One fun thing about living and working at Africa Nazarene University is when Nazarenes stop by.
Take the Work and Witness Team that visited us on Wednesday, for example.
These were energetic Nazarenes from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Colorado. They’d just finished 2 weeks working at a rural children’s center, helping with Vacation Bible School and assisting with the installation of a water system. They’d heard some of the good things that God is doing at ANU and decided to stop in and see for themselves.
Amy and I led part of the tour around campus. It was a reminder of all the Lord has done so far, but also that our best days lie ahead.
If you’ve ever passing through, stop by and see ANU. You, too, will be amazed at what has sprung up on the African plain.
The long rains (March-April-May) have still not come. Drought is spreading in Kenya, and with it frustrated farmers and food insecurity, especially in rurul areas. Please pray for steady rains, strong enough to water the earth but not so sudden as to cause flooding.
Thanks for those who prayed for us as we wrapped up the trimester. All grades are turned in, and we now have about 2 weeks break before the May trimester begins.
Ask the Lord to give rest to our faculty and students, and wonderful re-connection with family.
One of the great things about being at Africa Nazarene University is the extra events that we get to pop in on because they are happening on the campus. This last Sunday, we caught the end of the Women Extravaganza Launch for East Africa.
There was music.
There was speaking, preaching, and prayer.
There was communion for children and adults.
The part that gave me goosebumps was the march of flags. I always get goosebumps during the march of flags, but this was different and included an element that I wish could be incorporated at the General Assembly.
After marching in under their own flags, the ladies were instructed to exchange flags with another. This exchange was to acknowledge that the other nation is a part of the kingdom of God and to pledge to pray for that country. It was a moment of humility – recognizing that your own country needs the prayers and support of others. It was a moment of empowerment – we are responsible for others through our prayers. Amazing!
Please keep Greg and me in your prayers as we face a few super busy weeks even between the trimesters. I have a few weeks between classes for my doctorate and hope to make significant progress on my dissertation.
This week has been the face-to-face portion of “Current Moral Issues,” one of the courses in the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) program. I (Greg) have enjoyed getting to know Thomas and Neka, two of our Nazarene leaders from Ethiopia as we’ve discussed moral issues and what should be the church’s response to them.
The Church of the Nazarene is facing many challenges in their home country. Please pray that the Lord will be with our pastors as they preach the Gospel and the message of holiness, the call to love God and others.
This is exam tme. We (Amy and Greg) are marking many exam papers. Ask the Lord to give us stamina as we bring the trimester to a close.
I (Greg) am scheduled to travel soon to another African country to teach pastors. Pray that my visa will be granted and that the time away from ANU will be fruitful and impactful.
I (Amy) have not been getting out much lately, so I’ve been doing walkabouts on the campus. I’m happy to say that the birds are back. As I am in a statistics class right now, I won’t say the warmer temperatures are the cause. It seems likely though.
Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken in the past week.
And a few more…
Please pray for us and our students as final exams are nearly upon us all. Pray that we finish well.
Last Sunday morning, four babies were dedicated at the University Church of the Nazarene. Don’t you love watching and participating in this ritual? It’s such a happy and hopeful (not to mention, unpredictable) time.
In the afternoon, Greg was invited to preach at the French congregation that meets at the Ongata Rongai church. When Greg asked when the service would begin and end, he was told the service would last between 2:00-4:00 pm. Although it seemed rather precise for Africa, that is exactly what happened. Several Nazarene congregations share the sanctuary which means boundaries must be respected. Pastor Alice leads the French congregation. Grace Kabonga, an ANU student, provided excellent interpretation from French to English. After Greg preached, communion was served.
Stamina – We all need the stamina to finish the trimester well.
Greg is making travel plans for the upcoming weeks. Please pray that all goes smoothly.
Amy needs to be writing her dissertation. Please, pray that time and energy coincide (preferably not in the middle of the night), so she can make a good advancement.
Work and Witness teams have helped build many of the buildings at Africa Nazarene University. This week, a team from Ohio is helping finish off 6 flats at the MARSH – Master of Arts in Religion Student Housing, a complex not far from ANU’s campus. As units are completed, they will be made available to Nazarene families coming from outside Kenya who have relocated so one or both spouses can study to fulfil their call to full-time ministry.
Earlier in the day, they stopped by the ANU chapel, where we all heard an excellent sermon on Hebrews 12:1-2 by Rev Ernest Wamboye from a nearby evangelical church.
We’re grateful for the investment of Ohio Nazarenes in the ministry of Africa Nazarene University!
Ask the Lord to be with Greg as he finishes researching and writing a paper for the March 15-16 meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society in Washington, D.C.
Pray that God will send the right missionary educator to us to take up the role of full-time lecturer in the School of Religion and Christian Ministry. Contact Greg (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like a description of the position.
Pray for Amy as she interacts with many students in her English 101 classes. Final exams are just around the corner.