Slideshow: Women unite at 2014 Assembly

More than 7,000 United Methodist women attended the 2014 UMW Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky. Photographers Mike DuBose and Paul Jeffrey captured these highlights of the April 25-27 gathering, which offered opportunities for study, worship, fellowship and social action.

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Local Church
United Methodist Women regional missionaries Elmira Sellu (third from left) and Finda Quiwa (fourth from left) hold a lock box that is part of a new loan program for women during a four-day training in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The microfinance project, funded by United Methodist Women, is one of two empowerment programs the Regional Missionary initiative launched in September. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Empowering women through entrepreneurship

United Methodist Women in Sierra Leone roll out unusual microfinance program and entrepreneurship training for women.
Social Concerns
Zacky Kabunga, president of United Methodist Men in Goma, Congo, counsels a group of children who live on the streets in South Kivu. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Congo church connects with ‘street children’

United Methodist pastors, church groups reach out to some of the thousands of children and youth living on the streets in South Kivu.
Local Church
United Methodist Women coordinator Ethel Sandy talks to students at Albert Academy — the only United Methodist boys high school in Freetown, Sierra Leone — about the dangers of cheating on exams. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

UMW starts anti-cheating campaign at church schools

Cheating on high school exit exams is a national problem that has plagued Sierra Leone for decades.