Evangelism

Local Church
Oakdale United Methodist Church sits amid acres of farm fields near Deshler, Ohio. Rural United Methodist churches are contributing to the economies of their communities up to $735,000 annually per congregation, according to a study funded by The Duke Endowment of rural congregations in North Carolina. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Rural churches fuel economies

Rural churches and their leaders should look beyond the length of the membership rolls and the amount of donations collected to gauge their worth, a new study in North Carolina suggests.
Ecumenism
Ashley Boggan D., top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, gifts Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, with a John Wesley bobblehead Sept. 6 while in Italy for the European Methodist Historical Conference. Seated from left are the Rev. Matthew Laferty, director of the Methodist Ecumenical Office Rome; Boggan D., Ulrike Schuler with the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and Lara Herrmann, a student and Schuler’s granddaughter. Photo courtesy of Vatican Media.

Pope delighted with John Wesley bobblehead

Pope Francis came ‘face to bobblehead’ with Methodism founder John Wesley. Ashley Boggan D., top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, took advantage of a brief meeting with the pontiff to bestow a lighthearted gift.
Faith Sharing
Chaplain Jefat Zhou baptizes one of 350 inmates christened at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, on July 28. The baptisms were part of a United Methodist prison ministry led by of the Harare East District’s Church and Society Committee. Photo by Prudence Choto, Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.

Prison evangelism transforms inmates

The United Methodist Church’s prison ministry in Zimbabwe leads to 350 inmates being baptized at maximum-security prison.
Young People
West Angola Conference youth pose for a photo during a weeklong Juventude Metodista camp in Lubango, Angola. The gathering, the largest in the group’s history, featured morning devotions, team-building exercises and a gospel concert. Photo courtesy of Juventude Metodista.

West Angola camp helps youth shine

Hundreds of young people gather for a week of fun and activities designed for their spiritual growth.

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