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Donor Profile: Sally Morris

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Sally Morris recalls being a child listening to a guest speaker at Grace UMC in Pekin, Illinois. For her, the speaker, Dick Reeves, “passionately painted a picture with words describing his dream of Africa University.

“It would be a place where students from every African country could come together and receive the gift of a lifetime . . . an education! …They would come together, share ideas, obtain knowledge and learn the skill of compromise surrounded by love. His dream had the possibility of changing the whole Africa continent forever!”

It was some years later that Ms. Morris's passion for mission ignited. She participated in work team trips to St. Croix, VI, and Costa Rica. On a mission trip to Kenya, she helped build the boys’ nursing dormitory at the Maua Methodist Hospital (MMH). Eventually, she left her job to become a full-time mission volunteer with the General Board of Global Ministries. Ms. Morris served at the Dream Dental Clinic at MMH and then in Freetown, Sierra Leone, where she founded and continues to support the Sababu (God-Given Opportunity) Seed Project, which helps educate women and children.

Having included Africa University in her estate plans, this year Ms. Morris becomes one of the newest members of the Richard E. “Dick” Reeves Legacy Society. She is now a part of the picture that was vividly described in her childhood. “It is only a natural step for me to donate my inheritance so after my time on earth, I will know my passion for Africa and Education will continue. Thanks be to God!”

Andra M. Stevens, Director, Communications, Africa University Development Office

A World Service Special Gift is a designated financial contribution made by an individual, local church, organization, district or annual conference to a project authorized as such by the Connectional Table. Current World Service Special Gifts projects include the Africa University Endowment Fund, the Leonard Perryman Communications Scholarship for Ethnic Minority Students, the Methodist Global Education Fund, the National Anti-Gambling Project and the Lay Missionary Planting Network.