Young People

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Sepi Lokotui dances during the Sunday service of the Tongan United Methodist Church in West Valley City, Utah, where the youth in high school and junior high worship actively through music and dance.

Youth joyfully lead at Tongan United Methodist church

Young people have great influence over the life of a Tongan congregation in Utah.
Young People
13-year-old Ngaakudzwe Katsvairo displays her medals from both local and international track and field competitions. Katsvairo attends The United Methodist Church’s Mashambanhaka Central Primary School in Zimbabwe. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Teen pushes through obstacles to become star athlete

Despite her tough upbringing, 13-year-old ranks among the best in Zimbabwe and southern Africa region in track and field.
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Mikayla Jaissle (center, wearing pink shirt) stands in line with other students while teacher Nicholas Chidzikwe checks her work at Hartzell Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The 10-year-old from Lakewood, Ohio, accompanied her mother, the Rev. Laura Jaissle, on the trip and attended class at the United Methodist school for two days. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

Young visitor makes impact on Zimbabwe students

Mikayla Jaissle, 10, spent days babysitting, participating in a fourth-grade class and making best friends at Old Mutare Mission.
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The Rev. Eugene Peterson lectures at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle. The scholar and pastor’s influence extends far beyond his home denomination. 2009 file photo by Clappstar, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Eugene Peterson, Bible popularizer, dies

United Methodists remember the scholar and pastor whose paraphrase The Message, helped millions look at the Bible anew.

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