Game Changers Summit 2014 News Coverage

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The Game Changers Summit, held Sept. 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn., addressed how information and communications technology (ICT) can be used to help parts of the world left behind by the technological revolution.

Participants heard from globally-renowned leaders about how to solve problems in education, wellness, and community development by leveraging the world's growing access to cell towers, Internet and hardware.

Explore the stories below to learn more about the life-enhancing and life-saving potential of technology and how your congregation can become part of this innovative, technology-based mission.

News Coverage

Isaac Broune (left) and April Gonzaga-Mercado lead a panel discussion on using communications as aid as part of the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Grab your cell phone in typhoon, flood, or war

When disaster strikes a community, cell phones and other communication aids can help with emergency response and recovery. Read More

 
Eric Youngren (right) and John Macdonald view a solar-powered light during the Innovation Fair at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Text messaging can be lifesaving

Technology such as mass text messaging can be lifesaving.
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The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau of the Democratic Republic of Congo gives the sermon during opening worship at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Leveraging information for development

Game Changers Summit draws people from nine countries to hear experts on how technology helps the social good." Read more

 

Meet the summit speakers


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Theology and Education
Pastor Kanya Kamahiro Georges (at right) receives his stipend during a presentation ceremony held at the Eastern Congo episcopal office. The assistance from Wespath allows 12 student pastors to buy food and provide for other needs for eight months. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

Wespath supports student pastors in Congo

With scholarships from Wespath, 12 theology students from Beni attending Kindu Methodist University are able to buy food and provide for other basic needs while at school.
Social Concerns
Participants of a training program at the Songhai Center in Porto-Novo, Benin, learn how to bottle pineapple juice once the processing is complete. The training, part of The United Methodist Church’s Yambasu Agriculture Initiative, gives farmers first-hand experience in sustainable agriculture. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Yambasu Agriculture Initiative empowers farmers

Program at West African center gives farmers hands-on experience in sustainable agriculture.
Mission and Ministry
Florence Karambu (left), Eastern Kenya District women president, issues a soft loan to the Rev. Angela Nturibi, pastor in charge of women fellowship at Makutano United Methodist Church during a monthly table-banking meeting. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Table banking changes women’s lives in Kenya

The United Methodist Church is helping empower women through a group-based funding strategy where women contribute to and benefit from small loans.