Continuing on

Some weeks it is hard to figure out what to write. We are continuing on, but nothing startling or particularly interesting is happening. This was one of those weeks.

Greg is at the Global Theology Conference with many from the School of Religion and Christian Ministry from ANU. I am finishing a class in my Ed. D. program. We are nearing the end of a trimester, so grading and such is taking a large part of our time as term papers and projects are turned in. The rains are coming every day – usually at three o’clock. The weather is cold (for here).

We are getting ready for home assignment – contacting people, making plans, and packing.

The most fun thing was seeing the mongooses in the back yard this morning … until I remembered they are snake hunters. (For more about mongooses, click here)

So, until next week, thanks for praying for us in this busy season.

A few more pictures from this morning…

Rising African theologians

ASET Group photo March 2018

Greg has the honor of serving as Secretary for the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET), located here in Nairobi. The society brings together theology scholars from a number of Christian Universities mostly in Kenya, including Africa Nazarene University. We also had representatives from Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania, and South Africa.

This past weekend we gathered for our annual conference, with nearly 100 in attendance. Our theme this year was “God and Creation in Contemporary Theological Discourse.” It was wonderful to hear so many well-written papers, many investigating how we can take better care of God’s creation. Other papers examined the missio Dei (God’s mission) in our world, including a paper on prevenient grace that Greg was honored to research and present.

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The paper will be a chapter in a collection to be published in 2019 by The Foundry Press (formerly Nazarene Publishing House).

Available now for sale is Christianity and Suffering: African Perspectives (Langham, 2017) which contains many papers from our 2015 ASET Conference. It may be purchased via at this link


By purchasing the book, you will be supporting future ASET publications and learning more about the worldview of our African brothers and sisters in Christ.

For more information on the work of ASET and more photos from the conference, visit the ASET Facebook page located here.




Aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

ANU has three teams advancing to the regional level of the Hult Prize competition. One of the great things about working in the ANU community is the energy and enthusiasm of the students to fulfil the university motto: “What begins here changes the world.”

One team will present here in Nairobi. The other two will be going to Dubai and Cairo.  The “Kool Kibanda” team, who are headed to Dubai, visited my office looking for some support and I snapped the picture above.

The 2018 Hult Prize challenge is to improve the lives of 10 million people by harnessing the power of energy.

Gabriella Kisoi writes about their project:

Our project aims to create smart markets in developing countries by digitizing “kibandas” (traditional market stalls), by providing cold storage compartments within the stalls which will be majorly powered by solar energy. This can be customized according to the source of green energy that is most readily available in the market area (e.g., wind energy in markets near Ngong Hills). Not only will this increase the shelf-life of the perishable goods that fruit and vegetable vendors sell, but it will enable them to make use of this readily available energy for lighting so that they may work for longer hours and also charge phones – which will act as a new revenue stream. We call these digital stalls Kool Kibandas.

The Kool Kibanda team members are: Gabriella Kisoi, Nyambura Njoroge, Winnie Mashirima, Martin Yegon, and Cliffton Nyakundi.

Celebrate with us these young aspiring social entrepreneurs. Pray for their safety as they travel and that God will continue to inspire them with ideas to change their world for the better.

The scholar and the athlete

One is a scholar, the other, an athlete. Africa Nazarene University is home to both.

Andrew Ntabo is reading his way through my library. He can’t get enough of theology books. His goal? To be a lecturer one day. Meanwhile, he’s already active in ministry, serving as associate pastor at a church founded by his father and as Chair of the Christian Union and the Religion Students Association.

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Andrew Ntabo

Espérant Fumunguya’s gifts are athletic. He’s a guard on ANU’s champion men’s basketball team, where he also serves as chaplain. With the heart of an evangelist, this young man from the DRC is having an impact for Christ right here in Kenya.

Espérant Fumunguya

Different talents? Absolutely, but they serve the same God. As Dean of the School of Religion and Christian Ministry, I’m honored to be part of a team of mentors, helping them hone their gifts. And in the process, they’re teaching us what it means to sacrifice to fulfill one’s calling.

Thanks for praying for Andrew, Espérant and the other men and women the Lord is entrusting to us.



Loving the work

I love teaching! This trimester, I’ve been given two English classes to teach. Between them, I have 117 students to interact with each week. In addition to that, I am directing the Writing Lab. At chapel yesterday, students who had achieved academic honors were recognized. For the first time, I actually knew some of the students. I was thrilled.

The picture below is from a class activity. The week before the students had put the elements of an APA citation onto individual cards or pieces of paper. The next week, other students had to arrange the pieces in the proper order. They were very quick and efficient.


A friend said recently, “You don’t post many pictures on Facebook anymore.” It’s true. Between teaching and working on my Ed.D. classes at Trevecca, my leisure time is scarce. In fact, I should be getting back to correcting mid-terms to pass back to students on Friday.

Before I finish though, here is a recent picture taken on the way to the office…

Happy St. Valentine’s Day and Meaningful Lenten Season!

African scholarship…hot off the press

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Dr Crofford admires the new book edited by Prof Reed.

Professor Rodney Reed is a Nazarene missionary. He serves as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics at Africa Nazarene University.

After chapel last Tuesday, he came up to me with a big smile on his face.

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The book that he’s been editing has finally come off the press. Christianity and Suffering: African Perspectives (Langham, 2018) is a collection of papers given by various African scholars in 2015 at the conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology.

If you’re interested in the book, it’s available at in both hard copy and Kindle format.

Congratulations, Rod, on a job well-done!

Join us – ANU chapel

Today, we’ll look at an ANU chapel service from beginning to end.

Technically, this first picture (above) takes place before chapel begins. The worship team and others involved in the service, pray together.

As the students enter, the praise team is already setting the tone for the day. After a brief welcome, everyone joins in praise to God. Usually, several students take the lead in praise. The picture shows Chale Atikonda. (I will post a video on Facebook.)DSCN8225

Next, the preacher for the day speaks. On this day, it was Greg Crofford who spoke about marriage and sexuality. You can read his message here.


Finally, a response to the message is given – usually by the chaplain or assistant chaplain. On this day, Assistant Chaplain Shaun Bati led this time.


The response could be a recap, a requested student response, or a prayer. On this day, all three happened.

DVC Rod Reed prayed for all who were there to  hear the message – students and others.


After that, announcements are made. Chapel ends with everyone saying in unison a benediction based on 2 Cor 13:14: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Thanks for joining us at chapel.


On another note… I am still enjoying ANU’s birds, both big and small.