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!

 

 

Holiness Week – September ’16

Holiness Week at Africa Nazarene University hosts Rev. Friday Ganda as the special speaker. For this special emphasis, chapel is held daily. Yesterday, Rev. Ganda shared about his recent car accident in a sparsely populated area of Tanzania. He asked the students, “Do you think you’ll have time?” He challenged his listeners to be like Jacob and allow no distractions when seeking God.

dscn0728This morning, he spoke of Abraham. We all need to be willing to sacrifice. Knowing God, he said, will cost you something. With life examples he demonstrated that obeying God is more important than anything else. He asked, “What is God asking you to do?” He continued, “Let us be bold for God.”

Please pray for the ANU Main Campus this week as Prof. Rod Reed prayed this morning, “Let something happen here that has never happened here before!”

Next week, the downtown campus will celebrate Holiness Week, so continue to pray for Rev. Ganda as he will be sharing there as well.

A bonus: Have I mentioned how fun it is to take pictures on this gorgeous campus?

This is a view from the office where I work …

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I also love using the macro lens! Click on the picture to see it better.

 

 

Words and a Pic: Baboons and badges, but no boxes

DSCN0592The view from our back balcony is amazing. I scan the cliff headed down to the water every time I enter the living room. Quite often, I am rewarded by seeing a troop of baboons. There are a couple of young ones and at least one that seems old.

For just being in Kenya two weeks, we have accomplished a lot. We have the work permits in our passports. We have a car. We have learned a few phrases in KiSwahili. We have learned how to use the appliances at our house. We have had departmental meetings. We have our official badges at Africa Nazarene University. So many things have happened.

Yet, we are waiting on our shipment to arrive. More precisely we are waiting for it to be sent. It is currently set to leave South Africa on the 24th of this month. We are told it will take 8 days to travel to Mombasa, Kenya. It will then be 4-5 business days before it arrives at ANU. This means that it will arrive right during the busy days of the beginning of a new trimester.

Please, pray that all will go well with the shipment and the timing will work. Pray that we will have the necessary energy to finish getting the house set up once our things arrive and the wisdom to know when to take a break.