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Spring 2013

In this issue:

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

Heather Peck-Stahl Twenty-seven annual conferences paid 100 percent of their 2012 asking for Africa University Fund; four of them exceeded their goal.

Leaders Gather at Africa University for Evangelism Summit

Ngonidzaishe Dapira Summit focuses on the words of John Wesley, “who experienced the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart.”

Member of First Graduating Class Recalls “Really Great Memory”

Joey Butler For Ana Carvalho, life changed the minute she set foot on AU’s campus.

United Methodist Church of Vista Creates $100,000 AU Scholarship Barbara Dunlap-Berg Reaching out, both locally and globally, is in the DNA of the 355-member United Methodist Church of Vista, Calif.

Charitable Giving Is in Warren E. Covell’s DNA

Elaine Jenkins Covell’s youthful giving of five cents from his weekly allowance set the stage for a lifestyle of generosity.

one scholarship at Africa University. Warren was serving as chair of the Conference Committee on Global Ministries at the time and accepted the challenge. He and committee members, with the support of Bishop Violet Fisher, coordinated the effort to raise $65,000 to endow a scholarship. The annual conference exceeded its goal by nearly $5,000. Warren is now a member of the task force spearheading the Upper New York Annual Conference’s campaign to raise $1 million for scholarships at Africa University. The campaign is unique in that it is the first endowment campaign with a planned giving component. It comes as no surprise that Warren made the first major planned gift for the campaign. “I want to see Africa University become a great institution, making a strong contribution to the leadership pool on the African continent,” he said. “Besides,” he continued, “missions and outreach are central to the Christian faith, and charitable giving is a part of my DNA.” Warren E. Covell

—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Religion was central in Warren E. Covell’s life during his formative years. Warren’s parents participated fully in their local Methodist church and instilled in their four children a lifelong love for the church. Born in Barre, Vt., Warren was reared primarily in East Hartford, Conn. He was an active member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and began tithing at a very early age, a discipline that has continued throughout his adulthood. Warren said every Sunday he joyfully gave 5 cents of his weekly 50-cent allowance, secure in the knowledge that his gift was doing good somewhere in the world. Warren felt a strong pull to the ordained ministry at an early age. After he earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, he enrolled at Hartford (Conn.) Seminary. There he met his future wife, Phyllis Storrs,

who was studying to become a Christian educator. The couple married several years later. Warren earned his bachelor of divinity degree and was ordained an elder of the Southern New England Annual Conference in 1959. Phyllis had earned her master’s degree and was employed by the Connecticut Council of Churches as director of ministry to children. One year later, the couple transferred to the former North Central New York Annual Conference, which merged with several other annual conferences in 2011 to form the Upper New York Annual Conference. Warren officially retired in 1996 after 40 years of service in pastoral ministry; however, he continued to serve in part-time appointments for another 10 years. Phyllis was for many years active in the annual conference camping program, creating curricula for older elementary youth and writing the 40th anniversary history of Camp Casowasco. Africa University first came within Warren’s missional and philanthropic gaze when the 2000 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference challenged each annual conference in the jurisdiction to endow Family photo

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Celebrating the Connection between Africa University and United Methodist Congregations 100 Percent Support

Thank you for supporting Africa University through your 100 percent remittance of the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2012. Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2012 (includes 2011 performance)

100% 100% 100% 100% 100.57% 100% 100% 102.86% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 169.31% 151.51%

2011 North Central Jurisdiction East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota Northern Illinois West Michigan West Ohio Wisconsin

100% 100% 104.69% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 112.46% 100% 100%

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 113.58% 100% 100.06% 100%

Illinois Great Rivers, Kansas West, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina, Northern Bishop John Schol Illinois, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, PeninsulaDelaware, Red Bird Missionary, Southwest Texas, Tennessee, Upper New York, West Michigan, West Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Wisconsin Conference has maintained a longtime relationship with Africa University. “Our churches,” said Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, “celebrate the level of higher education advancement that Africa University has accomplished.” According to Lisa King, conference treasurer, five local churches and a couple donated funds above the 2012 apportioned amounts to Africa University. The largest donations came from Bethany United Methodist Church, Madison; First, Whitewater; and Community, Elm Grove. “Africa University is a wonderful example of what The United Methodist Church can do together connectionally,” said King. “The entire denomination has established a university that provides critical education for Africans, who will then go back to their various nations and

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—Peck Stahl is a freelance journalist living in Nashville, Tenn.

provide leadership through the church and continent. (The school) has amazingly continued in this mission throughout the devastating and crippling economic circumstances in Zimbabwe over the past decade and now appears to be stronger than ever.” In the Greater New Jersey Conference, the Rev. Robert Costello, superintendent of Gateway South District, said Africa University has been the “favorite” missionary project of the Greater New Jersey Conference since the school opened. Greater New Jersey Bishop John Schol encouraged support of Africa University. “The development of leadership to serve within Africa,” he said, “is a priority for us as we seek to be faithful in our mission as a global partner.” The bishop has made seven trips to Africa University. “I have seen and experienced firsthand how the school is making a difference in the lives of students, the church and the region where it’s located,” he says. “Graduates . . . are leaders in business, the church, agriculture, education and economic development and an example of what United Methodists can do when we work and give generously together.”

