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She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education

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In this issue:

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

Sharai Muonwa Thanks to United Methodists in West Michigan and an anonymous donor, new AU facility will enhance pan-African values.

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund Andra Stevens Conference plans help at least 10 students complete four years of study.

AU Graduate’s Work Changes Lives in Malawi Adapted from 2012 Africa University yearbook Phunziro Jawati says, “AU education is invaluable.”

Kenneth Plummer, AU Supporter and Lay Leader, Dies at 89

Andra Stevens Ken Plummer’s enthusiasm for AU and belief in its potential was contagious.

She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education Elaine Jenkins United Methodist pastor’s commitment to education inspires support for female students of theology at AU.

sity and Oberlin College, respectively. Jennifer first learned of Africa University while in seminary when the dean of Africa University’s Faculty of Theology, the Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanese, presented a lecture on the nation of Zimbabwe and Africa University. Jennifer was so moved and inspired by what she heard that she felt compelled to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Africa University to support the education of female students enrolled in the Faculty of Theology. “I have always been committed to education and teaching,” Jennifer said. “My children and I have been blessed with quality public education. I believe the youth and young adults of the world should all have access to quality education and be provided with the educational foundation needed to serve their communities and nations.” Dr. Jue’s dream for Africa University is that it will continue to educate strong and moral leaders who will provide prophetic leadership and foster health and peace for the nations of Africa and the world. Dr. Jue’s children, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong, were the inspiration for establishing a scholarship at AU.

—Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office

Dr. Jennifer Joanne Jue is a “PK,” preacher’s kid. Her father, the late Rev. Jun Wan Jue, was an elder of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. Her mother, Mrs. Lillie Jue, is a retired dietician. Jennifer and three brothers grew up in United Methodist parsonages in northern California. Jennifer graduated from John F. Kennedy High School (Richmond, Calif.) in 1977. She earned a B.S. degree in human development from the University of California, Davis, in 1981. After earning her teaching credential in elementary education in 1984, she taught Chinese immigrant children in the public schools of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. She also taught elementary school in Bradford, England, for one academic year (1987–88) as a participant in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Jennifer earned her M.A. degree in education from

Stanford University in 1989 and her doctoral degree in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco in 1993. She worked in teacher education at Stanford University and taught multicultural education courses at New College of California (San Francisco) and later at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. After working in primary and higher education for more than 20 years, Jennifer responded to God’s call to the ordained ministry in 2004 and enrolled at GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary. She earned two master’s degrees from Garrett: her Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and her Master of Arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism in 2007. She was ordained an elder and full member of the West Michigan Annual Conference in June 2010. She presently serves Napoleon United Methodist Church in rural Napoleon, Mich. Jennifer is married to Dr. Erik Wong, a pharmaceutical research consultant. The couple are proud parents of twins, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong. Heather and Jonathan are first-year students at Carnegie Mellon Univer-

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 2011.

Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2011 (includes 2010 performance)

102% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 118.36% 102.86% 99.29% 100% 100% 100% 100% 151.51% 110.50%

2010 North Central Jurisdiction Dakotas East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota Northern Illinois West Michigan West Ohio Wisconsin

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 133% 112.46% 110.34% 100%

2011

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

100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100% 113.58% 114% 100.06% 110.87%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Louisiana 100.01% 100.04% North Texas 100.50% 100% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100.05% 100% Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston Kentucky North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary

100.02% 100%

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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—Muonwa is acting director, Information and Public Affairs, Africa University

shared her dream with the district. “Once the vision is cast,” she said, “the fire catches on.” Dr. Maggie Jackson, who chairs the university Buildings and Grounds Committee, said such generosity required superb leadership, hard work and sacrifice. She called the funding of the Ubuntu Retreat Center an example of how connectionalism works within The United Methodist Church. “This center,” Jackson added, “will also help in the continuation and growth of Africa University. Africa will become a better place as we use this building to enhance pan-African values in our students.” Kenneth Thomas, a secondyear student in the faculty of humanities and social sciences from Nigeria, said the event was historic and memorable in the life of the institution. “I am very excited,” he said. “Ubuntu speaks to our identity as Africans, to our sense of community as a people, and that’s important because we are a pan-African university.” Acknowledging the support from the Grand Rapids District, Thomas said it “inspires us to look into ourselves and … give back to our school and our communities when we graduate.”

