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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 02

Vol: 20

March - June 2015

Bishop’s Open to Help “Make Dreams Possible”

Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton and golfers in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC), are taking to the links for the 4th annual Bishop’s Open. They’re playing to support the “Making Dreams Possible” scholarships campaign for Africa University. The Bishop’s Open is sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation and the United Methodist Men. Funds raised through the May 15th event at the Edgewood Golf Club in Auburn, IL are part of the IGRC’s effort to raise $1 million to endow an additional eight Africa University student scholarships.

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Indiana Conference Presents $1M Gift to AU Indiana United Methodists gave a major boost to Africa University’s efforts to help African communities to achieve food security with the March 2015 presentation of a gift of $1 million for an endowed chair of agriculture and natural resources. The presentation marked the completion of phase one of an ongoing campaign that includes an additional $600,000 designated for endowed scholarships for Indiana Area Bishop Michael J. Coyner led a delegaagriculture students. The 3-year, $1.6 million campaign tion of 21 persons on a campus visit, celebrating the fulfillment of phase one of the campaign. continues a long Indiana tradition of major support for the institution. this effort to provide financial support Bishop Michael J. Coyner described for a chair of agriculture.” the Indiana Conference’s support and The gift presentation kicked off a appreciation for Africa University as three-day celebration of the inaugu“personal and special.” ration of the university’s fourth vice “We appreciate the witness that you chancellor, Munashe Furusa. Furusa are here in Africa and to the world,” thanked the conference for “a gift Coyner said. “Agriculture is an impor- that will last as long as the university tant part of our economy and our life exists.” —adapted from an article by in Indiana, so we are glad to share in Skyler Nimmons and Vicki Brown.

Foundation Announces Major New Investment in Evangelism Training in Africa The Foundation for Evangelism is working to endow an E. Stanley Jones Professorship of Evangelism at Africa University that will be named for Prof. John W. Z. Kurewa, the institution’s founding vice chancellor. Key officials—Jane Boatwright Wood, president of the Foundation, and Larry Klemann, chairman of the board— announced the campaign in Mutare, Zimbabwe on March 21. The effort is being implemented in partnership with Africa University. Kurewa has served as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Africa University since 2000. Wood spoke of attending Kurewa’s class and experiencing his interaction with students, as well as hearing students speak of how their evangelism classes have equipped them for ministry.

Mr. Larry Klemann and Jane Boatwright Wood of the Foundation for Evangelism announce plans to raise funds for the John Wesley Kurewa Chair, an E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism.

“They taught us about The United Methodist Church in Africa, and together we discussed the profound impact of African theologians and Christian leaders on evangelism worldwide,” Wood said. “They spoke with great respect and admiration of (Prof.) Kurewa, sharing personal

stories of the impact his teaching and writing have had on their personal ministries. This experience has been a revival for us all,” she said. Klemann said his interaction with students was especially meaningful. “It is the memories of these accomplished, exceptional young leaders, their commitment to this university and to transforming lives that I will take away. But beyond that I will leave with a deep understanding that I have walked the campus of Africa University and experienced for myself the presence of God here among those gathered,” he said. A four-person delegation comprised of Klemann, Wood, Dr. Stephen Gunter, and Ms. Mary Brooke Casad represented the foundation at the Vice Chancellor’s Inauguration at Africa University in March.

The Joys of Connecting with Old Friends One of the great joys of this ministry is meeting the wonderful, dedicated people who have passionately supported Africa University from the very beginning. Douglas and Judith Ely of Lakewood, OH are long-time supporters of Africa University. In 2000, Doug led a VIM team to Zimbabwe to visit and work on the campus. On a recent trip to Nashville, Doug and Judy stopped by to meet the staff of the AU Development Office. Doug and Judy are members of Lakewood United Methodist Church, one of the first churches in the denomination to endow a scholarship at the $65,000.00 level at Africa University. Now that the cost to fully endow a scholarship has

Ret. Col. Douglas Ely and Mrs. Judith Ely

increased to $130,000.00, Doug is spearheading the effort to raise an additional

Sumter, SC Evening of Elegance Scholarship Dinner Leaders from the Sumter, SC community gathered on May 1st for a special fundraising dinner to benefit Africa University students. The “Evening of Elegance Scholarship Dinner” wasorganized by Rev. J. Elbert Williams, chair of the African American Taskforce Committee Guest speaker, Mr. James H. Salley, (left), with members of the Rev. J. Elbert Williams, and Solicitor of the South South Carolina event planning commttee, Ernest Finney (extreme right). Conference. The gathering drew widespread community support and III, of the Third Judicial District—spoke helped to raise awareness of the at the dinner. The initiative will assist students United Methodist-related institution, who are experiencing financial hardwhich is located in Zimbabwe. Prominent South Carolina United ship. It grew out of a March 2014 visit Methodists—including Mrs. Elizabeth to the campus by Bishop Jonathan Kilgore, president of the Sumter Holston and a 32-person group of NAACP, and Solicitor Ernest Finney, South Carolinia United Methodists.

$65,000.00. The Lakewood Church family is well along the way to meeting its goal!. For more information about Africa University’s scholarship programs and how to endow a scholarship with a planned gift, 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), 615/340-7290 (fax), ejenkins@gbhem. org (e-mail address). Or visit the planned giving website at to discover the many ways to support Africa University with a planned gift.

450+ Students to Graduate in June

Preparations are underway for Africa University’s 21st commencement exercise. More than 450 students from 14 African countries are expected to receive their bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates at the ceremony, which will take place on June 13, 2015 at the main campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe.

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