Daily Digest - March 21, 2019

“We have no idea about how much rain we can still have, but we have received so much water that many houses and infrastructure including roads and bridges are still submerged.”The Rev. Jacob Jenhuro, episcopal assistant in the Mozambique North Conference.


NEWS AND FEATURES


UMCOR grants aid initial cyclone response

MAPUTO, Mozambique (UMNS) — United Methodists are starting to respond to those affected by Cyclone Idai, which left devastation in parts of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The United Methodist Committee on Relief has allocated three $10,000 grants to meet immediate basic human needs. Linda Bloom and Joao Sambo report.
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Questions about task force ricocheting around church
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — The integrity of The United Methodist Church’s lawmaking body will be the focus of a special task force digging into possible voting improprieties at the recent 2019 General Conference. Some are already questioning whether a task force of 12 members of the Commission on the General Conference can fairly investigate, since the commission credentials and oversees voting at General Conference. Kathy L. Gilbert reports. 
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Iowa Conference, Great Plains Conference 
Flooding relief underway in central U.S.

HORNICK, Iowa — United Methodists are responding  in Iowa and Nebraska as states along the Missouri River basin deal with historic floods. The disaster response coordinators for the Iowa Conference had to evacuate, along with all the residents of the small town of Hornick. Disaster response teams in Nebraska are focusing on the eastern part of the state. 
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North Texas Conference 
Encounter with criminal's grieving mother led to ministry

DALLAS — Hattie Rankin’s plunge into ministry came after an encounter with the grieving mother of a young man given the death penalty for his role in Bonnie and Clyde’s gang. The United Methodist-supported Wesley-Rankin Community Center continues Rankin’s legacy of outreach in west Dallas. The North Texas Conference offers a profile of Rankin for Women’s History Month.
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United Methodist Communications
Houston pastor: Making good a priority

HOUSTON (UMC.org) — Early in his faith journey, the Rev. Rudy Rasmus learned to prioritize good, a tenet that still guides his ministry today. Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston, speaks with the Rev. Joe Iovino about how the church tries to prioritize good throughout its community.
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UMC Giving 
Get resources for UMCOR Sunday

ATLANTA — Resources for observing UMCOR Sunday are available. The offerings from this special Sunday, observed on March 31 or any other date your church chooses, support the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. 
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