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Jean Tshomba, coordinator of UMCOR's disaster management office in eastern Congo, speaks to the crowd before helping to distribute food and other items to more than 500 survivors of flooding in Uvira, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

UMCOR assists flood survivors in Congo

More than 500 families, many of whom lost their homes in April flooding, received food and other assistance through a $75,200 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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The Rev. John Makaniko (left) gathers in fellowship with teenage members from Hatfield United Methodist Church circuit in Harare, Zimbabwe. Makaniko said young people are not immune to the stress and anxiety of COVID-19. Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UM News.

Pastors reveal emotional toll of COVID-19

Church leaders in Zimbabwe help counsel traumatized families, while also dealing with their own fears and anxiety amid pandemic.
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Dr. Glenn Roy V. Paraso (pictured in red) and other front-line workers are pictured outside United Methodist Mary Johnston Hospital in Manila, Philippines, in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. Paraso contracted COVID-19 in August and was admitted to the hospital for a month. Photo courtesy of Dr. Glenn Roy V. Paraso.

Faith calms fears for Filipino COVID-19 survivors

United Methodist front-line workers and church leaders in the Philippines share survival stories after contracting the coronavirus, with most relying on faith to overcome fear and isolation.