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Disaster Relief
The Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira (right), administrative assistant to the bishop in Zimbabwe, hands over donations to retired Maj. Gen. Elias H. M. Mpaso, Malawian vice ambassador in Zimbabwe, during a ceremony at the Zimbabwe West Conference head office in Harare. The goods were collected by Zimbabwean United Methodists for Cyclone Freddy survivors in Malawi. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Churchgoers in Zimbabwe help neighbors after cyclone

Still reeling from the impact of Cyclone Freddy earlier this year, survivors in Malawi received $35,000 in cash and supplies from The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe.
The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters, an international United Methodist leadership body, gathers in front of the entrance to a medieval castle in Braunfels, Germany. During a meeting in Braunfels, the group discussed the challenges facing its proposed Africa Comprehensive Plan, which would add five more bishops to the continent. Photo by Klaus Ulrich Ruof, Germany Central Conference.

Plan to add 5 African bishops faces challenges

An international United Methodist group has long been working to increase the number of bishops on the African continent but learned of financial and other difficulties now facing the plan.
General Agencies
Zainab Koroma collects the offering at a United Methodist church in Fulawahun, near Bo, Sierra Leone. Overall, The United Methodist Church saw a slight increase in giving to denomination-wide ministries in 2022, compared to the previous year. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Amid budget woes, church sees slight rise in giving

Overall giving to support The United Methodist Church’s denomination-wide ministries saw a small uptick in 2022, even in a time of rising church disaffiliations. However, worries remain — especially about funding for bishops.

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