Update from Africa Nazarene University

January 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

Hello from Kenya!

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the
likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
brothers” (Romans 8:29).

We were eating breakfast this morning when all of a sudden the skies
opened up and a beautiful rain began to fall. What a wonderful
blessing! Everything has been so dry and the dust choking to all who
walked along the roads. The daily temperatures have been in the upper
90’s and the wind blows so hard that it dries the land even more.
This respite continues as I write this so the ground is getting
refreshed quite a bit today. The dust will turn to mud, but at least
the brown grass is getting a little refreshing.

We have been back in Kenya just over a week now and we have gotten
back into the routine of our jobs and life in general here. We both
have completed our classes for the week and now we have a seminar to
attend this afternoon. I spoke in chapel on Tuesday and got an
opportunity to meet some new students as well as welcome the former
ones back to ANU. We have an exciting crop of new ministerial
students due to some creative scholarship help and have nearly doubled
our department. We have plans in place to keep the growth coming so I
believe we have some exciting days ahead for our young theologians and

No, Mary Jane is not expecting, but we are blessed with two new “sons”
staying with us. Corey and Joe are mixing right in with the other
students, taking hikes, playing games, and beginning to travel with
school schedules. I think they are enjoying themselves. We are
enjoying having them here. They are finding that Africans have just
as hard of time understanding our English as we do understanding
theirs. Going to school in a different country with a different
culture is a great experience and I highly recommend it for any
college student anywhere. One semester abroad can make differences
that will last a lifetime.

We finally found out that Mary Jane’s problem was neither gallstones,
nor an ulcer, but is the old parasite once more. It is such a
blessing that she came back with us because clinics in the US are not
equipped to properly diagnose and treat such things like they are
here. Now that she is on the proper medication she is doing well once
again and is able to enjoy campus living. My cold is going away also
so we are both doing well. Thanks so much for all your prayer

We continue to try and finalize just which of our students will be
able to come to the US for our choir tour in May. For some, raising
the money needed is a huge hurdle. Please pray that God will open a
way for them to be able to meet their obligations here as well as
raise funds for their plane tickets. We have other students who have
no idea where the money for their school fees is going to come from
and others who were not allowed to enroll this time because of cash
shortfall. Like everywhere, money is a big deal and life doesn’t go
on as usual without it.

An additional prayer request is for our Holiness Week services, which
are Monday through Friday next week. Dr. Daniel Ketchum and his wife
Carole are going to be our special guest speaker and singers for this
event. Of course, Daniel is the executive director of Nazarene
Missions International and we are honored to have these dear friends
with us. They hosted us while we were doing our training in Kansas
City and now we will get the privilege of doing the same for them.
Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on our campus during these
special days of spiritual emphasis.

Well, that’s about all for now. Life goes on and we are blessed!
Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Till next week…be blessed and be a blessing!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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