Friday, April 25, 2014

Africa University’s Good News

It is a joy to be a part of the United Methodist family because together we can do so much good.  Recently a team from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry visited Africa University in Zimbabwe and one board member from our Episcopal Area, Mr. Demetrio Beach, was able to meet the students who received our scholarships. He presented them with Bibles (see photo below) and encouraged them to continue serving the Lord and improving the lives of people in their countries.

Here is one of the “thank you” letters from a student who received our scholarship money:

My name is Banza Mutunda Mimie.  I am female and the first born in a family of seven—four girls and three boys.  My father’s name is Kasongo Ndalamba Kate, and he is a pastor in the United Methodist Church in the North Katanga Annual Conference in Kamina, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I am a second-year student in the faculty of Health Sciences doing management studies at Africa University in Zimbabwe.  My objective at Africa University is to fulfill my dream, which I started in my country at the secondary level.  I have done nursing and would like to continue with the same idea, but majoring in management in order to become a manager in one of the medical organizations in my country (DRC). …(My country) has become vulnerable to diseases such as: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, TB and others.  Due to these matters I was inspired to do my studies in the medical area in order to be a part of the development process that aids in the prevention of these diseases.

It is a great pleasure and an honor for me to write to you, my sponsor.  This letter is to inform you that you have made my dream alive in providing me with the scholarship.  Regarding my family possibility, I was hopeless to achieve my goals, but you have made it possible.  For this reason I and especially my family are really grateful for such unforgettable action that has inspired us.  Our prayer is to see God showing his blessing upon you and all your family.  Africa University is a blessing to me and the hope for the best future of my family and my country.” 

It is a joy to be a part of this movement that is changing lives and building a “future with hope” oin the continent of Africa.  We thank Demetrio Beach for meeting with these students and inspiring them with his presence and bringing them greetings on our behalf. Please continue to support our efforts at Africa University.  You can do so online by making a direct gift to or send it through your conference office.  Planned giving is also an option.  That website is

1 comment:

  1. This post of is wonderful to read about! I was blessed to visit Africa University in 1999 as I represented the Eastern PA's Youth on the MISSION OF PEACE trip to Zimbabwe. This trip changed my life at 18 years old and I am still actively involved in the United Methodist Church and serve on staff at Hempfield UMC in Lancaster, PA. I praise God for providing such amazing ways to share our faith and commitment to his teachings.