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.

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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 Amazon.com 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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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.