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Heather Peck Stahl

“Africa University is an example of how the connectional system can make a difference in the world,” said John Cardillo, treasurer and director of administrative services of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. “By supporting the university, we are enabling the growth of well-educated leaders and helping to provide the tools for a better socioeconomic future for communities in Africa.” Support of Africa University, now celebrating two decades of preparing leaders for Africa and the world, is gaining momentum. In fact, 27 annual conferences paid 100 percent of their 2012 asking for the Africa University Fund, with four exceeding their goal. Wisconsin Conference paid a whopping 169.31 percent, followed by Greater New Jersey, 104.69 percent; Iowa, 100.57 percent; and Louisiana, 100.03 percent. Other conferences paying 100 percent were Alaska United Methodist, BaltimoreWashington, Desert Southwest, East Ohio, Florida, Holston,

UMNS – Mike DuBose

2012

Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington Greater New Jersey New England New York Susquehanna Peninsula-Delaware Upper New York West Virginia Western Pennsylvania

Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary Tennessee

100% 100.02% 100% 100%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Kansas West 100% Louisiana 100.03% 100.01% North Texas 100.50% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100% 100.05% Southwest Texas 100%

Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist Desert Southwest

As Africa University celebrates 20 years of realized dreams, we look forward to your full support in 2013.

• Africa University is located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, and is the first fully accredited United Methodist–related educational institution on the African continent, established by action of the General Conference. • Africa University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in six faculties of learning: agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration and theology. The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance offers postgraduate diplomas and master’s programs.

UMNS – Mike DuBose


Thank you for supporting Africa University through your 100 percent remittance of the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2012. Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2012 (includes 2011 performance)

—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Religion was central in Warren E. Covell’s life during his formative years. Warren’s parents participated fully in their local Methodist church and instilled in their four children a lifelong love for the church. Born in Barre, Vt., Warren was reared primarily in East Hartford, Conn. He was an active member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and began tithing at a very early age, a discipline that has continued throughout his adulthood. Warren said every Sunday he joyfully gave 5 cents of his weekly 50-cent allowance, secure in the knowledge that his gift was doing good somewhere in the world. Warren felt a strong pull to the ordained ministry at an early age. After he earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, he enrolled at Hartford (Conn.) Seminary. There he met his future wife, Phyllis Storrs,

Warren E. Covell

2012

2011

100% 100% 100% 100% 100.57% 100% 100% 102.86% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 169.31% 151.51% 100% 104.69% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 112.46% 100%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Kansas West 100% Louisiana 100.03% 100.01% North Texas 100.50% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100% 100.05% Southwest Texas 100% Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary Tennessee Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist Desert Southwest

100% 100% 100%

100% 100% 100% 113.58% 100% 100.06% 100%

100% 100.02% 100% 100%

As Africa University celebrates 20 years of realized dreams, we look forward to your full support in 2013.

• Africa University is located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, and is the first fully accredited United Methodist–related educational institution on the African continent, established by action of the General Conference. • Africa University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in six faculties of learning: agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration and theology. The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance offers postgraduate diplomas and master’s programs.

Illinois Great Rivers, Kansas West, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina, Northern Bishop John Schol Bishop Hee-Soo Jung Illinois, Oklahoma Heather Peck Stahl Indian Missionary, PeninsulaDelaware, Red Bird Missionary, Southwest Texas, Tennessee, “Africa University is an Upper New York, West Michiexample of how the connecgan, West Ohio, West Virginia tional system can make a differand Western Pennsylvania. ence in the world,” said John Wisconsin Conference has Cardillo, treasurer and director maintained a longtime relationof administrative services of the ship with Africa University. Greater New Jersey Annual “Our churches,” said Bishop Conference. “By supporting the Hee-Soo Jung, “celebrate the university, we are enabling the level of higher education growth of well-educated leaders advancement that Africa and helping to provide the tools University has accomplished.” for a better socioeconomic futAccording to Lisa King, ure for communities in Africa.” Support of Africa University, conference treasurer, five local churches and a couple donated now celebrating two decades of funds above the 2012 apporpreparing leaders for Africa tioned amounts to Africa and the world, is gaining University. The largest donamomentum. In fact, 27 annual conferences paid 100 percent of tions came from Bethany United Methodist Church, their 2012 asking for the Africa Madison; First, Whitewater; University Fund, with four exceeding their goal. Wisconsin and Community, Elm Grove. “Africa University is a Conference paid a whopping wonderful example of what 169.31 percent, followed by The United Methodist Church Greater New Jersey, 104.69 can do together connectionpercent; Iowa, 100.57 percent; ally,” said King. and Louisiana, 100.03 percent. “The entire denomination Other conferences paying has established a university that 100 percent were Alaska provides critical education for United Methodist, BaltimoreAfricans, who will then go back Washington, Desert Southwest, to their various nations and East Ohio, Florida, Holston, UMNS – Mike DuBose

