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Learn how Wesley College and graduates are positively impacting children's lives in Tanzania

Posted in the June 2023 Newsletter



June 16th is the International Day of the African Child. June 16th was picked in recognition of the 1976 march by 10,000 black school children in Soweto, South Africa who marched for equitable education and were subsequently threatened and hundreds shot during their march.

Every June 16th, Africa sets aside a day to focus on children, and raise awareness of the need to continue to improve education and services being offered to this vulnerable, but important group, around the continent of Africa.


The Day of the African Child was born out of a desire for real change and we are excited to be highlighting how Wesley College’s graduates have participated in making the lives of African children better in important and tangible ways.


Children are where generational change must start and Wesley College graduates have taken on that challenge through wholistic change.David Jeremiah was the United Methodist Church’s first children’s ministry coordinator. He spent his time encouraging others to invest time in children’s ministry, helped lead trainings for children’s ministers, and ensured that the church kept a focus on the importance of forming the next generation. As he finished his time as the coordinator, another Wesley College graduate has taken his place in this role.


“When you teach children, you are teaching our future pastors, our future doctors, our future presidents. Our big task is to prepare our future church – and it’s the world’s church.”

-David Jeremiah


While some graduates are working on spiritual needs of children, others are focusing on inclusion into the community. Graduates like Fred Michael and Neema Munya, and others, are part of the leadership of Yatosha. Yatosha is an organization that is working to include deaf youth in the life of the church by equipping churches to have worship and Bible studies that are accessible to deaf people. This past week, Yatosha broke ground on a vocational school that will train deaf and hearing impaired youth so that they can get jobs and be engaged in the normal pursuits of life.


Wesley College was created, in part, to make education accessible to a new group of Tanzanian youth who were not previously being served by the education system. The education received and the formation done at Wesley College help our students understand their ability as change-makers. Wesley College graduates are equipped to be servant leaders into the community to shape the next generation.


If you are interested in being part of changing the next generation in deep and long lasting ways--let us know. I would love to talk to you about opportunities to do just that!


Blessings,

Eric Soard

Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation

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2023 welcomed a growth in the Foundation's staff with the addition of Brady Banks, Director of Foundation Development. Brady has been a great asset to the team. Nicki (Communications Director) and myself look forward to the Foundation's future as a strong team with the addition of Brady. 

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We also mourned the loss of an amazing person and constant supporter of the Foundation and Wesley College. Rev. Dr. Bill Buchanan was instrumental in Wesley Collge's start in 2017 through teaching classes as well as serving on the Foundation Board. His impact will forever be felt in Tanzania and with us. We cherish our memories and grieve this loss.

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I was able to visit Wesley College several times this year, and each time left with a feeling of renewed hope and admiration for all that the College is doing. I had the pleasure of seeing the growth through new staff, more students, assistance for assault victims, and more graduates who are directly impacting local communities in Tanzania. 

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Wesley College Foundation also had the first-ever Rock City Run, virtual 5k event that corresponded with the Rock City Marathon in Tanzania. This event spread awareness to new friends as well as joined together all of us for a fun event that got us moving. 

 

I wanted to highlight a volunteer who made the Rock City Run a fun, easy event with 40 of her closest friends and family. Kathy Schwab, a loyal friend of Wesley College Foundation, along with her husband Ken Schwab hosted a walk with social gathering.

Kathy shared what the Rock City Run meant to her and how easy it was to do--and how much FUN they all had.

 

Not only did Kathy get together a group of 30 people at her house to walk and enjoy a social brunch afterwards-- she had walkers all over the US participate! Kathy and Ken made sure that they spread the word about Wesley College all the way to Yosemite!

Kathy gave this tip to anyone who might be hesitant to get a group together:

 

"Do what's in your comfort zone. For me- it was my friend group then it branched out from there and grew. Begin with what feels right for you. Don't try and make it overwhelming--it really is simple and easy and FUN!"

 

Thank you Kathy and Ken for making the cause of Wesley College Foundation the catalyst for the good you and your friends/family did with the Rock City Run! 

 

As we welcome the new year, please join me in giving thanks for how so many people have come together to make Wesley College Foundation possible. As we enter this new year, I pray for blessings on each of you, your families, and the world. May we see even more movement forward and joy in 2024!

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