Faith Stories

Human Rights
The late Chinese dissident Lin Zhao wears a “Monkey Cap” in this painting by artist Hu Jie. The Monkey Cap is a punishment designed to make it difficult for the wearer to communicate. Courtesy of Hu Jie.

Chinese martyr inspires 50 years after execution

The life and legacy of Methodist-educated writer and political dissident Lin Zhao is the subject of a new book by a Duke Divinity School professor.
Young People
Mikayla Jaissle (center, wearing pink shirt) stands in line with other students while teacher Nicholas Chidzikwe checks her work at Hartzell Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The 10-year-old from Lakewood, Ohio, accompanied her mother, the Rev. Laura Jaissle, on the trip and attended class at the United Methodist school for two days. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

Young visitor makes impact on Zimbabwe students

Mikayla Jaissle, 10, spent days babysitting, participating in a fourth-grade class and making best friends at Old Mutare Mission.
Local Church
Members of a United Methodist delegation from Iowa and staff from Africa University pose in front of the Ubuntu Center, a retreat and meeting facility at the United Methodist-related institution in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

Bishop visits AU center she helped build

Bishop Laurie Haller led an Iowa delegation to visit Africa University’s Ubuntu Center, the product of a fundraising effort she led while she was a district superintendent in Michigan.
Local Church
This aerial view shows plumes of smoke and volcanic gas caused by lava moving into residential areas in the Leilani Districts, Hilo, Hawaii. Photo by Pfc. Trevor Rowell, U.S. Marine Corps.

Volcano takes homes, not faith

Faith prevails even in the midst of volcanic lava crushing the homes of members of Hilo United Methodist Church in Hawaii.

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