Poverty

Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Social Concerns
Tendai Rebecca Gurupira, area coordinator for The United Methodist Church’s Ministry of Women, Youth and Children, holds a box with 100 chicks to be given out to women and girls in the drought-prone Masvingo District in Zimbabwe. The farming project is funded by an $8,000 grant from United Methodist Women. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodists respond to Zimbabwe hunger crisis

The United Nations estimates that half the population in Zimbabwe is food insecure due to persistent droughts and economic turmoil.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Connie Semy Mella, Philippines Conference, works on the Revised Social Principles during a writing session at the United Methodist Building in Washington. The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Revised Social Principles reflect worldwide church

The Revised Social Principles has been on an eight-year journey and the writing team included United Methodists from the global membership of the denomination.
Mission and Ministry
Solange Cabwene (in blue shirt), a mother of two, brought her children to the United Methodist Irambo Health Center in Bukavu, Congo, for treatment for malnutrition. She joined The United Methodist Church's Vulnerable Association of Savings and Credit to help pay for her medical bills. “This helped me because the association gave me a credit (loan) and today I start selling embers, and my two children (will) not relapse," she said. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Making medical care more affordable in Congo

United Methodist hospitals start savings and credit institutions to help country’s most vulnerable pay for medical treatment, get regular care.

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