Evangelism

Multicultural Ministry
Victor Pastel (left) and Scott Gilpin after Gilpin sought shelter in Pastel’s home during March 10-11 flooding and landslides in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Scott Gilpin.

Turning to God in the middle of a disaster

United Methodist executive’s near drowning in Brazil was not his worst brush with mortality.
Social Concerns
A local agriculture extension officer teaches members of the Odzani Swarm Charm how to separate honey   and wax using a honey separator. As part of the United Methodist Women project, the women manage   beehives and sell the honey and its by-products to provide for their families and local church. Photo   by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe

Church-sponsored projects, including beekeeping, small-scale farming and craft making are helping rural women in Zimbabwe survive the struggling economy.
General Church
The Rev. Sergei Nikolaev (l), president of Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church, enjoyed a close friendship with the Rev. Bruce Weaver (r), and this photo shows a visit they had in the Dallas area two years ago. Weaver was the first leader of the Russia Initiative, which began with United Methodist relief work in Russia, and expanded to support for pastors and churches. Photo courtesy Sergei Nikolaev.

Texas pastor helped revive Methodism in Russia

The Rev. Bruce Weaver, who led The United Methodist Church’s Russia Initiative, has died at age 97.
Church Growth
Walter Mujuru (right), Zimbabwe West Conference music director, teaches marimba basics to participants at the episcopal area’s annual arts workshop in Mutoko, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Using musical instruments for evangelism

Zimbabwe Episcopal Area teaches church members to play new instruments to hone their talents and attract young people to worship.

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