North Central Jurisdiction East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota Northern Illinois West Michigan West Ohio Wisconsin

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

UMNS – Mike DuBose

Elaine Jenkins Covell’s youthful giving of five cents from his weekly allowance set the stage for a lifestyle of generosity.

Charitable Giving Is in Warren E. Covell’s DNA

Barbara Dunlap-Berg Reaching out, both locally and globally, is in the DNA of the 355-member United Methodist Church of Vista, Calif.

United Methodist Church of Vista Creates $100,000 AU Scholarship

Joey Butler For Ana Carvalho, life changed the minute she set foot on AU’s campus.

Member of First Graduating Class Recalls “Really Great Memory”

Ngonidzaishe Dapira Summit focuses on the words of John Wesley, “who experienced the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart.”

Leaders Gather at Africa University for Evangelism Summit

Heather Peck-Stahl Twenty-seven annual conferences paid 100 percent of their 2012 asking for Africa University Fund; four of them exceeded their goal.

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

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Spring 2013

one scholarship at Africa University. Warren was serving as chair of the Conference Committee on Global Ministries at the time and accepted the challenge. He and committee members, with the support of Bishop Violet Fisher, coordinated the effort to raise $65,000 to endow a scholarship. The annual conference exceeded its goal by nearly $5,000. Warren is now a member of the task force spearheading the Upper New York Annual Conference’s campaign to raise $1 million for scholarships at Africa University. The campaign is unique in that it is the first endowment campaign with a planned giving component. It comes as no surprise that Warren made the first major planned gift for the campaign. “I want to see Africa University become a great institution, making a strong contribution to the leadership pool on the African continent,” he said. “Besides,” he continued, “missions and outreach are central to the Christian faith, and charitable giving is a part of my DNA.”

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100 Percent Support

Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington Greater New Jersey New England New York Susquehanna Peninsula-Delaware Upper New York West Virginia Western Pennsylvania

who was studying to become a Christian educator. The couple married several years later. Warren earned his bachelor of divinity degree and was ordained an elder of the Southern New England Annual Conference in 1959. Phyllis had earned her master’s degree and was employed by the Connecticut Council of Churches as director of ministry to children. One year later, the couple transferred to the former North Central New York Annual Conference, which merged with several other annual conferences in 2011 to form the Upper New York Annual Conference. Warren officially retired in 1996 after 40 years of service in pastoral ministry; however, he continued to serve in part-time appointments for another 10 years. Phyllis was for many years active in the annual conference camping program, creating curricula for older elementary youth and writing the 40th anniversary history of Camp Casowasco. Africa University first came within Warren’s missional and philanthropic gaze when the 2000 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference challenged each annual conference in the jurisdiction to endow

Charitable Giving Is in Warren E. Covell’s DNA

Family photo

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Celebrating the Connection between Africa University and United Methodist Congregations

provide leadership through the church and continent. (The school) has amazingly continued in this mission throughout the devastating and crippling economic circumstances in Zimbabwe over the past decade and now appears to be stronger than ever.” In the Greater New Jersey Conference, the Rev. Robert Costello, superintendent of Gateway South District, said Africa University has been the “favorite” missionary project of the Greater New Jersey Conference since the school opened. Greater New Jersey Bishop John Schol encouraged support of Africa University. “The development of leadership to serve within Africa,” he said, “is a priority for us as we seek to be faithful in our mission as a global partner.” The bishop has made seven trips to Africa University. “I have seen and experienced firsthand how the school is making a difference in the lives of students, the church and the region where it’s located,” he says. “Graduates . . . are leaders in business, the church, agriculture, education and economic development and an example of what United Methodists can do when we work and give generously together.” —Peck Stahl is a freelance journalist living in Nashville, Tenn.


