Verna’s Challenge to Do Something

Today, Verna Stanton spoke in the chapel service of ANU. She first demonstrated how her life verses have undergirded her experiences. From her first appearance at church when she was six days old until today, God has been faithful to guide her.DSCN9447

Proverbs 3:5-6 : Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

Since she began to teach the Community Health class at ANU in 2003, she added a two more verses to her life verses.

Proverbs 3:7-8 : Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)

Verna then challenged the ANU community to help rid the world of stigma concerning HIV. She noted it cost nothing to be kind. Referring to Mashangu Maluleka’s acrostic (below), she asked people to stand if they would do something noting that she was leaving and would not be able to continue to lead conversations about the topic. People stood in response. Would you also stand? Will you do something?

  • Am
  • I
  • Doing
  • Something?

Today, it rained! We are always grateful for rain. The rose at the top of the post was just irresistable today.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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 Pic – November 30

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Here in Kenya though, it is just another working day. We and the other missionaries and Americans celebrated on Sunday afternoon. We had decorations and the doxology, conversations and casserole, pie and a puzzle. Loved it!

Even before the celebration, it was a memorable day. I was amazed at church as chairs were brought in time and time again. First, they filled from the normal back row to the wall. Next a row was put in place in front of the front row and the aisles were narrowed. People were still standing at the door. I turned around and noticed the associate pastors on top of the office area at the back of the church. I haddscn1747n’t even known this balcony area existed. Still people stood. When the children were released for their service, all the adults had a seat. Amazing.

On Monday, Greg gave the devotional at the 8 a.m. chapel time for the students in the school based program. His message was, “Fulfill your calling, but in the power of the Holy Spirit just as Jesus did after his time of testing in the desert” – from Luke 4.

Other shots from this week… The cat is for my daughter-in-law. (Oh, how I love writing that!) We have about four cats that live on campus.

“She’s famous!”

20161015_142521Greg and I are visiting all of our favorite haunts from the last time that we lived in Nairobi. A week or so ago, we visited Yaya Centre. The Indian restaurant has changed its menu. Unfortunately, all our favorite dishes were casualties. We went to Java House instead and discovered that they now have really good (and spicy) burritos. Win!

While at Yaya, we also visited the music store, the craft store, the toy store, and the souvenir shop none of which had changed much in the past three years. I was reminded of how expensive embroidery kits are here. A small one cost almost $50 USD. That’s not happening. I wil20161015_142536.jpgl design my own.

We saved our favorite store for last… BookStop, Ltd.. As if we need to be told to stop for books!  It sells  new books, but also used books at prices that are not garage-sale-cheap, but also not outrageous. While I was perusing the used books, Greg meandered around the rest of the store. Then, he signaled me to come over to where he was. He held up a book and said, “She’s famous!” He then snapped the pictures in this post.

Prof Leah Marangu is well respected beyond the campus of Africa Nazarene University. It is an honor to serve under her leadership.

We are looking forward to the Commencement ceremonies on Friday. Please, say a prayer for all of us as the day will be glorious, but hectic as (I believe) ANU graduates a record number of students… again!