This week has been the face-to-face portion of “Current Moral Issues,” one of the courses in the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) program. I (Greg) have enjoyed getting to know Thomas and Neka, two of our Nazarene leaders from Ethiopia as we’ve discussed moral issues and what should be the church’s response to them.
The Church of the Nazarene is facing many challenges in their home country. Please pray that the Lord will be with our pastors as they preach the Gospel and the message of holiness, the call to love God and others.
This is exam tme. We (Amy and Greg) are marking many exam papers. Ask the Lord to give us stamina as we bring the trimester to a close.
I (Greg) am scheduled to travel soon to another African country to teach pastors. Pray that my visa will be granted and that the time away from ANU will be fruitful and impactful.
I (Amy) have not been getting out much lately, so I’ve been doing walkabouts on the campus. I’m happy to say that the birds are back. As I am in a statistics class right now, I won’t say the warmer temperatures are the cause. It seems likely though.
Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken in the past week.
And a few more…
Please pray for us and our students as final exams are nearly upon us all. Pray that we finish well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re grateful for the investment of Ohio Nazarenes in the ministry of Africa Nazarene University!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
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!