Students from Wesley in Ann Arbor were the first guests to stay in the Ubuntu Center at Africa University.
REV. LAURIE HALLER
Birmingham 1st UMC, Sr. Pastor
The West Michigan Conference Africa University Task Force is pleased to announce the completion of the Ubuntu Retreat Center at Africa University in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. The $1 million project, initiated in 2009 and led by Rev. Laurie Haller and Ed Edwardson, included $500,000 raised by individuals and congregations in the West Michigan Conference and a $500,000 anonymous matching grant.
The first group to use the retreat center in early March was ten students and Chaplain/Director Bob Roth from the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan. Several other groups have also stayed at the Ubuntu Center, and we anticipate that the center will be continuously occupied by mission teams, visiting professors and people attending conferences/retreats at Africa University. There are twenty-four double rooms, with central air conditioning and a flat screen TV in each room. There are also two conferences rooms and an Internet Café.
Ubuntu is an African word that means “I am because you are.” Ubuntu claims that at the deepest level we are all brothers and sisters and find our value and purpose in community. When others hurt, we hurt. When we celebrate, others celebrate. The hope of the Ubuntu Center is to enhance the university mission to create moral, ethical and spiritual leaders for the continent of Africa.
The West Michigan Conference has played a key role in building up the kingdom of God and making a difference at Africa University through the Ubuntu Center. Thank you for your generosity and faith!
For more on the Ubuntu Retreat Center, click here.