Daily Digest - January 27, 2022

“Three of my children presented severe malnutrition in 2019. Today, with the support of the church, my three children (have) come to recover their normal health.” Gisele Bitembu, a mother of eight, on the care her children received through a United Methodist program in Bukavu, Congo.
 

NEWS AND FEATURES

Church helps nurse children back to health in Congo

BUKAVU, Congo (UM News) — Over the past three years, The United Methodist Church has fed more than 1,000 malnourished children in Bukavu, Kisangani, Kindu and Tunda. The effort — part of the Maternal and Child Health Program in East Congo — receives financial support from the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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East Ohio Conference
Conference raises $1.5 million for AU dorm

NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Female students at Africa University in Zimbabwe are getting a new dormitory funded by $1.5 million raised through the East Ohio Conference’s Teach, Reach, Bless campaign. “When God gives you a vision, God will make the necessary provisions for it to become a reality,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone. The dormitory is set for groundbreaking this year. Rick Wolcott has the story.
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North Texas Conference
Offering insights into small-church ministry

COMMERCE, Texas — The Rev. Roy Spore drew on his decades as a campus minister and pastor in writing the recently published book “Productive Leadership: A Guide for Ministry in the Small Church.” Monica Frazier reports.
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PRESS RELEASES

Council of Bishops
10 young adults selected for ecumenical work

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops has announced the names of 10 young adults selected as the next cohort of United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training: Young Adult Network. Those selected for the 2022-23 cohort live their faith in Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.
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Global Ministries
Energy efficiency webinar features tips, success stories

ATLANTA — Facility managers, conference trustees and do-it-all pastors are invited to a webinar to learn how to improve their church’s energy stewardship. “Energy Efficiency from Audit to Action: Local Church Stories” will air at 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Jan. 27 and will feature a representative of Kent United Methodist Church in Kent, Washington, which recently received a $102,000 grant to install a complete solar-powered system. 
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National Council of Churches
Winkler departs ecumenical organization

WASHINGTON — Jim Winkler, a lifelong United Methodist, is departing his role as the top executive of the National Council of Churches after completing two terms. Winkler assumed the NCC leadership role in 2013 after serving as top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The NCC is a United Methodist partner. 
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RESOURCES

Amplify Media
Growing spiritually during Lent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Amplify Media, part of the United Methodist Publishing House, is offering two new studies to help individuals and small groups grow spiritually during Lent. A webinar introducing the Rev. Adam Hamilton’s study on the Lord’s Prayer will be at 1 p.m. U.S. Central time Feb. 8. A webinar introducing Amy-Jill Levine’s study on Holy Friday will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 10. 
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