Message to California-Nevada Conference from Africa University

September 25, 2013

Dear Bishop Warner Brown,
As we begin a new semester at Africa University, we thank you for your support of the Africa University Fund. We are deeply grateful to the California-Nevada Annual Conference for investing 76 percent of its general church asking to the Africa University Fund in 2012. Thank you! 
In June, we graduated more than 450 persons; 265 earned their first, or bachelor's degree, and 192 earned their master's degrees. Importantly, nearly 60 percent are women.
We expect 1,400 students for the fall semester. Our capacity to educate students directly relates to your continued prayers and your commitment to making a 100 percent remittance to the fund.
The fund supports the operation of the university, including faculty and staff costs and upkeep of buildings and grounds.
Without your support of the Africa University Fund, Mercy Rehema Oudon, of Kenya, could not earn the prize as the best overall graduating student with a bachelor's degree in divinity with honors. Your 100 percent remittance frees funds for scholarships to Mercy and other deserving students.
John Wesley said the world is his parish. Your prayers and gifts have put Mercy in a position to make a difference in the parish we call Africa. Our primary mission is to serve Christ and prepare leaders who stay in Africa to serve Africa.
Patience Awardi, who earned her bachelor's degree in psychology, came to Africa University from the Democratic Republic of Congo, not knowing a word of English. She is hoping to take the next step by earning a master's degree in peace and governance and return home to build peace in her war-scarred nation. She is a role model for young women living in humble and difficult conditions in the DRC.
Hundreds of our students are the first of their families to attend college. They overcome incredible challenges just to arrive here. Once here, they are only able to stay through your support of the Africa University Fund. Your 100 percent remittance is vital to our ability to offer scholarships to deserving students following in the path of Mercy and Patience. Your financial support allows our students to serve God and to serve Africa.
We encourage you to give at 100 percent to the Africa University Fund this year. A 100 percent investment in 2013 is within reach. Please encourage your congregation to give generously.
Your gift is important to many promising students. Thank you for your prayers and continued support.
Grace and peace,
Dr. Fanuel Tagwira, Vice Chancellor
Africa University, Zimbabwe