Daily Digest: April 25, 2014

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“We have not had one case of malaria in my family since we started using the nets.” – A village elder in Bo, Sierra Leone.

Aldersgate Covenant seeks spiritual revival
LEAWOOD, Kan. (UMNS) — United Methodists are invited to attend a gathering of the Aldersgate Covenant on May 16-17 at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Mary Brooke Casad and Arkansas Area Bishop Gary Mueller share the background and purpose of this prayer gathering. “We are in the midst of a spiritual crisis,” they write.

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Ending preventable malaria deaths in this decade
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Committed to ending preventable deaths from malaria in Africa, United Methodists are providing bed nets, working locally to drain standing water where insects breed, funding hospitals and training local workers. Rethink Church, part of United Methodist Communications, offers an overview of the difference United Methodists are making in the fight.

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Villagers testify to Imagine No Malaria’s impact on lives
BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — On a recent trip to Sierra Leone, Gary Henderson heard the first-person testimonies of villagers as they described how they and their families have been changed because of the gifts of life — in the form of insecticide-treated bed nets — presented by Imagine No Malaria in 2010. Henderson is the executive director of The United Methodist Church’s Global Health Initiative.

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Beating malaria, one household at a time
ZING, Nigeria (UMNS) — The Imagine No Malaria program, implemented by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, has distributed 1.2 million nets and trained 11,600 people to “reach and teach neighbors” about fatal but preventable disease. UMCOR and Interpreter Magazine have the story.

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Control of UMCmarket site now with church agency
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church’s finance agency, in an ongoing lawsuit, has regained control of the UMCmarket.org website at least through May 6. A federal judge granted the agency’s request for a temporary restraining order that prevents a vendor's interference with user access to UMCmarket.org.

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Sand Creek Massacre descendants join in church pilgrimage
EADS, Colo. (UMNS) — The descendants of survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre will, on June 20, accompany 10 busloads of United Methodists to the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site outside Eads. By calling it a “pilgrimage,” the church means that it is a journey of spiritual significance.

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Religious leaders praise clemency initiative
WASHINGTON (UMNS) — An interfaith group, convened by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society, praised U.S. Department of Justice officials’ announcements this week of an expedited clemency process for certain individuals serving long sentences for low-level and nonviolent offenses.

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Grants available to young adults for ministry
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Spark12 provides funding, coaching, and other support for young adult leaders and those working with young adults who have innovative ideas they believe will change the world. Applications are open through May 16 for grants.

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Watch coverage of Hillary Clinton’s speech to UMW
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UMNS) — Hillary Clinton — a lifelong United Methodist — will deliver the keynote address during morning worship 9 to 11 a.m. ET Saturday, April 26, at the 2014 United Methodist Women Assembly April 25-27 in Louisville, Ky. United Methodist News Service will be providing further coverage on umc.org. You can also follow on Twitter with the hashtag #Assembly2014.

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