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A young singer from Africa University greets Oklahomans on May 27 at OKC-St. Luke’s.

Oklahoma gives $50,000 to AU

The 2013 Oklahoma Annual Conference Offering, which totaled $49,964.48, went to Africa University. An AU student choir performed during the conference. In 1988, the General Conference established AU in Zimbabwe. Enrollment today is 1,200 students, from multiple nations. — Holly McCray

Compiled from UMNS

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