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In this issue:

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

Sharai Muonwa Zimbabwe’s vice president visited the campus to announce a special fund to provide fees for disadvantaged female students from Zimbabwe who intend to study at AU.

Dream Catchers and Visionaries

Paul Black Africa University’s 20th anniversary celebration was a time of remembrance of God’s movement, the institution’s achievements and expectancy toward a vibrant future.

Upper New York Joins as Africa University Celebrates 20 Years of Success

Maidstone Mulenga Upper New York got rousing applause as officials shared the conference’s commitment to providing eight endowed scholarships through its $1 million campaign.

A Partner in Malawi

Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She wanted to be a part of the health-care solution in Malawi.

Africa University Celebrates 19th Graduation Ceremony

Sharai Muonwa AU graduates urged to play a part in the development of their nations.

Marjorie Jean Lightfoot: Changing the World Through the Education of Women

Elaine Jenkins Marjorie Jean Lightfoot places some of her resources and best wishes in Africa University.

and enthusiasm with the Contemporary Issues class upon his return. Marjorie has read that two-thirds of the world’s illiterates are female. So she was particularly impressed that at Africa University, women comprise one-half of the student population; women are roughly 30-35 percent of the faculty and staff; four of the highest ranking staff are women; one-third of the deans are women; gender equality has been mainstreamed throughout the curricula of the six faculties or schools; and the university is pan-African, drawing students from more than one-half of the 55 nations of Africa. The Marjorie Jean Lightfoot Endowed Scholarship Fund will educate women from Kenya and Tanzania for generations to come. “I am putting some of my resources and all my best wishes in Africa University,” Marjorie said. “Endowing a scholarship for a female student from Kenya or Tanzania will help to provide superb role models for the education of women.” Marjorie Jean Lightfoot

—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Throughout her life, Marjorie Jean Lightfoot has loved learning through books, drama, art, music, nature, travel and people. Her range of interests has led her to dramatize, direct, produce and act in works of Chaucer, the Brontes, Maria Edgeworth, Virginia Woolf and Henry James, as well as write scholarly articles and teach. Marjorie, born in Oak Park, Ill., is the youngest of three children of Maybelle and Cecil Lightfoot. Her mother was a teacher and librarian and her father a pharmacist. Marjorie grew up attending Sunday school at the Congregational church in Western Springs, Ill., but also frequenting the Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches in Chicago and its suburbs. This fostered her ecumenical outlook. Supported by scholar-

ships and a fellowship, Marjorie earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University (R.I.) and her master’s and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University (Ill.). She taught in the Department of English for three years at Northwestern, three years at the University of Arizona, and 40 years at Arizona State University, retiring in 2004. Teaching provided her with the opportunity to share her love of literature with her students, her “kids,” as she calls them. Retirement has offered Marjorie the chance to continue taking classes and traveling the world. Marjorie first learned about Africa University in the Contemporary Issues Sunday school class at Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, Ariz. A member of the class, the Rev. Dr. Darvin Miller, traveled to Africa University in February 2012 with a group of 41 from the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and spent a week on the campus interacting with students, faculty and staff. Dr. Miller was much impressed with all that he saw and heard and shared his photographs Family Photo

Changing the World Through the Education of Women

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Marjorie Jean Lightfoot:

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) North Central Jurisdiction 2012 2011 East Ohio 100% 100% Illinois Great Rivers 100% 100% Iowa 100.57% 100% Minnesota 100% 102.86% Northern Illinois 100% 100% West Michigan 100% West Ohio 100% 100% Wisconsin 169.31% 151.51% Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington 100% 100% Greater New Jersey 104.69% 100% New England 100% 100% New York 100% 100% Susquehanna 100% Peninsula-Delaware 100% 100% Upper New York 100% 100% West Virginia 100% 112.46% Western Pennsylvania 100% 100%

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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.

