Daily Digest - October 22, 2020

“When the church invests in education, it sends the message that the life that Jesus gives is not only about the kingdom to come but also about the present.” — Côte d’Ivoire Area Bishop Benjamin Boni, on a new educational partnership with the Central African Republic.


NEWS AND FEATURES

Côte d’Ivoire church to share its schools model

ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire (UM News) — The Côte d’Ivoire United Methodist Church is planning to help build schools in the Central African Republic. The initiative aims to replicate the United Methodist schools model of Côte d’Ivoire with a goal of building 12 school complexes in 12 cities over the next five years. Isaac Broune has the story.
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UM News: Teaching Muslims and Christians for peace

Texas Conference
Home is where the church is

HOUSTON — Guiding a church plant during a pandemic, without a building, would seem quite a challenge. But the Rev. Mike Whang and Oikon United Methodist Church are reaching people near and far with online worship and a focus on discipleship-making through small groups meeting in homes. Lindsay Peyton reports.  
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Greater New Jersey Conference
Churches help struggling peers 

DINGMANS FERRY, N.J. — Fifteen churches in Pike County that received money through the federal Payroll Protection Program have donated money to peers that were denied funding. The Rev. Sungduk Kim of Dingmans Ferry United Methodist Church says that God wants all the churches to receive help during the coronavirus pandemic. Each church donated an amount equal to 10% of its PPP money. Heather Mistretta reports. 
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United Methodist Communications
Using sustainable technology for mission work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the mission field, reliable and sustainable access to energy can be tricky. For this installment of “Get Your Spirit in Shape,” the Rev. Joe Iovino talks with the Rev. Jenny Phillips, senior technical adviser for environmental sustainability at the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, about tech gadgets that can help. She also talks about the importance of caring for creation as we care for others.
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COMMENTARIES
UM News 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.

United Methodist Communications
Listening with the heart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A spiritual conversation with a friend that didn’t go well led Paul Gómez to keep asking himself what he could have said instead. When he ran across a spiritual practice known as “holy listening,” he realized he was looking at the encounter the wrong way. Gómez, manager of Hispanic/Latino Seeker Communications at United Methodist Communications, shares his new approach. 
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