Verna’s Challenge to Do Something

Today, Verna Stanton spoke in the chapel service of ANU. She first demonstrated how her life verses have undergirded her experiences. From her first appearance at church when she was six days old until today, God has been faithful to guide her.DSCN9447

Proverbs 3:5-6 : Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

Since she began to teach the Community Health class at ANU in 2003, she added a two more verses to her life verses.

Proverbs 3:7-8 : Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)

Verna then challenged the ANU community to help rid the world of stigma concerning HIV. She noted it cost nothing to be kind. Referring to Mashangu Maluleka’s acrostic (below), she asked people to stand if they would do something noting that she was leaving and would not be able to continue to lead conversations about the topic. People stood in response. Would you also stand? Will you do something?

  • Am
  • I
  • Doing
  • Something?

Today, it rained! We are always grateful for rain. The rose at the top of the post was just irresistable today.

 

W & W: God-given gifts

Josh Williams spoke in chapel on Tuesday.  Through stories and scripture, he emphasized “Whatever your job skills, hobbies, or passion, they are gifts from God. He wants to work in us and through us to reach this world and transform it.”

Here are a few pictures from the Global IT team he leads. I don’t have any pictures of the women who taught local women new patterns for making bags or Debbie Goodwin, but they also have made a lasting impact.

To the team, thank you for allowing God to work in and through you here at ANU! You not only have used your God-given gifts, but you have been a God-given gift.

 

The Elephant and the Truth

Greg and I recently visited the David Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, which is very close to ANU, with Jairo and Chrissy Maldonado. I was reminded of the oft told parable:

“A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them were aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. In the case of the first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said “This being is like a thick snake”. DSCN8053

For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. DSCN8051

As for another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree-trunk. DSCN8047

The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said, “elephant is a wall”. DSCN8058.JPG

Another who felt its tail, described it as a rope. DSCN8059

The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear”DSCN8056.JPG

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant).

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In these troubled days, let us all humbly listen to the Spirit of truth and to one another. We rarely see the whole of a situation and can get perspective from others.

John 16:13 –  But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Holiness Week!

Rev. Ronald Miller heads a team from South Africa and the United States that is leading throughout Holiness Week(s). The team includes  LoReal Burton, Makabongwe Makabee Vena, Wesley Parry, Thabang Letlabika, Jairo Maldonado , and Chrissy Maldonado. This week they are leading at the main campus. Next week, they will be at the downtown campus. The team is working well with the ANU worship and drama team.

I don’t want to write too much about the sermon topics or special presentatons because they will be presented again next week. Let’s just say that excitement is in the air. The Spirit of God is at work. As Ronald said on Tuesday, “There is no person in this place that God doesn’t want to speak to.”

Please pray for Ronald, the team, and the ANU community as we finish this week and head into next week.

On a personal note, I started my doctoral classes at Trevecca tonight. Please, keep me in your prayers as I start this journey.

To close… the beauty of ANU.

Taking action

University Church had been using Greg’s book, Mere Ecclesiology, for the adult Sunday school class. The week that Jane Mutoime led the discussion, it was decided that the church would form an environmental committee. Last Sunday, the committee met for the first time and plans were made for a comminty outreach. There will be a clean up and some instruction about the environment. I love when the chuch goes into action! DSCN7595

The Friends of ANU now has a Facebook page. Check it out, like it, share it.

https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofANU/

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You know you attend a university church when all but a handful of people come forward when the pastor asks who will be attending school in September. Greg was asked to pray for the group that included little ones entering school for the first time to those getting graduate degrees.

Home Assignment 2018

We are gearing up for Home Assignment 2018.

If you notice that we will be on your district, contact your deputation coordinator to see if we can come to your church. We are also available for meetings with individuals or small groups for meals and fun get-togethers.

If you would like to schedule us for an open week, particularly if you are in the northeast, contact Amy at gregamyc@gmail.com with the suggested dates.

Here is our schedule so far:

  • April 16 – Fly to the US
  • April 21- 29 am – Indianapolis (IN) District tour
  • April 29 pm – Montana Avenue Church of the Nazarene (Cincinnati, OH)
  • May 4-18 – Maine District tour
  • May 19-30 – New England District tour
  • June 3-24 – open
  • June 25-July 1 am – Mid-Atlantic District Family Camp
  • July 2- July 8 – Upstate New York Family Camp
  • July 9-15 – vacation (Maryland)
  • July 16-31 – open
  • August 1 – fly back to Nairobi, Kenya

Note – one of the “open” weeks will be vacation, but we are waiting to see how the schedule fills.

Please pray that the schedule will fill in and that we will have a vehicle to use at little to no cost while we are in the US.

Please pray for the elections in Kenya on August 8 to be peaceful and transparent.

And now a few pictures from August at ANU…

 

A heart for God

EsperantThe School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM) is an incubator for aspiring pastors.

Meet Esperant Fumunguya. He’s a first year student at Africa Nazarene University. The son of a Pentecostal pastor in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Esperant is also the chaplain and a guard on the ANU championship men’s basketball team. He has a heart to see his teammates follow Jesus. When not busy with basketball or his studies, he’s found time to start a fledgling church just a mile from campus, where he meets his little flock for worship on Sunday nights.

It’s exciting to see how God is using religion majors like Esperant who love God to bring fellow students to Christ. Will you pray that the Lord will continue to use him to inspire others in their faith?

At Nairobi National Park

Don Thorsen, a colleague from Asuza Pacific University, came through town early this week. He took Amy and me out for my birthday dinner, then the next day Don and I visited Nairobi National Park. This pretty kitty was 30 yards off the road, bathing in the late morning sun.

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It’s amazing living in a place like Nairobi, the only city in the world with an urban game park. Here’s a colorful (kingfisher?) that I spotted at the hippo ponds.

 

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If anyone is more sure of the bird’s name, please leave a comment. He didn’t show up definitively in our Birds of East Africa guide. And no, those aren’t snow flakes, just reflected light from the background pond.