Henderson school classrooms ready for students (Jan. 15, 2004)



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Henderson school classrooms ready for students

Jan. 15, 2004    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
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mwacht@flumc.org   Orlando  {0007}

An e-Review Feature
By Michael Wacht*
 
LAKELAND - Three classroom buildings at the Bishop Cornelius L. and Dorothye Henderson Middle School in Muxungue, Mozambique, Africa, are ready for the 2004 academic year, which begins this month. 

MOZAMBIQUE  - This teacher residence building and accompanying outhouse are part of the newly opened Henderson Middle School in Mozambique. Two classroom buildings and bathrooms are now open to serve students in north Mozambique. The Florida Conference raised $250,000 to fund the school, which was named in memory of the late Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson and in honor of his widow, Dorothye.
Photo courtesy of Bishop Joao Machado
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The three classroom buildings, each containing two classrooms, a teacher residence hall and a bathroom building, were completed late last year, according to the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin, director of the Florida Conference Council on Ministries' Missions office.

"The first phase is complete, and they still have money for more…for dormitories, which were part of our original agreement," Rankin said.
 
The Florida Conference gave $250,000 in honor of the late Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson and his widow, Dorothye, to build a middle school in north Mozambique. The money was raised as part of the conference's commitment to the Council of Bishops' Initiative on Children and Poverty and Hope for the Children of Africa.
 
Prior to the completion of the classroom buildings there was not a school within 240 miles of Muxungue.
 
"Children and young people are now able to go to the Henderson Middle School when there has been no school…" Rankin said. "This is more of an opportunity for the church to influence young people for the future of their country and as future Christian workers."

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This article relates to Missions.
*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service
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