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

He explained that the current guesthouse facilities at Africa University are inadequate for housing visitors who often must stay at expensive hotels. “With the retreat center,” Tagwira noted, “volunteer in mission teams can come to Africa University when the semester is in Bishops Matthews, Nhiwatiwa and Dorff watch full swing and experience proceedings at Ubuntu Welcome/Retreat the full beauty and Center groundbreaking. diversity of our campus.” In the past, teams had to come during school vacation when residence halls were available for accommodation. Bishop David Yemba, university chancellor, reminded attendees that the groundbreaking ceremony for Africa University was held at the exact location in April 1991. He spoke of the spirit of Ubuntu, expressing hope that the center would encourage scholars from various disciplines to explore economics, philosophy, anthropology and the natural sciences. Mr. James Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement, spoke of the power of dreams. “There has to be a dream, and there has to be a dreamer,” he said. “This dream came through the district superintendent of the Grand Rapids District.” The Rev. Laurie Haller

Sharai Muonwa Thanks to the people of the Grand Rapids District and the West Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Ubuntu Welcome/ Retreat Center will be the newest addition to the Africa University campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the center, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor, expressed gratitude to the district and to an anonymous donor who gave a matching grant of $500,000, bringing the total to $1 million. “I am very excited about this very important project,” said Tagwira. “We are delighted that we will have our own facilities which will serve the university community, as well as visitors.”


Elaine Jenkins United Methodist pastor’s commitment to education inspires support for female students of theology at AU.

She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education

Andra Stevens Ken Plummer’s enthusiasm for AU and belief in its potential was contagious.

Kenneth Plummer, AU Supporter and Lay Leader, Dies at 89

Adapted from 2012 Africa University yearbook Phunziro Jawati says, “AU education is invaluable.”

AU Graduate’s Work Changes Lives in Malawi

Andra Stevens Conference plans help at least 10 students complete four years of study.

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund

Sharai Muonwa Thanks to United Methodists in West Michigan and an anonymous donor, new AU facility will enhance pan-African values.

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

—Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office

In this issue:

Winter 2013

sity and Oberlin College, respectively. Jennifer first learned of Africa University while in seminary when the dean of Africa University’s Faculty of Theology, the Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanese, presented a lecture on the nation of Zimbabwe and Africa University. Jennifer was so moved and inspired by what she heard that she felt compelled to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Africa University to support the education of female students enrolled in the Faculty of Theology. “I have always been committed to education and teaching,” Jennifer said. “My children and I have been blessed with quality public education. I believe the youth and young adults of the world should all have access to quality education and be provided with the educational foundation needed to serve their communities and nations.” Dr. Jue’s dream for Africa University is that it will continue to educate strong and moral leaders who will provide prophetic leadership and foster health and peace for the nations of Africa and the world.

Dr. Jennifer Joanne Jue is a “PK,” preacher’s kid. Her father, the late Rev. Jun Wan Jue, was an elder of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. Her mother, Mrs. Lillie Jue, is a retired dietician. Jennifer and three brothers grew up in United Methodist parsonages in northern California. Jennifer graduated from John F. Kennedy High School (Richmond, Calif.) in 1977. She earned a B.S. degree in human development from the University of California, Davis, in 1981. After earning her teaching credential in elementary education in 1984, she taught Chinese immigrant children in the public schools of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. She also taught elementary school in Bradford, England, for one academic year (1987–88) as a participant in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Jennifer earned her M.A. degree in education from

Dr. Jue’s children, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong, were the inspiration for establishing a scholarship at AU.

