Date: November 12, 2007
Solusi University, an Adventist college in Zimbabwe, is facing great hardship at this time. There is a humanitarian crisis in the country which has brought on a desperate food shortage. Messages from the Adventist church administrators there state:
"The situation is exceedingly difficult; many of the stores are out of food. Some food can be purchased on the 'parallel market' but prices are soaring. Individuals are without food in many places. At Solusi University, the campus is running out of food. We have even had to discuss sending the students home, but the situation is no better elsewhere. Immediate assistance is needed in order to sustain the campus at this time."
Right now there is a door of opportunity to provide help. Some organizations in Zimbabwe, such as Solusi University, are allowed to import food for their people. Trucks can bring food from South Africa and Botswana. Therefore, if funds are available, food can be purchased or imported.
The students at Andrews University have already set the pace for support. Glenn Russell, assistant professor of religion, reports, "At the Friday evening Fusion worship service, 800 students on our campus gathered for worship and fellowship. After times of prayer and praise, a special unannounced offering appeal was made to collect funds for the urgent needs of Solusi University. Upon hearing of the needs the hearts of our Andrews students were touched. Hands were reaching deep into pockets and purses for dimes and dollars, writing out checks, and a few hands were wiping away tears of compassion. Some hands reached for dorm keys as a few students ran back to the dorm to get some money. Someone prayed and asked God for a miracle of giving--after all, these were college students on limited budgets.
"Then the offering was collected and the funds were counted. One young woman quietly remarked, 'I had only 75 cents for the next week; it's not much but I wanted to give it all.' At the end of the evening a circle of students gathered and spontaneously lifted up praises to God for the amazing offering of nearly $3,000 for Solusi University!
"I'm praying for our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe, for their needs exceed even this gift," says Glenn Russell. "And I thank God for the privilege of knowing so many caring college students here at Andrews University. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!"
The entire campus is invited to join those who have already given so generously. An account has been established to receive donations at the North American Division Office of Education, which will be wired directly to Solusi University. Checks should be made out to "NAD Solusi Project," and mailed to:
North American Division
Office of Education
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring MD 20904
Or you can drop your contribution off at the Religion Department in Griggs Hall to either Gyl Bateman or Glenn Russell. They will see that the checks are routed to the North American Division.