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"Global Health—Seeking Health and Wholeness for All"

Clergy Assistance Fund

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A special fund has been set up to assist clergy with direct financial support from the Clergy Assistance fund when a desperate need does arise. For many years, this fund has been the dedicated offering during the Clergy Session of the Iowa Annual Conferences which is only held once a year.

“The Clergy Sustentation Fund is a means to tangibly care for our clergy and families in a time of need.  Your gifts become signs of hope and grace in difficult times,” said Rev. Terra Amundson, from The United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.

Because the COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted everything we do, this year has been an extremely challenging for our clergy. Bishop Laurie has set a goal of raising $10,000 for this fund and asks if you could continue to donate to support our clergy who give so much of themselves and to each one of us in the Iowa Annual Conference during challenging times like these. 

Be a Difference Maker, donate to the Clergy Assistance (Clergy Sustentation Fund) Fund!

Mabaan Flood Relief

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Floods in South Sudan have demolished housing, destroyed cropland, killed livestock, contaminated drinking water, and taken out roads. We have hundreds of Mabaan living in Iowa, across the country, and in Canada. They are asking for our help to send relief to Mabaan County, South Sudan. Knowing the devastation floods have brought to our own state, please express your support for the Mabaan!

Over the years some of the Mabaans have been relocated in the United States and specifically in the Des Moines area. The South Sudanese Mabaan United Methodist Church was formed and now worships at First United Methodist Church in Des Moines.

To provide aid to their families, the Mabaan Flood Relief committee has been formed. Their goal is to provide fundraising efforts through the United Methodist Church and beyond. 

The U.S. Mabaans would like assistance to help their people reorganize their lives when the waters recede. The Iowa Annual Conference is committed to help the Mabaans drastically affected by this flooding. .

Be a Difference Maker, donate to the Mabaan Flood Relief Fund or send a check to: Iowa Annual Conference, Treasurer's Office, 2301 Rittenhouse St., Des Moines, IA 50321, On MEMO line: #53321-MF        

The Africa University Dream Farm  

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The AU Dream Farm has made its mark as a leader in the dairy and poultry sector. 

 "Our dairy products are some of the best in the country and in every step of our processes we ensure hygiene, to prevent contamination, efficiency to prevent waste and freshness of our final products which has culminated in the recognition we receive today for our products. One of the main buyers of our milk is Dariboard in addition to other players in the market who know us for our quality,” said AU Dream Farm Manager Mr. Mpofu.

Africa University has won numerous awards at both provincial and national level for its agricultural products. Business enterprise and innovation remain key strategic pillars for the institution as it embraces the education 5.0 revolution and positions itself as a leader on the continent in holistic Pan- African education that positively contributes the Africa’s development agenda.

The AU Dream Farm is a mixed commercial farm with a chicken layer unit that holds a capacity of 6000 birds at any given time as well as a piggery of 60 animals that support the sale of serviced gilts to members of the community who are looking to establish small scale piggery projects of their own. 2000 broiler chickens are produced fortnightly that serve the University’s Bonaventure / Ndorimana Dining Hall and also support Mutare’s hotels, restaurants and schools. Livestock such as sheep, goats and rabbits are also reared in addition to food crops such as Maize, Broccoli, Cabbage and Wheat.