Daily Digest: July 26, 2013

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"I asked my pastor, 'Shall I forgive even those who killed my children?'" - Vava Ilombelombe, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Forgiveness and ministry priorities in Congo

KINSHASHA, Democratic Republic of Congo (UMNS) - Recounting the loss of her husband and four children, Vava Ilombelombe recently challenged African United Methodists to forgive, even when it is difficult. She shared her personal struggle to forgive during a July meeting of leaders from the denomination's Western Congo Annual (regional) Conference, organized by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society.
Story of forgiveness

In a May roundtable meeting with overseas partners, hosted by the Central Congo Episcopal Area, other Congo episcopal and conference leaders assessed ministry priorities. There will be an East Congo Area round-table meeting early in 2014.
DRC priorities

New orphanage in South Sudan

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UMNS) -Libby Dearing's dream of a United Methodist orphanage in South Sudan, will come true in September, thanks to a special offering from Christ United Methodist Church in Chattanooga.
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Louisiana ordination service binds 3 women

SHREVEPORT, La. (UMNS) - This year's ordination service during the United Methodist Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference was a bit special: the first candidate, a woman, who was ordained by Louisiana's first woman bishop, had been mentored by the first woman ordained in the conference more than 40 years ago.
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Ministering to young people in Europe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - To further youth and young adult ministry among Methodists in Europe, the Young People's Ministries division of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship has entered into a cooperative partnership with the European Methodist Youth and Children's Council.
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Cherokee citizens get assist from Missouri United Methodists

VIAN, Okla. (UMNS) - With the help of United Methodist volunteers from Missouri, dozens of Cherokee citizens in Sequoyah County now have wheelchair-accessible homes, new roofs and spruced-up yards.
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MARCHA registration deadline nears

BOSTON (UMNS)-MARCHA (Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) will hold its annual assembly Aug. 7-10 at The School of Theology at Boston University. Caucus members will focus on the future of Hispanic/Latino ministry in the denomination. Through an "appreciative inquiry" process incorporating all participants, they will explore the question: "What will the role of MARCHA be, looking ahead into the future?" Bishop Cynthia Fierro-Harvey of Louisiana will be the guest preacher Aug. 7, and the Rev. Hctor A. Burgos, from the Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference, will preach Aug. 10. Registration deadline is July 29. Details are available at www.marchaumc.org/marcha2013.

Wesley sermons, catalog

NEW YORK (UMNS) - On July 25, 1741, John Wesley spoke about the "almost Christian." The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries offers a list of 171 sermons of the founder of Methodism.
Read July 25, 1741 sermon
Searchable sermon list

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