Rituals we do

Last Sunday morning, four babies were dedicated at the University Church of the Nazarene. Don’t you love watching and participating in this ritual? It’s such a happy and hopeful (not to mention, unpredictable) time.

In the afternoon, Greg was invited to preach at the French congregation that meets at the Ongata Rongai church. When Greg asked when the service would begin and end, he was told the service would last between 2:00-4:00 pm. Although it seemed rather precise for Africa, that is exactly what happened. Several Nazarene congregations share the sanctuary which means boundaries must be respected. Pastor Alice leads the French congregation. Grace Kabonga, an ANU student, provided excellent interpretation from French to English. After Greg preached, communion was served.

 

Prayer requests:

Stamina – We all need the stamina to finish the trimester well.

Greg is making travel plans for the upcoming weeks. Please pray that all goes smoothly.

Amy needs to be writing her dissertation. Please, pray that time and energy coincide (preferably not in the middle of the night), so she can make a good advancement.

 

 

The flats that Work & Witness built

 

Work and Witness teams have helped build many of the buildings at Africa Nazarene University. This week, a team from Ohio is helping finish off 6 flats at the MARSH – Master of Arts in Religion Student Housing, a complex not far from ANU’s campus.  As units are completed, they will be made available to Nazarene families coming from outside Kenya who have relocated so one or both spouses can study to fulfil their call to full-time ministry.

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Earlier in the day, they stopped by the ANU chapel, where we all heard an excellent sermon on Hebrews 12:1-2 by Rev Ernest Wamboye from a nearby evangelical church.

 

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Rev Ernest Wamboye

 

 

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Ohio Work and Witness team members listen while being introduced to the students at Africa Nazarene University.

 

We’re grateful for the investment of Ohio Nazarenes in the ministry of Africa Nazarene University!

Prayer requests

Ask the Lord to be with Greg as he finishes researching and writing a paper for the March 15-16 meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society in Washington, D.C.

Pray that God will send the right missionary educator to us to take up the role of full-time lecturer in the School of Religion and Christian Ministry. Contact Greg (gcrofford@anu.ac.ke) if you would like a description of the position.

Pray for Amy as she interacts with many students in her English 101 classes. Final exams are just around the corner.

Road Trip

Last weekend, many of the Africa East Field missionaries took a road trip. We went to western Kenya to say our official farewell to Dan and Melody Anderson who will be beginning their victory lap home assignment soon.

We saw a lot of nature.

We celebrated Dan and Melody.

Dan and Melody testified to many instances when the care of God was evidenced in their lives. Their advice to the missionaries was to love people. They have modeled a grace-filled career and now a grace-filled exit from the field. You may click on this link to find out more about them or invite them to speak to your church or group.

Prayer requests:

Greg will be attending the Wesleyan Theological Society meetings. Please pray for his travel and for God-ordained conversations to happen there.

Pray for stamina for both Greg and Amy as the ANU trimester is about half over.

Pray for moments of complete peace and rest in the midst of the flurry of activities and busyness.

We appreciate your prayers!

PhD (Religion) – gaining altitude

 

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PhD (Religon) and DMin students take a break from class at the February 2019 doctoral seminars.

 

When Amy and I came to Africa Nazarene University in August 2016, one of the reasons was for Greg to assist with the beginning of the PhD (Religion) program. In October 2016, we received official approval from our accreditor to begin teaching. We currently have 13 PhD students who are active and next week we’ll have our first ever student defense of a thesis proposal.

Last week, I was in class with students taking “Wesleyan Mission and Ecclesiology.” Prof Rod Reed joined me to co-lecture, and we had a wonderful time of learning and exchange, talking about both the theory and practice of church ministry in 21st century Africa.

A special treat was welcoming to our class Rev. Stephen Porter from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He works with their information technology department. He was there to observe and to consult with our IT department on how ANU can improve its educational technology.

Other news & prayer requests

ANU celebrated “Green Week” all last week with special events, including lectures, clean up activities, and a visit from the cabinet minister for the environment. Also, Greg was tasked to preach a sermon on ecotheology at University Church last Sunday. You can read his sermon by clicking on this link.

Amy has 150 students total in her two English 101 classes this trimester. Pray that the Lord will give her stamina as she has many writing assignments to mark each week. Besides her classes, she is enjoying working one-on-one with students who come into the English Resource Centre for help. Some are even budding novelists!

 

 

Greg in his element

Greg loves choirs. He sang in ENC’s Acapella Choir and every church choir he could. When we were in Sedalia, Missouri and Albertville, France, he sang in the community chorale. He currently sings with the Nairobi Music Society. If needed he will direct the choir. In the past, he has done that in South Weymouth, MA; Grandview, MO; and the language school in Albertville.

This year, he started a choir at University Church of the Nazarene. As you can see, lots of people were interested. Today marks their first time to sing in church. I wish I could post the video here, but our blog does not support video. I will post it on our Croffords in Kenya Facebook page for those who are interested.

 

A big shout out to our home church in Melwood, MD for sending the choir music (a.k.a. hymnals). They are being put to good use here and with the Religion Students’ Association weekly meetings.DSCN0111

Prayer requests:

This week the doctoral students are in their second week at ANU for this term. Please pray for the students as they are led in the seminar by Greg and Prof. Rod Reed.

Please pray for me (Amy) as I juggle 150 composition students, doctoral work, and everything else that I do.

KCD Assembly – amazing!

Saturday was the 10th District Assembly of the Kenya Central District (KCD), as a Phase 3 District. Tthe KCD family was happy to be together. Most importantly, God met us in a special way.

I was there with a team of 2 others, representing Africa Nazarene University.

Enjoy these photos.

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Field Strategy Coordinator Don Gardner preached a message on the sin of Achan (Joshua 7:1-26), challenging us not to bury our wrongdoing, but instead to be clean before God. Several came to the altar to pray.
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Our D.S., Rev. Sila Onyango, encouraged the churches to pull together for greater things in the coming year.
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I ate lunch with the associate pastor from Rongai, Benard Onyango. He is also a police detective and a student in our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry (BACM) degree program at ANU.

 

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Rev Gift Mtukwa, pastor of the University Church of the Nazarene and Chair of the Departments of Religion and Christian Ministry at ANU, presented University church’s gift to the D.S. — 4 new tires for his car.

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