Evangelism leaders attend the Africa Continental Summit at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Back (from left): Bishop Michael Watson, Bishop Ivan Ibrahim, the Rev. Beauty Maenzanise, John Kurewa, and Winston Worrell. Front (from left): Eddie Fox, retired bishop Lawi Imathiu and Bishop Sunday Onuoha.

• We Are Africa University (600611) Order these and other resources from United Methodist Communications by calling toll-free (888) 346-3862. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org or www.infoserv.umc.org. Learn more about how you can put your faith into action by contacting the Africa University Development Office at (615) 340-7438, audevoffice@gbhem.org or www.support-africauniversity.org. Visit Africa University’s website at www.africau.edu. Encourage your local church to set a 100-percent apportionmentremittance goal! Sending a portion of your goal each month makes it easier to reach full remittance by year’s end. Africa University apportionment receipts from local churches provide the basics necessary to operate the university, such as utilities, equipment and faculty salaries. Honor your friends or family by sponsoring an Africa University student in their name.

Ngonidzaishe Dapira More than 120 evangelism leaders from 20 African countries and 18 Wesleyan Methodist family churches under the World Methodist Council attended the landmark Africa Continental Summit Dec. 1-8, 2012, at Africa University in Zimbabwe. The council’s World Methodist Evangelism Institute organized the event.

The Rev. Eddie Fox, world director of the institute, said the Africa summit followed a series of similar events in other locations. “Africa is the continent of light,” Fox noted, “because the Christian faith is growing faster in Africa than (on) any other continent in the world. It is also true that Africa has entered into the orbit of Christian faith with the majority of the people on the continent believing in Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.” The summit, Fox said, focused on the words of John Wesley, “who experienced the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart.” The Rev. Winston Worrell, director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, expressed delight that the Africa summit convened during Africa University’s 20th-anniversary celebration. “This university, as a Methodist- and Christian-related institution,” he said, “has already

begun to have significant impact across the continent. . . . We are meeting several graduates from this institution who are making significant contributions as pastors and leaders. The institute, which includes Wesleyan Methodist churches, focuses on mission and evangelism and spreading the good news of Christ Jesus around the world. The Wesleyan Methodist movement is in 138 countries with more than 80 million followers. North Georgia Area Bishop B. Michael Watson, who chairs World Methodist Evangelism, said it is important that Africa’s Methodist leadership step forward in the global Christian movement. The people called Methodists, followers of Jesus Christ, in the company of the Wesleys, are one family with one mission — that the world may know Jesus Christ,” Watson said. —Dapira is a member of the information office staff of Africa University

Member of First Graduating Class Recalls “Really Great Memory” first graduating class at Africa University in 1996. The Angola native was part of a group of nine from her country to begin study at AU in March 1992. “I still remember as if it Ana Carvalho meets with colleagues at the World Bank. were today. Me, arriving in Zimbabwe not knowing English, traveling from Harare to Mutare Joey Butler in a white van. That was really a Ana Carvalho didn’t set out to great memory,” she said. be a pioneer; she was just trying Growing up in war-torn to continue her education. But Angola, it was a struggle just she became part of the historic

of study. She ended up joining an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) and started her career as a development specialist. Later she joined the World Bank’s Angola office first as a communications specialist, and later becoming the operations officer. “As the operations officer I oversee all the operations work in the country for the bank finance projects. At the moment, we have five projects, which amount to about $500 million. I’m responsible for the implementation of these projects as well as overseeing the monitoring

to go to college. Carvalho began her studies at Angola’s only public university, but when teachers began leaving to escape the country’s civil war, which waged from 1975 to 2002, she had to look to other options. One of her cousins mentioned a new university opening in Zimbabwe that was sponsored by The United Methodist Church, and Carvalho saw that as her opportunity. Carvalho studied agriculture and natural resources, and majored in agricultural economics, but upon returning to Angola in 1997, she found little opportunity to work in her area

of the fiduciary aspects, financial management, procurement aspects, and all that has to do with the implementation of the projects,” said Carvalho. “Every day we make a difference because we are closer

to the excluded. We are close to those who really need to be uplifted, not just financially, not just socially, but also spiritually,” she said. It’s been quite a journey for Carvalho since that memorable van ride 21 years ago, and she feels her life changed the minute she set foot on Africa University’s campus. “I am very grateful to all those who put a penny to ensure that not just me but other students in Africa could benefit from the service provided by Africa University,” she said. —Butler is editor of young adult content for United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn.

