Humbane to speak about African missionary work

Posted on: February 19, 2014

TWC invites community members to hear missionary Maria Humbane speak.

Tennessee Wesleyan College invites community members to hear missionary Maria Humbane speak at the college's convocation service on Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. Sponsored by TWC’s Center for Christian Education and Outreach, Humbane will be sharing with TWC students the importance of service and how her experience as the director of the Ishe Anesu Project in Africa has enriched her life.

Years ago Humbane had a vision to start the Ishe Anesu Project but had no idea how to go about it. It was not until 1997 during her training as missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., that her mission began to take shape.

She expressed her wish to the GBGM to work with underprivileged children in Africa and asked the program to assign her to a community service for her missionary work. During her training at the Mission Resource Center in Atlanta, Humbane found a place where she could work her project out as her internship with a group of children. 

The Ishe Anesu Project is a Zimbabwe after-school project that provides education to underprivileged children, orphans and the poor, offers Christian education and values, social and family ethics and recreation, and provides meals and first-aid for the children participating in the project.

Humbane’s Ishe Anesu Project also empowers African women through teaching them basic skills such as sewing, baking, knitting and cooking special meals. As a result of this training, the women are then able to bake bread for their families, sew uniforms and knit sweaters for their children.                                                                       

Following her speech at the college’s convocation service, Humbane will be available in TWC’s Sullins Board Room in Sherman Hall for discussion and dialogue during lunch, and will be attending classes that afternoon to engage further with the college’s students.

The public is invited to attend both the convocation and the lunch. There is no charge for either presentation. Attendees wanting to eat lunch can pay in the cafeteria for their lunch, go through the line, and proceed to the board room.

For more information on Humbane and her visit to Tennessee Wesleyan College, contact Dr. Nancy Gregg at 423-746-5259 or