HCC Announces April Rallying Tour
In the latest push of what is becoming the biggest year ever for Ghana-based Heritage Christian College, the institution’s president, Dr. Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah, tours the United States this month (April) to share successes at the college and to rally involvement with—and funding for—the institution as it implements projects holding significant promise.
On March 17, Heritage Christian College debuted its Center for Entrepreneurism, Philanthropy, and Ethics (CEPE) with a ribbon-cutting event at its growing campus in Accra, Ghana. HCC created the CEPE to serve as a “business-incubator” system to equip its students with entrepreneurial skills and mentoring before they graduate. For details on that development, go here: hccf-usa.org/hcc-celebrates-cepe-launch/
Twumasi-Ankrah’s four-week U.S. itinerary begins April 19 and includes stops in Dallas, Texas; Abilene, Texas; Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif; Nashville, Tenn.; Overland Park, Kan.; West Monroe, La.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; and other to-be-determined locations. Some of the stops are at campuses of Christian universities. The Abilene event is to be at Abilene Christian University, an institution that played an important part in the creation of HCC. The Nashville event is to be at Lipscomb University.
In Kansas, Dr. Twumasi will speak at the Olathe Church of Christ, and in Louisiana he will do likewise at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ. While venues for, and details about, all the stops are not available at this time, the Dallas and Abilene events are two of the earliest and are the most-defined at present.
The Dallas occasion, dubbed “Witness Ghana,” falls on April 21, with organizers reserving a room at Chamberlin’s Steak and Chop House, where dinner will be served to invitees who will hear Dr. Twumasi-Ankrah describe how HCC is transforming West Africa. The occasion is billed as a night of fellowshipping and “taking a trip” to Africa. The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live, from the Heritage Christian College Foundation Facebook page.
The Abilene occasion, set for the following weekend (April 27-28), is spearheaded by ACU’s Dr. Jerry Taylor. Titled “A Night in Ghana,” it will be held on the campus of Abilene Christian University and also will be broadcast live over the Heritage Christian College Foundation Facebook page. The Friday (27th) portion features a 6:00 p.m. public lecture on Africa by Dr. Kwame Essien, Ph.D., Lehigh University, and a 7:00 p.m. screening of the feature film Mully, with a talkback session immediately to follow.
For the 28th, organizers have planned a Conference on the African Diaspora, which is to run from 10:00 to 3:00, followed by a 5:00 p.m. reception for Dr. Samuel Twumasi-Ankrah. The evening, and the event, is to conclude with a 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. fundraising concert.
For details on the other stops on the tour, watch the HCCF website at hccf-usa.org, or follow HCC’s social media feeds. Information will be posted as details develop.
Heritage Christian College Foundation (HCCF), the fund-raising auxiliary for HCC, has announced a major fundraising campaign ($10 million over five years) in an effort to raise building funds, scholarship resources, and vitally needed campus and classroom supplies. Funds are particularly needed in 2018 to meet shorter-term needs.
The college, which defines itself as a “a Christ-centered environment to promote transformative education through active engagement in the teaching-learning interaction, creative pursuits, servant leadership, and global competence,” has grown rapidly in the three years of its existence.
Deon Fair, chairman of HCCF, said he felt that this spring’s push might eventually be looked back upon as the turning point in the prospects of Heritage Christian College, and that its bright promise and its deserving students will inspire the participation of individuals who want to see Africa lifted up and, even more importantly, the cause of Christianity strengthened in a third world country that indeed wants to bring its people fully into the 21st Century.
Fair said that the college is operated by Ghanaians for Ghanaians. Supporters of the school point to a sense of pride that permeates the institution. The Ghanaians do not want efforts simply to be done for them. They take the lead in decision-making, in initiatives, in the work of the college, supporters say. For details, visit the nonprofit’s website at hccf-usa.org.
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