Stanford University in 1989 and her doctoral degree in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco in 1993. She worked in teacher education at Stanford University and taught multicultural education courses at New College of California (San Francisco) and later at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. After working in primary and higher education for more than 20 years, Jennifer responded to God’s call to the ordained ministry in 2004 and enrolled at GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary. She earned two master’s degrees from Garrett: her Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and her Master of Arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism in 2007. She was ordained an elder and full member of the West Michigan Annual Conference in June 2010. She presently serves Napoleon United Methodist Church in rural Napoleon, Mich. Jennifer is married to Dr. Erik Wong, a pharmaceutical research consultant. The couple are proud parents of twins, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong. Heather and Jonathan are first-year students at Carnegie Mellon Univer-

She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education 60613/50M

Celebrating the Connection between Africa University and United Methodist Congregations

Winter 2013

100 Percent Support Thank you for supporting Africa University through your 100 percent remittance of the Africa University Fund apportionment in 2011. Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2011 (includes 2010 performance)

2011

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

2010

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

102% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 118.36% 102.86% 99.29% 100% 100% 100% 100% 151.51% 110.50%

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

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 133% 112.46% 110.34% 100%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Louisiana 100.01% 100.04% North Texas 100.50% 100% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100.05% 100% Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston Kentucky North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary

100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100% 113.58% 114% 100.06% 110.87%

Western Jurisdiction Alaska United Methodist Desert Southwest

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.

He explained that the current guesthouse facilities at Africa University are inadequate for housing visitors who often must stay at expensive hotels. “With the retreat center,” Tagwira noted, “volunteer in mission teams can come to Africa University when the semester is in Bishops Matthews, Nhiwatiwa and Dorff watch full swing and experience proceedings at Ubuntu Welcome/Retreat the full beauty and Center groundbreaking. diversity of our campus.” In the past, teams had to Sharai Muonwa come during school vacation Thanks to the people of the when residence halls were Grand Rapids District and the available for accommodation. West Michigan Annual ConferBishop David Yemba, ence of The United Methodist university chancellor, reminded Church, the Ubuntu Welcome/ attendees that the groundRetreat Center will be the breaking ceremony for Africa newest addition to the Africa University was held at the exact University campus in Mutare, location in April 1991. He Zimbabwe. spoke of the spirit of Ubuntu, Speaking at the groundexpressing hope that the center breaking ceremony for the would encourage scholars from center, Professor Fanuel various disciplines to explore Tagwira, vice chancellor, economics, philosophy, anthroexpressed gratitude to the pology and the natural sciences. district and to an anonymous Mr. James Salley, associate donor who gave a matching vice chancellor for institutional grant of $500,000, bringing the advancement, spoke of the total to $1 million. power of dreams. “I am very excited about this “There has to be a dream, very important project,” said and there has to be a dreamer,” Tagwira. “We are delighted that he said. “This dream came we will have our own facilities through the district superinwhich will serve the university tendent of the Grand Rapids community, as well as visitors.” District.” The Rev. Laurie Haller

shared her dream with the district. “Once the vision is cast,” she said, “the fire catches on.” Dr. Maggie Jackson, who chairs the university Buildings and Grounds Committee, said such generosity required superb leadership, hard work and sacrifice. She called the funding of the Ubuntu Retreat Center an example of how connectionalism works within The United Methodist Church. “This center,” Jackson added, “will also help in the continuation and growth of Africa University. Africa will become a better place as we use this building to enhance pan-African values in our students.” Kenneth Thomas, a secondyear student in the faculty of humanities and social sciences from Nigeria, said the event was historic and memorable in the life of the institution. “I am very excited,” he said. “Ubuntu speaks to our identity as Africans, to our sense of community as a people, and that’s important because we are a pan-African university.” Acknowledging the support from the Grand Rapids District, Thomas said it “inspires us to look into ourselves and … give back to our school and our communities when we graduate.” —Muonwa is acting director, Information and Public Affairs, Africa University


Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund

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) • We Are Africa University (600611) Order these and other resources from United Methodist Communications by calling toll-free (888) 346-3862.

Andra Stevens The Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) is expanding its support for Africa University by raising an additional $250,000 for scholarships. The conference’s plan is to provide immediate support and help at least 10 students to complete four years of study. Each of the

people formed the nongovernmental organization in 1993. NAPHAM’s mission is to promote quality care, support and prevention services to enhance living standards of HIV-infected and affected people and to reduce the impact of HIV transmission in Malawi. Jawati develops and implements districtwide programs. She

For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org or www.infoserv.umc.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.

