Update from Africa Nazarene University

April 3, 2009 at 7:07 am Leave a comment

Hello from the Maasai plains of Kenya!

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners¾of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life” (I Timothy 1:15-16).

This Sunday, Palm Sunday, begins the most precious week of the year for the Christian faith. I hope that it is a time of serious reflection for each of you and a time when the grace of God and the sacrifice of God will become more real to you than ever before.

Final exams are underway and now the students get the opportunity to show what they have learned and the teachers get the opportunity to see how good a job they have done in preparing them. These exams will go on until the 17th of the month and each one lasts from two to three hours. Tension is in the air since 60% of the final grade comes from this one test, but relief comes afterwards along with a sense of accomplishment and the joy of knowing that the trimester break is just ahead.

We had a little bit of excitement here on Tuesday. At about 6:00 p.m. I was down at our house when all of a sudden there was a loud explosion. Almost immediately my phone rang and it was my neighbor (Nancy Pitts) asking me what had happened and I didn’t have any more idea than she did. Shortly afterward though we found out that the water heater in the Cashman Men’s Dorm exploded, tearing out a rock wall, shattering windows as far away as the girls dorm (about 150 feet) and sending chunks of wood flying in all directions. The amazing thing about it was that not one person was injured even slightly. The guys in Cashman may have to do without hot water in their showers for a while (but if you are not the first ones in line you have that anyway), but other than that things will continue on as normal until all repairs are made. How grateful we are to the Lord for His protecting hand over our student body. ANU certainly is holy ground!

Mary Jane led our Shangilia Singers into our mass communication studio for several hours this week to produce a CD that we can take to the US with us when we go. We will produce about 500 of them to take with us for sale and hopefully they will be a blessing and an extension of our ministry after we have returned to Africa. The students are also bringing some of their handcrafts (necklaces, jewelry, Massai souvenirs, etc.) to sell to anyone who may be interested in African wear. The proceeds will give them a little spending money in the States since most of what they have has been put toward their plane tickets.

Last Sunday my nephew, Corey, and I went to school – to Kitisuru Boys High School (a boarding school) to share in a church service with about 190 boys. I don’t think Corey will forget it quickly. The Kenyan style of worship is vastly different from what we have in the States, as are the facilities that it is held in. Still, when I got an opportunity preach, the students were attentive and a good number of them sought Christ at the close of the service. God is good and getting to share His Good News in places like this are some of the highlights that I will remember long after our time here is over.

Beginning Monday of next week I move off campus to the city of Machakos, which is about two hours away. I will be spending the next two-weeks teaching a Christian Beliefs class to a group of teachers who are trying to get their bachelor’s degrees. Teachers here are not yet required to have education degrees, though the country is moving that direction. ANU is helping to make that dream come true for them. So, I will be out of touch most of the next two weeks since I won’t have Internet access, but will be home on the weekends. Hopefully, all will be quiet on the home front and no news will be good news. Mary Jane will be checking the email, however, and can pass on to me anything that I need to respond to.

Just a word to say how grateful we are to all who have been a part of the ANU Nazarene Student Scholarship Fund. To date, nearly $49,000 has been received and the amount continues to grow monthly. For all of those who were contributors to the first year of giving and those who are taking part this year we say a big, “God bless you!” In September we will be starting to give out the interest off this account and we are going to see some very happy students for years to come. Once again we are seeing what difference a little can make in the life of others when the Lord blesses the gift. I pray He will bless the giver in like manner.

Have a wonderful Palm Sunday! Say “Hallelujah!” and wave a palm branch wherever you are. The King of kings is in our midst! Bwana asifiwe!!! Asante Yesu! (Praise the Lord! Thank you, Jesus!)

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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