“Jesus” comes to ANU

Jesus Film team

The School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM) has launched an ANU “Jesus” film team. Its mission is “To reach our generation.”

In early September, team leader Rev. Fredrick Amolo and team members Chale Atikonda and Cecilia Kileteny attended a “Jesus” film three day training seminar. They will use what they learned to partner with the Christian Union and other student organizations to evangelize and disciple students both on campus and elsewhere in Nairobi and beyond, including high schools, orphanages, or churches, wherever they find an open door.

Atikonda testified: “Reaching out must be your passion, to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.” Kiliteny agreed. “I was happy that Rev. Amolo told me about this, and I am very ready to take the Gospel outside.”

For Amolo, the training was a refresher course. He has been extensively involved in the past using the “Jesus” film as a church planting tool. Amolo is also coordinator of the internship program in the Religion Department, so he saw the potential of using the “Jesus” film as a way for religion students to get hands-on ministry experience. “This is part of our students’ training. We are mentoring our ministers,” Amolo noted.

Beyond showing the “Jesus” film, the team plans to launch a Sunday evening student mission on campus. This will provide a forum for spiritual growth when students are back on campus following a weekend away.

Holiness Week!

Rev. Ronald Miller heads a team from South Africa and the United States that is leading throughout Holiness Week(s). The team includes  LoReal Burton, Makabongwe Makabee Vena, Wesley Parry, Thabang Letlabika, Jairo Maldonado , and Chrissy Maldonado. This week they are leading at the main campus. Next week, they will be at the downtown campus. The team is working well with the ANU worship and drama team.

I don’t want to write too much about the sermon topics or special presentatons because they will be presented again next week. Let’s just say that excitement is in the air. The Spirit of God is at work. As Ronald said on Tuesday, “There is no person in this place that God doesn’t want to speak to.”

Please pray for Ronald, the team, and the ANU community as we finish this week and head into next week.

On a personal note, I started my doctoral classes at Trevecca tonight. Please, keep me in your prayers as I start this journey.

To close… the beauty of ANU.

Bring the books

books.JPGPaul asked Timothy:  “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13, ESV). 

Today, a truck brought the books. There were numerous boxes shipped in a large container, sent from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs (USA). Christian Literature for Africa (CLA) sorted and boxed the books, then sent them on their way to Kenya.

Some of these scholarly books will be distributed to area Bible Colleges. The rest will be housed in ANU’s main and downtown campus libraries, assisting the research of students from several Schools at the University, but especially the School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM). In the photo (L to R), Greg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics)  Prof Rod Reed, Librarian Elizabeth Yegon, Dr Russ Frazier,and Vice-Chancellor Prof Leah Marangu show off some of the volumes. We’re accompanied by various other administrators and SRCM faculty. Behind us are the stacks of boxes, all bursting with printed resources.

GOD HAS BLESSED US. THANK YOU, NBC AND CLA, FOR YOUR WONDERFUL GIFT!

 

Taking action

University Church had been using Greg’s book, Mere Ecclesiology, for the adult Sunday school class. The week that Jane Mutoime led the discussion, it was decided that the church would form an environmental committee. Last Sunday, the committee met for the first time and plans were made for a comminty outreach. There will be a clean up and some instruction about the environment. I love when the chuch goes into action! DSCN7595

The Friends of ANU now has a Facebook page. Check it out, like it, share it.

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofANU/

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You know you attend a university church when all but a handful of people come forward when the pastor asks who will be attending school in September. Greg was asked to pray for the group that included little ones entering school for the first time to those getting graduate degrees.

Mowing in the opposite direction

Pushmower1Summer as a boy always meant cutting grass. No, our mower wasn’t as old-fashioned as the one in this photo. It was motorized. But whatever your type of mower, the conventional wisdom stands: Once in a while, change your mowing pattern. Mow in the opposite direction.

Amy and I have been doing just that during our 2-week leave. We’ve been doing things that there’s rarely time to do in the middle of a hectic trimester.

