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Posted in the May 2023 Newsletter

A unique benefit that many of our students highlight when they speak of Wesley College are our volunteers. The connection and support of our global team sets Wesley College apart in so many ways. Our heart and hands exist because of YOU. Your donations, your time, your involvement, your board commitments, your mentorship---so many aspects of giving that we are truly grateful.

Giving Through Missions and Mentorship

As we wrap up the success of Harambe 2023 and all of you who gave financially- I also wanted to highlight gratitude for those serving at Wesley College. Two such volunteers are Peggy Groves and Kathy Worley who are helping to launch Her Chance.

Kathy just returned from her first trip to Tanzania and was deeply touched and motivated to help. She soon realized that even through challenges such as not having steady electricity by which to study; young children and students found great joy and love that fuels their excitement to learn and grow.

Peggy and Kathy started Her Chance as a way to continue that excitement of learning with third year students at Wesley College. Through direct mentorship of these women as they prepare to enter their professional careers, Peggy and Kathy know they will positively impact their Tanzanian communities. Her Chance will pair up third year female students at Wesley College with professional women in the US to connect on a regular basis, receiving encouragement and mentoring. Additionally there will be training opportunities in professional communication, how to interview for jobs, and other professional development opportunities for students as they prepare to launch into life after college.

In the midst of challenges such as electricity, technology, and connectivity- Kathy sees the similarities that span the oceans in the college staff and students who also want to serve and motivate young adults. You can read more about Her Chance here.

Serving others is something I know I am called to do.  I have been the recipient of so much in my life but I will always say that the gift of someone’s time has always proven the most valuable.

- Kathy Worley

Board Members Commitment

As well as those that create unique and tangible programs to give back to Wesley College- we also celebrate our dedicated Board. Our Board of Directors, comprised of 11 members, graciously gives of their time and energy to direct the Foundation. It is through these members that ideas are made into reality, connections developed, visions cast, and guidance shared. They help with grants, help organize fundraisers, build connections with individuals and churches, and help run the Foundation through their individual skillsets. We can't thank them enough for their daily contributions to further the impact of Wesley College.

You can "meet" our Board of Directors here and read their bios.

As you read this, I hope you see your gifts that make this world better. I encourage you to see how your talents can be used to cast visions and be the hands and feet of good in this world.

Here are just some ways to utilize your gifts at Wesley College:

  • Mentors

  • Instructors

  • Business Coach/Trainer

  • Database and Information Systems

  • Media/Communications

  • Student Activities Coordinator

  • Staff Training Hub Development

To hear more about ways you can give back through your talents at Wesley College Foundation- please look here.

Thank you again to all that volunteer to make Wesley College Foundation a brighter place of hope to educate and change communities in Tanzania.


Eric Soard

Executive Director, Wesley College Foundation


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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