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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 01 Vol: 22

January - February 2017

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Africa University Development Office | P O Box 340007 | Nashville, TN 37203 Tel. (615) 340-7438 | audevoffice@gbhem.org | www.support-africauniversity.org

Africa University has partnered with the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Men on the 2017 Men’s Spiritual Weekend, a retreat that’s set for February 17-19 at Christ United Methodist Church, Myrtle Beach. “The (topics) that will come together this year are how do we grow churches, both for clergy and laity, and how do we grow men and get them involved in churches, families and communities — and how do we get pastors and laity to work together in all this,” said Herman Lightsey, president of the South Carolina Conference United Methodist Men. For James Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement for Africa University, the retreat is an opportunity to strengthen the already robust ties and support for the university among the United Methodist Men in the South Carolina Conference. Leaders, such as Lightsey, have traveled to the university. Members

Photo by Matt Brodie.

AU Co-sponsors South Carolina United Methodist Men’s Retreat

Men’s ministry spiritual retreat to help men grow the church and grow in their personal Christian walk.

have made numerous gifts to support scholarships and other needs, hosted the AU Choir during visits to the conference, and are advocates for the institution within their local churches. “The UMM is a key avenue for the formation of disciples who are committed and active in the work of the church,” said Salley. “It’s important for them to have continuing exposure to Africa University and to embrace the institution as part of their mission and

Los Altos UMC: Impact and Inspiration On January 29th, the members of the Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Altos, CA celebrated their annual ‘Africa Sunday’ and marked 11 years of changing the lives of African women through education. The congregation welcomed James Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement for Africa University, as its guest speaker. Through a video, photographs and letters, members were able to “meet” and learn more about the ten female students they are currently supporting with partial tuition scholarships. “We love ‘Africa Sunday’ and the enthusiasm and optimism that surround it,” said Jan Lull, a member of the Los Altos United Methodist Women (UMW). The entire effort grew out of a letter writing campaign. In 2005, Lull invited the women to select a female mission worker with whom they shared a birthday and write a letter to the worker. Her hope was that the exchange of letters would

connect the women to the global mission of the denomination in a more effective and personal way. A letter that Lull received from a mission worker she’d written to in Zimbabwe Current beneficiary, became the genesis Vanessa Masengo for the Africa Student Education Fund. “The congregation has tremendous interest in the students they support,” Lull said. “They know who is getting the help, and they see the difference that their gifts are making year after year, which generates a real response and such generosity. Since 2008, Los Altos UMC has provided tuition support for at least 10 women to study each year. The congregation has invested more than $325,000 in scholarships to date and helped 29 women to graduate from Africa University.

ministry.” Organizers have chosen “Rooted: Grow Deep, Live Strong” as the overarching theme of the 2017 retreat. Over the past four years, the event has experienced explosive growth in attendance, leading organizers to expect that this will be the conference’s largest UMM gathering to date. “We’re hoping we will make or exceed 1,500,” Lightsey said. Four keynote speakers will lead this year’s retreat — South Carolina UMC Resident Bishop Jonathan Holston, along with the Rev. Jim Cowart, founding pastor of Harvest Church in Warner Robbins, GA, the Rev. Darren Hook, senior pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church in Greer, SC, and Romal Tune, author and inclusion expert — who will each expand on the retreat topics and help men take next steps in their walk with Christ. Adapted from an article by Jessica Brodie, editor of the South Carolina Advocate.

Cafeteria Refurbished Students and staff found a fresh, new look at the cafeteria when they returned to the campus in January. Named in memory of Ndorimana Bonaventure, a founding trustee who was killed in civil strife in his home country of Burundi, this is the first major refurbishment of the cafeteria in 20 years. The facility serves as the main food service hub on the campus. New floors and furnishings were installed to create a warmer feel and a more enjoyable dining experience. The update completes a food service overhaul that began with new menus in 2016 and themed events showcasing African cuisine.


We Have Come This Far by Faith In March 2017, Africa University will celebrate its Silver Jubilee — 25 years of exciting, transformational ministry on the African continent! It was a giant leap of faith when the General Conference established the new university in 1988, and another leap of faith when the new university opened its doors in 1992. We have not been on this amazing journey alone. We continue to exist and thrive because of the many friends who have walked faithfully with us---individuals, local churches, districts, annual conferences, foundations, corporations, and governments. We are profoundly

grateful. We are especially grateful for those individuals who have made the ultimate gift to Africa University by including the university in their estate plans either by will, trust, insurance designation, retirement designation, gift annuity, or some other estate planning Elaine Jenkins, device. director of planned These gifts will ensure giving.

Africa University’s continued existence to fulfill its mission and ministry far into the distant future. For more information on the many ways to leave your legacy at Africa University, please visit the planned giving website at http://www.africau.plannedgiving. org/ or contact our Director of Planned Giving, Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office, P. O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN, 37203-0007. Ms. Jenkins contacts are: 615/340-7428 (telephone), 615/340-7290 (fax), ejenkins@gbhem.org (e-mail address).

Thank You for Your Generous Support $400 per semester. In November/December • More than 500 meals 2016, 189 friends of Africa can be provided for stuUniversity responded dents who go hungry due to the 2016 Year End to lack of funds. Basic Appeal with gifts of almost meals in the cafeteria $40,000 designated for range in price from $3 - $5 the university’s endoweach. ment, scholarships, spe• Fifty-two students can cial projects and the stuStudents began their second semester dents’ emergency needs. lectures in mid-January. The current aca- receive assistance with demic year ends in early June. personal hygiene items Thanks to these generous such as toothpaste, toothgifts, at least… • Five (5) students can receive immediate brushes, soap, shampoo and other daily help in paying for tuition. Undergraduate essentials. Orphans, refugees and other financiallytuition is $2800 per academic year. • Countless future students will be disadvantaged students apply for univerimpacted by the gifts designated for the sity assistance with tuition fees, accommodations, meals and basic necessities university’s endowment fund. • Six (6) students can be housed in through the Financial Aid Committee and the campus dormitories for a semester. A the Toothpaste Club, which is administered shared room in the halls of residence costs by the department of student affairs.

You’re invited to plan an event in your local area on Saturday, March 25 or Sunday, March 26, 2017. Bring 10 or more friends together. Share the AU story and give thanks for AU’s ministry. Ask event participants to honor the Silver Jubilee with a gift of $25 or more. To register your event with us, call 616.340.7438 or email: audevoffice@ gbhem.org. Get listed on the Silver Jubilee Events Calendar and receive info resources to share with your friends.

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Acacia - January/February 2017  

Africa University news update highlighting developments in institutional advancement and student life.