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Currently, the conference is supporting two graduate students, one from Liberia and the other from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its new effort, the “Making Dreams Possible” scholarship campaign, will provide support to students from across the continent. The campaign broadens the scope of the IGRC’s ongoing investment in Africa University’s development, which includes funding for the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Wesley Foundation and campus ministry activities. —Andra Stevens, Africa University Development Office

AU Graduate’s Work Changes Lives in Malawi

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

conference’s 10 districts is being asked to raise $25,000, which would support one student from freshman year to graduation day. The IGRC’s Africa University Committee announced the effort at the annual conference gathering in June. Richard Straub, who was appointed as committee chair in January 2012, said members wanted an initiative that would give more students access to an Africa University education. “We felt that providing support to get students educated and back to their communities and countries would have the greatest impact for Africa,” said Straub.

Phunziro Jawati

Across the continent, Africa University alumni are changing Africa. AU graduates serve in business, agriculture, theology, humanitarian aid and a host of other careers to meet Africa’s vital needs. Phunziro Jawati, a 2000 AU graduate from Malawi, is one of many who makes a difference. A graduate of the school of humanities and social sciences, she works as a district coordinator for the National Association for People Living with HIV/ AIDS in Malawi. Recognizing the needs of individuals living with HIV and AIDS were not being met, four HIV-positive

“I value the critical thinking skills I obtained as an international student at a pan-African University. I … apply these skills on a regular basis in my role as district coordinator.” coordinates advocacy activities, conducts training, and promotes and facilitates capacity building in support groups. She is in charge of networking with district- and community-level

institutions and experts involved in delivering HIV and AIDS services. She also monitors and evaluates activities for more than 56 support groups within the Blantyre District. Jawati credits her AU training with providing the foundation for her work. She recalled a group-dynamics course that taught her how to interact with people from different ethnic groups and to learn new things and adapt easily to new environments. Classes in research helped set the stage for the important data collection and analysis required for writing proposals. “With the knowledge I gained from Africa University, I (can) develop a winning proposal and … get funding for our office activities and programs,” said Jawati. “I value the critical thinking skills I obtained as an international student at a panAfrican University. I … apply these skills on a regular basis in my role as district coordinator.” —Adapted from 2012 Africa University yearbook

Kenneth Plummer, AU Supporter and Lay Leader, Dies at 89

Andra Stevens One of Africa University’s earliest and most successful advocates, Mr. Kenneth Harris Plummer Sr., died on Nov. 28 in his hometown of Chambersburg, Pa. Plummer lived a life of service—providing leadership in the local church and with church agencies and institutions. He was the Central Pennsylvania Conference lay leader for many years, but his contributions also extended beyond The United Methodist Church, to the construction of the ecumenical place of worship and prayer at Camp David. Plummer was brought into the effort to raise funds to get Africa University started by Bishop James Mathews in

1991, and he became a founding member of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee. In 2011, Plummer and his wife, June Orndorf Plummer, made public a secret that they’d kept for almost a decade. They revealed the source and story behind a $10.2 million gift to Africa University, the largest in the institution’s 20-year history. Robert and Jean Curtis, the couple who made the gift, were close friends of the Plummers and had requested anonymity until their deaths. “Ken Plummer was a good friend and he and his wife, June, were a real team,” said James H. Salley, the university’s chief development officer. “Once he’d completed work on the chapel at Camp David, Ken put Africa University at the forefront of his life until his death and in so doing, he has left a living legacy.” The Plummers began sharing the story and vision of the university in 1991, and their enthusiasm for the institution and belief in its potential were contagious.

What they shared struck a chord with their close friends, Robert and Jean Curtis, and in 1992 the Curtises made their first, anonymous gift to Africa University. As Africa University developed, the Plummers kept their friends abreast of its impact. In 2002, the Plummers were instrumental in securing a second gift—a farm in Illinois that Mrs. Curtis inherited and gave to Africa University. The farm was initially appraised at $3.7 million, but the university did not sell it immediately. The gift was managed and it appreciated in value. When the farm was sold in 2005, proceeds of $10.2 million were added to the Africa University Endowment Fund. “Ken has shown us what we can do by simply sharing a story and a vision that God put into his heart,” said Stephen Drachler, an advisory development committee member who represented the university community at Mr. Plummer’s funeral service. “We know Ken’s story will help inspire others to learn about Africa University and to support it in their prayers and with their gifts,” said Drachler. —Andra Stevens, Africa University Development Office

The culmination of

Africa University’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations March 22–24, 2013 in Mutare, Zimbabwe Events include: March 22: Symposium, Concert/Cultural Gala March 23: Building Dedications Special Celebration and Alumni Dinner March 24: Celebration/Palm Sunday Worship Service

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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Give Faithfully. Give Hope.

