Christian Leaders for Africa (CLA) is a not-for-profit organization of people who share a vision for Africans training Africans in Africa. Formed in November, 2002, CLA is a partner with Africa International University (AIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. AIU is a Christian university that was previously known as the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST). The university will have three major schools of study, NEGST, the Institute for the Study of African Realities (ISAR), and the School for Professional Studies (SPS).
The board and staff of CLA seek to develop US support for ongoing programs at NEGST, including student scholarships, faculty support, the new doctoral initiatives and various capital projects.
I am writing to you from the campus of AIU-NEGST where preparations are under way for the schools’ 30th graduation. Graduates and enrolled students represent 16 different countries with significantly varied backgrounds. It is always exciting to see the awarding of the degrees, the happy faces, and the profound sense of accomplishment on the part of the families, villages, and friends who gather to celebrate this momentous occasion. While the academic life is ending for the graduates, it signals the start of another school year for many others, and is the kick off to our fundraising efforts to support scholarships for the next academic year. CLA and I are asking for your contribution to make this coming year as successful as the previous one. Please consider making your contribution now, as it will enable us to fund on schedule for the start of the semester in early September.
Your gifts have enabled many men and women to fulfill their dreams and go on to serve our Lord in numerous capacities. I thought you would enjoy a letter from one of our CLA sponsored students. Just as Henry has thanked you, please allow me to offer my personal thanks for considering a gift for next year.
First let me extend to you our thanks for your continued support in helping Christian Leaders for Africa provide scholarships to students at Africa International University (AIU) and the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (NEGST). Your support has enabled us to provide aid to 26 students working on their PhD, 20 students working on their masters and 15 students who are enrolled working toward their undergraduate degree in theology.
As we approach the end of this calendar year we are also coming upon the start of the second semester at AIU. Our next major support for scholarships is due in January 2015. Please consider a year end gift to help us make the second semester payment. CLA is the largest single contributor to the university, and your support is important in maintaining the legacy that was built there by Dr. Chet Wood.
As you consider what the Lord is placing on your heart about AIU, look at the two photos of graduates of this wonderful university.
In May of this year, the CLA Board elected Jim Rogers to lead CLA as Executive Director, following his service as Interim Director after Ed Fischer’s resignation. .
Jim is a member of the AIU-NEGST Governing Council and has been serving as liaison to the CLA Board since 2008.
Jeanne Evers belongs to a CLA-supporting church and traveled to Kenya on the CLA Vision Tour in February. Below she shares what made the trip so incredible.
Last year was my first year of service on the Mission Board of my church. In this position, God gave me the opportunity to help oversee how a church determines financial support and to go deeper by learning “the heart” of four specific ministries. Happily, one of those ministries is Christian Leaders for Africa.