Central Conferences

General Church
Liturgical dancers participate in the Dec. 18 dedication of the Manila Agency Center in the Philippines, along with area bishops (left) and other guests. Photo by Tim Tanton, UMNS.

Agencies open ministry center in Philippines

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are strengthening their presence in Southeast Asia with new office in Manila.
Bishops
From left, Bishops Mande Muyombo, Daniel Lunge, Kasap Owan and Gabriel Yemba Unda attend the opening church service at a special meeting of the Congo Central Conference Dec. 11 in Kolwezi, Congo. Photo by Pierre T. Omadjela.

Congo Central Conference votes to elect bishops for life

Special gathering of Congo Central Conference changes election of bishops so that first election will mean lifetime service.
Evangelism
Orphan children receive a goat as part of a project in Mahenye, Zimbabwe. The recipients must return the first female progeny from their goat to the project, which is then given to a new orphan. The program is one of many self-help projects for disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe funded by three Florida United Methodist churches. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

In Zimbabwe, self-help projects spark evangelism

New United Methodist congregation in Mahenya community works with Florida churches to improve livelihoods.
General Church
The Central African Republic-Kenyan mission team prays over the Rev. Lucien Dokpa, district superintendent of the Bangui East District in the Central Africa Republic. Six members of the Council of Bishops and three staff members of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, took part in the Nov. 12-18 visit. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Bishops urge peace talks on trip to war-torn region of Africa

Six members of the Council of Bishops, along with three staff members of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, took part in the mission visit , which included travel to the Central Africa Republic and Kenya.

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