Africa University is a United Methodist Church-related project and is being nurtured and funded by church members from all over the world. It is a consequence of the growth of United Methodism on the African continent and has its foundations in the history and legacy of the church. Africa University opened in March 1992 as the first private, international university in Zimbabwe.
Larry’s duties involve working with the farm manager in developing the agricultural program so as to help the university be more efficient in its roles of teaching and research. In addition, he is involved in student agricultural practicals, as well as teaching classes in crop production and farm management.
Reflecting on his ministry, Mr. Kies shares, “I am in mission with the African people as we manage a commercial-scale farm that demonstrates appropriate farming methods. Students, even those not studying agriculture, are exposed to sustainable practices as many work part-time on the farm to help pay their school fees. In teaching, I hope to re-enforce in students a Christian outlook toward farming and business, since many of them will be the African leaders of the future. By so doing, I hope to obey Jesus’ command, implicit in Matthew 25, to feed the hungry.”
Mr. Kies was raised near Jesup, Iowa, where his parents gave him his love of farming and sense of global mission. After graduating from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Biology, he began a 15- year career in Botswana. He first served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching Agriculture, then managed the farm and taught at Maun Secondary School.
Larry returned to the U.S. to earn an M.S. in Vegetable Crops at the University of California, Davis. While at Davis he was active in the Davis UMC, playing guitar and singing in the folk choir, leading the singing for youth Sunday school and helping teach adult Sunday school.
Prior to moving to Africa University he managed the farm at Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe.
Larry is married to Jane, also a United Methodist missionary assigned to Africa University. They have four children: Ben, Andrew Pule, Carly and Michael.
Larry Kies is available for Covenant Relationship support in California-Nevada Annual Conference , Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference , Iowa Annual Conference , Kansas West Annual Conference , Northern Illinois Annual Conference , Pacific Northwest Annual Conference , West Virginia Annual Conference , Wisconsin Annual Conference .
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