Last spring, Wesley College's 'HARAMBE 2021' brought 100+ churches and individuals together and raised $26,000. Right now, that generosity is educating a new generation of faith-driven servant leaders for Tanzania. Now, plans for HARAMBE 2022 are underway, with a celebratory Live Event scheduled online for May 1, 2022 at 3pm CST.
Below are resources for churches to use in worship leading up to the LIVE EVENT on May 1, 2022 at 3 pm.
resources for churches
During a time when it is hard to travel to see what God is doing internationally, Harambe brings opportunity to see God’s light shine around the world from home. All resources are designed to help educate and engage your church family in the ministry in Tanzania. HARAMBE 2022 will support Wesley College - a UMC-affiliated institution in Mwanza, Tanzania. If you are new to Wesley College, you can learn all about it here.
In Swahili, Harambe means 'coming together.' It is also the name of a traditional fundraising event -- where people gather, celebrate, and joyfully contribute to a common cause. HARAMBE 2022 is designed to be an easy way for your church to focus on global mission, live out the call to stewardship, and expand impact.
Everything you need to promote HARAMBE and introduce Wesley College to your church will be provided: posters, bulletin insert, worship music, videos, student stories, and more.
HARAMBE 2022 will culminate with an online Live Event on Sunday, May 1st, at 3pm Central Time.
what is harambe?
wesley college introductory video
This video (3.5 minutes) will help your congregation or small groups have a good overview of Wesley College and how it is fulfilling its mission through the equipping of students in Tanzania.
'What is Harambe?' video
A three-minute introduction for your church: Eric Soard shares his experience with the Harambe tradition in Tanzania, during his 10 years of service in Tanzania as a UMC Missionary.
Wesley Choir Special Music (on video)
Your congregation or small group will have a chance to hear from the Wesley College Choir. This is a moment and opportunity to bring worship from Tanzania into your sanctuary, virtual worship space, or your congregation’s homes. Linked below you will find The Wesley College choir music from 2021. They are currently preparing more inspiring music for HARAMBE 2022, and it will be posted here as soon as its available.
A media packet will help your church to promote Harambe. We make it easy to create newsletters, social media posts, and announcements during worship to help your church participate Harambe. You'll be able to download powerpoint backgrounds and editable slides. Check back soon for access to a media release with language for church announcements, a poster, a bulletin insert and more. We'll also provide the Harambe logo in multiple formats.
A four minute children's message: Anna Migera, Wesley College '21, shares from Luke 5 about faithful friends.
Small Group Study
Small groups will have the opportunity to do a Bible study, created by Rev. Eric Soard, that looks at the Biblical Vision and Foundation of Wesley College and missions in Tanzania. The study will include an introductory video, scriptures to dig into, and discussion questions.
Biblical Foundations of Wesley College - Isaiah 61: 1-4
Global Generosity - 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Learn a Swahili Worship Song
The Tanzania UMC Annual Conference Children's Ministry Coordinator, David Jeremiah, a graduate of Wesley College, teaches children a short worship song in Swahili. This can be used during a virtual children’s worship service, children’s moment, or Sunday School. Adults will enjoy it, too!
Student Impact Stories
We all participate in missions to see people’s lives transformed by the light of Christ. Three Wesley College student stories will be provided that demonstrate the impact that the church can have when it is engaged in mission in the world. These can be shared during worship, on social media, or in small groups to help people experience the important work happening through the United Methodist Church in Tanzania. Here are three stories to share, about our graduates.
Live, celebratory event
Invite your church family to join us online on Sunday, May 1st at 3pm Central Time. We'll gather together with churches across the U.S. and staff and students in Tanzania.
You can connect to the event here on May 1st
donate to harambe
Harambe is how communities in Tanzania come together to support each other. Every gift matters.
Your church can collect an offering and send it to the Wesley College foundation by check or you can give on-line and encourage others to do so before, during, or after the live event.
Find all the information you need here.
For more information on how to use these materials, you are invited to contact Eric Soard via email or call him at 713-616-8506.