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Honorable Vice President, to see what The United Methodist Church has done for Zimbabwe and Africa,” he said. The university was granted an official charter by President Robert Mugabe in January 1992, when few had the confidence that the church could set up a university. Tagwira said the university has made conscious efforts to promote gender equality and equity at the university campus by deliberately increasing the number of female students. Currently, 52 percent of the students are female, compared to the previous year’s 50-50 male-to-female ratio. Dr. Ignatius Chombo, acting minister of higher and tertiary education, said the Zimbabwean government appreciates the work of United Methodist missionaries. “The United Methodist Church has been a resolute, cooperating partner in education in Zimbabwe,” he said. “You have been steadfast despite the innumerable challenges that you have faced and you have remained resolute to the vision of the founding fathers of this institution: to educate the African child.” Rebecca Mutyambizi,

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— Muonwa, program officer, Information Office, Africa University

chairperson of the Girl Child Scholarship Initiative and an alumna of Africa University, said, “This is the first such initiative by any university in Zimbabwe, and we have the first female vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and in South and Central Africa as our patron, on her first visit to Africa University.” In her remarks, Mujuru emphasized that the government of Zimbabwe has always believed in the education of the Zimbabwean population. Zimbabwe’s literacy rate is 93 percent, the highest in Africa. She added that the government recognized the issues affecting the girl child, which included poverty, sexual harassment, abuse and early marriages. “We are proud that you have lived up to our expectations and have achieved what you set out to do. With students from 24 to 29 African countries, you truly deserve to call yourself African,” Mujuru said.

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

Siboninkosi Hove, the youngest in a family of 18 children, is a third year business student at Africa University. She could not attend school without scholarship support from AU.

Sharai Muonwa

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special fund to promote women’s enrollment at Africa University was launched by Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru at the Mutare campus on April 19, 2013. The Girl Child Scholarship Initiative, which is the brainchild of Africa University, will provide fees for disadvantaged female students who intend to study at the university. Speaking at the event, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor of Africa University, highlighted the importance of the initiative and the visit to the campus by the vice president. “This is a historic day in the life of Africa University and a great opportunity for you,

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—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Throughout her life, Marjorie Jean Lightfoot has loved learning through books, drama, art, music, nature, travel and people. Her range of interests has led her to dramatize, direct, produce and act in works of Chaucer, the Brontes, Maria Edgeworth, Virginia Woolf and Henry James, as well as write scholarly articles and teach. Marjorie, born in Oak Park, Ill., is the youngest of three children of Maybelle and Cecil Lightfoot. Her mother was a teacher and librarian and her father a pharmacist. Marjorie grew up attending Sunday school at the Congregational church in Western Springs, Ill., but also frequenting the Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches in Chicago and its suburbs. This fostered her ecumenical outlook. Supported by scholar-

Marjorie Jean Lightfoot

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100 Percent Support

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

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) North Central Jurisdiction 2012 2011 East Ohio 100% 100% Illinois Great Rivers 100% 100% Iowa 100.57% 100% Minnesota 100% 102.86% Northern Illinois 100% 100% West Michigan 100% West Ohio 100% 100% Wisconsin 169.31% 151.51% Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington 100% 100% Greater New Jersey 104.69% 100% New England 100% 100% New York 100% 100% Susquehanna 100% Peninsula-Delaware 100% 100% Upper New York 100% 100% West Virginia 100% 112.46% Western Pennsylvania 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%

Africa University

Elaine Jenkins Marjorie Jean Lightfoot places some of her resources and best wishes in Africa University.

Marjorie Jean Lightfoot: Changing the World Through the Education of Women

Sharai Muonwa AU graduates urged to play a part in the development of their nations.

Africa University Celebrates 19th Graduation Ceremony

Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She wanted to be a part of the health-care solution in Malawi.

A Partner in Malawi

Maidstone Mulenga Upper New York got rousing applause as officials shared the conference’s commitment to providing eight endowed scholarships through its $1 million campaign.

