2013: Year-end highlights

Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a "pioneer staff member" during the March 23, 2013 20th anniversary celebration of Africa University. Mphuru is also professor of entomology and the former deputy vice chancellor.
Athanasius Mphuru, is recognized as a "pioneer staff member" during the March 23, 2013 20th anniversary celebration of Africa University. Mphuru is also professor of entomology and the former deputy vice chancellor.

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General Church
Central conference delegates to the 2019 United Methodist General Conference gather for a pre-conference meeting in Carlinville, Ill. The gathering was organized by the Africa Initiative and many of the delegates at the gathering expressed support for the Modified Traditional Plan at The United Methodist Church’s special called session of General Conference, which begins Feb. 23.

Africa Initiative gathers delegates before GC2019

Many central conference delegates at an Africa Initiative gathering expressed support for the plan that maintains the church's stance on LGBTQ people and toughens enforcement.
Mission and Ministry
Children maneuver trucks on one of the new play areas at Hanwa Mission School in Macheke, Zimbabwe. The playground and a state-of-the-art early childhood development center were built through a partnership between the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area and Volunteers in Mission from the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Providing early education in rural Zimbabwe

Baltimore-Washington mission team, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area open state-of-the-art early childhood development center and playground at Hanwa Mission School.
Central Conferences
Women work in a rice field as part of a farming project in the Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area. The project is supported by UMCOR and encouraged by Bishop Benjamin Boni.  Photo courtesy Yves Dirabou.

Church in Côte d’Ivoire focuses on farming, food security

Bishop Benjamin Boni and Côte d’Ivoire Episcopal Area take holistic approach to agriculture involving women and youths.