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund

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) • We Are Africa University (600611) Order these and other resources from United Methodist Communications by calling toll-free (888) 346-3862.

Andra Stevens The Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) is expanding its support for Africa University by raising an additional $250,000 for scholarships. The conference’s plan is to provide immediate support and help at least 10 students to complete four years of study. Each of the

people formed the nongovernmental organization in 1993. NAPHAM’s mission is to promote quality care, support and prevention services to enhance living standards of HIV-infected and affected people and to reduce the impact of HIV transmission in Malawi. Jawati develops and implements districtwide programs. She

For more information, visit www.umcgiving.org or www.infoserv.umc.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.

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Currently, the conference is supporting two graduate students, one from Liberia and the other from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Its new effort, the “Making Dreams Possible” scholarship campaign, will provide support to students from across the continent. The campaign broadens the scope of the IGRC’s ongoing investment in Africa University’s development, which includes funding for the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Wesley Foundation and campus ministry activities. —Andra Stevens, Africa University Development Office

AU Graduate’s Work Changes Lives in Malawi

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.

conference’s 10 districts is being asked to raise $25,000, which would support one student from freshman year to graduation day. The IGRC’s Africa University Committee announced the effort at the annual conference gathering in June. Richard Straub, who was appointed as committee chair in January 2012, said members wanted an initiative that would give more students access to an Africa University education. “We felt that providing support to get students educated and back to their communities and countries would have the greatest impact for Africa,” said Straub.

Phunziro Jawati

Across the continent, Africa University alumni are changing Africa. AU graduates serve in business, agriculture, theology, humanitarian aid and a host of other careers to meet Africa’s vital needs. Phunziro Jawati, a 2000 AU graduate from Malawi, is one of many who makes a difference. A graduate of the school of humanities and social sciences, she works as a district coordinator for the National Association for People Living with HIV/ AIDS in Malawi. Recognizing the needs of individuals living with HIV and AIDS were not being met, four HIV-positive

“I value the critical thinking skills I obtained as an international student at a pan-African University. I … apply these skills on a regular basis in my role as district coordinator.” coordinates advocacy activities, conducts training, and promotes and facilitates capacity building in support groups. She is in charge of networking with district- and community-level

institutions and experts involved in delivering HIV and AIDS services. She also monitors and evaluates activities for more than 56 support groups within the Blantyre District. Jawati credits her AU training with providing the foundation for her work. She recalled a group-dynamics course that taught her how to interact with people from different ethnic groups and to learn new things and adapt easily to new environments. Classes in research helped set the stage for the important data collection and analysis required for writing proposals. “With the knowledge I gained from Africa University, I (can) develop a winning proposal and … get funding for our office activities and programs,” said Jawati. “I value the critical thinking skills I obtained as an international student at a panAfrican University. I … apply these skills on a regular basis in my role as district coordinator.” —Adapted from 2012 Africa University yearbook

Kenneth Plummer, AU Supporter and Lay Leader, Dies at 89

Andra Stevens One of Africa University’s earliest and most successful advocates, Mr. Kenneth Harris Plummer Sr., died on Nov. 28 in his hometown of Chambersburg, Pa. Plummer lived a life of service—providing leadership in the local church and with church agencies and institutions. He was the Central Pennsylvania Conference lay leader for many years, but his contributions also extended beyond The United Methodist Church, to the construction of the ecumenical place of worship and prayer at Camp David. Plummer was brought into the effort to raise funds to get Africa University started by Bishop James Mathews in

1991, and he became a founding member of the Africa University Advisory Development Committee. In 2011, Plummer and his wife, June Orndorf Plummer, made public a secret that they’d kept for almost a decade. They revealed the source and story behind a $10.2 million gift to Africa University, the largest in the institution’s 20-year history. Robert and Jean Curtis, the couple who made the gift, were close friends of the Plummers and had requested anonymity until their deaths. “Ken Plummer was a good friend and he and his wife, June, were a real team,” said James H. Salley, the university’s chief development officer. “Once he’d completed work on the chapel at Camp David, Ken put Africa University at the forefront of his life until his death and in so doing, he has left a living legacy.” The Plummers began sharing the story and vision of the university in 1991, and their enthusiasm for the institution and belief in its potential were contagious.

