Thank You, WNCC! From Africa University

 

The Western North Carolina Conference has been consistently generous in helping Africa University to equip and deploy leaders with the appropriate skills and outlook to transform communities. We simply cannot say thank you enough!

Despite the current public health and economic challenges, our shared ministry remains vibrant:
  • Preparations are underway for both in-person and online delivery of instruction (2020-2021 academic year), beginning in August.
  • Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the province where AU is located have been relatively few—29 to date with no deaths. Zimbabwe as a whole had 734 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of July 6th, with nine deaths. 197 persons have fully recovered, 528 individuals—most of whom are returnees from other countries where case-loads are much higher—are receiving treatment.
  • AU’s ongoing contributions to stemming the spread of COVID-19 include the manufacture of hand sanitizer and PPEs. The university has also developed its own disposable mask prototype for commercial production and some of the students are making reusable cloth masks.
  • AU students are also doing their part to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on vulnerable families—launching successful appeals and giving up meals in order to supply food, medicine and other essentials to their neighbors.
  • Seventeen (17) students from the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently benefitting from endowed scholarships established at Africa University by the Western North Carolina Conference. Eleven of those students are female and four are nearing graduation.
 
Thank you for loving your neighbor as you do and for building a tremendous legacy through Africa University. Africa University’s transformative ministry is thriving because United Methodists continue to pray for and invest in it. Best of all, the steadfast generosity of Western North Carolina United Methodist congregations inspires and sustains our students as they grow in faith, claim and work towards God’s promise of abundant life.
 

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

eLEAD

Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:

Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children

GRANTS:

The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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