Global Health

Mission and Ministry
International participants listen during a presentation at the United Methodist HIV/AIDS summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. From left are Augustin Bahati, communicator and member of the Rwanda Provisional Conference’s health board;  Pauline Roberts, HIV and AIDS counselor and coordinator for the Liberia Conference; and Dr. Madaki Micah Musa, chairman of the church’s health board in the Nigeria Conference. Photo by Isaac Broune, UMNS.

Strategizing to fight HIV, AIDS in West Africa

Thirty delegates from Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and the U.S. attended a United Methodist summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Evangelism
Phyllis Terwilliger takes note of the height of tomato stakes at The Giving Garden, a ministry of Franklin (Tenn.) First United Methodist Church that donates the food grown there to people in need. She and her husband, the Rev. Mark Terwilliger, from Countryside Community Church, a United Methodist fellowship in Clarks Summit, Pa., were attending the 2019 United Methodist Creation Care Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Urgency needed to combat climate change

United Methodists agreed at a conference on climate change that the church must be more systemic and aggressive to help keep the planet Earth supporting human life.
Mission and Ministry
Youth from the East Zimbabwe Annual Conference participate in team-building exercises as part of their training in learning to promote drug-free communities. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe church trains youth leaders to avoid drugs

Substance abuse is rising in Zimbabwe and the church has launched a campaign to teach youth to make healthier choices.
Mission and Ministry
Dr. Damas Lushima stands outside the former Osio Health Center. Lushima served as the general coordinator of the new center. Photo courtesy of the Equator and Oriental Annual Conference.

First health center opens in rural Congo village

For many years the population of Osio was forced to travel long distances to receive medical care. Now they don’t have to go anywhere.

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