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Social Concerns
Silvia Munjoma, vice chairwoman for St. John’s Church and Society committee, helps unload donations for inmates at Mutare Provisional Remand Prison in Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church helps with prison food shortage

The United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Zimbabwe donates $14,000 worth of food and other supplies as prisons struggle to feed inmates amid country’s economic crisis.
Social Concerns
Children pray during a Christmas party at the Door of Hope Salvation Army shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrant children who are staying with their mothers at the shelter joined with kids from the neighborhood and volunteers from the Methodist Church of Mexico in the celebration. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Christmas story crosses all borders

Children enjoy a Christmas party at shelter for migrants, and the Las Posadas tradition demonstrates border walls cannot contain the story of Christ's birth.
Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.