Update from Africa Nazarene University

January 24, 2009 at 6:22 am Leave a comment


“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

I know, I know, this newsletter is coming out late. It’s just been one of those busy weeks. Because readers have gotten so used to receiving this on Friday I often get emails from people wondering if something has happened to us if the mailing is not there when they get up on Friday morning. Rest assured that we are fine; just busy. I’ll try to get back on schedule next week.

One of the students, Joe, who is staying with us, still has not received his bag from the airlines. He is getting by, but would sure like to get his belongings. So, recently I decided to take him out to the airport where we could meet people face to face and see what could be done. We were stopped at a police checkpoint at the airport entrance and I was promptly informed that my car insurance sticker had expired and now I was guilty of a crime. The policeman got in our car and I was instructed to drive down to the police station, which fortunately was only a half-mile from the airline terminals, and at that point my car was impounded. I was told that there would be a court hearing and then a fine before I could get my car back. The problem came about because the insurance sticker had expired while I was away and I hadn’t thought to check it when I got back.

Fortunately, the sticker showing my proof of insurance was at the field office and in about an hour a driver from there appeared with it and after showing it to the authorities and explaining the situation my car was released without any court appearance or fine. God is good – all the time! My first, and hopefully my last, run in with the police department ended on a good note.

We have been blessed to have Dr. Daniel and Carol Ketchum, the executive director of Nazarene Missions International, to be with us this week to preach our Holiness Week revival services. It has truly been a time blessed of God and we have seen our students respond to the call to be born again and to be filled with the Spirit of God in service after service. Beyond the service times, students have sought out Daniel and Carol throughout the days to receive private prayer and counseling from them and they have spoken in several of our classes as well.

It has been a very special time to have them with us once again. They had opened their home to us when we were in Kansas City for our mission training and now this reunion has been sweet. They leave tonight, but will be missed by many on this campus.

We have now finished our second week of classes for this trimester and I think we have settled in on our teaching schedules. Mary Jane is teaching the basic study skills class, which is required for all students, and I am teaching ministerial students Bible classes on the book of Revelation and Synoptic Gospels. We have had a great influx of religion students this trimester and have about doubled our department. We thank to Lord for that. We also thank all those who have been faithful to help provide scholarship funds for ANU. In days to come we are truly going to see many more people find a way to get a solid education in this part of the world.

More and more we are becoming fixtures around here. Each new semester brings new students who think we have been here forever. We are about to the point where many of the students who were here when we arrived will be graduating and those who will remain will not remember a time when we were not in place here. Time does pass quickly.

We drove into Nairobi on Tuesday night and spend some time at the home of an American Embassy official and watched the inauguration of Barack Obama on a large screen TV. There were a lot of Kenyans there as well and it is always quite interesting to see their reaction to everything Obama. They truly consider him one of their sons and cheer and applaud with pride and joy every time he would make any kind of reference to Kenya. I think it was a special time for Corey and Joe as well. They will have some stories to tell when they return home.

Well, there’s not lots more to tell at this point. We are doing well and enjoying wonderful weather (though a little more rain would be nice). We trust all is well where you are. Thanks for you support, interest, and prayers. Lord willing, we will be in touch next week.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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