Popping in

 

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This is about 1/3 of the Work and Witness Team that stopped by to say “hey.”

 

One fun thing about living and working at Africa Nazarene University is when Nazarenes stop by.

Take the Work and Witness Team that visited us on Wednesday, for example.

These were energetic Nazarenes from Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Colorado. They’d just finished 2 weeks working at a rural children’s center, helping with Vacation Bible School and assisting with the installation of a water system. They’d heard some of the good things that God is doing at ANU and decided to stop in and see for themselves.

Amy and I led part of the tour around campus. It was a reminder of all the Lord has done so far, but also that our best days lie ahead.

If you’ve ever passing through, stop by and see ANU. You, too, will be amazed at what has sprung up on the African plain.

Prayer requests

The long rains (March-April-May) have still not come. Drought is spreading in Kenya, and with it frustrated farmers and food insecurity, especially in rurul areas. Please pray for steady rains, strong enough to water the earth but not so sudden as to cause flooding.

Thanks for those who prayed for us as we wrapped up the trimester. All grades are turned in, and we now have about 2 weeks break before the May trimester begins.

Ask the Lord to give rest to our faculty and students, and wonderful re-connection with family.

 

 

Pictures and few words

I (Amy) am trying to get photos of all the birds, bees, bugs, and other nonhuman critters that call Africa Nazarene University home even for a short stay during a migration journey.

The following pictures and more are in albums on the Croffords in Kenya Facebook page. As I take better pictures, some of these will be swapped out. I will also try to only have one picture of each species. I am sure I have hundreds of pictures left to take because the variety is immense. Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this start and the progress as the year continues.

Wishing you a Happy New Year from our home at ANU!dscn2185

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Words and a book

We wish you a Christmas season

filled with times of reflection,

fellowship, and joy.

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Greg has strung lots of words, ideas, and thoughts together. In fact, they are now available in book form. Yes, this is a shameless promotion for Christmas gift giving for pastors, lay leaders, or others who want to learn more.

Here are a few links –

Amazon – $17 USD – paperback, $37 USD – hardcover, not yet available as an e-book, but that will be coming soon.

Wipf&Stock – webprice – $13.60 USD, retail price – $17 USD.

From the back cover…

“In promoting a healthy church, Dr. Crofford emphasizes the need for ‘spiritual respiration.’ His conception of church health first requires a ‘breathing in’ of personal growth that is spiritual, knowledgeable, and communal. Second, spiritual respiration requires a ‘breathing out’ that is missional, ministering practically to others for their holistic salvation, societal well-being, and ecological care-giving. . . . Crofford identifies step-by-step strategies that help Christians to implement ‘spiritual respiration’ in finding their place in the church’s mission.”
–Don Thorsen, Professor of Theology, Azusa Pacific University Seminary

“Crofford invites us into a discussion regarding the theology of church and the practical implications for ministry. This thoughtful overview of the formational and missional characteristics of the church mirrors Jesus’ command to love God and love others. Here, the corporate body of Christ can live in authenticity to the doctrine handed down through the ages. This work will prove useful for the church engaged in the formation of Christlike disciples.”
–Carla Sunberg, President, Professor of Historical Theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary

“In this helpful and easy-to-read book, Crofford¬†draws wonderfully from Scripture, the Christian faith community, and his own faith journey. He offers wisdom and understanding to all pilgrims, wherever they are on their journey.¬†If ever the church needed a grassroots understanding to fulfill its mission in the world in this significant time, then this is the ‘back to the basics’ guide so desperately needed.”
–Gabriel J. Benjamin, Church of the Nazarene, Africa Region Education and Clergy Development Coordinator

“Written from his experience as a minister, a clergy educator, and a missionary, the book covers a broad range of topics that relate to the work of the church. Easy to read and challenging to your preconceptions, the book will profit every pastor and every layperson. This is an excellent overview of the work of the church. Refreshing!”
–Jesse C. Middendorf, General Superintendent Emeritus, Church of the Nazarene

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