Giving in memory of Sarah Hillman to the Africa University Scholarship


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The late Sarah Hillman with Rosia Jackson at a special event last summer.

Members of First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko believe, if a project is important to Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, it should be important to them.

“Byrd and Sarah have been a part of this body of Christ for some time and this church family loves them dearly,” said Rev. Scott Wright, pastor of Kosciusko FUMC. “They are an amazing couple and love the Lord and His Methodist church through and through.  This church family knows that and reciprocates that love.  It is because of their example early on in our conference relationship with Africa University that we know and understand the importance of the work they does.  I think we believe that if it is important to Byrd and Sarah, it’s important to us!”

Over a year ago, the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church established an Africa University endowment in honor of Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, with the goal of raising $130,000 over a three-year period. On Dec. 28, 2016, Sarah Hillman passed away, and churches throughout the district are sending memorials for the Africa University Scholarship program in remembrance of the passion this lady had for this mission.

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Rev. Byrd Hillman with Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, Superintendent of the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church

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