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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 03

Vol: 22

May - June 2017

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

$1 Million Louisiana Gift for AU’s 25th Anniversary Louisiana United Methodists are celebrating the successful completion of a $1 million campaign for Africa University. A June 9th presentation at the annual conference in Shreveport marked the close of an effort that began more than 11 years ago. The final installment on the conference’s pledge, combined with interest income of $97,687.00 on previous installments, put the campaign over the top. “This is an example of what happens when you persevere,” said James H. Salley, Africa University’s chief advancement officer. Salley thanked Bishop Cynthia Harvey and the conference for remaining committed and generous in the face of numerous challenges. He highlighted the late Mrs. Nancy Carruth of Bunkie, LA and credited her leadership and friendmaking work as foundational to the Louisiana Conference’s love and ongoing, faithful support for the university.

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The conference pledged the gift in 2004, under the leadership of Bishop William H. Hutchinson. Two devastating hurr i c a n e s — Katrina and Rita—forced Louisiana Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey churches and c o m m u n i ties to shift their focus to rebuilding and recovery in 2005. Led by Bishop Cynthia Harvey, the conference reaffirmed its commitment in 2013 and outlined a plan to fulfill the pledge by 2018. Despite widespread destruction from flooding in 2016, gifts towards the pledge from the Louisiana Conference stood at $644,831 by January 2017.

Local Church Shares its Blessings A California-Nevada Conference congre- Africa University’s 25th anniversary. The gation is giving more than a tithe (tenth) other $100,000 is for mission and ministry in from the $1.5 million in proceeds received the California-Nevada Conference. The bulk of the church’s gift to Africa from the sale of property the church owned. “The gift has been received by us from the University ($87,000) is being invested in The Campaign for work of the former Africa University—a leaders, and now effort to raise $50 we’re passing million for scholarit on,” said Rev. ships, new faciliRobin Mathewsties, technology Johnson, pastor of upgrades, and acaWatsonville First demic programs. United Methodist The remaining Church (UMC). The church’s The funds came from the sale of the property of the former $13,000 will comFreedom Community Methodist Church, which was started plete the building Leadership Circle by Watsonville First UMC as a new church start in 1958 . of the sanctuary in asked Bishop Minerva Carcaño for suggestions for the the Zimunya East Circuit in Mutare District tithe and approved her prayerful sugges- (a church supported by Africa University through the office of the Chaplain). tions. -Adapted from an article by Dr. Larry Hygh, The total gift to the California-Nevada of communications for the California-Nevada Conference is $200,000, with half going to director Conference. the annual conference offering celebrating

2017 Commencement

Africa University’s 23rd Commencement, held on June 10th in Mutare, Zimbabwe, featured a graduating class of 718 young women and men, representing 23 African countries. This year’s ceremony was the first to have an alumnus as the Commencement Speaker. Health sector business executive, Washington Madziwadondo, urged the members of the class of 2017 to remember that “Africa University built you to stand tall and lead. “Today’s achievement is…about being relevant,” Madziwadondo said. “Now it is time to give back to Africa. She is waiting for you to set your mark and help make a difference.” The class included the University’s first graduate from the Sao Tome and Principe—a two-island nation off the coast of Central Africa. Abenilde Dos Santos was awarded a master’s degree in Intellectual Property. He was one of 223 professionals to be awarded graduate degrees. A total of 495 students were awarded undergraduate degree certificates.

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AU Focuses on Refugee and Migrant Protection Africa University is increasing its for lasting solutions to Africa’s migrafocus on Migration, Citizenship and tion and refugee protection crises,” Refugee Protection in Africa. The uni- said Pamela Machakanja. As the dean versity has unveiled plans for a research of the college of business, peace, leadership and center and new gradugovernance, ate degree programs by Machakanja led January 2018. The proin designing the grams, approved by the initiative. AU Board of Directors in “The current situMarch, respond to the ation in Africa suggrowing global impact of gests that a contidisplacement and statenent-wide migration lessness. There are an esti- Recent graduates of Africa University who fled violence and refugee promated 4.4 million in Burundi and Rwanda and sought refuge in Zimbabwe. tection program is essential to the refugees and 11 million internally displaced people in promotion of human rights, protection of sub-Saharan Africa, as data from the vulnerable groups such as women and chilUnited Nations High Commissioner for dren, and the development of the continent,” Refugees (UNHCR) shows, and that Machakanja said. The center and programs at Africa number is expected to rise. The causes vary—war, internal University are expected to test ideas, docuconflicts, drought, natural disasters, ment and share sustainable approaches, human trafficking or poor economies— and provide a pool of experts to help African but the impact is felt in human suffer- nations to address migration-related chaling, under-utilized or sidelined human lenges. The hope is that additional expertise capital, growing social instability and and collective action will allow the countries of sub-Saharan Africa to benefit more fully xenophobia. “Africa University recognizes the from the talent and creativity of migrants and urgent need to contribute to the search asylum-seekers.

We’re Still Celebrating Our Silver Jubilee

Have you ever been to a movie double feature? They are great! You take time out from your busy schedule to make it to the theatre, buy your popcorn, splurge on a large diet cola, then settle in to watch two great films for the price of one! Matching gifts are like a movie double feature. A growing number of companies will match charitable gift donations made by their employees or retirees. These matches are often dollar for dollar, and some companies even offer triple matches like ExxonMobil or quintuple matches like Puget Sound Energy. It is very easy to participate in a matching gift program. Obtain a matching gift form from the human resources department if your company has a matching gift program; complete the donor section of the form; and mail the form with your gift to the Africa University Development Office. We will process the form and return it to your employer. If approved, your employer will then send a check to match your gift. It’s that easy. Join the growing number of donors who are maximizing the impact of their gifts to Africa University. For more information about matching gifts, please call or write our Director of Planned Giving, Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office, P. O. Box 340007, Nashville, TN, 37203-0007, 615/3407428 (telephone), 615/340-7290 (fax), (e-mail address). Or visit the planned giving website at

General Board of Higher Education and Ministry The United Methodist Church P O Box 340007 Nashville, Tennessee 37203-0007

Through Africa University (AU), United Methodists have written the story of a God-sized vision come to

life. Join in the celebration of 25 years of nurturing global leaders in partnership with AU by hosting a special event in your local church or area? Bring people together to share the AU story. Give thanks to God for this ministry. Ask each event participant to celebrate AU’s Silver Jubilee with a gift of $25. For more information, call 615.340.7438 or email us at


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Acacia eNewsletter - May-June 2017  

Update on developments in Africa University's institutional advancement efforts.