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Please Remember Africa University in Your Will Issue: 02 Vol: 21

March - April 2016

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Advisors Leave Baltimore “Energized” Members of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee, (ADC), met on March 12, in Baltimore, MD. They welcomed Dr. David Beckley, the president of Rust College as a new member of both the advisory committee and the AU Board Development Committee. “Dr. Beckley’s expertise and insights will be invaluable to Africa University as its ministry evolves,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews, the episcopal leader of the BaltimoreWashington Conference and chairperson of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee and the Africa University Board Development Committee (BDC). In addition to the updates on a variety of initiatives to cultivate friends and raise funds for Africa University,

members received a briefing on campus developments and student ADC members, Rev. Joseph Abram,and alumni Mrs. Ruth Ellen Stone and Mrs. c o n t r i b u Shirley Byers, report on tions from developments in their various the univerconferences. sity’s Vice Chancellor/CEO, Dr. Munashe Furusa. “Hearing about the progress and about what Africa University graduates are doing makes this just an incredible experience to be a part of,” said Mrs. Shirley Byers, an ADC member from the Upper New York Conference. The one-day meeting took place on the heels of the 2016 General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal,

(BMCR). Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth, the president of BMCR, affirmed the organization’s commitment to advocate for the 2016 General Conference to Rev. Dr. Cedric Bridgeforth, approve the continuation of the Africa University Fund apportionment and World Service Special Gifts fund at the same level─$10 million each—for 20172020. “Africa University is important to our future…it’s important that we educate and send out people who can transform the church and the world,” said Bridgeforth.

Baltimore Area Churches Welcome AU Celebration Partners Fifteen local congregations in the “I did not know Dr. Baltimore-Washington Conference Hunt before he came hosted speakers on March 13th in order to pray with me in the to learn more about Africa University’s hospital but his minisministry. The presenters, members try of presence encourof the AU Advisory Development aged me,” Chadwick Committee, (ADC), found a warm welsaid. “My heart is full come, many threads of connection, and of joy and I am thankan abiding interest in the university’s ful to still be here— impact, among the congregants. standing, walking and At Annandale UMC, Bishop Ernest talking—and able to (Above): Rev. Dr. Clarence Brown with Bishop Ernest Lyght, shows off his Chiremba Lyght experienced genuine hospitality. share my love for Africa pin, given in recognition of contributions by major donors. (Right, clockwise): Annandale’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Clarence Ms. Josefa Bethea Wall, Ms. Brenda Chadwick, Ms. Lori M. Graham and Rev. Dr. University.” Brown, and members of the congrega- C. Anthony Hunt at Epworth Chapel UMC.(Lower row): Ms. Jocelyn McLaughlin, Using John 1:16 as tion are interested in providing scholarMs. Elaine Jenkins and Mr. Marshall C. Brookes. the foundation for her ships for students. They also want to remarks, Chadwick tion at Epworth Chapel UMC about Africa explore the possibility of a 2017 misspoke to the congregation about connection University. Chadwick lives in North Carolina. sion trip to the main campus in Mutare, Just ten months ago, Epworth Chapel UMC and the “fullness of God’s grace”. Both, she Zimbabwe. noted, are a wellspring of hope and a source “The ground is fertile in this mission- was a source of care and encouragement of personal healing—as was the case with as its pastor, Rev. Dr. C. Anthony Hunt, minded congregation,” said Bishop Lyght her recovery from illness—and of the global It was an emotional and heartwarming visited her during a period of treatment at transformation that the Epworth UMC conmoment for ADC member, Ms. Brenda Johns Hopkins Hospital for a brain tumor gregation supports through Africa University. Chadwick, to speak to the congrega- and aneurism.

Acacia e-Newsletter: March - April 2016  

News update from the Africa University Development Office.