Daily Digest - March 7, 2019

“She texted back just two words: ‘Please come.’”The Rev. Robin Wilson, recalling a hospital chaplain’s request for pastoral care help after a deadly tornado hit Lee County, Alabama.

 
Pastors became counselors after deadly tornado
OPELIKA, Ala. (UMNS) — Ash Wednesday gatherings at United Methodist churches in east Alabama became services of remembrance for 23 people killed in a massive March 3 tornado. Just after the twister hit, United Methodist clergy formed a crisis counseling team at the local hospital. Sam Hodges reports.
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Church empowers rural women in Zimbabwe
MUTASA-NYANGA, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — United Methodist church-sponsored projects including beekeeping, small-scale farming and craft making are helping rural women in Zimbabwe survive the struggling economy. Kudzai Chingwe has the story.
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World Council of Churches
Using ministry to aid North, South Korea peace

SEOUL, South Korea — A March 4-5 seminar explored how diaconal ministry contributes to the reconciliation and peace work of the global church, and promoted exchange and cooperation among churches in North and South Korea.
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Joining other faith groups for ‘day of action’

HIGHTSTOWN, N.J. — A meal- and toiletry-packing project in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. united volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Hightstown with Muslims, Jews, Baha’is and Hindus. Josh Kinney reports.
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Fox23 News
Gas station being converted for student use

CLAREMORE, Okla. — Students at Rogers State University will soon have a new gathering place. Two churches, including First United Methodist Church of Claremore, are converting an old gas station for student use. Amenities will include Wi-Fi, free laundry machines and furniture. Paris Holmes reports.
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