Daily Digest: August 13, 2014

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“In the absence of any ‘known cure’ for Ebola, we have focused on prevention education.” – United Methodist Bishop John K. Yambasu of Sierra Leone.

Communications used to combat Ebola
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Muddled messages and misinformation have complicated efforts to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The United Methodist Church is responding with a communications strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring people of God’s presence.

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Things youth can do about ISIS, Ebola
MOBILE, Ala. (UMNS) — United Methodist youth want to do something about the spread of Ebola in West Africa and the persecution of Christians by the Islamic State. The Rev. Jeremy Steele, a United Methodist pastor and editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective, shares three ways youth can address these problems.

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Remembering Robin Williams
DALLAS (UMNS) — The Rev. Eric Folkerth is among the many grieving the suicide of the beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams. Folkerth, pastor of Dallas' Northaven United Methodist Church, offers a fond remembrance of Williams and pleads for greater attention to the problem of depression.

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What The United Methodist Church says about suicide

Church resources on mental health

Supplies reach remote Alaskan village
GALENA, Alaska (UMNS) — Disaster recovery is different in Alaska, where supplies can’t simply be trucked in but may have to be delivered by air or water. Susan Kim reports for the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

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Vietnam: Building future leaders
HO CHI MINH CITY (UMNS) — Through a partnership with United Methodist-related United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Wesley Theological Seminary in Vietnam is helping educate Christian leaders there, writes Quynh-Hoa Nguyen, a missionary and director of leadership development of the United Methodist Mission in Vietnam.

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View from the field: Imagine No Malaria
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Imagine No Malaria field coordinators work with local United Methodist churches to educate congregations and communities about the effort to stop malaria. Meet three women who are helping United Methodist conferences fight the disease. “Something I love is that you can add Imagine No Malaria to any event that’s going on in your church,” said Kylie Foley, a field coordinator for Imagine No Malaria in Florida.

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Indiana Conference names communication director
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) — Skyler E. Nimmons, 30,  of Columbia, South Carolina, has been named the new communication director for the United Methodist Indiana Annual (regional) Conference, effective Sept. 1. He will succeed the Rev. Daniel R. Gangler, who is retiring.

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