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Mission and Ministry
Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco (left) and Jestril Alvarado, West Pampanga District superintendent, help distribute food to Aeta communities in Floridablanca in the Pampanga province of the Philippines. Holding the microphone is the Rev. Leslie Casupanan-Dela Cruz. The United Methodist Committee on Relief issued a $100,000 grant to provide support for 860 indigenous families affected by a deadly earthquake. Photo by the Rev. Gilbert Cedillo.

UMCOR aids indigenous earthquake survivors

The United Methodist Committee on Relief issued a $100,000 grant to provide support for 860 Aeta families affected by spring quake.
General Church
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey observes the results from a February 26, 2019, vote to strengthen The United Methodist Church's policies against homosexuality. The vote came on the last day of the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis, Mo. Delegates approved the Traditional Plan, which strengthens penalties for LGBTQIA clergy and prohibits same sex weddings. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, UMNS.

Special general conference tops the news in 2019

Division within The United Methodist Church was on full display during February’s special session in St. Louis, attracting both denominational and public attention.
Mission and Ministry
Disaster relief volunteers with The United Methodist Church in Malawi hand out supplies to Cyclone Idai survivors in the Ntcheu District. More than 1,000 households from seven villages received food, including maize flour, cooking oil, beans, sugar and salt. Many in the area lost their crops to flooding after the deadly March 14 storm. By Francis Nkhoma, UM News.

Church in Malawi continues to aid cyclone survivors

Months after deadly storm, conference distributes food to 1,000 families in seven villages.