Holiness week has begun on the LTMarangu Campus. The praise team led in worship before the special speaker was introduced.
Flora Mwikali shared a sketch of her personal story including a brief description of hiding in the fields to avoid a father who “came home to fight.” God called her to preach soon after she prayed for salvation, but she ran from the call. God pursued her. Finally, she accepted. She felt led to help girls escape trafficking and abuse in her home area. She began with what she had – her rent. The ministry grew. Now the New Scent Centre has supporters, a school, and the New Scent Grace Chapel. Flora’s father has also accepted Christ and is a faithful attendee at the Chapel.
Flora told the ANU students that if Jesus leads, they won’t need to ask for directions because he knows the way to fullness of life.
Learn more about Flora’s ministry by clicking here.
Please pray for Flora as she shares at this campus this week and the downtown campus next week.
On a different note… I was happy to see the upgrade happening on the basketball court.
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.
They say Christmas cards are a dying tradition. I guess our LINKS churches didn’t get the memo, and we’re glad they didn’t!
Today, we received a stack of colorful Christmas cards with thoughtful greetings inside. It’s wonderful to be remembered at this time of year.
Ask the Lord to help us finish well. We’re almost done marking exams.
This weekend, I (Greg) will sing 2nd tenor in two Christmas concerts with the Nairobi Music Society. It’s always a lot of fun, and gives me a chance to rub shoulders with others outside the University setting. The words of so many of the songs we’ll sing are powerful. Ask the Lord to use them to touch the hearts of those who need Him most.
Exam week is exhausting. Invigilating (proctoring for Americans) a two-hour exam in Helstrom Hall requires not only watching the students, but it also involves walking between the rows of desks several times and keeping an eye out for students who may need to ask a question.
When one of my Muslim students entered the hall, I told her I liked her scarf, but I was surprised because it was the first time I had ever seen her without the full headpiece. She said the morning had been a bit hectic. Later, as she turned in her exam, she explained that she had three exams that day. Undergraduate exams are government mandated to be valued at 60% of the course grade. Imagine the stress she was under! I thought what horrible timing.
Then, I was headed home for lunch after the exam and I had great timing to catch these pictures.
All this thinking about timing reminded me of a song Greg used to sing in Eastern Nazarene College‘s A Capella Choir – “My Times Are in Thy Hands”. (Click here to hear an A Capella alumni choir sing the song.)
This reminded me of the Christmas concert that he will sing with the Nairobi Music Society this coming weekend.
Timing may not be everything, but it is important.
Please pray as we mark exams (see the featured photo) and wrap up the trimester.
Pray also for Amy’s doctoral work which is intense at the moment.
Last home assignment, one of the Africa Nazarene University students whose story I told was Carlos Rwebogora.
As you’ll recall, Carlos was a student in my “Christian Beliefs” course. I saw Carlos at University Church of the Nazarene last Sunday. We chatted for a few minutes to catch up.
Carlos graduated from ANU in October with his Bachelor’s in counseling psychology. He’s now in the middle of a 3 month internship at Mathari Hospital here in Nairobi. Carlos is working in the psychotherapy unit, counseling those going through drug rehabilitation or patients diagnosed with HIV-AIDS.
When we were on home assignment last summer, many of you prayed that God would guide Carlos about where he should pursue his Master’s degree. Well, that decision is made. In January, he will begin his Master’s in Counseling Psychology right here at Africa Nazarene University. He doesn’t know yet whether he will specialize in family therapy or drug rehabilitation, but he still plans to return to his home in northern Tanzania and serve his people there.
It’s enouraging to see how God is using ANU to help young people like Carlos fulfill God’s calling on their lives. And thank you for your prayers for the faculty at ANU as we play our part.
Prayer requests…and other news
Next week is the beginning of a two week final exam period at ANU. Greg will be the Chief Examinations Officer for Week 1 here at the main campus (L.T. Marangu). Both Amy and Greg will be marking exams for large classes.
Amy is busy entering data from questionnaires students filled out in chapel, related to her EdD disssertation topic.
Today is Thanksgiving. We’re grateful to be joining with our missionary family for a turkey feast! God is good.