Mission and Ministry
United Methodists help pick up trash at a bus depot in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The clean-up efforts followed eco-congregation training sponsored by The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe as part of an ecumenical program designed to help churches link environmental issues and Christian faith. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Zimbabwe churches launch eco-congregation initiative

Episcopal area joins forces with municipality in a citywide cleanup campaign. One goal is to reduce the spread of contagious diseases such as dysentery, cholera and diarrhea.
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The Rev. Matthew Richard Schlimm, author of "70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know," uses a light board to write two Hebrew words. At top is the word that transliterates to "shalom," meaning "peace" or "well-being." The bottom word is "khesed," meaning "love" or "loyalty." Schlimm is a United Methodist elder and professor of Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Photo by Nick Story, the University of Dubuque.

Advice to Christians: Learn a little Hebrew

United Methodist scholar makes case for knowledge of Hebrew in new book “70 Hebrew Words Every Christian Should Know.”
Mission and Ministry
A satellite image shows smoke pouring from a wildfire that broke out in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, just outside Paradise, Ca. The Camp Fire, named for its proximity to Camp Creek Road in Feather River Canyon, has overtaken and nearly burned out the town of 30,000 residents located in northern California. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Churches coping with California fires

California Methodists hit by wildfires can expect the full support of the local and national United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
Anna Lakeh, 90, of the Gompa District, attends a free annual health screening organized by The United Methodist Church in Liberia. Photo by E Julu Swen, UMNS.

Seniors seek increased attention from church in Liberia

Free annual exams are not adequate for older adults whose conditions may deteriorate over a year, advocates say.

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