United Methodist Church of Vista Creates $100,000 AU Scholarship

UMC of Vista photo

Courtesy, Africa University

Order a family of resources to help tell the story of the Africa University Fund apportionment:

• Africa University Fund: Pieces of the Dream DVD (600512)

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Leaders Gather at Africa University for Evangelism Summit

Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

a beneficiary of a trust estimated at $10 million. When the long legal process finally ended in June 2012, the congregation held a church conference to determine how to divide the money. Tommy Thomson, Margie Thomson, Jacque “We decided that our Howard, and Jane Thomson during a VIM trip to AU in Spring 1999. first act would be to thank God for this blessing by Barbara Dunlap-Berg making an initial benevolent gift beyond ourselves,” said Hooper, “Reaching out, both locally who has served the congregation and globally, is in the DNA of since 2007. “We invited the 355-member United members of the congregation to Methodist Church of Vista, make proposals to direct gifts of Calif.,” said the Rev. George C. abundant grace. Hooper. So it was no surprise “Tommy Thomson proposed when the congregation voted to the creation of a $100,000 establish a $100,000 endowed scholarship to Africa scholarship fund for Africa University.” University. As a young man, Tommy The scholarship honors Thomson had felt called to longtime members Margaret missionary work, but his health “Margie” Ellen Coates prevented him from pursuing Thomson, who died in that dream. Still, the mission December 2012, and her zeal was in his heart. husband, Earl J. “Tommy” “Employed in the life Thomson. insurance industry and helping Ten years ago, the congrepersons to invest wisely, gation learned that the United Tommy has always encouraged Methodist Church of Vista was

people to look beyond themselves and to see the difference they can make in the world,” Hooper said. In 2001, the CaliforniaPacific Annual Conference sent a work team to Africa University. In the Vista contingent of four were the Thomsons and their adult daughter, Jane. Embracing Africa University is important, Hooper said, because “the church of Jesus Christ is at its best when it provides for indigenous leadership in the church and the community.” Vista strives “to be an authentic and accessible community in Christ, celebrating and extending God’s love into the world.” The Thomsons, Hooper said, embraced that mission. “Margie was instrumental in helping us craft that statement, both with her vision and example. Tommy continues to serve . . . everywhere that the Spirit guides.” —Dunlap-Berg is internal content editor for United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn.

How You Can Help Africa University continues to be the evidence of faith, hope and belief in the visions of dreamers. We are counting on you! Your church’s 100 percent apportionment remittance means 100 percent support of Africa University’s operational budget. Consider these additional ways of helping the university to educate new leaders for the nations of Africa: Planned Gifts – Planned gifts are the foundation for the longterm survival of Africa University. For many, a bequest offers an opportunity to make a more substantial charitable gift than would be possible during one’s lifetime. As you make your estate plans, consider leaving a gift to Africa University in your will. If you already have included Africa University in your estate plans, please let us know so we may welcome you to the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society. Usahwira –This word in the Shona language means “a beautiful friendship.” Encourage your local church to become a partner with Africa University by supporting one student at the university for four years. The cost to support one student annually is $5,400. Local churches may provide full or partial scholarships. Endowment Fund –Give to the Africa University Endowment Fund (World Service Special Gift #03-01-88). The interest income from the endowment is used to provide scholarships for our students. Africa University is supported by congregations and individuals across The United Methodist Church. Let’s work together to continue the transformation of lives and of Africa. For more information, please contact: Africa University Development Office P.O. Box 340007 Nashville, TN 37203-0007 (615) 340-7438 (phone) (615) 340-7290 (fax) audevoffice@gbhem.org www.support-africauniversity.org

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Evangelism leaders attend the Africa Continental Summit at Africa University in Zimbabwe. Back (from left): Bishop Michael Watson, Bishop Ivan Ibrahim, the Rev. Beauty Maenzanise, John Kurewa, and Winston Worrell. Front (from left): Eddie Fox, retired bishop Lawi Imathiu and Bishop Sunday Onuoha.

• We Are Africa University (600611) Order these and other resources from United Methodist Communications by calling toll-free (888) 346-3862. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org or www.infoserv.umc.org. Learn more about how you can put your faith into action by contacting the Africa University Development Office at (615) 340-7438, audevoffice@gbhem.org or www.support-africauniversity.org. Visit Africa University’s website at www.africau.edu. Encourage your local church to set a 100-percent apportionmentremittance goal! Sending a portion of your goal each month makes it easier to reach full remittance by year’s end. Africa University apportionment receipts from local churches provide the basics necessary to operate the university, such as utilities, equipment and faculty salaries. Honor your friends or family by sponsoring an Africa University student in their name.

Ngonidzaishe Dapira More than 120 evangelism leaders from 20 African countries and 18 Wesleyan Methodist family churches under the World Methodist Council attended the landmark Africa Continental Summit Dec. 1-8, 2012, at Africa University in Zimbabwe. The council’s World Methodist Evangelism Institute organized the event.

