“Do not sit back, because Ebola is still with us and the public health risks associated with the continued spread remain very high.” — The Rev. Mathe Ezechiel, district superintendent in Bukavu, on the decline in the number of Ebola cases.
NEWS AND FEATURES
Ebola training well received in Congo
BUKAVU, Congo (UM News) — After spending three weeks traveling around Congo to raise awareness and train health care workers about the spread of Ebola, Megan Klingler with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries’ Global Health unit said she is pleased with the progress made. According to the World Health Organization, more than 2,100 people have died since the Ebola outbreak began in the country more than a year ago. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
Circle of Care
ABC features Oklahoma foster family
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Howard family, including six children after the adoption of four siblings, was featured on ABC’s "Good Morning America". Keith Howard is the CEO and president of Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care, which serves children and families in crisis through foster care, transitional living and independent living programs.
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North Georgia Conference
Meet Lurma Rackley, a civil rights veteran
ATLANTA — Growing up, Lurma Rackley had two constants in her life: activism in the quest for equal rights and an unbreakable connection to what is now The United Methodist Church. In Orangeburg, South Carolina, she and her sister helped their mother in the movement for civil rights and economic justice in the late 1950s through 1964. Rebecca Wallace has the story as part of a series on notable North Georgia Conference members.
Builders Club helps small church grow
MELLETTE, S.D. — With help upgrading their facilities, Northwestern United Methodist Church has doubled the number of people who worship there. The district superintendent suggested the Builders Club, which supports the building projects of four churches each year through the donations of hundreds of people across the Dakotas Conference. Doreen Gosmire reports.
Global Mission Fellows Program seeks applicants
ATLANTA — The Global Mission Fellows Program is accepting applications through Jan. 7. This two-year program is a way for young adults — ages 20 through 30 — to engage with local communities outside of their home context, connect the church in mission and grow in personal and social holiness. The early access deadline is Dec. 2.
Friday, Oct. 18-Sunday, Oct. 20