Daily Digest - April 15, 2019

“As an African, I find myself thinking, ‘Is this the church where I really want to be?’” — Sierra Leone Area Bishop John K. Yambasu.


NEWS AND FEATURES 

How will denominational divide affect mission?

ATLANTA (UMNS) — During their spring meeting, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries expressed pain over the deep divide that has occurred since the special General Conference and concern about how that divide will affect mission work and mission giving. Linda Bloom reports.
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Iowa Conference
Church helps 93-year-old recover after flood

HAMBURG, Iowa — The pastor and members of Hamburg and Shenandoah United Methodist churches are helping 93-year-old Virginia Lynn rebuild her life after flooding destroyed most of her possessions. The Rev. Luke Fillmore had been Lynn’s pastor for just seven months before the tragedy struck.
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South Georgia Conference
Clinic, water access delivered in Kenya

BAXLEY, Ga. — Because of the work of the Rev. Bobby Gale, a Kenyan woman recently had her baby in a clinic instead of a mud hut or in the open bush. Gale’s Unto the Least of His ministry has brought fresh drinking water to 50,000 people and will soon open its second medical clinic in Africa. Gale is the pastor of two United Methodist churches in Georgia. Kara Witherow reports.
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Alabama-West Florida Conference 
Teams needed for tornado recovery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — United Methodists continue to wield chainsaws and other equipment as they help residents of Beauregard and parts of Lee County, Alabama, recover from a deadly March 3 tornado. Summer work teams will be needed, reports the Rev. Lisa Pierce.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
Bishop’s Holy Week letter urges forgiveness

WASHINGTON — Bishop Ken Carter, the president of the Council of Bishops, has called on United Methodists to use the Holy Week to forgive one another and to seek forgiveness in return. Carter, who also leads the Florida Conference, noted that complications in life call people to walk closely with the Lord and each other. 
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