23-year-old leads two churches

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Betty Spiwe Katiyo of Zimbabwe delivers one of three Laity Addresses to the April 25 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Katiyo, a longtime lay leader in The United Methodist Church, died suddenly Aug. 10 after leaving the Commission on General Conference meeting in Lexington, Ky. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Zimbabwe lay leader dies at 63

Betty Spiwe Katiyo, who died suddenly Aug. 10, is being remembered as “amazing woman of God.”
General Church
The Rev. Wayne Coffin, a former member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, died July 4 at the age of 95. Photo by Kristin Van Nort, Oklahoma Conference; cropped by UM News.

Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95

The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.
Social Concerns
Rufaro Chisenga places her offering on the altar at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Harare, Zimbabwe. Despite the country’s economic turmoil, pastors say members are continuing to give to the church. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa, UM News.

Zimbabwe churches keep faith in tough economic times

Financial turmoil affects United Methodist congregations, but churches continue mission and ministries.