What they shared struck a chord with their close friends, Robert and Jean Curtis, and in 1992 the Curtises made their first, anonymous gift to Africa University. As Africa University developed, the Plummers kept their friends abreast of its impact. In 2002, the Plummers were instrumental in securing a second gift—a farm in Illinois that Mrs. Curtis inherited and gave to Africa University. The farm was initially appraised at $3.7 million, but the university did not sell it immediately. The gift was managed and it appreciated in value. When the farm was sold in 2005, proceeds of $10.2 million were added to the Africa University Endowment Fund. “Ken has shown us what we can do by simply sharing a story and a vision that God put into his heart,” said Stephen Drachler, an advisory development committee member who represented the university community at Mr. Plummer’s funeral service. “We know Ken’s story will help inspire others to learn about Africa University and to support it in their prayers and with their gifts,” said Drachler. —Andra Stevens, Africa University Development Office

The culmination of

Africa University’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations March 22–24, 2013 in Mutare, Zimbabwe Events include: March 22: Symposium, Concert/Cultural Gala March 23: Building Dedications Special Celebration and Alumni Dinner March 24: Celebration/Palm Sunday Worship Service

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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60613/50M

She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education

Winter 2013

In this issue:

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

Sharai Muonwa Thanks to United Methodists in West Michigan and an anonymous donor, new AU facility will enhance pan-African values.

IGRC Embarks on New Scholarships Fund Andra Stevens Conference plans help at least 10 students complete four years of study.

AU Graduate’s Work Changes Lives in Malawi Adapted from 2012 Africa University yearbook Phunziro Jawati says, “AU education is invaluable.”

Kenneth Plummer, AU Supporter and Lay Leader, Dies at 89

Andra Stevens Ken Plummer’s enthusiasm for AU and belief in its potential was contagious.

She Dreams a World Wherein Every Child Has Access to Quality Education Elaine Jenkins United Methodist pastor’s commitment to education inspires support for female students of theology at AU.

sity and Oberlin College, respectively. Jennifer first learned of Africa University while in seminary when the dean of Africa University’s Faculty of Theology, the Rev. Dr. Beauty Maenzanese, presented a lecture on the nation of Zimbabwe and Africa University. Jennifer was so moved and inspired by what she heard that she felt compelled to establish an endowed scholarship fund at Africa University to support the education of female students enrolled in the Faculty of Theology. “I have always been committed to education and teaching,” Jennifer said. “My children and I have been blessed with quality public education. I believe the youth and young adults of the world should all have access to quality education and be provided with the educational foundation needed to serve their communities and nations.” Dr. Jue’s dream for Africa University is that it will continue to educate strong and moral leaders who will provide prophetic leadership and foster health and peace for the nations of Africa and the world. Dr. Jue’s children, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong, were the inspiration for establishing a scholarship at AU.

—Elaine Jenkins, Africa University Development Office

Dr. Jennifer Joanne Jue is a “PK,” preacher’s kid. Her father, the late Rev. Jun Wan Jue, was an elder of the California-Nevada Annual Conference. Her mother, Mrs. Lillie Jue, is a retired dietician. Jennifer and three brothers grew up in United Methodist parsonages in northern California. Jennifer graduated from John F. Kennedy High School (Richmond, Calif.) in 1977. She earned a B.S. degree in human development from the University of California, Davis, in 1981. After earning her teaching credential in elementary education in 1984, she taught Chinese immigrant children in the public schools of San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. She also taught elementary school in Bradford, England, for one academic year (1987–88) as a participant in the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program. Jennifer earned her M.A. degree in education from

