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United Methodist Women coordinator Ethel Sandy talks to students at Albert Academy — the only United Methodist boys high school in Freetown, Sierra Leone — about the dangers of cheating on exams. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

UMW starts anti-cheating campaign at church schools

Cheating on high school exit exams is a national problem that has plagued Sierra Leone for decades.
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Peggy Billings, a retired staff executive with the Women’s Division (now United Methodist Women) and World Division, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, died July 19, 2019, at the age of 90. 1983 file photo courtesy of the Board of Global Ministries.

Peggy Billings, social justice advocate, dies at 90

The Mississippi native made her mark as a missionary to Korea, civil rights activist and staff executive with United Methodist Women and Global Ministries.
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Tapiwa Nyawasha cuts strips from scrap pieces of plastic that she will use to make bed, bath and door mats as a way to increase income and empower widows and single mothers. Tapiwa  is a member of Kuwadzana Extension United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

From trash to cash: Zimbabwe woman launches venture

By recycling plastic and cloth, Tapiwa Nyawasha supports herself and her church and encourages others to do likewise.
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Deaconesses pray during the commitment time and dedication of gifts and pledges to sustain the deaconess program at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.

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