April School Teacher for Nigeria Update

March 31, 2015

On the move:

Yahuda Zailani completes his Master’s Degree program in early May, graduates June 7 from Africa University and returns back to Nigeria, his family and his position as a theological professor at Banyam Theological Seminary on June 8.   He had to print his dissertation for 4 faculty members, would like to purchase a Kindle loaded with theological books for his teaching, rent a cap/gown for graduation and have expense money for travel back to Bambur once he returns to Nigeria.  

Uzajja Dauda will complete his first academic year at Africa University in May and will be traveling back to Nigeria for his internship at the Development Exchange Center in Bauchi.  Here he will focus on four areas in the organization: Education, good governance/peace building, development and sustainable community development.  His degree is in Peace, Governance and Leadership so the internship will enhance his course of study.  He will return to Africa University in Jan. 2016 to complete his last semester before graduation.  Obviously he needs travel money to and while in Nigeria.

Davidson Adams completes his course work at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City with plans to continue the completion of his Bachelor’s Degree at Bellevue University starting in August.  

Congratulations to Paul Johnson who is the new President of the Student Body at Morningside College.   Well done, Paul, we’re proud of you!

On June 8 we will celebrate 25 years of partnership with the UMC in Nigeria. Starting with a worship/celebratory service at 8:30 AM we ask you to join us at this gala event. Wear your ethnic dress or UMVIM work team t-shirt to highlight our missional outreach. Here’s what’s happening: 

Silent Auction of Nigerian clothing, cloth, artifacts, short handled hoes, pictures, etc.

Where: Iowa Nigeria Partnership Display table at Hy Vee Hall A
When: Silent bidding begins Sat. June 6 at noon, concludes Mon. June 8 at 5 PM 
Winners: Announcement of highest bidders on Mon. June 8 at INP Dinner, Tue. June 9 at  8:30 AM
Pickup/payment: Tues. June 9 by 10:30 AM, checks payable to Conf. Treasurer 

Pictorial walk of Nigerian pictures in Hy Vee Hall taken by Iowans who traveled to Nigeria.

Celebration dinner at 5:30 PM on Mon. June 8 at First UMC in Des Moines at 1001 Pleasant St., Tickets are $10 and reserved with a check payable to First UMC and sent to Christine Anders, 1001 Pleasant St., Des Moines 50309.  Come one and all to hear “Out of Africa/Nigeria” stories. You’ll want to hear about Bishop Trimble’s birthday cake!!! 

Check out the Nigerian village as you enter the seating area of Hy Vee Hall. 

Prepare to “dance” to the front of the stage as we take an offering a la Nigerian style.  

Let’s celebrate together this momentous 25 year event which has moved the UMC in Nigeria from infancy to full fledged self sufficiency.  

You are always welcome to support these students or any UMC related educational project in Nigeria. Monies may be sent through your local church to the conference treasurer, marked, INP, #230 and your designation.  Pray for the staff at each of these church schools as they impart wisdom, offer educational challenges, motivate continued learning while providing a Christian witness in action and word.