office for various kinds of aid I would always ask them where they worshipped. Many times those coming to me confessed that they didn’t have a church home and I would inform them that their serious circumstances was a good reason to find one. Nobody cares like God’s people care!

WHERE WE ARE GOING
Our remaining slate is now down to just Sundays. This Sunday we will be in Middletown and Dunkirk Indiana, next weekend at New Albany and Mackey, Indiana, and the final weekend at Muncie and Anderson, Indiana. We don’t have an accurate count of the scholarship pledges at this time, but we will pass along what we know when we can nail it all down.

MERRY CHRISTMAS
It is our hope that you all will have a very Merry Christmas! Our Lord and Savior is worthy of all praise so let’s make the most of the holiday season! So wherever you are and whatever you are doing we wish you all the best. Lord willing, we will be in touch next week. Until then…we are going to deck the halls!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University on tour in Indiana
Nairobi, Kenya

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