Disaster Relief

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Residents of the Buhene neighborhood of Goma, Congo, survey the damage to their homes after the Mount Nyiragongo volcano erupted, killing at least 15 people. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Volcano eruption in Congo hits church, homes

United Methodist leaders are assessing the damage following the eruption of the Mount Nyiragongo volcano, which swept away a church and many homes.
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Alert: Bishop calls for prayers as volcano erupts in DRC

More than 5,000 United Methodists are fleeing Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in the wake of a volcano. Bishop Gabriel Unda asks for prayers.
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Vivian Chigweshe sheds tears as she expresses appreciation for her new home in Bikita, Zimbabwe, sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. Nearly two years after Cyclone Idai left catastrophic damage and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe, four families received new homes through the program. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UM News.

Cyclone survivors receive new houses

Longtime partnership with Baltimore-Washington Conference provides hope to families in Zimbabwe left homeless by the March 2019 disaster.
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People seeking shelter from snow and bitter cold are offered Holy Communion in the gymnasium at First United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, Ark. The church is operating the warming shelter in cooperation with the local Red Cross. Photo by Cindy English.

Churches serve as warming centers, shelters

With nearly 3 million homes without electricity in subfreezing temperatures, United Methodists come together to provide shelter, food, charging stations and other help.

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