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Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Joel Q. Bengbeng (center), superintendent of the Ilocos South District in the Northwest Philippines, is among the United Methodist pastors from the Baguio Episcopal Area who say they have experienced harassment due to their social justice work. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Hinivuu Pecaat.

Filipino pastors fear for safety

Church leaders condemn attempts to intimidate pastors involved in social justice work.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Solomon Rogers speaks to a crowd gathered for a special handoff ceremony Jan. 15 in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event marks the end of a seven-year land dispute between The United Methodist Church’s Sierra Leone Conference and neighboring Masantigie community. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone church celebrates end of land dispute

Even as United Methodists and the Masantigie community signed a resolution, the Ministry of Lands issued a stern warning about keeping the peace.
Social Concerns
Congolese youth, including United Methodists, pray for peace, during an ecumenical Church of Christ in Congo gathering in Bukavu, Congo. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists killed in Congo violence

A resurgence of attacks by armed groups in Beni has left more than 75 church families displaced alongside thousands of others in East Congo.