Daily Digest - December 4, 2020

“My objective is to penetrate the male-dominated industry and become one of the (leading) day-old chick breeders in Masvingo town.”Nyengeterai Mafongoya, on turning a United Methodist Women poultry project into a successful business in Zimbabwe.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Cooped up by pandemic, entrepreneurs turn to chickens

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe (UM News) — In a year dominated by COVID-19, food insecurity and other crises, some United Methodists are celebrating booming business ventures and new career opportunities for women. Kudzai Chingwe and Chenayi Kumuterera have the story.
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Holston Conference
Hiwassee campus sold to Bruderhof

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Bruderhof, an international Christian communal organization, purchased the Hiwassee College campus for an undisclosed sum. The United Methodist-related college closed in May 2019 for financial reasons. Annette Spence has the story. 
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Missouri Conference
Churches helping single mothers

COLUMBIA, Mo. — A ministry called The Caring People, which brings together single mothers for support, is working in nine Missouri United Methodist churches. Programs are under development at five more churches. The Caring People tries to let single moms know they are not alone and helps them nurture friendships, organizers said. 
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Response Magazine
Farmworkers get longtime support from UMW

NEW YORK — The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on farmworkers like Carla, a mother of three who picks Driscoll berries in Yakima Valley, Washington. Carla also is part of an organization allied with the National Farm Worker Ministry. United Methodist Women is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the farm worker ministry, a longtime partner. Carol Barton has the story.
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PRESS RELEASES

South Carolina Conference 
Conference newspaper venture publishes 5th book
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate has published its fifth book under a venture launched in 2017. “Called by God: 30 Inspiring Call Stories From South Carolina United Methodists” features 30 personal stories from clergy and other church leaders about their own invitation to ministry. “It’s been exciting to start something that is not only fully in line with our mission, but helps people in their own faith and discipleship, as well,” Advocate editor Jessica Brodie said of the book publishing.
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