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Mississippi surpasses goal for AU fundraising campaign



reasons we were able to succeed,” said Carr. Churches and individuals in all 11 districts of the Mississippi Conference responded to the campaign with extreme generosity. But for Carr, the response of the Meridian District was particularly inspiring. A group of 47 predominantly African American congregations—most of them small, with less than 15 members in worship on Sunday—embraced the effort. Determined to raise $130,000 for one endowed scholarship, the churches met their goal by giving sacrificially. “It all came together and it was truly a God thing,” said the district superintendent, Rev. Steven P. “Rusty” Keen. “ey amazed themselves, and it was beautiful to see God’s spirit working within those churches and in the hearts of the people as they seized the opportunity to leave a legacy, not only here in Mississippi, but also thousands of miles away.” Carr noted that a key “lesson learned” from the campaign was that small to medium-sized congregations should never be overlooked.

Rev. Steven P. “Rusty” Keen and the churches of the Meridian District were recognized for their contributions at the 2016 Mississippi Annual Conference.

Plans are underway for a Mississippi Conference delegation, led by Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr., to visit the Africa University campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe from March 20-28, 2017, for the official handover of the $1.35M gift during the university’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

CELEBRATING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN AFRICA UNIVERSITY AND UNITED METHODIST CONGREGATIONS 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%

Summer 2016

he Mississippi Conference celebrated the completion of its $1.3 million campaign for Africa University in June, having surpassed its goal six months earlier than planned. e campaign to endow 10 scholarships at Africa University has generated a total of $1,354,769.00 in cash and pledges. “We found that local churches and individuals had a keen awareness and deep commitment to Africa University,” said Rev. Jimmy Carr, who co-led the campaign team with Mrs. Martha Scarborough. Africa University’s ties to the Mississippi Conference date back to its inception in 1988. A massive cross and flame, given to the university by the conference in 1994, is a prominent feature of the main campus. Over the past 24 years, Mississippi United Methodists have helped to shape the development of Africa University, and they have consistently invested in the university’s scholarship endowment fund. “at foundation and commitment are the

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