DISTRICTS CHALLENGED TO RAISE FUNDS FOR KITCHEN AT THE UBUNTU RETREAT CENTRE AT AFRICA UNIVERSITY
Several weeks ago, a group of eleven clergy and laity from Iowa visited Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Africa University (AU) was founded in 1992 as a United Methodist-related university and draws students from countries all over the African continent. Several of our Iowa clergy are graduates of AU.
We stayed at the Ubuntu Retreat Centre, which was completed several years ago and was funded by United Methodists in the West Michigan (now Michigan) Conference. The Ubuntu Centre houses visiting professors, mission teams, AU board members, conference attendees, and other visitors.
Upon our arrival, our team noticed that the room designated as the kitchen in the Ubuntu Centre was not finished, which means that all meals have to be transported from the main university kitchen to the Ubuntu Centre. We were so impressed and blessed by our time at Africa University and the hospitality of the Ubuntu Centre that we decided to challenge our eight districts in Iowa to help raise money to furnish the kitchen at an estimated cost of $40,000. We are inviting each district to raise $5,000 by the time of the Iowa Annual Conference in June. We will then offer our gifts together at one of our worship services.
Please feel free to be creative in your fundraising! To begin our challenge, Gary and I have donated $1,000, which will be split across the eight districts. Thank you for your continuing support for AU.
Bishop Laurie and Rev. Gary Haller
Rev. Darline Balm-Demmel
Rev. Ron and Beth Carlson
Rev. Lilian Gallo-Seagren
Rev. Kiboko Kiboko
Rev. Carol Kress
Rev. Ben Wedeking
Rev. Paul and Rev. Gayle Wilcox