The Rev. Eddie Fox, world director of the institute, said the Africa summit followed a series of similar events in other locations. “Africa is the continent of light,” Fox noted, “because the Christian faith is growing faster in Africa than (on) any other continent in the world. It is also true that Africa has entered into the orbit of Christian faith with the majority of the people on the continent believing in Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.” The summit, Fox said, focused on the words of John Wesley, “who experienced the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart.” The Rev. Winston Worrell, director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, expressed delight that the Africa summit convened during Africa University’s 20th-anniversary celebration. “This university, as a Methodist- and Christian-related institution,” he said, “has already

begun to have significant impact across the continent. . . . We are meeting several graduates from this institution who are making significant contributions as pastors and leaders. The institute, which includes Wesleyan Methodist churches, focuses on mission and evangelism and spreading the good news of Christ Jesus around the world. The Wesleyan Methodist movement is in 138 countries with more than 80 million followers. North Georgia Area Bishop B. Michael Watson, who chairs World Methodist Evangelism, said it is important that Africa’s Methodist leadership step forward in the global Christian movement. The people called Methodists, followers of Jesus Christ, in the company of the Wesleys, are one family with one mission — that the world may know Jesus Christ,” Watson said. —Dapira is a member of the information office staff of Africa University

Member of First Graduating Class Recalls “Really Great Memory” first graduating class at Africa University in 1996. The Angola native was part of a group of nine from her country to begin study at AU in March 1992. “I still remember as if it Ana Carvalho meets with colleagues at the World Bank. were today. Me, arriving in Zimbabwe not knowing English, traveling from Harare to Mutare Joey Butler in a white van. That was really a Ana Carvalho didn’t set out to great memory,” she said. be a pioneer; she was just trying Growing up in war-torn to continue her education. But Angola, it was a struggle just she became part of the historic

of study. She ended up joining an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) and started her career as a development specialist. Later she joined the World Bank’s Angola office first as a communications specialist, and later becoming the operations officer. “As the operations officer I oversee all the operations work in the country for the bank finance projects. At the moment, we have five projects, which amount to about $500 million. I’m responsible for the implementation of these projects as well as overseeing the monitoring

to go to college. Carvalho began her studies at Angola’s only public university, but when teachers began leaving to escape the country’s civil war, which waged from 1975 to 2002, she had to look to other options. One of her cousins mentioned a new university opening in Zimbabwe that was sponsored by The United Methodist Church, and Carvalho saw that as her opportunity. Carvalho studied agriculture and natural resources, and majored in agricultural economics, but upon returning to Angola in 1997, she found little opportunity to work in her area

of the fiduciary aspects, financial management, procurement aspects, and all that has to do with the implementation of the projects,” said Carvalho. “Every day we make a difference because we are closer

to the excluded. We are close to those who really need to be uplifted, not just financially, not just socially, but also spiritually,” she said. It’s been quite a journey for Carvalho since that memorable van ride 21 years ago, and she feels her life changed the minute she set foot on Africa University’s campus. “I am very grateful to all those who put a penny to ensure that not just me but other students in Africa could benefit from the service provided by Africa University,” she said. —Butler is editor of young adult content for United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn.

United Methodist Church of Vista Creates $100,000 AU Scholarship

UMC of Vista photo

Courtesy, Africa University

Order a family of resources to help tell the story of the Africa University Fund apportionment:

• Africa University Fund: Pieces of the Dream DVD (600512)

continued from previous page

Leaders Gather at Africa University for Evangelism Summit

Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

a beneficiary of a trust estimated at $10 million. When the long legal process finally ended in June 2012, the congregation held a church conference to determine how to divide the money. Tommy Thomson, Margie Thomson, Jacque “We decided that our Howard, and Jane Thomson during a VIM trip to AU in Spring 1999. first act would be to thank God for this blessing by Barbara Dunlap-Berg making an initial benevolent gift beyond ourselves,” said Hooper, “Reaching out, both locally who has served the congregation and globally, is in the DNA of since 2007. “We invited the 355-member United members of the congregation to Methodist Church of Vista, make proposals to direct gifts of Calif.,” said the Rev. George C. abundant grace. Hooper. So it was no surprise “Tommy Thomson proposed when the congregation voted to the creation of a $100,000 establish a $100,000 endowed scholarship to Africa scholarship fund for Africa University.” University. As a young man, Tommy The scholarship honors Thomson had felt called to longtime members Margaret missionary work, but his health “Margie” Ellen Coates prevented him from pursuing Thomson, who died in that dream. Still, the mission December 2012, and her zeal was in his heart. husband, Earl J. “Tommy” “Employed in the life Thomson. insurance industry and helping Ten years ago, the congrepersons to invest wisely, gation learned that the United Tommy has always encouraged Methodist Church of Vista was

