Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 01 Vol: 21
January - February 2016
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Support for the AUF Increased Across All Jurisdictions in 2015 Local congregations of The United Methodist Church achieved a number of firsts in giving to the Africa University Fund apportionment, (AUF), in 2015. Investment in the work and impact of Africa University increased in all five of the denomination’s jurisdictions in North America. A record number of annual conferences, 32 in total, invested 100 percent of their asking to the AUF. Their generosity resulted in an overall investment of 93.65 percent or $2,185,211.73 for 2015. Three conferences—Iowa (116.54%), Eastern Pennsylvania (110.65%), and South Carolina (101.41%)—went beyond 100 percent. “We are indeed grateful to the UMC for its outstanding support for the AUF,” said Dr. Munashe Furusa. The university’s vice chancellor described the church’s support for the AUF in
sity’s 24-year history, all ten conferences that comprise the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC achieved giving levels of 100 percent or higher for the AUF. The Northeastern Jurisdiction’s strong showing for the AUF was helped by a return to the 100 percent giving level by Eastern Pennsylvania, which closed a four-year gap in giving, and Upper New York where churches increased their giving to the AUF by 41 perA record number of annual conferences, 32 in numcent between 2014 and 2015. ber, invested100 percent of their asking to the Africa The Pacific Northwest University Fund (AUF) apportionment. Conference achieved its first 2015 as “overwhelming” and a “clear 100 percent investment to the testimony to the church’s commitment AUF in 2015, moving the Western to transforming AU into a premier uni- Jurisdiction closer to the goal of 100 versity.” percent across the board for the AUF. For the first time in the univer-
Choir Visits COR and HPUMC
Former AU Dean in New Role with GBHEM
A13-member at Christ’s Foundry chamber group of UMC, became the Africa University a great gatherChoir returned to the ing of friends U.S. in January for and supporters of a visit to two of The the university. It United Methodist brought out Africa Church’s largest conUniversity alumni gregations, the United as well as clergy Methodist Church and lay leaders of the Resurrection from a number (COR) and Highland of North Texas Former U.S. President George W. Bush and Park United Methodist Mrs. Laura Bush with the AU Choir at HPUMC. Conference congreChurch (HPUMC). gations. The group, comThe choir’s prised of seven females and six males, packed schedule at Highland Park UMC featured students from five African coun- included a Sunday worship service attendtries. ed by former U.S. President George W. The choir’s 12-day visit started on Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. January 28 in Leawood, Kansas, where The choir’s music brought Africa thousands turned out to enjoy music from to the forefront as the Rev. Paul African praise traditions in five worship Rasmussen kicked off a special serservices at COR. mon series, “Beyond 100”, which celThe choir’s first event in Dallas, Texas, ebrates Highland Park UMC’s past a joint concert with the Children’s Choir and looks to its future.
T he Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanise has joined the staff of the General Board of Higher E d u c a t i o n and Ministry ( G B H E M ) , working with the Clergy Formation Team Rev. Dr. Beauty of the Division Maenzanise of Ordained Ministry. The focus of her work will be the support and development of theological education in Africa. Dr. Maenzanise served as dean of the Faculty of Theology at Africa University for 10 years. In April 2005, she was one of two females appointed to deanships for the first time in the institution’s history.