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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    UNY Conference helps Faith Tatenda Nyatoti graduate from Africa University

    July 5, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa University celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This institution, which was developed by United Methodist bishops, enables young men and women from dozens of nations throughout Africa to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees on the Africa University campus.

    Africa University students are supported primarily through endowed scholarships. The UNY Conference has an Africa University Endowed Scholarship Fund that helps support specific students at Africa University.

    According to the Africa University website, “Funding for scholarships is vital for Africa University, which is a residential institution, because many students would not be able to attend without financial help. Most are first-generation college students with backgrounds that include displacement, underemployment, and relatively low annual incomes for many workers.”

    This year, 718 students graduated from Africa University. One of the graduates was a recipient of one of the five current Upper New York Annual Conference endowed scholarships. Her name is Faith Tatenda Nyatoti and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

    In a letter addressed to Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, Elaine Jenkins, Director of Planned Giving in the Africa University Development Office said, “Because of the generosity and faithfulness of donors like the Upper New York Annual Conference, Africa University has now educated more than 8,000 young men and women from 31 of the 55 nations of Africa. The majority of our graduates have returned to their communities to engage in cutting-edge ministries which are transforming lives.”

    Africa University’s motto is Learning Here. Living Here. Leading Here. Serving God. All the time. Everywhere. The members of UNY Conference who have hosted fundraisers and/or made donations to Africa University are part of the reason that thousands of young African women and men are fulfilling the motto of Africa University.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."