Daily Digest - February 22, 2013

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"God spent a lot of time talking to my heart. And then I learned how to pray. And then I started focusing on what I wanted to do to not come back and be in the same place." - Kimery Finger, former inmate helped by a United Methodist ministry.

UMTV: Prison Ministry Restores Hope

ATLANTA (UMNS) - Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta helps women in prison break the cycle of recidivism. Church members say it does not take a lot of time or money to change someone's life for the better.
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Civil rights leader Lowery shares his own sit-in story

ATLANTA (UMNS) - The Rev. Joseph Lowery, United Methodist pastor and a leader in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, talks about his encounters at a Nashville, Tenn., burger joint during efforts to desegregate the U.S. South. He shares the impact of desegregation on one Christian waitress.
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Expanding the local-global connection in advocacy

NEW YORK (UMNS) - In 2006, when there were 207 political or "extrajudicial" killings in the Philippines, it was clear that international pressure was needed to hold the Philippines government accountable. United Methodists and other church members in the Philippines shared information with their connections abroad and invited delegations from outside the country to hear the stories from the grassroots. That's one example of "glocal" advocacy.
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New churches in U.S. surpass goal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Church planters established 684 new United Methodist churches in the United States during 2008-12, surpassing the denomination's new church development goal for the quadrennium by 34.
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Imagine No Malaria launches Mother's Day campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Eighty-five to 90 percent of deaths from malaria are women and children under 5. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is launching a Mother's Day campaign so that mothers in Africa can fight malaria and nurture their children into thriving adults.
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Church family and faith helps tornado survivor

PETAL, Miss. (UMNS) - Asbury United Methodist Church youth pastor, Jeff West, was not at home when a tornado nearly disintegrated the house that he and his wife moved into just months before the disaster. Now his church family is helping him and others get back on their feet. Jasmine Haynes shares the story in the Mississippi Annual (regional) Conference's "Circuit Rider" newsletter.
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Farmer-to-farmer aid in Armenia

NEW YORK (UMNS) - A farmer-to-farmer approach has created ties between a small Michigan town and the country of Armenia, with assistance from the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the Foods Resource Bank.
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Fire leaves Sierra Leone conference without office

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) - The Sierra Leone Annual (regional) Conference sustained an estimated $40,000 in damage to its conference office in a fire Feb. 15 that caused the death of a Sierra Leone National Power Authority worker.
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What it means to perform 'exemplary deeds of service'

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell and his wife recently attended the ceremony where President Obama honored 18 citizens with a Presidential Citizens Medal. Among those honored were the six adults who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the founder of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. In a commentary, Caldwell reflects not only on those honored, but also on the slaves who built the White House where the ceremony was held.
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