Update from Indiana

December 26, 2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Greetings from the family home place!

“We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds” (Psalm 75:1).

CHRISTMAS WEATHER?
Usually at this time of the year we are facing the possiblity of ice and snow, but today we woke up to thunder, lightning, and lots of rain. The fog has been around all day and it seems like anything but seasonal. I hear rumors of 60’s for tomorrow, so I guess we will just deal with it.

LINKING UP WITH WONDERFUL PEOPLE
As with previous churches, we have met some wonderful people in our recent services. The people of Middletown and Dunkirk, Indiana made us feel right at home and gave us a warm welcome on a very cold day. At Dunkirk it was 0 degrees with 30-40 mph winds on a Sunday night, but people still came out for the service and provided us with a great deal of encouragement and support. Middletown is my home church and they are always wonderful to us. Our meetings yet to do are fewer now than what we have already finished, but we anticipate good times and great friends still to come.

This weekend we will be at New Albany, Indiana Christ’s Church of the Nazarene for their two morning services and Sunday evening we will be at Mackey (just north of Evansville, Indiana). If you happen to live near one of these area we hope we can see you then. Our final weekend will be close to our old stomping grounds as we go to Muncie, Indiana Southside Nazarene and Anderson, Indiana Southdale Nazarene (where we last pastored). Shortly afterwards we will be heading back to Kenya.

CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS
We have eaten way too much, played a lot of games, received more gifts than we deserved, and just generally enjoyed hanging out as a family. It’s the family part that has been the most precious and special of all. I could easily do without the food and gifts, but getting to be with our loved ones is a wonderful treat. We know that most missionaries don’t get to have this at Christmastime and we are especially blessed that we have had this opportunity to come home. Soon it will all be a memory, but memories are what makes life special.

ANU CHOIR TOUR
Since our last newsletter, we have been informed that funds given to help bring our choir to the USA for our month of touring and General Assembly are eligible for 10% missions credit. So, if you know of anyone who would be so inclined to help financially to bring our group over here next summer it could be a blessing for all concerned. The first payment for the plane tickets for our group will be due when we get back to ANU, so we will see where everyone stands financially at that point. For some, raising the fee of 90,000 ksh (approximately $1200) will not be a problem, but for others it will be a near impossibility. We appreciate your prayer support for this endeavor even if financial aid is not possible.

Our choir schedule at this time is as follows
May 30 – Northeastern Indiana District NMI Convention
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 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 23 – Clearwater, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
June 24-30 – Orlando, Florida Church of the Nazarene General Assembly

Well, that’s about all for now. I’d better get back to my piece of pumpkin pie. Be blessed and be a blessing!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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