people to look beyond themselves and to see the difference they can make in the world,” Hooper said. In 2001, the CaliforniaPacific Annual Conference sent a work team to Africa University. In the Vista contingent of four were the Thomsons and their adult daughter, Jane. Embracing Africa University is important, Hooper said, because “the church of Jesus Christ is at its best when it provides for indigenous leadership in the church and the community.” Vista strives “to be an authentic and accessible community in Christ, celebrating and extending God’s love into the world.” The Thomsons, Hooper said, embraced that mission. “Margie was instrumental in helping us craft that statement, both with her vision and example. Tommy continues to serve . . . everywhere that the Spirit guides.” —Dunlap-Berg is internal content editor for United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tenn.

How You Can Help Africa University continues to be the evidence of faith, hope and belief in the visions of dreamers. We are counting on you! Your church’s 100 percent apportionment remittance means 100 percent support of Africa University’s operational budget. Consider these additional ways of helping the university to educate new leaders for the nations of Africa: Planned Gifts – Planned gifts are the foundation for the longterm survival of Africa University. For many, a bequest offers an opportunity to make a more substantial charitable gift than would be possible during one’s lifetime. As you make your estate plans, consider leaving a gift to Africa University in your will. If you already have included Africa University in your estate plans, please let us know so we may welcome you to the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society. Usahwira –This word in the Shona language means “a beautiful friendship.” Encourage your local church to become a partner with Africa University by supporting one student at the university for four years. The cost to support one student annually is $5,400. Local churches may provide full or partial scholarships. Endowment Fund –Give to the Africa University Endowment Fund (World Service Special Gift #03-01-88). The interest income from the endowment is used to provide scholarships for our students. Africa University is supported by congregations and individuals across The United Methodist Church. Let’s work together to continue the transformation of lives and of Africa. For more information, please contact: Africa University Development Office P.O. Box 340007 Nashville, TN 37203-0007 (615) 340-7438 (phone) (615) 340-7290 (fax) audevoffice@gbhem.org www.support-africauniversity.org

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In this issue:

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

Heather Peck-Stahl Twenty-seven annual conferences paid 100 percent of their 2012 asking for Africa University Fund; four of them exceeded their goal.

Leaders Gather at Africa University for Evangelism Summit

Ngonidzaishe Dapira Summit focuses on the words of John Wesley, “who experienced the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart.”

Member of First Graduating Class Recalls “Really Great Memory”

Joey Butler For Ana Carvalho, life changed the minute she set foot on AU’s campus.

United Methodist Church of Vista Creates $100,000 AU Scholarship Barbara Dunlap-Berg Reaching out, both locally and globally, is in the DNA of the 355-member United Methodist Church of Vista, Calif.

Charitable Giving Is in Warren E. Covell’s DNA

Elaine Jenkins Covell’s youthful giving of five cents from his weekly allowance set the stage for a lifestyle of generosity.

one scholarship at Africa University. Warren was serving as chair of the Conference Committee on Global Ministries at the time and accepted the challenge. He and committee members, with the support of Bishop Violet Fisher, coordinated the effort to raise $65,000 to endow a scholarship. The annual conference exceeded its goal by nearly $5,000. Warren is now a member of the task force spearheading the Upper New York Annual Conference’s campaign to raise $1 million for scholarships at Africa University. The campaign is unique in that it is the first endowment campaign with a planned giving component. It comes as no surprise that Warren made the first major planned gift for the campaign. “I want to see Africa University become a great institution, making a strong contribution to the leadership pool on the African continent,” he said. “Besides,” he continued, “missions and outreach are central to the Christian faith, and charitable giving is a part of my DNA.” Warren E. Covell

—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Religion was central in Warren E. Covell’s life during his formative years. Warren’s parents participated fully in their local Methodist church and instilled in their four children a lifelong love for the church. Born in Barre, Vt., Warren was reared primarily in East Hartford, Conn. He was an active member of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and began tithing at a very early age, a discipline that has continued throughout his adulthood. Warren said every Sunday he joyfully gave 5 cents of his weekly 50-cent allowance, secure in the knowledge that his gift was doing good somewhere in the world. Warren felt a strong pull to the ordained ministry at an early age. After he earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Connecticut, he enrolled at Hartford (Conn.) Seminary. There he met his future wife, Phyllis Storrs,