Upper New York Joins as Africa University Celebrates 20 Years of Success

Paul Black Africa University’s 20th anniversary celebration was a time of remembrance of God’s movement, the institution’s achievements and expectancy toward a vibrant future.

Dream Catchers and Visionaries

Sharai Muonwa Zimbabwe’s vice president visited the campus to announce a special fund to provide fees for disadvantaged female students from Zimbabwe who intend to study at AU.

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

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Summer 2013

and enthusiasm with the Contemporary Issues class upon his return. Marjorie has read that two-thirds of the world’s illiterates are female. So she was particularly impressed that at Africa University, women comprise one-half of the student population; women are roughly 30-35 percent of the faculty and staff; four of the highest ranking staff are women; one-third of the deans are women; gender equality has been mainstreamed throughout the curricula of the six faculties or schools; and the university is pan-African, drawing students from more than one-half of the 55 nations of Africa. The Marjorie Jean Lightfoot Endowed Scholarship Fund will educate women from Kenya and Tanzania for generations to come. “I am putting some of my resources and all my best wishes in Africa University,” Marjorie said. “Endowing a scholarship for a female student from Kenya or Tanzania will help to provide superb role models for the education of women.”

ships and a fellowship, Marjorie earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University (R.I.) and her master’s and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University (Ill.). She taught in the Department of English for three years at Northwestern, three years at the University of Arizona, and 40 years at Arizona State University, retiring in 2004. Teaching provided her with the opportunity to share her love of literature with her students, her “kids,” as she calls them. Retirement has offered Marjorie the chance to continue taking classes and traveling the world. Marjorie first learned about Africa University in the Contemporary Issues Sunday school class at Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, Ariz. A member of the class, the Rev. Dr. Darvin Miller, traveled to Africa University in February 2012 with a group of 41 from the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and spent a week on the campus interacting with students, faculty and staff. Dr. Miller was much impressed with all that he saw and heard and shared his photographs

Changing the World Through the Education of Women

Marjorie Jean Lightfoot:

Celebrating the Connection between Africa University and United Methodist Congregations

Siboninkosi Hove, the youngest in a family of 18 children, is a third year business student at Africa University. She could not attend school without scholarship support from AU.

Sharai Muonwa

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

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

Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist Desert Southwest

100% 100.02% 100% 100%

100% 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.

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special fund to promote women’s enrollment at Africa University was launched by Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru at the Mutare campus on April 19, 2013. The Girl Child Scholarship Initiative, which is the brainchild of Africa University, will provide fees for disadvantaged female students who intend to study at the university. Speaking at the event, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor of Africa University, highlighted the importance of the initiative and the visit to the campus by the vice president. “This is a historic day in the life of Africa University and a great opportunity for you,

Honorable Vice President, to see what The United Methodist Church has done for Zimbabwe and Africa,” he said. The university was granted an official charter by President Robert Mugabe in January 1992, when few had the confidence that the church could set up a university. Tagwira said the university has made conscious efforts to promote gender equality and equity at the university campus by deliberately increasing the number of female students. Currently, 52 percent of the students are female, compared to the previous year’s 50-50 male-to-female ratio. Dr. Ignatius Chombo, acting minister of higher and tertiary education, said the Zimbabwean government appreciates the work of United Methodist missionaries. “The United Methodist Church has been a resolute, cooperating partner in education in Zimbabwe,” he said. “You have been steadfast despite the innumerable challenges that you have faced and you have remained resolute to the vision of the founding fathers of this institution: to educate the African child.” Rebecca Mutyambizi,

chairperson of the Girl Child Scholarship Initiative and an alumna of Africa University, said, “This is the first such initiative by any university in Zimbabwe, and we have the first female vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and in South and Central Africa as our patron, on her first visit to Africa University.” In her remarks, Mujuru emphasized that the government of Zimbabwe has always believed in the education of the Zimbabwean population. Zimbabwe’s literacy rate is 93 percent, the highest in Africa. She added that the government recognized the issues affecting the girl child, which included poverty, sexual harassment, abuse and early marriages. “We are proud that you have lived up to our expectations and have achieved what you set out to do. With students from 24 to 29 African countries, you truly deserve to call yourself African,” Mujuru said. — Muonwa, program officer, Information Office, Africa University

