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Africa University Alumni and Friends Serve for the Cause


of divinity degree from AU in 2005. From the outset, leaders at the Commission on General Conference and the General Board of Global Ministries encouraged the initiative. “Everyone has something to bring to the table, that’s the lesson here and I cannot think of a better example for our international work,” said omas Kemper, Global Ministries’ top executive and a member of the Africa University Board of Directors. is initiative is the brainchild of Rev. Kalaba Chali, an AU graduate from Zambia who currently serves as mercy and justice coordinator in the Great Plains Conference. “Today’s world requires training leaders who understand what it means to live, learn and lead in a global community, and that’s what AU offers students and faculty alike,” said Chali. Corey Godbey, the coordinator of Hispanic Ministry in the Great Plains Conference, did not graduate from Africa University, but is so passionate about the initiative that he signed up

International delegates pick up audio receivers for translation at the 2012 General Conference. A UMNS photo by Mike Dubose

Spring 2016

ore than a dozen Africa University alumni are serving as interpreters and translators at the 2016 General Conference. It’s a role they have played since the 1996 General Conference, and this year, they have added something special. For the 2016 General Conference, alumni are donating the bulk of their stipends back to the university to be used for scholarships and academic staff development — and they have recruited friends and colleagues to do the same. Africa University’s very existence, and academic accomplishments, are the product of continuous generosity from students, alumni and supporters. “e aim is to keep the momentum [going],” said Rev. Willy Banza, a trained linguist from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scholarships Rev. Kalaba Chali, AU graduate. helped him earn a bachelor

to help. “Being adept in two different languages provides me an opportunity to serve as a communication-bridge, connecting groups of people,” said Godbey. Africa University students generally enroll speaking only one international language: English, French or Portuguese. By graduation, they are competent in at least two international languages thanks to the university’s dual language policy.



Thank you for supporting Africa University through your 100 percent remittance of the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2015. Here is the listing of Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2015 (with 2014 performance for comparison): North Central Jurisdiction Dakotas East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota West Michigan West Ohio Jurisdiction Total Support

2015 100.03% 99.99% 100% 116.54% 100% 100% 100% 96.27%

2014 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 91.25%

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

2015 100% 110.65% 100% 100% 100% 100.43% 100% 100% 100.02% 100.01% 101.11%

2014 100%

100% 100% 95.76%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas Oklahoma Indian Missionary Jurisdiction Total Support

2015 100% 100% 89.54%

2014 100% 100% 89.22%

100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston Kentucky North Carolina Red Bird Missionary South Carolina Tennessee Jurisdiction Total Support

2015 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 101.41% 100% 91.73%

2014 100% 100% 100% 100% 100.50% 102.98% 100% 91%

Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist California Pacific Desert Southwest Oregon Idaho Pacific Northwest Rocky Mountain Jurisdiction Total Support

2015 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 92.77%

2014 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 91.78%

Africa University Today - Spring 2016  

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