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REFLECTING ON THE GENEROSITY OF STRANGERS

Originally posted in the January 2022 newsletter


As  we welcome 2022, I wanted to share with you two simple ideas that came  to me this Christmas season. The first one hit me as I stood in  Christmas Eve service singing Silent Night. I held a candle alongside my  family, in a room full of others celebrating Christ’s birth. God is  faithful.

It  is a simple thought, but one that brings me more hope than anything  else in this world can. It has sustained me personally, and I know it  has sustained so many others through difficult times, changes and  transitions. This ‘simple idea’ is the foundation of my hope in the work  that Wesley College is doing. God is faithful.


This leads to my second simple thought:


As  our 2021 fundraising season ends, I am overwhelmed with gratefulness  for the generosity of strangers, who are making our ministry in Tanzania  possible.  You – each one of our donors and supporters -- were at one  time a stranger to the staff, students, and mission of Wesley College.  Nearly all of you are still strangers to the villages, towns, and cities  in Tanzania.


Still,  you believe in our work, and you believe in the faithfulness of God to  turn our efforts into transformative change. I am thankful for how God  has worked in all of our lives and led each of us to invest in others. I  believe it is God’s faithfulness that leads so many of you in  generosity to our mission.


As  we welcome the new year, please join me in giving thanks for how so  many people have come together to make Wesley College possible. As we  enter this new year, I pray for blessings on each of you, your families,  our country, and the world. May 2022 bring joy!


Blessings,


Eric Soard


Executive Director of Wesley College Foundation



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Accessibility is one of the four pillars of Wesley College Foundation. Students cannot
experience the transformative education of Wesley College without generous supporters,
interested in seeing lives changed. Gilbert was one of our featured students in 2023. He
shared how he wasn’t even able to finish high school because of his family’s financial situation and was forced into an endless string of low wage jobs just to support himself. The day he found out his studies would be supported through a scholarship he dropped everything else--recognizing this once in a life time opportunity.

 


Wesley College Foundation is growing. Brady Banks came on as the Director of Foundation Development; Dr. John Wayne Smith joined us as a new board member from Northwest Arkansas, and most importantly you all contributed more than ever before---making it possible to increase support to Wesley College and students in Tanzania. Gilbert is about to finish a second diploma in community development, has a small business that supports his family, and just started as the new pastor of Kalaluma United Methodist Church. He is a great example of how opportunity creates more opportunity and Wesley College Foundation is On the Move towards forming even more servant leaders for the church and community because of your support and work.

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