Daily Digest - May 29, 2019


"I am a farmer and used to working with tools on my farm. I am not sure I'll be able to work with this hand again for a long time to come." — Lansana Kamara on injuries he suffered in an attack on United Methodist church land in Sierra Leone.

NEWS AND FEATURES

Caretaker, family attacked on church property
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UM News) — Three United Methodists are recovering from severe injuries after an attack by a machete-wielding mob who demanded the men vacate property owned by the Sierra Leone Conference of The United Methodist Church. Two others were also injured. Phileas Jusu reports.
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Holston Conference
A journey from addict to pastor

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Six years ago, the Rev. Matt Hall would never have envisioned becoming a pastor. While going through treatment for a daily habit of opioids, alcohol and “whatever else was around,” Hall became involved with the Celebrate Recovery program at a United Methodist ministry in his hometown of Hillsville, Virginia. Today he's an associate pastor and recovery ministry leader who says he wants to walk beside people who are struggling the same way others walked with him. Annette Spence reports.
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Appalachian Trail chaplain nears end of '2,200 miles of ministry'
UM News series: 'The Church Responds to the Opioid Crisis'

West Ohio Conference
Hundreds of homes affected by Ohio tornadoes

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — A state of emergency was declared for three counties in western Ohio after a series of tornadoes and severe storms. Volunteers from McKinley, Aley, Ginghamsburg and Hoffman United Methodist churches were providing shelter, meals, bottled water, showers and cellphone charging stations to those in need. Kay Panovec reports.
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Global Ministries
The Harris legacy: From Chicago to Manila

ATLANTA — Six generations ago, Norman Wait (N.W.) Harris — concerned about young people who had no means to pursue higher education — helped found Harris Memorial College in Rizal, Philippines. Last fall, Cristina Manabat, current president of the United Methodist-related college, was invited to meet with the Harris family via a connection made by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Christie House has the story.
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New 2019 annual conference reports posted
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — United Methodist News Service is posting annual conference reports. New this week are Liberia and Czechia-Slovakia.
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COMMENTARIES

United Methodist News Service 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.

Live tomorrow's life today
ADRIAN, Mich. — The Rev. Christopher Momany, who is leaving his post as chaplain at Adrian College, delivered this baccalaureate sermon about the importance of vision in the church and academia.
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