Yesterday, we went to the Nairobi National Park. It pays to go at sunrise, so at 6:20 a.m., we rolled through the gates, armed with our matching crimson Nikon Coolpix  L820’s. Since we enjoy birds, many of our photos were of various species, including this strutting Secretary bird:

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But the find of the day had no wings, and it defiantly blocked our path. A lioness lay on the road as if to say: “You shall not pass.”

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When we looked to the left in the brush, much to our astonishment, here’s what we saw:

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Not pictured were three other lion cubs, for a total of six juvenile simbas. (Fierce mother of six? This is sounding vaguely familiar…)

God’s creation is amazing. We’re glad to live so close to a game park, just a 20 minute drive. Don’t forget to take advantage of the amazing things where you are. Once in a while, slow down. Change your routine. Mow your lawn in the other direction.

Prayer requests

We’re back to work on Monday. Pray for the students who will be returning to campus or coming for the first time, that God will give them safe travels, provide for school fees and help them adjust to University life. Ask the Lord especially to visit us during our chapel times, that Africa Nazarene University can truly be a place of spiritual growth and transformation.


 

Image credit

Push mower: By GURoadrunner (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

Secretary Bird and lions: Greg Crofford

Staycation 2017

What, you ask, do missionaries do on a staycation?

Look at the pictures and you’ll know our answer…

We have fun with hobbies. We joined Nature Kenya last fall, but this drizzily morning was our first chance to go birding. Fleur, the leader, has been participating in or leading the Wednesday Bird Walks since 1971! She is super fun, feisty, and knowledgeable. Most of the group were Kenyans who care about the environment. Some have been doing the bird walk weekly for years.

I am also doing some embroidery, a.k.a. thread painting. As you can see I am simply using floss to cover an already printed placemat.

Greg is having fun on NazNet which is now hosted on Facebook  as “NazNet General Discussion”, “NazNet Pastors”, and “NazNet Theology”. If you’re Nazarene, come sit at the table and join the conversation.

We read (this is just a sampling), eat chocolate, and watch DVDs.

We visit local tourist sites. The littlest giraffe (picture – top) at the Giraffe Center was only 5 days old! When one of the workers saw that we had completed the wooden puzzle, he gave us a high five. Apparently, it isn’t completed very often. The real reason we went was to hike  the forest trail. We seemed to have strayed and ended up hiking for more than an hour. We started on Ndege Trail and after following some narrow paths and pushing little tree branches out of the way we ended on Jocks Trail. It was relaxing.

We also try new recipes and bake. Generally, we hang out together. We have plans to do other local things in the days to come. Hopefully. we will be able to check off everything on our to-do list. (Yes, we even make a to-do list for staycations.)

Please, keep praying for peace in Kenya. BBC News from today.

Home Assignment 2018

We are gearing up for Home Assignment 2018.

If you notice that we will be on your district, contact your deputation coordinator to see if we can come to your church. We are also available for meetings with individuals or small groups for meals and fun get-togethers.

If you would like to schedule us for an open week, particularly if you are in the northeast, contact Amy at gregamyc@gmail.com with the suggested dates.

Here is our schedule so far:

  • April 16 – Fly to the US
  • April 21- 29 am – Indianapolis (IN) District tour
  • April 29 pm – Montana Avenue Church of the Nazarene (Cincinnati, OH)
  • May 4-18 – Maine District tour
  • May 19-30 – New England District tour
  • June 3-24 – open
  • June 25-July 1 am – Mid-Atlantic District Family Camp
  • July 2- July 8 – Upstate New York Family Camp
  • July 9-15 – vacation (Maryland)
  • July 16-31 – open
  • August 1 – fly back to Nairobi, Kenya

Note – one of the “open” weeks will be vacation, but we are waiting to see how the schedule fills.

Please pray that the schedule will fill in and that we will have a vehicle to use at little to no cost while we are in the US.

Please pray for the elections in Kenya on August 8 to be peaceful and transparent.

And now a few pictures from August at ANU…