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Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

Dream Catchers and Visionaries

Dr. Roger W. Ireson

Paul Black Roger W. Ireson, former general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and John W. Z. Kurewa, the school’s founding vice chancellor and current E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism, each were conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters degrees during the nearly five-hour commencement ceremony. The men were classmates at Garrett-Evangelical Theological

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

Honor your friends or family by sponsoring an Africa University student in their name.

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from three continents were represented. Several conferences and individual congregations announced gifts for scholarships. One African donor gave $500,000 and challenged Africans to match it. If so, the donor will give a second $500,000. “This donor believes that Africa must be invested in Africa University,” Salley said. “It is then that you will see the continent transformed.” —Black is communications director for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference

the executive assistant to the bishop, Christine Doran, shared the conference’s commitment to providing eight endowed scholarships through its Christine Doran, executive assistant to Bishop Mark J.Webb, $1 million shares the conference’s commitment to providing eight campaign. endowed scholarships. Washington Area Bishop Maidstone Mulenga Marcus Matthews served in the role as chancellor, standing in for Saluting sponsors and supBishop David Yemba, who could porters, the 20th-anniversary not attend due to health reasons. celebration marked the highMatthews, who is also the vice lights of the “crown jewel” of chair of the AU Board of DirecMethodist education efforts in tors, thanked those who worked Africa. Upper New York Annual Con- tirelessly to bring the Africa University dream to reality. He also ference got rousing applause as

made a donation of more than $21,000 — $1,000 for each year AU has been in existence. Vice Chancellor Fanuel Tagwira paid special tribute to annual conferences and churches that pay their Africa University Fund apportionments in full. The celebrations moved to the dedication of the Tom Trotter Staff House, supported by Dr. Nancy Carruth, and the Beulah Reitz Guest House, supported by Drs. Barbara and James Holsinger. Bishop Jonathan Keaton prayed, “We ask you, O Lord, to bless those families for donating those facilities to this institution. We also pray that you grant us the power to be good stewards of your handiwork.” — Mulenga is director of communications for the Upper New York Conference

bachelor of science degree in nursing from Africa University. My studies helped me realize the need to emphasize patients’ rights in nursing schools. The only way I had of saying “thank you” to the The Malawi UMC, in partnership with the church was to give back. Church of the Resurrection in Kansas (USA), enabled this economic empowerment So when the post of health training in December 2012. coordinator for the Malawi United Methodist Church Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo was created, I applied and received the position. In 2012, Ever since I was a child, I the Malawi church developed a wanted to be a nurse. Public new health board. In addition hospitals here in Malawi are to overseeing all of the church’s free, but they have a severe health programs, the health shortage of staff. I wanted to be board assists my office in propart of the solution. So when posal writing and strategic planI finished my basic training, I ning. We now work together as worked for three years in one a team for effective governance of Malawi’s public hospitals. of the health department. There, I observed hospital The health board in Malawi personnel handling people difworks with the United Methodferently depending on their soist Church of the Resurrection cioeconomic status. To change in Kansas, which funds most this practice, I would have to of the church’s current health be in a managerial post. With programs. These programs are a scholarship from The United community-oriented and focus Methodist Church, I earned a

mostly on preventive care. A Kansas-based foundation called One5 is sponsoring the construction of the first United Methodist health-care facility in Blantyre, Malawi. There are only two doctors per 100,000 people in Malawi. The Malawi UMC has also received funds from Germany World Mission to support nutrition clinics and currently has a proposal under review with UMCOR for Imagine No Malaria program funds. The global United Methodist connection has improved the social and economic status of communities in Malawi. It has helped our women to know their value, helped break the cycle of discrimination based on gender, religious affiliation or socioeconomic status, and reduced the oppression of the poorest members of society. —Nyirongo is conference health coordinator for the Malawi United Methodist Church.