Stanford University in 1989 and her doctoral degree in multicultural education from the University of San Francisco in 1993. She worked in teacher education at Stanford University and taught multicultural education courses at New College of California (San Francisco) and later at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. After working in primary and higher education for more than 20 years, Jennifer responded to God’s call to the ordained ministry in 2004 and enrolled at GarrettEvangelical Theological Seminary. She earned two master’s degrees from Garrett: her Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and her Master of Arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism in 2007. She was ordained an elder and full member of the West Michigan Annual Conference in June 2010. She presently serves Napoleon United Methodist Church in rural Napoleon, Mich. Jennifer is married to Dr. Erik Wong, a pharmaceutical research consultant. The couple are proud parents of twins, Heather and Jonathan Jue-Wong. Heather and Jonathan are first-year students at Carnegie Mellon Univer-

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 2011.

Jurisdiction Total Support and Annual Conferences with 100 percent or more in 2011 (includes 2010 performance)

102% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 118.36% 102.86% 99.29% 100% 100% 100% 100% 151.51% 110.50%

2010 North Central Jurisdiction Dakotas East Ohio Illinois Great Rivers Iowa Minnesota Northern Illinois West Michigan West Ohio Wisconsin

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 133% 112.46% 110.34% 100%

2011

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

100% 100% 100% 100% 99% 100% 100% 113.58% 114% 100.06% 110.87%

South Central Jurisdiction Central Texas 100% Louisiana 100.01% 100.04% North Texas 100.50% 100% Oklahoma Indian Missionary 100.05% 100% Southeastern Jurisdiction Florida Holston Kentucky North Carolina North Georgia Red Bird Missionary

100.02% 100%

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.

Winter 2013

—Muonwa is acting director, Information and Public Affairs, Africa University

shared her dream with the district. “Once the vision is cast,” she said, “the fire catches on.” Dr. Maggie Jackson, who chairs the university Buildings and Grounds Committee, said such generosity required superb leadership, hard work and sacrifice. She called the funding of the Ubuntu Retreat Center an example of how connectionalism works within The United Methodist Church. “This center,” Jackson added, “will also help in the continuation and growth of Africa University. Africa will become a better place as we use this building to enhance pan-African values in our students.” Kenneth Thomas, a secondyear student in the faculty of humanities and social sciences from Nigeria, said the event was historic and memorable in the life of the institution. “I am very excited,” he said. “Ubuntu speaks to our identity as Africans, to our sense of community as a people, and that’s important because we are a pan-African university.” Acknowledging the support from the Grand Rapids District, Thomas said it “inspires us to look into ourselves and … give back to our school and our communities when we graduate.”

Ground Broken for the Ubuntu Center at Africa University

He explained that the current guesthouse facilities at Africa University are inadequate for housing visitors who often must stay at expensive hotels. “With the retreat center,” Tagwira noted, “volunteer in mission teams can come to Africa University when the semester is in Bishops Matthews, Nhiwatiwa and Dorff watch full swing and experience proceedings at Ubuntu Welcome/Retreat the full beauty and Center groundbreaking. diversity of our campus.” In the past, teams had to come during school vacation when residence halls were available for accommodation. Bishop David Yemba, university chancellor, reminded attendees that the groundbreaking ceremony for Africa University was held at the exact location in April 1991. He spoke of the spirit of Ubuntu, expressing hope that the center would encourage scholars from various disciplines to explore economics, philosophy, anthropology and the natural sciences. Mr. James Salley, associate vice chancellor for institutional advancement, spoke of the power of dreams. “There has to be a dream, and there has to be a dreamer,” he said. “This dream came through the district superintendent of the Grand Rapids District.” The Rev. Laurie Haller

Sharai Muonwa Thanks to the people of the Grand Rapids District and the West Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, the Ubuntu Welcome/ Retreat Center will be the newest addition to the Africa University campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the center, Professor Fanuel Tagwira, vice chancellor, expressed gratitude to the district and to an anonymous donor who gave a matching grant of $500,000, bringing the total to $1 million. “I am very excited about this very important project,” said Tagwira. “We are delighted that we will have our own facilities which will serve the university community, as well as visitors.”

AUToday winter issue 2013  

Africa University Newsletter

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