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Welcome to the home page of the Africa University Ubuntu Gathering Center project. In February, 2009 our district was challenged to partner with our United Methodist University in Zimbabwe. After hearing the amazing story of how the continent of Africa is being changed through AU, God led us to develop an initiative which would not only enhance the mission of Africa University but would also enable United Methodists in the U.S. to gain a greater awareness of our global connectedness.

The primary focus of our initiative is the building of an Ubuntu Gathering Center on the AU campus. The Gathering Center would host VIM Teams, conferences, visiting lecturers, MBA candidates, as well as doctors, nurses, and volunteers from the nearby Old Mutare UM Medical Mission, thus dramatically reducing the AU’s accommodation related costs.

I encourage you to peruse our web site and learn more about Africa University as well as the Ubuntu Gathering Center. We invite all those who feel so inspired to contribute to our goal of $500,000 for the project. By investing in the amazing success story of Africa University, we are participating in developing honest, moral, ethical leaders and the transformation of governmental structures and institutions on the entire African continent.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit guide us along this exciting journey of faith with our brothers and sisters at Africa University.

Rev. Laurie Haller

Grand Rapids District Superintendent

Ubuntu Gathering Center Project

Eric Mulanda – Africa University