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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The view from our back balcony is amazing. I scan the cliff headed down to the water every time I enter the living room. Quite often, I am rewarded by seeing a troop of baboons. There are a couple of young ones and at least one that seems old.
For just being in Kenya two weeks, we have accomplished a lot. We have the work permits in our passports. We have a car. We have learned a few phrases in KiSwahili. We have learned how to use the appliances at our house. We have had departmental meetings. We have our official badges at Africa Nazarene University. So many things have happened.
Yet, we are waiting on our shipment to arrive. More precisely we are waiting for it to be sent. It is currently set to leave South Africa on the 24th of this month. We are told it will take 8 days to travel to Mombasa, Kenya. It will then be 4-5 business days before it arrives at ANU. This means that it will arrive right during the busy days of the beginning of a new trimester.
Please, pray that all will go well with the shipment and the timing will work. Pray that we will have the necessary energy to finish getting the house set up once our things arrive and the wisdom to know when to take a break.