Making music

DSCN7798This term, I’m teaching the “Church Music and Worship” class to a handful of our religion major undergrads. The class is mostly online, but has a few face-to-face sessions as well.

We had a special guest with us. Mr John Case is here with his pastor for the ANU “Holiness Week,” and is playing his guitar in chapel. He visited our class and led us in a couple of worship choruses, then gave his testimony and answered questions. John attends the Crosspointe Church of the Nazarene in Salisbury, Maryland.

Today, we learned some basic music theory. It was fun clapping our hands to the rhythm and learning the difference between whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eigth notes, and sixteenth notes. Or, as they’re called here, semi-breves, minimes, crochets, quavers, and semi-quavers.

Our goal is for pastors to have an appreciation for music, whatever their own native music ability might be.

This is the first time I’ve ever taught such a class, and am finding it fun!

This week

This week has been interesting for both Greg and me even though we are not spending it together.

Greg is at ANU strategy meetings. Can you find him?Strategy-34-of-47

Read more about it here and say a prayer for the group. http://www.anu.ac.ke/5289/strategy-session-kicks-off-2018-2022/

I began teaching ENG 101 at ANU today.  Pictured below are a few of my students writing the diagnostic essay that wil help me evaluate where they are starting their university journey as it relates to English.

One student after the session told me she could not hold an English conversation. After we talked for about ten minutes I noticed a tear coming down her cheek. As she wiped it away, she whispered, “Was that me just then?” I asked her what she meant and she said we had carried on a long conversation and she had not faltered or felt flustered. She felt nearly fluent. I love teaching!

Tomorrow, I start teaching ENG 102.

Thanks for your prayers for Greg and me, this week and always.

Merry Christmas!

DSCN0380Over the weekend, Greg sang in the Nairobi Music Society’s Christmas concert. (I do have a video, but cannot put it in this post. I will put it in the comments under this post on Facebook.) Concert weeks are always a little hectic because of extra rehearsals and, of course, the concerts.

I (Amy) am working on the two classes that I have been assigned to teach beginning in January – English 101: English Structure and Usage and English 102: Academic Writing. Please keep me in your prayers as I begin as a university lecturer next month!

Greg is putting the finishing touches on several courses at various levels that he will be teaching in the upcoming months. He seems to be enjoying the preparation for the church music and worship class that had previouly been taught by Daryll and Verna Stanton.

We won’t plan to post again to Croffords in Kenya until January, so we wish you a

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Key rings on the Christmas tree

 

We’ve been blessed to live in seven different countries: the U.S., France, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Haiti, South Africa, and Kenya. Each country has its own charm, and its own challenges.

At Christmas time, we rehearse memories from each stop on the journey. We do this by hanging inexpensive key rings purchased at Presidential libraries, museums, or tourist sites.

DSCN7533It’s a tradition that never grows old, even if we ourselves are getting older!

What Christmas traditions do you celebrate?

Wrapping up the trimester

 

We’re putting the finishing touches on Trimester 1, marking exams, submitting grades, and getting ready for the next trimester. Amy will be teaching English to first year students, and Greg will continue with his “Christian Beliefs” class plus three online courses, in addition to his duties as Dean of the School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM) and Coordinator of the PhD (Religion).

Goodbye to the Stantons, hello to……..?

We said our final goodbyes this week to Dr Daryll and Mrs Verna Stanton, who headed back to the U.S after 35 years of missionary service in Africa, including 20 years at ANU. With the retirement of Dr Stanton, pray that the Lord will provide the right PhD qualified missionary to come serve in the SRCM with us as as a theological educator.

 

Promoting ANU

ACK St John Chrysostom November 26 2017L to R: Pauline Abogo, Dr Greg Crofford, Dennis Muthee, Chale Atikonda, Cecilia Kiliteny, Andrew Ntabo

On the last Sunday of November, Greg and a team from ANU’s School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM)  visited the Anglican Church of Kenya (St John Chrysostom Parish) in Nairobi in order to promote the programs of Africa Nazarene University. The church’s pastor is Rev Ken Aringo.

The team took part in both morning services. Dennis Muthee preached in the youth service. Greg preached a holiness message in the main service. The students sang in both services and talked with congregants afterwards.

This was the first ANU promotion in an Anglican church for this team. The SCRM is trying to recruit new students not only for their department, but for ANU generally.  Lessons were learned as they reflected on the day, but generally the experience was positive and successful.

If you are local (in Kenya) and would like a team to come to your church, contact Greg to see if and when that could happen in 2018.

If you are not local, please pray for this promotional team and others that will follow.

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Meanwhile, back at our beautiful campus, we have birds, bees and blooms

 

Meet Alfred Wakesa

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                               Alfred Wakesa

In September, I flew to the States for a conference and spoke in a nearby Nazarene church afterwards. Before the trip, needing a  video about ANU,  I stopped by our PR office. That’s  where I met Alfred Wakesa.

 

Alfred began attending ANU in 2007. He had to take a few years out but came back not long ago and finished up his course work. Last month, he graduated from ANU with a B.A. in Mass Communications and Broadcast. In January, he plans to enroll either in the M.A. (Communications) or MBA (Monitoring and Evaluation).

Today, Alfred stopped up to the School of Religion and Christian Ministry, or SRCM as we call it for short. He’ll be working with us on our new Facebook page (please visit the page and like it!) Between our social media strategizing, he shared a few insights about his walk with Christ.

Alfred grew up in the church but credits his deepening in faith to ANU mass com lecturer Mr Macharia, who became a spiritual mentor to him. When I asked Alfred what difference ANU has made in his life, he offered:

ANU has shaped my character and helped me be a leader in my professional life as well as my personal life.

Thank you for your faithful giving and prayers, which allow Amy and me to fufill our missionary calling here at ANU, working alongside talented individuals like Alfred. It’s an honor to serve at a University where students receive not only a first-rate education but also find a place that nurtures a closer relationship with the Lord.

 

 

 

 

Giving Thanks

We are thankful for so many things this week, but I’ll limit the post to three.

First, we have had abundant rain. Thank you for praying for it; you can probably stop.

DSCN9667Second, we celebrated the missionary service of Daryll and Verna Stanton at chapel on Tuesday. Vice Chancellor Bhebhe challenged the students, “I wouldn’t be Nazarene if I didn’t say that God is still calling missionaries.”

There will be a few more celebratory events in the days ahead before the Stantons’ departure in early December.

If you would like to have the Stantons speak at your church as they do their year-long victory lap stateside, contact Daryll at dstanton@anu.ac.ke

Third, the Wash-Pac Work & Witness team is making an impact here. They are involved in a myriad of projects all over the campus. They have learned about local bees and visited the apiary. They have eaten local foods.  They even have a snake story. One thing I think all could agree on is that Work & Witness is a stretching experience.