Africa University Celebrates 19th Graduation Ceremony Africa University photo

Maidstone Mulenga

Visit Africa University’s website at www.africau.edu.

Africa University apportionment receipts from local churches provide the basics necessary to operate the university, such as utilities, equipment and faculty salaries.

Dr. John W. Z. Kurewa

Upper New York Joins as Africa University Celebrates 20 Years of Success

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.

Encourage your local church to set a 100-percent apportionment remittance goal! Sending a portion of your goal each month makes it easier to reach full remittance by year’s end.

Seminary. “The world needs dream catchers and visionaries,” said James Salley, associate vice chancellor for development, in offering the two candidates for the conferring of honorary degrees. Ireson was also the keynote speaker, reflecting on God’s movement in the formation of Africa University. Addressing the students, he added, “It was established for you. Give yourself to the world and build a new Africa, and you will see the dream fulfilled.” Introducing Kurewa, Salley said he was “the drum major” for the university in recruiting many of the faculty who staffed the school when it opened. Kurewa reiterated the hard work of visioning in his remarks: “If you are digging for something precious, you have to put in a lot of effort.” Seventeen annual conferences

Paul Black

Paul Black

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

A Partner in Malawi

Members of the 2013 graduating class participate in a time of celebration.

Sharai Muonwa Speaking to the 450 new graduates, Daniel Sherrard, provost of Earth University, San José, Costa Rica, told the 19th graduating class of United Methodist-related Africa University that the solution to the world’s problems lay in their capable hands.

Sherrard pointed out their training at AU has prepared them to be leaders — agents of change. Patience Awadhi, a Congolese woman who earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology, is a good example of what Sherrard means. Awadhi is the firstborn in a family of eight. Her father works in a store and her mother sells vegetables at the local market. “I can’t help but to be amazed by what God has done for me,” she said. Awadhi came to Africa University without speaking a word of English, but on June 8, she received a degree. “It was sheer hard work and determination,” she continued. In the 2013 graduating class,

female students constituted 58 percent of the graduates. “This gender ratio clearly indicates our efforts to empower the girl child and our efforts to remain an equal-opportunity institution,” said Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor and professor. In his graduation address, Tagwira expressed his appreciation to all those who paid tuition. “We also recognize the tremendous generosity and selfless contributions for this institution from many ordinary United Methodists across the world.” To date, Africa University has 5,000 alumni on the African continent. —Muonwa, program officer, Information Office, Africa University

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 long-term 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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Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

Dream Catchers and Visionaries

Dr. Roger W. Ireson

Paul Black Roger W. Ireson, former general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and John W. Z. Kurewa, the school’s founding vice chancellor and current E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism, each were conferred with honorary Doctor of Letters degrees during the nearly five-hour commencement ceremony. The men were classmates at Garrett-Evangelical Theological

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

Honor your friends or family by sponsoring an Africa University student in their name.

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from three continents were represented. Several conferences and individual congregations announced gifts for scholarships. One African donor gave $500,000 and challenged Africans to match it. If so, the donor will give a second $500,000. “This donor believes that Africa must be invested in Africa University,” Salley said. “It is then that you will see the continent transformed.” —Black is communications director for the Illinois Great Rivers Conference

