Nhiwatiwa pays visit to Purvis to thank church for scholarship


As Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa left the Mississippi Annual Conference session in June, he detoured to Purvis United Methodist Church to thank the members of the church for their unusual support of Africa University.  

The Purvis church was the first church in United Methodism to give a full, four-year scholarship for a student to attend Africa University. 

The first scholarship recipient was Golda Miriro Kawerawera of Zimbabwe, who graduated June 10 with a degree in social science. The church is now raising funds for a second four-year scholarship to help another student beginning this fall. 

Nhiwatiwa was welcomed by city Councilwoman Nancy Pylant and Councilman John Jordan. Mayor Roger Herrin gave Nhiwatiwa a key to the city, only the third awarded to a visitor. 

The Rev. Curtis Cain is the minister of the Purvis United Methodist Church.