Daily Digest - March 19, 2013

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"My wife and I have talked about adopting three or four orphans. But that is not enough; there are 300 to 400 more." - Korean United Methodist layman Seung Don Kim, who works in one of Haiti's shantytowns.

Haiti 2013: Bringing light to the darkest slum

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) - In the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Korean United Methodist layman Seung Don Kim is a beacon of hope for the children. United Methodist News Service reports on how the church is helping Haiti to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
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Missionary Seung Don Kim
Haiti: The Church responds

Church says no I do's until all can marry

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UMNS) - Leaders of Green Street United Methodist Church have decided not to have weddings in the church building until the denomination lifts its ban on same-sex marriage. The church announced publicly March 17 that its 18-member leadership council also has asked that its pastors refrain from signing marriage licenses until the State of North Carolina recognizes such marriages.
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Black Methodists for Church Renewal restructure

CHICAGO (UMNS) - A new Black Methodists for Church Renewal was born Friday, March 15, 2013, when members attending the 2013 annual meeting approved a major restructure of the official caucus that advocates for Black Methodists in The United Methodist Church.
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Homeless drop-in center offers warmth

DETROIT (UMNS) - "We give them basically everything they need besides a house,"Bridgette Floyd, 23, a volunteer at the Homeless Drop-in Center inside Cass United Methodist Church, told the Detroit Free Press. "That's the only thing we really can't give out. Anything will help because these people really don't have nothing."
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Religious affiliation resurges in Africa, China

GENEVA (UMNS) - Both Christianity and Islam make up growing segments of the world's population as religious affiliation has resurged, with Africa and China showing the most marked religious change, according to findings presented by Todd M. Johnson, a religious demographer, at the World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Center.
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UMCOR promotes TB prevention in Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia (UMNS) - In Armenia, with the number of tuberculosis cases continually on the rise, identifying early signs of the disease is an important part of the Prevention of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and TB project of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Sunday, March 24, is World Tuberculosis Day.
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