the executive assistant to the bishop, Christine Doran, shared the conference’s commitment to providing eight endowed scholarships through its Christine Doran, executive assistant to Bishop Mark J.Webb, $1 million shares the conference’s commitment to providing eight campaign. endowed scholarships. Washington Area Bishop Maidstone Mulenga Marcus Matthews served in the role as chancellor, standing in for Saluting sponsors and supBishop David Yemba, who could porters, the 20th-anniversary not attend due to health reasons. celebration marked the highMatthews, who is also the vice lights of the “crown jewel” of chair of the AU Board of DirecMethodist education efforts in tors, thanked those who worked Africa. Upper New York Annual Con- tirelessly to bring the Africa University dream to reality. He also ference got rousing applause as

made a donation of more than $21,000 — $1,000 for each year AU has been in existence. Vice Chancellor Fanuel Tagwira paid special tribute to annual conferences and churches that pay their Africa University Fund apportionments in full. The celebrations moved to the dedication of the Tom Trotter Staff House, supported by Dr. Nancy Carruth, and the Beulah Reitz Guest House, supported by Drs. Barbara and James Holsinger. Bishop Jonathan Keaton prayed, “We ask you, O Lord, to bless those families for donating those facilities to this institution. We also pray that you grant us the power to be good stewards of your handiwork.” — Mulenga is director of communications for the Upper New York Conference

bachelor of science degree in nursing from Africa University. My studies helped me realize the need to emphasize patients’ rights in nursing schools. The only way I had of saying “thank you” to the The Malawi UMC, in partnership with the church was to give back. Church of the Resurrection in Kansas (USA), enabled this economic empowerment So when the post of health training in December 2012. coordinator for the Malawi United Methodist Church Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo was created, I applied and received the position. In 2012, Ever since I was a child, I the Malawi church developed a wanted to be a nurse. Public new health board. In addition hospitals here in Malawi are to overseeing all of the church’s free, but they have a severe health programs, the health shortage of staff. I wanted to be board assists my office in propart of the solution. So when posal writing and strategic planI finished my basic training, I ning. We now work together as worked for three years in one a team for effective governance of Malawi’s public hospitals. of the health department. There, I observed hospital The health board in Malawi personnel handling people difworks with the United Methodferently depending on their soist Church of the Resurrection cioeconomic status. To change in Kansas, which funds most this practice, I would have to of the church’s current health be in a managerial post. With programs. These programs are a scholarship from The United community-oriented and focus Methodist Church, I earned a

mostly on preventive care. A Kansas-based foundation called One5 is sponsoring the construction of the first United Methodist health-care facility in Blantyre, Malawi. There are only two doctors per 100,000 people in Malawi. The Malawi UMC has also received funds from Germany World Mission to support nutrition clinics and currently has a proposal under review with UMCOR for Imagine No Malaria program funds. The global United Methodist connection has improved the social and economic status of communities in Malawi. It has helped our women to know their value, helped break the cycle of discrimination based on gender, religious affiliation or socioeconomic status, and reduced the oppression of the poorest members of society. —Nyirongo is conference health coordinator for the Malawi United Methodist Church.

Africa University Celebrates 19th Graduation Ceremony Africa University photo

Maidstone Mulenga

Visit Africa University’s website at www.africau.edu.

Africa University apportionment receipts from local churches provide the basics necessary to operate the university, such as utilities, equipment and faculty salaries.

Dr. John W. Z. Kurewa

Upper New York Joins as Africa University Celebrates 20 Years of Success

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.

Encourage your local church to set a 100-percent apportionment remittance goal! Sending a portion of your goal each month makes it easier to reach full remittance by year’s end.

Seminary. “The world needs dream catchers and visionaries,” said James Salley, associate vice chancellor for development, in offering the two candidates for the conferring of honorary degrees. Ireson was also the keynote speaker, reflecting on God’s movement in the formation of Africa University. Addressing the students, he added, “It was established for you. Give yourself to the world and build a new Africa, and you will see the dream fulfilled.” Introducing Kurewa, Salley said he was “the drum major” for the university in recruiting many of the faculty who staffed the school when it opened. Kurewa reiterated the hard work of visioning in his remarks: “If you are digging for something precious, you have to put in a lot of effort.” Seventeen annual conferences

Paul Black

Paul Black

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

A Partner in Malawi

Members of the 2013 graduating class participate in a time of celebration.

