Holiness Week with Flora Mwikali

Holiness week has begun on the LTMarangu Campus. The praise team led in worship before the special speaker was introduced.

Flora Mwikali shared a sketch of her personal story including a brief description of hiding in the fields to avoid a father who “came home to fight.” God called her to preach soon after she prayed for salvation, but she ran from the call. God pursued her. Finally, she accepted. She felt led to help girls escape trafficking and abuse in her home area. She began with what she had – her rent. The ministry grew. Now the New Scent Centre has supporters, a school, and the New Scent Grace Chapel. Flora’s father has also accepted Christ and is a faithful attendee at the Chapel.

Flora told the ANU students that if Jesus leads, they won’t need to ask for directions because he knows the way to fullness of life.

Learn more about Flora’s ministry by clicking here.

Please pray for Flora as she shares at this campus this week and the downtown campus next week.


On a different note… I was happy to see the upgrade happening on the basketball court.

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Nothing says “welcome” like chai

 

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We welcomed our new ministerial students yesterday. L to R: Nathanael, Thomas, Mercy, Robinson, Joshua, and Dr Crofford

 

It’s a new trimester at Africa Nazarene University. After several weeks with a quiet campus over the Christmas and New Year’s break, it’s fun to see the campus buzzing again with the talk and laughter of students, faculty, and staff — going to class, playing sports, worshiping in chapel, attending clubs and meetings, and a dozen other activities one would expect on the campus of a Christian University.

Yesterday afternoon, in the SRCM (School of Religion and Christian Ministry), we drank “chai” (Swahili word for tea) and enjoyed a snack together to welcome our new and returning students. Around the circle, rather than having each person introduce himself or herself, we broke into pairs and introduced our partner to everyone else. It’s exciting to see who the Lord is entrusting to us for ministerial formation, and to play our part (however modest) in shaping the next generation of clergy for Africa.

Prayer Requests

Please ask the Lord to provide for financial needs for our ministerial students. It’s ¬†always a challenge for them to underwrite their school fees.

Remember Kenyan families in a time of grief following a terrorist attack on a Nairobi hotel that left 14 dead.

Amy continues to progress in her online EdD program through Trevecca Nazarene Uninversity. Ask the Lord to help her as she balances her studies and teaching duties.

Pray for Greg’s work-life balance as he attends to his many responsibilities – teaching, administration, and required research.

 

A bit of Christmas…in the mail

 

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They say Christmas cards are a dying tradition. I guess our LINKS churches didn’t get the memo, and we’re glad they didn’t!

Today, we received a stack of colorful Christmas cards with thoughtful greetings inside. It’s wonderful to be remembered at this time of year.

THANKS!

Prayer requests

Ask the Lord to help us finish well. We’re almost done marking exams.

This weekend, I (Greg) will sing 2nd tenor in two Christmas concerts with the Nairobi Music Society. It’s always a lot of fun, and gives me a chance to rub shoulders with others outside the University setting. The words of so many of the songs we’ll sing are powerful. Ask the Lord to use them to touch the hearts of those who need Him most.

 

 

 

Timing

Exam week is exhausting. Invigilating (proctoring for Americans) a two-hour exam in Helstrom Hall requires not only watching the students, but it also involves walking between the rows of desks several times and keeping an eye out for students who may need to ask a question.

When one of my Muslim students entered the hall, I told her I liked her scarf, but I was surprised because it was the first time I had ever seen her without the full headpiece. She said the morning had been a bit hectic. Later, as she turned in her exam, she explained that she had three exams that day. Undergraduate exams are government mandated to be valued at 60% of the course grade. Imagine the stress she was under! I thought what horrible timing.

Then, I was headed home for lunch after the exam and I had great timing to catch these pictures.

All this thinking about timing reminded me of a song Greg used to sing in Eastern Nazarene College‘s A Capella Choir – “My Times Are in Thy Hands”. (Click here to hear an A Capella alumni choir sing the song.)

This reminded me of the Christmas concert that he will sing with the Nairobi Music Society this coming weekend.

Timing may not be everything, but it is important.

Prayer requests:

Please pray as we mark exams (see the featured photo) and wrap up the trimester.

Pray also for Amy’s doctoral work which is intense at the moment.

Update on Carlos

Carlos.JPGLast home assignment, one of the Africa Nazarene University students whose story I told was Carlos Rwebogora.

As you’ll recall, Carlos was a student in my “Christian Beliefs” course. I saw Carlos at University Church of the Nazarene last Sunday. We chatted for a few minutes to catch up.

Carlos graduated from ANU in October with his Bachelor’s in counseling psychology. He’s now in the middle of a 3 month internship at Mathari Hospital here in Nairobi. Carlos is working in the psychotherapy unit, counseling those going through drug rehabilitation or patients diagnosed with HIV-AIDS.

When we were on home assignment last summer, many of you prayed that God would guide Carlos about where he should pursue his Master’s degree. Well, that decision is made. In January, he will begin his Master’s in Counseling Psychology right here at Africa Nazarene University. He doesn’t know yet whether he will specialize in family therapy or drug rehabilitation, but he still plans to return to his home in northern Tanzania and serve his people there.

It’s enouraging to see how God is using ANU to help young people like Carlos fulfill God’s calling on their lives. And thank you for your prayers for the faculty at ANU as we play our part.

Prayer requests…and other news

Next week is the beginning of a two week final exam period at ANU. Greg will be the Chief Examinations Officer for Week 1 here at the main campus (L.T. Marangu). Both Amy and Greg will be marking exams for large classes.

Amy is busy entering data from questionnaires students filled out in chapel, related to her EdD disssertation topic.

Today is Thanksgiving. We’re grateful to be joining with our missionary family for a turkey feast! God is good.

 

 

Thankfulness

We are thankful for friends that we have made on the journey. Two of these friends are Jim and Colleen Copple. I (Amy) first got to know Jim on a trip to the refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Later, I was able to tag along on a trip to Kiatine where people were dealing with intense food deprivation because of a drought. Conversations with Jim and Colleen are always challenging as they share what God is doing through their various ministries and the incredible people of faith with whom they partner.

Many years ago, the women in Kiatine, chosen as being among the neediest and most trustworthy, were given food to last a month for themselves and those of their household. Yet, when we went back after two weeks they acknowledged that the food was gone. They, facing starvation, gave the food away to neighbors. Echoing the principle of the second great commandment, they asked, “What would Jesus have us do?”

Currently, Jim and Colleen have many projects going simultaneously. They are still working with those facing hunger as well as with an ANU doctoral student, Flora Mwikali, and her rescue center for girls who have been victims of human trafficking or sexual abuse. As you watch this video produced by Nashville First Church, note that the price of 100 Kenyan shillings is equivalent to one US dollar.

This Thanksgiving, count your blessings: drinkable running water from the tap, toilets in your home, food on the table, and so many more.

Be thankful also for friends from your journey and the insights and challenges that they bring that allow you to continue to grow in your faith and understanding of the heart of God for the less fortunate.

Prayer requests:

Pray for Jim and Colleen’s work around the world. Learn more at their website. http://servantforge.org/

Pray for the ANU students entering the stressful time of final exams.

Pray for safe travels for all who will be returning to their homes for the holidays.

A few pictures – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (at the mall).