21 New Legacy Members Inducted into Africa University prestigious society

Twenty-one new members were inducted into the Richard E. "Dick" Reeves Legacy Society and two current members were recognized for having made second planned gifts to Africa University last September.

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Legacy society members recognized Rev. GĂ©rard Nsabimana who has endowed a scholarship and is the first graduate of Africa University to be inducted. Rev. Nsabimana fled his home country of Burundi in 1995, after many of his relatives were killed in an ongoing civil war. He lived in several African countries as a refugee. Nsabimana earned a B.S. Degree in agriculture and natural resources at Africa University in 2002. He now pastors First United Methodist Church in Stroud, Oklahoma.

2018 inductees also included Rev. Dr. Robin Dease, district superintendent of the Hartsville District of the South Carolina Conference; Mr. Steven E. Drachler, a communications consultant, lobbyist and member of the AU Advisory Development Committee, and his wife, Mrs. Michelle Drachler; and Dr. Robert M. Schneider and Mrs. Virginia Schneider, former visiting lecturers from Kansas who taught at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria.

Dr. and Mrs. Schneider have endowed a scholarship at Africa University. Education can provide the keys to many different doors of opportunity," they said. "We want our scholarship recipients to walk through those doors to discover new worlds as we did."

The Richard E. "Dick" Reeves Legacy Society has a current membership of 404, with a goal of 500 members by the end of 2019.

Elaine Jenkins, director of planned giving, Africa University Development Office

One of seven apportioned giving opportunities of The United Methodist Church, the Africa University Fund transforms Africa by educating and empowering students from across the continent through Africa University, the first fully accredited, United Methodist-related educational institution on the continent. The Africa University Fund supports the general operating expenses of Africa University including faculty and staff salaries and vital infrastructure. Please encourage your leaders and congregations to support the Africa University Fund at 100 percent.