Love of Children Brings $800,000 Gift to Zimbabwe

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, episcopal leader of the United Methodist South Carolina Conference, speaks during the presentation of $800,029 donated by the conference to the Fairfield Children’s Home in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo courtesy of the Africa University Public Affairs Office.

In 2001, the Rev. John Holler and a mission team from South Carolina traveled thousands of miles to work at the Fairfield Children’s Home.

They fell in love with the orphans and The United Methodist Church’s Old Mutare Mission that was caring for them. Holler promised to return.

On Oct. 21, Holler walked back on the campus. He also brought a gift of $800,029.

“For 20 years, it was a promise unkept,” he said. “It is amazing to return to this place.”

More than 80 United Methodists traveled from the U.S. to celebrate the 30th anniversary of United Methodist-related Africa University and the inauguration of the Rev. Peter Mageto as the university’s fifth vice chancellor.

The visit to Old Mutare Mission was also in the plans.

“Africa University is called the ‘School of Dreams,’” said Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, episcopal leader of the South Carolina Conference. “The Old Mutare Mission is across the way in the ‘Valley of Hope.’”

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Source: United Methodist News