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.

 

Special visitor…and our incoming VC

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(L to R): Andrew Ntabo, Debbie Salter-Goodwin, Dr Greg Crofford

When I was a teen, I always read Bread magazine cover-to-cover. One of my favorite parts was the column, “Ask Dan and Debbie.” Today, I got to meet Debbie Salter-Goodwin. She’s at ANU as part of a Work-and-Witness team. Her assignment is to capture stories from administrators, faculty, and students, to help chronicle where God has lead us as well as our hopes for the future. Today, Debbie stopped by our 7:30 a.m. meeting of the Religion Students Association. Above, she’s pictured with me and our RSA Chair, Andrew Ntabo. Thanks for gracing us with your presence, Debbie!

Transition

This month, we’re celebrating the 21 year tenue of our Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Leah T. Marangu, with special events and appreciation. As of November 1, our incoming Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Stanley Bhebhe, will assume his duties. In chapel last week, Prof Marangu officially introduced Dr Bhebhe as her successor. Thank you for praying for ANU during these days of transition. We know that our God who has lead us this far will continue leading us into a bright future!

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Prof. Marangu (outgoing ANU Vice-Chancellor)  welcomes Dr. Stanley Bhebhe (incoming Vice-Chancellor). We thank the Lord for a smooth and gracious transition.

 

 

 

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.

“Jesus” comes to ANU

Jesus Film team

The School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM) has launched an ANU “Jesus” film team. Its mission is “To reach our generation.”

In early September, team leader Rev. Fredrick Amolo and team members Chale Atikonda and Cecilia Kileteny attended a “Jesus” film three day training seminar. They will use what they learned to partner with the Christian Union and other student organizations to evangelize and disciple students both on campus and elsewhere in Nairobi and beyond, including high schools, orphanages, or churches, wherever they find an open door.

Atikonda testified: “Reaching out must be your passion, to reach out to those who don’t know Christ.” Kiliteny agreed. “I was happy that Rev. Amolo told me about this, and I am very ready to take the Gospel outside.”

For Amolo, the training was a refresher course. He has been extensively involved in the past using the “Jesus” film as a church planting tool. Amolo is also coordinator of the internship program in the Religion Department, so he saw the potential of using the “Jesus” film as a way for religion students to get hands-on ministry experience. “This is part of our students’ training. We are mentoring our ministers,” Amolo noted.

Beyond showing the “Jesus” film, the team plans to launch a Sunday evening student mission on campus. This will provide a forum for spiritual growth when students are back on campus following a weekend away.

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.

Bring the books

books.JPGPaul asked Timothy:  “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments” (2 Timothy 4:13, ESV). 

Today, a truck brought the books. There were numerous boxes shipped in a large container, sent from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs (USA). Christian Literature for Africa (CLA) sorted and boxed the books, then sent them on their way to Kenya.

Some of these scholarly books will be distributed to area Bible Colleges. The rest will be housed in ANU’s main and downtown campus libraries, assisting the research of students from several Schools at the University, but especially the School of Religion and Christian Ministry (SRCM). In the photo (L to R), Greg, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics)  Prof Rod Reed, Librarian Elizabeth Yegon, Dr Russ Frazier,and Vice-Chancellor Prof Leah Marangu show off some of the volumes. We’re accompanied by various other administrators and SRCM faculty. Behind us are the stacks of boxes, all bursting with printed resources.

GOD HAS BLESSED US. THANK YOU, NBC AND CLA, FOR YOUR WONDERFUL GIFT!

 

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.