Daily Digest - March 20, 2013

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"This is not a charity; it is a business. We explain that to the community. We give first priority to women." - Eddy Joassaint, the director of a microcredit program that lends funds to small-business owners in Haiti.

Haiti 2013: Women help women improve lives

MIZAK, Haiti (UMNS) - From working to ensure healthy moms and babies to funding small growers, Haiti Artisans for Peace makes a difference. This is second in a series on how United Methodists are helping in Haiti's recovery.
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Haiti: The Church responds

'HAPI is a light that shines for me'

MIZAK, Haiti (UMNS) - At 34, a Haitian woman reflects on how the Haiti Artisans for Peace program has helped her to learn skills and earn money that makes life for her family much better.
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Africa U. to celebrate 20 years of progress

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - United Methodists from around the world literally built a world-class university from the red Zimbabwean clay in a little more than 20 years, and it is time to celebrate.
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Bishops respond to church foregoing weddings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (UMNS) - Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster of the Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference and Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council of Bishops, have shared their thoughts on a United Methodist church that has decided not to hold weddings while the denomination bans same-sex marriage.
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UMTV: Mentor for Homeless

RALEIGH, N.C. (UMNS) - Once an orphan on the streets, Kevin King now ministers to the homeless through a church program. "If I reach one person, then I'm doing God's work," he said.
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Church ministry reaches Hispanic/Latino neighbors

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (UMNS) - Our Saviour's United Methodist Church in Schaumburg offers English-language classes and free child care to the area's growing Hispanic/Latino immigrant population. Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Annual (regional) Conference's director of communications, shares how the church is reaching a new flock.
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Easter outreach ideas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) - Easter is March 31, and many church leaders are preparing to pack the pews. They've ordered the Easter lilies and laundered the altar cloths, and pastors have written the very best sermon. Everyone hopes that if people show up on Easter Sunday, they'll be back the next week. United Methodist Communications offers seven outreach ideas that are within reach for churches.
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Bloombytes: Women must tell their stories

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Helping women participate in forums where they can make connections and share their stories can empower them to work for change in their communities, writes UMNS reporter Linda Bloom in her Bloombytes blog. The recent Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations is an example.
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