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Martha “Granny” Mudzengerere shows off her new book, “Old Time Religion,” which includes spiritual guidance and history about The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. It is the 104-year-old’s first book. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodist pens first book at 104 years old

“Granny” Mudzengerere, one of the founding members of Zimbabwe’s women’s organization, shares advice, worship traditions and lessons from the past in ‘Old Time Religion.’
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In his role as a funeral chaplain in Zimbabwe, United Methodist Elison Kamupira uses his faith to comfort the grieving. He serves with a unique combination of compassion and humor. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Funeral chaplain puts faith to work

United Methodist Elison Kamupira is a ‘pillar of strength’ for grieving families, an evangelist and a lively master of ceremonies.
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Dennis Valstad from Immanuel United Methodist Church at Vogue Dry Cleaners in Ribon, Wisconsin. Photo courtesy of Ripon Commonwealth Press-Express.

Mourners surprised by cut of estate

Dennis Valstad was a quiet, dedicated Ripon Immanuel United Methodist Church volunteer who arranged one more good deed six weeks after his death.
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Spiwe Mhere interprets for the Deaf during The United Methodist Church’s annual women’s convention at Clare Camping Ground in Rusape, Zimbabwe, in August 2018. The church is trying to be more welcoming to the Deaf community by training pastors and church members in sign language. File photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe church embraces Deaf community

To welcome and retain Deaf members, churches offer sign language training, interpreted services and other ministries.

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