Mission and Ministry

Worship
The Rev. Tom Hudspeth of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church leads a Wednesday night Zoom devotional and prayer gathering in American Sign Language. It’s one way that the Dallas church, which has a long history in Deaf ministries, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Deaf ministries navigate COVID-19 challenges

Pandemic has meant more online services in American Sign Language, but masks and isolation are a challenge for Deaf and hard of hearing.
Mission and Ministry
Rudo Sarah Mazamani, a United Methodist farmer in Headlands, Zimbabwe, uses a tippy-tap foot pedal device to wash her hands. The hands-free device is more hygienic than a traditional water tap. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Africans rely on survival skills to fight COVID-19

Many rural communities in Zimbabwe are using age-old practices to stay healthy and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Mission and Ministry
A $2 million gift from Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas, helped construct a new student union building at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The building was dedicated July 20. Fall semester classes at the United Methodist university will begin online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

Africa University shifts fall semester online

Despite the move to distance learning, the United Methodist university celebrated a new student union, dormitory and expanded dining hall, funded by a gift from Dallas’ Highland Park United Methodist Church.
Global Health
Dr. Antoinette Williams secures a sample swab from a patient at a drive-thru testing site for COVID-19 at St. Luke Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Nashville, Tenn. Williams is a resident at Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Volunteer teams from the United Methodist-related school have been offering free testing at area churches on Saturdays. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Meharry faces off with COVID-19

From testing to research to serving on the frontlines, Meharry doctors, students and alumni are fighting to overcome pandemic.

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