Sharai Muonwa Speaking to the 450 new graduates, Daniel Sherrard, provost of Earth University, San José, Costa Rica, told the 19th graduating class of United Methodist-related Africa University that the solution to the world’s problems lay in their capable hands.

Sherrard pointed out their training at AU has prepared them to be leaders — agents of change. Patience Awadhi, a Congolese woman who earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology, is a good example of what Sherrard means. Awadhi is the firstborn in a family of eight. Her father works in a store and her mother sells vegetables at the local market. “I can’t help but to be amazed by what God has done for me,” she said. Awadhi came to Africa University without speaking a word of English, but on June 8, she received a degree. “It was sheer hard work and determination,” she continued. In the 2013 graduating class,

female students constituted 58 percent of the graduates. “This gender ratio clearly indicates our efforts to empower the girl child and our efforts to remain an equal-opportunity institution,” said Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor and professor. In his graduation address, Tagwira expressed his appreciation to all those who paid tuition. “We also recognize the tremendous generosity and selfless contributions for this institution from many ordinary United Methodists across the world.” To date, Africa University has 5,000 alumni on the African continent. —Muonwa, program officer, Information Office, Africa University

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 long-term 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:

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

Sharai Muonwa Zimbabwe’s vice president visited the campus to announce a special fund to provide fees for disadvantaged female students from Zimbabwe who intend to study at AU.

Dream Catchers and Visionaries

Paul Black Africa University’s 20th anniversary celebration was a time of remembrance of God’s movement, the institution’s achievements and expectancy toward a vibrant future.

Upper New York Joins as Africa University Celebrates 20 Years of Success

Maidstone Mulenga Upper New York got rousing applause as officials shared the conference’s commitment to providing eight endowed scholarships through its $1 million campaign.

A Partner in Malawi

Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo Mercy Chikhosi Nyirongo fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse. She wanted to be a part of the health-care solution in Malawi.

Africa University Celebrates 19th Graduation Ceremony

Sharai Muonwa AU graduates urged to play a part in the development of their nations.

Marjorie Jean Lightfoot: Changing the World Through the Education of Women

Elaine Jenkins Marjorie Jean Lightfoot places some of her resources and best wishes in Africa University.

and enthusiasm with the Contemporary Issues class upon his return. Marjorie has read that two-thirds of the world’s illiterates are female. So she was particularly impressed that at Africa University, women comprise one-half of the student population; women are roughly 30-35 percent of the faculty and staff; four of the highest ranking staff are women; one-third of the deans are women; gender equality has been mainstreamed throughout the curricula of the six faculties or schools; and the university is pan-African, drawing students from more than one-half of the 55 nations of Africa. The Marjorie Jean Lightfoot Endowed Scholarship Fund will educate women from Kenya and Tanzania for generations to come. “I am putting some of my resources and all my best wishes in Africa University,” Marjorie said. “Endowing a scholarship for a female student from Kenya or Tanzania will help to provide superb role models for the education of women.” Marjorie Jean Lightfoot

—Elaine Jenkins, AU Development Office

Throughout her life, Marjorie Jean Lightfoot has loved learning through books, drama, art, music, nature, travel and people. Her range of interests has led her to dramatize, direct, produce and act in works of Chaucer, the Brontes, Maria Edgeworth, Virginia Woolf and Henry James, as well as write scholarly articles and teach. Marjorie, born in Oak Park, Ill., is the youngest of three children of Maybelle and Cecil Lightfoot. Her mother was a teacher and librarian and her father a pharmacist. Marjorie grew up attending Sunday school at the Congregational church in Western Springs, Ill., but also frequenting the Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran churches in Chicago and its suburbs. This fostered her ecumenical outlook. Supported by scholar-

