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                                                                                                                                    December 2021

Dear friends of Wesley College,                                                                     

 

I’m writing to tell you about a very special group of people at Wesley College. I’m calling them our ‘quiet heroes.’  I am also writing to ask you to support Wesley College with a year-end gift. Together, we can ensure that these same quiet heroes continue their good work into 2022 and beyond.

 

But, before I tell you more about our quiet heroes, I need to tell you about 2021 in Tanzania. Overall, I would call it a year of uncertainties.

 

I’m sure you’re not surprised to that the pandemic had a big impact.  Like nearly everywhere else in the world, the country weathered waves of infections and deaths. Tourism stopped and people’s incomes were reduced.

 

Widespread impacts created uncertainty in the entire population. Our students at Wesley College were no exception.

 

But the quiet heroes – their teachers – provided a steady presence.

 

Then, in March, the president of Tanzania died.  No Tanzanian president had ever before died in office, so the uncertainties of a political transition came next.

 

Throughout all of this, our students continued to come to class, take exams, worship in chapel, and go out into the community, to practice new skills.

 

This was all thanks to Wesley College’s quiet heroes. Not one said 'this is too hard,' or 'I give up.'

 

I also want you to know that despite the economic downturn, despite political uncertainties, despite the global pandemic, in 2021 Wesley College enrollment increased. More passionate, faith-driven students enrolled than ever before, now well on their way to changing lives and communities.

 

Honestly, in this growth mode, it brings up another uncertainty. We need to ensure that we have resources to not only admit new students, but to support their educations to the end.  We need to raise $70,000 from our American supporters to step confidently into the new year.

 

I hope you can appreciate how our teachers have brought stability to our students during difficult times. Please add to that stability with a gift today. You can give securely online or mail your check to the address below.

I also invite you to honor a teacher in your own life, with your gift. Learn how here.

Blessings,

Eric Soard

Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation