Daily Digest - January 21, 2020

"My biggest dream is to become a pastor, to spread the Gospel and the love of God, and to serve other people. I know that it's my calling." — Ruth Moreno, senior at Lydia Patterson Institute.


Lydia Patterson Institute is a dream maker for young students
JUÁREZ, Mexico (UM News) — Seventy percent of the students attending the Lydia Patterson Institute, a United Methodist college-preparatory school in El Paso, Texas, are from Mexico and work for scholarships. Ruth Moreno gets up at 4:30 a.m. to start a journey that can take from one to four hours. "Lydia Patterson helps you with your dreams," says the high school senior. Kathy L. Gilbert has the story and Mike DuBose has the photos.
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New England Conference
Church repair team helps neighbors

BREWSTER, Mass. — The Helping Hands group assists people who don't have the resources to do everything from building ramps for wheelchairs to securing a loose handrail. The Rev. Fred Yarger started the ministry after he retired as pastor of Northside United Methodist Church.
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South Georgia Conference
Campus ministry has new lease on life

AMERICUS, Ga. — Two years ago, Georgia Southwestern State University's Wesley Foundation was on life support. But since fall, the campus ministry has averaged more than 60 students at its Tuesday night services. Kara Witherow shares the story of the ministry's revival.
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East Ohio Conference
Annual conference meeting will move to Akron

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — The annual meeting of the East Ohio Conference will move from Lakeside Chautauqua to Akron in 2021. Akron's John S. Knight Center is a better fit because of accessibility, cost, housing and breakout space, said the Rev. Ed Peterson, superintendent of the Canal District. Rick Wolcott reports.
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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.

Council of Bishops
Reflecting on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

LAKELAND, Fla. — Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the Council of Bishops and leader of the Florida Conference, offers a reflection on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s commitment to living out his faith. Carter writes that King "perceived a vision for the church and the nation, and he was willing to work and to suffer toward that end."
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