Update from Africa Nazarene University

May 22, 2009 at 10:33 am 4 comments

Hello from the flatlands of northeastern Indiana!

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1).

That’s a good proverb for me these days. While while working through the process of arranging things for the choir trip and my Commercial Driver’s License I have found a few unexpected turns in the road, but all seems to be working out. It’s just a process that I have to keep after.

On Monday I made it through my medical physical; on Tuesday and Wednesday I finished my written exams and received my CDL permit. Now today at 2:30 (EST) I take my skills test and driving test. Once I get past those I can go back to the license branch and receive my official CDL certification. It doesn’t seem like it should involve this much preparation and red tape, but I guess that is what the process requires.

It has been great to be with my family during this time. I’ve been able to mow Mom’s grass and go to church with her on Sunday. Our son, Rick (and his faithful canine companion, Munchie), will be coming over from Ohio after church on Sunday and spend the Memorial Day holiday with us. I haven’t seem him since last year and it will be wonderful to be together again. I am able to talk daily on the phone with our daughter, Toni, and we are enjoying reunion moments

The weather started off cool at the first of the week, but now has moved into the 80 degree range and we have lots of beautiful sunshine. I’ve been walking my old three-mile running course in the mornings. It’s amazing that what I used to run in sixteen minutes now takes me nearly fifty. Such is the joy of “maturing.” Still, I am enjoying the walks and getting reaquainted with my hometown.

One week from today Mary Jane and the Shangilia Choir will be on Indiana soil. I pick them up at the airport on Thursday night and whisk them off to Shiloh Park, the Church of the Nazarene’s Northeastern Indiana Campgrounds near Marion. I know they will be tired and feeling the effects of jetlag, but I also know they are going to be so excited to begin taking in all the sights, sounds, smells, foods, and experiences of life in the USA. We have six wonderful weeks of new adventures waiting for them.

Here is our USA tour slate. By this time next week we will be into it.

May 27-28 – Leave Nairobi, Kenya and travel through Dubai and NYC to Indianapolis, Indiana
May 28 – School Convocation, tour, and lunch at Pendleton East Elementary School
May 29 – Northeastern Indiana District Missions Convention
May 30 (am) – Anderson, Indiana Southdale Church of the Nazarene
May 30 (pm) – Northeastern Indiana District Campmeeting
June 2-3 – Georgia District Missions Convention
June 6 – Nashville, Tennessee, Tour of Trevecca Nazarene University / Education Foundation Meeting / Recording session in Trevecca’s Music Studio
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 – Lunch and tour of Olivet Nazarene University / Chicago Central District Missions Convention
June 14 (am) – Kansas City, Missouri First Church of the Nazarene
June 14 (pm) – Olathe, Kansas College Church
June 15 – Lenexa, Kansas, Chapel and tours of the Global Ministry Center and Mid-America Nazarene University
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 – 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 – Redlands, Florida Church of the Nazarene
July 9 – Leave Miami, Florida and travel back to Nairobi, Kenya via NYC and Dubai

As you can see, it’s going to be a busy time. Though my main job is to be the bus driver and group sponser, it’s going to be an equal labor of love to show off our country to them. Thank you so much to all who are opening their churches, homes, and hearts to this wonderful group of young people. You are making the dream of their lifetime come true.

We will have music CD’s to sell as we travel along the way and the students are bringing a variety of Kenyan crafts, jewelry, and misc stuff to sell to help them have some spending money here. These will be available as supplies last.

By the way, ANU has been in Holiness Week revival services this week. God has been doing a wonderful thing in the lives of our students. Mary Jane told me that in Thursday’s service nearly 150 students went forward in response to our evangelist’s invitation for Christ. We praise God for what He is doing and will do as the week closes out today.

Well, that’s about all I have to pass along at this time. I hope to be in touch again next Friday. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Randy and Mary Jane James
Africa Nazarene University
Nairobi, Kenya

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Update from Africa Nazarene University

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  • 1. Edna Smith  |  June 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I just got back from the Georgia Missionary convention where I was priviledged to hear the Shangilia Singers, and what a blessing they were. I bought a CD which I plan to share with our local congregation, although they will enjoy the music from the CD, they can’t see the glow on these young people faces as they sing for the glory of God.

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  • 2. Joe Muthiani  |  October 27, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Hi Uncle Randy, we really miss you and Aunt Jannie. May God bless the works of your hands, and thanks for taking such good care of us during the US tour. We appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts

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    • 3. robert  |  January 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      thanks so much what you did for the shangilia singers can never be erased anywhere or anytime, you see even two years after i seen it and it was marvelous. God bless.

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  • 4. Kirunga Dorcas  |  January 31, 2011 at 9:59 am

    This brought back so many sweet memories. It was definitely a trip to reckon and would do it all over again in a heart beat. Uncle Randy and aunt Jenny, you truly were a blessing and we/i sure do miss you……

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