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Africa University Today Newsletter Fall 2013

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  • Rev. A. Theodore (Ted) Halsted, Jr. and his wife Marceline became en-thusiastic supporters of Africa University from its founding. In 1995, they endowed a scholarship in the Faculty of Theology, which has enabled seven pastors, to date, to obtain theological education. We wanted to have a part in the amazing turn to Christ taking place in Africa, Ted said.

    Ted was born in Kalama- zoo, Mich., one of four children born to the Rev. Alfred T. and Florence Gor-ton Halsted. Ted earned his B.A. degree in English Literature from DePauw (Ind.) University in 1949. Shortly after graduating, he was one of 50 mission-ary interns commissioned by the Methodist Board of Missions (predecessor to the General Board of Global Ministries) to serve in south India and Pakistan for three years.

    It was in India that Ted and Marceline met and later became engaged. Marceline grew up in South Charleston, W. Va., one of four children born to Paul and Frances Smith. She earned her B.A. degree from Morris Harvey College (now Charleston University) and her nursing degree from St. Frances Nursing School (W. Va.), with fur-ther preparation for mis-sionary service at Hart-ford Seminary (Conn.). In India, she was superinten-dent of nursing at Meth-odist Hospital in Nadiad, Gujarat State, and was one of the founders of the Methodist School of Nursing in Nadiad.

    Ted returned to the United States in 1952 to attend Yale Divinity School. He and Marceline married upon her return in 1953. Two daughters, Gwendolyn and Carolyn, were born of their mar-riage. The Halsted family also included at various times through the years a number of exchange students.

    From 1956 until his retirement in 1992, Ted served pastoral appoint-ments in the Detroit Annual Conference, in-cluding serving as district superintendent. Marceline

    resumed her nursing ca-reer after their daughters became teenagers.

    Since retiring and since Marcelines death in 2005, Ted has continued to pursue his many interests. He plays violin in the Richmond Community Orchestra; he is editor of the Friends Fellowship Community newsletter; he sings in the chancel choir at Central United Methodist Church in Richmond; he has trav-eled to Russia, Haiti, Sierra Leone and with-in the United States on mission projects; and he is the author of two books: Spring-Fed Waters: the Story of a Lake in Northern Michigan and Grandfather Tales of Lake Louise.

    This past March, Ted traveled to Zimbabwe to attend the 20th anniver-sary celebration at Africa University. A special thrill for him was meeting the two current recipients of his and Marcelines endowed scholarship. What a joy it is that we included Africa Univer-sity in our estate plans! Already our gift is a gift that keeps on giving! Ted exclaimed.

    Elaine Jenkins,AU Development Office

    Fall 2013

    In this issue:

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    T he Illinois Great R

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    is expanding its M

    aking Dream

    s Possible scholarships cam

    paign for A

    frica University.

    Launched in 2012, the

    campaign had an initial target

    of $250,000 for imm

    ediate scholarship needs. In June, the conference quadrupled its cam

    paign goal to $1 million

    over the next four years. The

    conference aims to fund eight

    new endow

    ed scholarships for students through this ex- panded effort.

    The m

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    endowed scholarships allow

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    anner, accord-ing to R

    ichard Straub, who

    heads the conferences Africa

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    ittee. Bishop

    Jonathan D. K

    eaton, resident bishop of the conference, said, O

    ur denomination has built

    Africa U

    niversity through

    prayer, presence, apportion-m

    ents and special giving. More

    than 4,700 graduates have been sent into the w

    orld from A

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    niversity.Illinois G

    reat Rivers already

    has in place four endowed

    scholarships that support undergraduate students. It also provides direct annual support to tw

    o graduate students en-rolled in the Institute of Peace, L

    eadership and Governance.

    At the com

    pletion of the cam

    paign, the conference will

    provide access to higher educa-tion for at least 10 undergradu-ate and tw

    o graduate students. W

    ith 12 scholarships endowed,

    the gifts invested today by churches and individuals in the conference w

    ill make dream

    s possible in perpetuity.

    For years, Illinois Great R

    ivers has had a strong com

    mitm

    ent of supporting A

    frica University.

    Many people have been involved

    in seeing the dream becom

    e a reality through personal com

    mit-

    ment, m

    onetary contributions, building-projects support and fundraising for direct and en-dow

    ed scholarship support for Pan-A

    frican students. In 2012, Illinois G

    reat Rivers

    was one of 27 annual confer-

    ences that paid 100 percent of its apportioned share of funding to A

    frica University.

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    rk o

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    Africa U

    niversity considers the form

    er Central and South-

    ern Illinois conferences as founding partners for fundrais-ing for the B

    ridge to Dream

    s in honor of B

    ishop Woodie

    W. W

    hite, the Richard R

    eeves W

    esley Foundation and a m

    aintenance building for the A

    frica University farm

    . E

    nrollment at A

    frica Uni-

    versity is at an all-time high.

    The current enrollm

    ent of 2,000 represents students from

    29 countries. How

    ever, this grow

    th also means rais-

    ing