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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 04

Vol: 19

July - August 2014

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Africa University Development Office | P O Box 340007 | Nashville, TN 37203 Tel. (615) 340-7438 | Fax. (615) 340-7290 | Email:

AU Thanks Annual Conferences for Affirming its Mission Across all five jurisdictions, Africa University friends, staff and alumni were present at annual conferences in May/June to say “Thank You” to local churches for their ongoing support. In 2013, the generosity of local congregations placed the Africa University Fund (AUF) apportionment in the number one spot for overall giving to the general church funds. The South Carolina Conference gave 100% to the AUF for the first time in 22 years. The Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Iowa conferences went an extra mile, investing in the AUF at 131.6%, 121.8% and 106%, respectively. The university expressed its gratitude and appreciation with special banners and e-cards. Every annual conference received an electronic “Thank You” card for its 2013

“Thank You” banners in celebration of their 100% investment in the AUF apportionment in 2013. Presenters shared personal testimonies as well as stories that demonstrated how local churches are nurturing leaders and transforming The celebration of connection with Africa University in the Great Plains Conference was especially poignant as members received a “Thank You” ban- communities through ner for the Nebraska Conference, recognizing an investment that was only their investment in $40 short of the asking in its last year of formal existence. Great Plains unites Africa University. Annual conferences the former Nebraska, Kansas East and Kansas West conferences into one. Members of the Great Plains Conference say that they are moving forward were urged to maintain or increase their together on the goal of realizing that 100% AUF investment this year. giving to the AUF and investment in the AUF. Twenty-five other apportioned funds at the 100% annual conferences received special level or higher in 2014.

IGRC Launches $1M AU Scholarships Campaign for two years—from July 1, The Illinois 2014 to May 31, 2016. Great Rivers “This straightforward Conference approach will help our (IGRC) kicked church members throughoff its “Making out the conference realize D r e a m s the prospect of seeing how Possible – One ‘My change + your change Quarter at a can change a life for a lifetime!” scholartime’ is so achievable,” said ships campaign at annual confer- Rev. Ivan Milosi was one of two IGRC scholarship Richard Straub, the chairrecipients to earn a master’s degree in peace, person of the IGRC’s Africa ence in June. A special leadership and governance at AU this year. University Committee. “Because an endowment offering at conscholarship provides the opportunity of a ference raised $7,705. The campaign goal is a $1 million gift that keeps on giving, the longevity will endowment that will provide funding to be forever,” said Straub. Currently, the IGRC provides four students at Africa University. The IGRC has 850+ local churches endowed scholarships for undergraduates and a great history of supporting access and two direct scholarships for graduate to education in Illinois and in Africa. Its students at AU. At the completion of this campaign, the campaign slogan and strategy encourage participation. Every local church member conference expects the two graduate scholis being invited to donate a quarter, (25 arships be endowed and to expand the cents), to the campaign every Sunday number of endowed undergraduate scholarships to 10.

BWC Exploring AU Campaign For 2015

The student members of the Africa University Choir impressed and excited congregations as they toured the Baltimore-Washington Conference (BWC). At its May 29-31 gathering, the conference created a taskforce to look into launching a new campaign to raise funds for AU. The taskforce is expected to engage with potential large donors, and prepare a proposal for the annual conference to review and act on in 2015.

Use Your Imagination! I have often written in this space that there are many ways to support Africa University’s transforming ministry. In fact, the number of ways is limited only by the imaginations of our donors. Yes, current cash gifts and deferred planned gifts are crucial for the university’s day-to-day operations and long-term sustainability, respectively. Still, in addition to providing current gifts and naming Africa University in their estate plans, some of our donors are finding other creative ways to support this ministry. For instance, Dr. R. Edward Dodge, Jr., a retired medical doctor, not only has endowed a scholarship in memory of his parents, the late Bishop and Mrs. Ralph E. Dodge, Sr., but he also participates in the university’s visiting scholars program and teaches one semester in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Graduating seminarians show off the robes and stoles in this photo with their dean, Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanise, and other faculty members.

Mrs. June L. Hess, widow of Rev. Wayne Hess, Mrs. Barbara Walters, and Chaplain David Owens spearheaded a drive in the Franklin (IN) United Methodist Retirement Community to collect clergy robes and stoles for the 2014 graduates of the Faculty of Theology. Thirteen robes and 60 stoles were collected and were transported to the university by two teams from the West Michigan Annual Conference.

Living a ‘God-sized Vision’ in South Carolina Two local congregations are now proWhen Bishop Jonathan Holston called on South Carolina United Methodists viding direct scholarships. Belin UMC in Murrell’s Inlet and Edisto to share in ‘a God-sized Fork UMC in Orangeburg vision and dream Godrecently joined the universisized dreams’, he was ty’s Usahwira program. Each very clear—each response congregation will provide a had to be challenging and gift of just under $6,000, impossible to do except in every year for four years, communion and by faith. Following a visit to the Pierrette Kibanza, shown here so that an AU student can with Mrs. Betsy Alexander of complete an undergraduate campus by clergy and lay Belin UMC: A scholarship was degree program. leaders in January, trip her only hope. Usahwira, a word from the participants have been telling the AU story throughout the state. Shona language spoken by the majoriThey are inviting their churches and ty of Zimbabweans, means ‘a beautiful friends to dream big with the universi- friendship’, and that’s what continues ty and they’re getting excellent results. to develop between Africa University and the people of South Carolina.

The robes were presented to Dr. Beauty Maenzanise, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, in a formal hand-over ceremony. What special gifts and graces do you have that you wish to contribute to Africa University’s transforming ministry? Use your imagination! For more information about Africa University’s planned giving program, please call or write our Director of Planned Giving, Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office, P. O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN, 37203-0007, 615/340-7428 (telephone), 615/3407290 (fax), (e-mail address). Or visit the planned giving website at to discover the many ways to support Africa University with a planned gift.


Thank you for your generosity and commitment to CHANGING AFRICA. Together, we raised more than $400K from qualified African donors for the ELMA Foundation Matching Grant Appeal. Every group participated—alumni, students, faculty, staff, trustees, and our extended UMC family. AU’s corporate, government, NGO and civil society partners also responded very generously. The ELMA Foundation is currently verifying our results and matching these donations dollar for dollar. Your gifts for scholarships and other vital needs x 2 = access to a first-class education for new and continuing students. What a blessing. Thank you all.


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