One of the outstanding ministries of the United Methodist Church in recent years is the establishment of Africa University. The Indiana Conference has supported its development, as well as its students with apportionment payments, the building of four dormitories, and scholarship funding. These contributions have had a significant influence on individual lives, as well as expanding the pool of leaders on the African Continent.
Classes have been in session this year at Africa University for another semester, and Friends of Africa University recently received the names of students being supported by scholarships from Indiana.
These are the ones being supported by Direct Scholarships, with a variety of churches working together. They include:
- Collins Namasiku Namangolwa, a second year student from Zambia in Humanities,
- Mukendi Nyama Ngombe Jean Marie, also second year, from Democratic Republic of Congo in Agriculture,
- Matchonzi Shambua Carine, from Democratic Republic of Congo in first year of Humanities, and
- Florence Nakamya, from Kenya second year in Business.
Namasiku’s parents are both deceased but his extended family helped him prepare to enter AU although they could not provide funding for his studies there. He says he learned about AU through his church in the Mazibuka District of Zambia.
Marie hopes to work in environmental management after graduation.
Also receiving partial direct scholarship assistance are:
- Fredrica T. Madhuveko from Zimbabwe in third year of Humanities,
- Charlotte Kashala Uzan from Democratic Republic of Congo in Intensive English, and
- Jonathan Mbuya Kabala from Democratic Republic of Congo also in Intensive English.
The last two students plan to be in Business after their English classes are complete. Many of the students comment that learning English is one of the big advantages of education at AU. English also is very important for a career in business after university.
Several students receive scholarships funded by Endowed Scholarships created in earlier years by the former North and South Indiana Conferences. They include:
- Lavi Paul Almagiri, a third year student from Nigeria studying Agriculture,
- Elya Monya Manhand Kabey, second year student from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Humanities,
- Martha William Chol Maun, a second year Sudanese in her first year in Humanities,
- Kapinga Mbayi Gracia, third year in Management and Administration from DRC and currently serving an internship as part of her educational experience, and
- Astrid Lunda Ngandu from the DRC is in her second year in Management and Administration, supported by the Marie Kerkeles Phillips Memorial Scholarship.
Additionally, First UMC of Wabash provides a Ushawira Scholarship to Gaston Kasongo Semakwezi of Zambia, in his first year of study in Humanities and Social Sciences. St. Andrew UMC in West Lafayette has supported Edson Samuel Mondland of Mozambique for his four years in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Plainfield UMC provides a scholarship for Eva Mario Ndambi from Angola in her second year in Theology. A complete scholarship for one year is $5,400.
Please pray for each of these students and remind your churches to send support for the Direct Scholarship recipients continued education with remittances to the Indiana Conference marked for Africa University Direct Student Scholarships. With the work being done by the AU graduates, it is easy to see what a difference this aid is making in the lives of students and for the countries in which they work.
What a difference this aid is making in the lives of students…