Update from Africa Nazarene University

March 20, 2009 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

Hello Spring Lovers! I hope it’s beautiful where you are!

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).

That verse could very easily have been written about Kenya. It is about as dry as I have ever seen it here and we wait (sometimes impatiently) for the long rainy season, which is overdue, to begin. The grass is basically gone and 10 million Kenyans are on the verge of starvation according to our local news reports. There are a lot of factors that figure into this crisis, but a lack of rain is one of them. It’s not the first drought to hit the country and probably won’t be the last, but it is certainly is sad to see.

There are only two weeks left before classes are over and the final exams begin. This becomes not only a time of increased pressure over the material that will be covered on the tests, but also for those who haven’t gotten their fees paid yet. No one will be allowed to sit for their exams that has not paid their school bill in full. Some wait for a miracle to happen and some have plans in place to take care of the shortfall, but every trimester there are those who get really stressed over this issue. We hope all will find a way to get their bills paid, but it is ultimately the responsibility of each student to cover the costs. That’s part of the educational experience no matter what part of the world one lives in.

There have been the regular duties of preaching and coordinating chapels and department events here and at the town campus, but I got an extra job this week. Our speaker for Thursday’s chapel cancelled and I got to fill the slot. It always a joy to speak to our students and staff, but usually I prefer a little longer head’s up to plan for it.

This weekend we will be attending a wedding of a colleague and Sunday I will be driving to Nakuru, in the Rift Valley, to meet up with Shangilia (our music group) and do a service in a church there. It’s always fun to meet new congregations and see new places, but it’s about a 2½-hour drive each way surrounding the two-hour service. That makes a pretty full day, especially when driving on Kenyan roads.

Mary Jane is staying busy trying to wrap up our travel plans for our US tour, teaching her class, and coordinating with incoming guests. We thought we would have everything settled for our trip by now, but things are rarely what they seem. Tickets have to be confirmed by Wednesday of next week so we should finally have those details behind us at that point. Then all we have to do is get the group ready and trust that all the needed money comes in. We are holding off until the last moment possible to allow a couple of students who didn’t make it through the visa process the first time to try one more time. We have to have our final count by Tuesday night, however. I think this is one of those projects that takes on a life and identity all of its own. We will be so glad to have done it, but on this side of the mountain it is quite a climb.

As soon as this trimester in over I begin teaching a class in Machakos, which is about a two-hour drive each way from here. Each class will be four hours a day, but fortunately they only last for two weeks. Following these classes we host a regional conference here on campus for a week and then it is time for the new student orientation and off we go again for another trimester. Come to think of it, getting on a plane and flying off is looking better and better…

Our houseguest students, Corey and Joe, are headed for Uganda this weekend. They are really making a lot of friends here as they study for the trimester and now they are going to expand their horizons a little more. I know they enjoy spreading their wings a little and making the most of their trip abroad. When they leave here after the trimester is over they will spend a month hiking through Europe. Oh, to be young and full of energy! There is a big part of me that would love to go with them.

We are continuing to add to our upcoming music tour, but I think our slate is now about as full as we can make it. Here is what it is at present…

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 6 Nashville, Tennessee Educational Foundation Meeting
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
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 15 Lenexa, Kansas Global Ministry Center Chapel
June 16 St. Louis, Missouri South County 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 General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene
July 5 (am) Pompano Beach, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
July 5 (pm) Venice, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
July 8 Redland, Florida Church of the Nazarene

Well, I’ve been informed that the Internet connections are going to be closed down for maintenance in a short time so I had better get this off. Thanks for your continued notes and prayers. We hope to be in touch again next week. Have a blessed weekend and Lord’s Day!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya
Weblog: https://randyandmaryjane.wordpress.com


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