Update from Africa Nazarene University

April 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Greetings from ANU! Jambo! (Hello!)

“But you beloved, building yourself up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21 NKJV).

It is another beautiful day one degree south of the equator in central Kenya. We have even had a couple of wonderful rain showers since last week and though we still have a long way to go to get past the drought we are so grateful for the moisture we have received. The rain brings lots of things: the greening of grass, a drop in the temperature, and lots of bugs – which greatly pleases the many variety of birds that gather here. We have a small hard shell bug that continually finds its way all throughout the house, however. They crunch when we step on them and if we don’t pick them up afterwards they draw ants – and so it goes.

We just finished our Africa Region Leadership Conference. Around 300 district superintendents, field strategy coordinators, and other general and regional leaders have graced our campus for a week of very busy and long days of planning, instruction, and inspiration. Most are gone by now, but though we are both about as tired as we can be, Mary Jane and I have been blessed greatly by rubbing shoulders with some of God’s special and gifted servants. We can hopefully crash for a while later today and tomorrow so we can be ready to get back to work on Monday. Mary Jane has been the campus logistics coordinator for this event and she has pushed herself about as far as she can go. If you know her you know that she always runs in first gear – and usually winds it out to about 9000 rpm. Though I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, I predict she will be looking at the inside of her eyelids for the next couple of days.

Tomorrow we lose our houseguests as well. Corey Buttry (our nephew) and Joe Ladesic have been with us since January and have completed their trimester of studies here at ANU. They have gotten to see a lot more of Africa than we have and now they are off to Europe to hike for a month before they travel back to the USA and their families. We appreciate these special young men and are grateful to have had some time with them. The house will certainly seem empty when they are gone.

We are now about a month away from beginning our tour with our students. The schedule for our travels is as follows:

May 27 – Leave Nairobi for the USA (via Dubai and New York)
May 28 – Arrive in Indianapolis, Indiana
May 30 – Northeastern Indiana Mission Convention (Marion, Indiana)
May 31 (am) – Anderson, Indiana Southdale Church of the Nazarene
May 31 (pm) – Northeastern Indiana Camp Meeting (Marion, Indiana)
June 2-3 – Georgia District Mission Convention (Dublin, Georgia)
June 6 – Education Foundation Meeting (Nashville, Tennessee)
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 Mission Convention (Kankakee, Illinois)
June 14 (am) – Kansas City, Missouri First Church of the Nazarene
June 14 (pm) – Olathe, Kansas College Church of the Nazarene
June 15 – Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center (Lenexa, Kansas)
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-July 1 – Church of the Nazarene General Assembly (Orlando, Florida)
July 5 (am) – Pompano Beach, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
July 5 (pm) – Venice, Florida First Church of the Nazarene
July 8 – Redlands, Florida Church of the Nazarene
July 9 – Leave Miami, Florida for Nairobi, Kenya (via New York and Dubai)

I am actually getting closer than the choir to my departure date. I leave for the USA on May 13 and begin the process of getting my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) so I will be qualified to drive the bus for the team. My main focus over the next two-week is to prepare myself for this series of tests. Whoops! I just got a text message telling me that I have to attend a faculty workshop on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. I guess I’ll have to squeeze in CDL study when I can.

Well, I’d better use my time wisely and get with the program. I trust that the Internet will stay up and I will be in touch next week. Have a blessed weekend!

Kwa herini (Goodbye)!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya


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