Daily Digest - August 29, 2019

“If you have somebody who’s been beaten their entire life, sometimes all they need is a little bit of love.”The Rev. Casey Turner, a Harry Denman Evangelism Award winner, on his approach to drug and alcohol addiction counseling. 


NEWS AND FEATURES

Award winners reach out to communities

JONESBORO, Ark. (UM News) — Ministries with a college rodeo team and drug-addicted people earned recognition with The Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2019. The Revs. Casey Turner and Thacker Haynes reflect on how they achieved their goals to help others. Jim Patterson has the story that concludes a two-part series.
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Denman Award winners stand out as evangelists 
 
Sierra Leone Conference settles land dispute
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UM News) — The Sierra Leone Conference has agreed to give 60 acres of its Pa Loko property in rural eastern Freetown to the neighboring Masantigie community to resolve a years-long property battle that had turned violent. Phileas Jusu reports.
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Cholera concerns grow in East Congo
GOMA, Congo (UM News) — While the World Health Organization has declared Congo’s Ebola outbreak a public health emergency, a cholera epidemic also is raising concerns in the North and South Kivu provinces. The United Methodist Church in East Congo has added cholera education to its public awareness campaign. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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Iowa Conference
Summer camp closes after 58 years

MONTICELLO, Iowa — Former campers, employees, counselors, board members and supporters bade farewell to Pictured Rocks United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center at a deconsecrating service Aug. 25. After finishing the 2019 summer season, the camp was sold to Camp Courageous, a nearby camping and retreat center for individuals with special needs. 
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No Daily Digests Friday, Monday
There will be no UM News Daily Digest on Aug. 30 or Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day. The digest will return on Tuesday, Sept. 3. 

Arkansas Conference
Clergymen use photos to raise money for causes

ROGERS, Ark. — Two United Methodist clergymen are using their photography skills to raise money for various causes — including helping hungry children in Arkansas and paying for a freshwater well in the North Katanga Conference. Caleb Hennington has the story about the Revs. Rodney Steele and Stephen Coburn. 
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COMMENTARIES
UM News includes in the Daily Digest various commentaries about issues in the denomination. The opinion pieces reflect a variety of viewpoints and are the opinions of the writers, not the UM News staff. 

Theology, Ministry & Life with God blog
Seeing abundance in the mission field

INDIANAPOLIS — The Rev. Teddy Ray talks to the Rev. Michael Mather, senior pastor of Broadway United Methodist Church, which is in a struggling part of Indianapolis. Instead of focusing on what’s missing, Mather focuses on people’s gifts. Mather offers insights from his book “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places.”
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