Update from Africa Nazarene University

March 6, 2009 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Happy Friday!

“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24).

I hope this has been a good week for you. Once again I bid a warm welcome to our new readers and trust that this little endeavor of missions communication will be a blessing to you where you are.

I was mistakenly informed that last week Pastor Gift Mtukwa and Dr. Rod Reed would be speaking at the First Church of the Nazarene in Anderson, Indiana on Sunday morning (March 1). It was the right church, but the wrong city. They were in Huntington, Indiana. My apologies go to the folks around Anderson who showed up hoping to meet our friends. Thanks for making the effort anyway.

Last Sunday we took our choir to St. Michael’s Anglican Church on the southern edge of Ongata Rongai. The choir sounded wonderful and it was a privilege to be associated with them. I got to preach in English (without an interrupter) to a packed house and Mary Jane taught a group of 30 pre-teens under the trees outside. It was a good day and a wonderful way to begin the Lenten season. The pageantry was a little different from what I am used to, but I really enjoyed the change and getting to see another view of our Christian family.

On Thursday we made a trip to Nairobi to pay the visa fees for our choir. You have to go to a bank to pay for the visas, get receipts, and then take the receipts to the American Embassy. We paid for twenty-two students, trusting that they all will make the cut to go. We did paperwork back in the office until about 9:00 p.m. and now hopefully everything is ready for the big trip.

This morning we load the bus at 6:00 and make our way to the American Embassy for visa interviews with our student singers. Having never been through this process before we have no idea of what to expect. I do imagine that we will be there for the day. I don’t know whether we will have to wait hours, days, or weeks to find out who gets permission to travel to the US, but we will do what we have to do. We request your prayers that the visas will be processed without delay and then that we will be able to find airline tickets that will fit within our budget. The Lord has opened so many doors already and we are confident that He will continue to make a way as we continue to trust Him to do so.

It looks as though we are going to be in the states for a week longer than we had originally planned in order for us to get the best flight price. So, if you know of anyone who is interested in having our choir come to their church before, after, or during the 4th of July weekend we may have time available. Just drop me a line and we will see what works into the schedule. Since we will be finishing our tour in Florida we really need to focus on the southeast as much as possible.

Our slate for the tour is as follows:

May 28 – Leave Nairobi, Kenya
May 29 – Arrive in Indianapolis, Indiana
May 30 – Northeastern Indiana District Missionary Convention
May 31 (am) – Anderson, Indiana Southdale Church of the Nazarene
May 31 (pm) – Northeastern Indiana District Campmeeting
June 2-3 – Georgia District Missionary Convention
June 7 (am) – Gallatin, Tennessee First Church of the Nazarene
June 7 (pm) – Louisville, Kentucky Farmdale Church of the Nazarene
June 9 – New Albany, Indiana Christ Community 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 Missionary 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–July 1 – Orlando, Florida General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene
July 1-8 (still open)
July 9 – Leave USA for Kenya

Well, this is going to be a short letter because it’s 4:15 a.m. and it’s going to be a long day. As soon as we find out something about our visas I will send out a brief news bulletin. Hopefully, we can rejoice together.

Have a great weekend and a blessed Lord’s Day! Till later…

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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