Seven women gathered in Reardon Lobby on March 31 to share their passions and visions for East Africa. Latoya Francis, a junior accounting and youth leadership development major, was selected to be the student ambassador for the Anderson University-East Africa program. The Anderson University-East Africa Ambassador (AU-EA) annual event focuses on inner beauty and leadership.
The purpose of AU-EA is a three-fold. A major goal is to raise money for the selected AU-EA project. This year, AU-EA has chosen to work with Wild Hope International in Tanzania. Francis will travel in June to Wild Hope International, which is currently focused on responding to issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS, poor education, lack of resources and spiritual hunger. The money raised will help fund Wild Hope’s programs. Secondly, AU-EA hopes to educate about and advocate for East Africa. This will be through various activities and opportunities on AU’s campus, as well as through Francis serving as a representative of AU on the Africa trip. Lastly, AU-EA wants to redefine beauty, which promotes true self-confidence and includes a lifestyle of service and compassion.
Each of the AU-EA event participants develops a proposal for an idea she feels strongly about. Francis hopes to create a missions project for soccer players called “Nyota Soccer Club.” The idea for her project came from Francis’ first mission’s trip, which was a soccer trip through YWAM (Youth with a Mission).
“I am so grateful for this experience and never imagined I’d actually win,” said Francis. “I am excited to actually see the project come about and see what other girls will do with theirs.”
- Melissa Powers is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Powers is an associate with Fifth Street Communications writing on behalf of the AU Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.