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May 29 – Africa University Fund


"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples." – Psalm 96:3, NRSV

The beauty of being a part of the global United Methodist Church is gaining a deeper understanding of what it means to witness to the glory of God among the nations. Africa University in Zimbabwe is proof. Supported globally by The United Methodist Church, the university is committed to remaining Pan-African. Men and women from more than 20 African countries come to receive postsecondary education and postgraduate degrees, in agriculture, management and administration, theology, peace and governance and more.

Africa University is the only General Conference-approved, degree-granting institution of higher education supported by The United Methodist Church on the continent of Africa. The university opened in 1992, thanks to the vision and passion of United Methodist bishops and the support of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the Board of Global Ministries.

Today our gifts to the Africa University Fund help provide a quality education to nearly 1,500 students. That is growth! Africa University opened with 40 students and now has more than 6,000 graduates to date.

Most students receive financial assistance to complete their studies. Our apportioned giving helps this vital and growing ministry. Africa University is an important vehicle for the self-development of its students, as most secure employment upon graduation. Many go on to high- and mid-level positions. The education that Africa University students receives helps individual students and enriches the continent's economic development. 


God, you bless us to serve with Africa University. Pour out your wisdom upon students as they seek training in their vocations and on faculty and staff as they guide each student. Amen.

From Discipleship Ministries: Second Sunday After Pentecost / in KingdomtideLiving God, we praise you for the miraculous ways you answer prayer. You alone are the Lord! Throughout history, you have provided faithful leaders and sent your Spirit to renew all who follow you. Enable us to be more dedicated disciples, readily sharing our time and abilities through the ministries of this church. May your love in Jesus Christ be felt by people near and far whose lives are touched by our mission. We pray in your holy name. Amen. (1 Kings 18:20-39) 


A Namibian proverb says, "Learning expands great souls." That is exactly what Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, does. Students choose from six faculties of learning: agriculture and natural resources, education, health sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and administration and theology. In addition, the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance offers postgraduate diplomas and master's programs.

Africa University is committed to a diverse student population. People of different backgrounds and African countries live and grow together in faith. The university's mission is to provide quality education within a Pan-African context through which students can acquire general and professional knowledge and skills, grow in spiritual maturity, and develop sound moral values, ethics and leadership qualities.

A ministry of The United Methodist Church, Africa University enrolls nearly 1,500 students from 25 countries. Many students receive financial assistance from the university in order to complete their degree program. Through the Africa University Fund, we help maintain a university that since 1992 has shaped current and future faith-filled leaders on the African continent.  

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