who was studying to become a Christian educator. The couple married several years later. Warren earned his bachelor of divinity degree and was ordained an elder of the Southern New England Annual Conference in 1959. Phyllis had earned her master’s degree and was employed by the Connecticut Council of Churches as director of ministry to children. One year later, the couple transferred to the former North Central New York Annual Conference, which merged with several other annual conferences in 2011 to form the Upper New York Annual Conference. Warren officially retired in 1996 after 40 years of service in pastoral ministry; however, he continued to serve in part-time appointments for another 10 years. Phyllis was for many years active in the annual conference camping program, creating curricula for older elementary youth and writing the 40th anniversary history of Camp Casowasco. Africa University first came within Warren’s missional and philanthropic gaze when the 2000 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference challenged each annual conference in the jurisdiction to endow Family photo

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Charitable Giving Is in Warren E. Covell’s DNA

Celebrating the Connection between Africa University and United Methodist Congregations 100 Percent Support

Thank you for supporting Africa University through your 100 percent remittance of the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2012. Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2012 (includes 2011 performance)

100% 100% 100% 100% 100.57% 100% 100% 102.86% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 169.31% 151.51%

2011 North Central Jurisdiction East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota Northern Illinois West Michigan West Ohio Wisconsin

100% 100% 104.69% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 112.46% 100% 100%

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 113.58% 100% 100.06% 100%

Illinois Great Rivers, Kansas West, Minnesota, New England, New York, North Carolina, Northern Bishop John Schol Illinois, Oklahoma Indian Missionary, PeninsulaDelaware, Red Bird Missionary, Southwest Texas, Tennessee, Upper New York, West Michigan, West Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania. Wisconsin Conference has maintained a longtime relationship with Africa University. “Our churches,” said Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, “celebrate the level of higher education advancement that Africa University has accomplished.” According to Lisa King, conference treasurer, five local churches and a couple donated funds above the 2012 apportioned amounts to Africa University. The largest donations came from Bethany United Methodist Church, Madison; First, Whitewater; and Community, Elm Grove. “Africa University is a wonderful example of what The United Methodist Church can do together connectionally,” said King. “The entire denomination has established a university that provides critical education for Africans, who will then go back to their various nations and

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—Peck Stahl is a freelance journalist living in Nashville, Tenn.

provide leadership through the church and continent. (The school) has amazingly continued in this mission throughout the devastating and crippling economic circumstances in Zimbabwe over the past decade and now appears to be stronger than ever.” In the Greater New Jersey Conference, the Rev. Robert Costello, superintendent of Gateway South District, said Africa University has been the “favorite” missionary project of the Greater New Jersey Conference since the school opened. Greater New Jersey Bishop John Schol encouraged support of Africa University. “The development of leadership to serve within Africa,” he said, “is a priority for us as we seek to be faithful in our mission as a global partner.” The bishop has made seven trips to Africa University. “I have seen and experienced firsthand how the school is making a difference in the lives of students, the church and the region where it’s located,” he says. “Graduates . . . are leaders in business, the church, agriculture, education and economic development and an example of what United Methodists can do when we work and give generously together.”

Conferences Exceed 100 Percent Giving to Africa University Fund

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Heather Peck Stahl

“Africa University is an example of how the connectional system can make a difference in the world,” said John Cardillo, treasurer and director of administrative services of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. “By supporting the university, we are enabling the growth of well-educated leaders and helping to provide the tools for a better socioeconomic future for communities in Africa.” Support of Africa University, now celebrating two decades of preparing leaders for Africa and the world, is gaining momentum. In fact, 27 annual conferences paid 100 percent of their 2012 asking for the Africa University Fund, with four exceeding their goal. Wisconsin Conference paid a whopping 169.31 percent, followed by Greater New Jersey, 104.69 percent; Iowa, 100.57 percent; and Louisiana, 100.03 percent. Other conferences paying 100 percent were Alaska United Methodist, BaltimoreWashington, Desert Southwest, East Ohio, Florida, Holston,

UMNS – Mike DuBose

2012

Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington Greater New Jersey New England New York Susquehanna Peninsula-Delaware Upper New York West Virginia Western Pennsylvania

Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary Tennessee

100% 100.02% 100% 100%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Kansas West 100% Louisiana 100.03% 100.01% North Texas 100.50% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100% 100.05% Southwest Texas 100%

Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist Desert Southwest

As Africa University celebrates 20 years of realized dreams, we look forward to your full support in 2013.

• Africa University is located in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe, and is the first fully accredited United Methodist–related educational institution on the African continent, established by action of the General Conference. • Africa University offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in six faculties of learning: agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration and theology. The Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance offers postgraduate diplomas and master’s programs.

UMNS – Mike DuBose

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