ships and a fellowship, Marjorie earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University (R.I.) and her master’s and doctorate degrees at Northwestern University (Ill.). She taught in the Department of English for three years at Northwestern, three years at the University of Arizona, and 40 years at Arizona State University, retiring in 2004. Teaching provided her with the opportunity to share her love of literature with her students, her “kids,” as she calls them. Retirement has offered Marjorie the chance to continue taking classes and traveling the world. Marjorie first learned about Africa University in the Contemporary Issues Sunday school class at Dayspring United Methodist Church, Tempe, Ariz. A member of the class, the Rev. Dr. Darvin Miller, traveled to Africa University in February 2012 with a group of 41 from the Desert Southwest Annual Conference and spent a week on the campus interacting with students, faculty and staff. Dr. Miller was much impressed with all that he saw and heard and shared his photographs Family Photo

Changing the World Through the Education of Women

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Marjorie Jean Lightfoot:

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) North Central Jurisdiction 2012 2011 East Ohio 100% 100% Illinois Great Rivers 100% 100% Iowa 100.57% 100% Minnesota 100% 102.86% Northern Illinois 100% 100% West Michigan 100% West Ohio 100% 100% Wisconsin 169.31% 151.51% Northeastern Jurisdiction Baltimore-Washington 100% 100% Greater New Jersey 104.69% 100% New England 100% 100% New York 100% 100% Susquehanna 100% Peninsula-Delaware 100% 100% Upper New York 100% 100% West Virginia 100% 112.46% Western Pennsylvania 100% 100%

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

100% 100.02% 100% 100%

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

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Honorable Vice President, to see what The United Methodist Church has done for Zimbabwe and Africa,” he said. The university was granted an official charter by President Robert Mugabe in January 1992, when few had the confidence that the church could set up a university. Tagwira said the university has made conscious efforts to promote gender equality and equity at the university campus by deliberately increasing the number of female students. Currently, 52 percent of the students are female, compared to the previous year’s 50-50 male-to-female ratio. Dr. Ignatius Chombo, acting minister of higher and tertiary education, said the Zimbabwean government appreciates the work of United Methodist missionaries. “The United Methodist Church has been a resolute, cooperating partner in education in Zimbabwe,” he said. “You have been steadfast despite the innumerable challenges that you have faced and you have remained resolute to the vision of the founding fathers of this institution: to educate the African child.” Rebecca Mutyambizi,

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— Muonwa, program officer, Information Office, Africa University

chairperson of the Girl Child Scholarship Initiative and an alumna of Africa University, said, “This is the first such initiative by any university in Zimbabwe, and we have the first female vice president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and in South and Central Africa as our patron, on her first visit to Africa University.” In her remarks, Mujuru emphasized that the government of Zimbabwe has always believed in the education of the Zimbabwean population. Zimbabwe’s literacy rate is 93 percent, the highest in Africa. She added that the government recognized the issues affecting the girl child, which included poverty, sexual harassment, abuse and early marriages. “We are proud that you have lived up to our expectations and have achieved what you set out to do. With students from 24 to 29 African countries, you truly deserve to call yourself African,” Mujuru said.

Girl Child Scholarship Initiative Promotes Women’s Enrollment at AU

Siboninkosi Hove, the youngest in a family of 18 children, is a third year business student at Africa University. She could not attend school without scholarship support from AU.

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special fund to promote women’s enrollment at Africa University was launched by Zimbabwean Vice President Joice Mujuru at the Mutare campus on April 19, 2013. The Girl Child Scholarship Initiative, which is the brainchild of Africa University, will provide fees for disadvantaged female students who intend to study at the university. Speaking at the event, Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor of Africa University, highlighted the importance of the initiative and the visit to the campus by the vice president. “This is a historic day in the life of Africa University and a great opportunity for you,

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