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Faith Stories
Yed Esaie Angoran, a key leader in The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire and the global denomination, died June 13. He was 73. 2008 file photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Yed Angoran, a global leader, dies at 73

Yed Esaie Angoran, a leader in both The United Methodist Church and the country of Côte d’Ivoire, died of a heart attack.
Social Concerns
Pastor Ruth Mwangi sews face masks at Sogunoi United Methodist Church, a rural church affiliated with Trinity United Methodist Church in Gilgil, Kenya. Photo by Faith Wanjiru, UM News.

Kenyan women shift sewing ministry during pandemic

United Methodists provide face masks and food to communities struggling during the coronavirus and a locust invasion.
Local Church
Tariro Chinofura of the Gaberone United Methodist Church health committee checks the temperature of a church member before the first post-lockdown worship service May 31 in Gaberone, Botswana. The country lifted the ban on religious gatherings but issued health guidelines targeted at fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by David Mandiyanike, Gaberone United Methodist Church.

African churches begin to reopen

As countries ease lockdown restrictions, in-person services resume for some, while others proceed with caution.
Mission and Ministry
Dr. Daniel Ahui (left), a specialist in infectious and tropical diseases and director of Dabou United Methodist Hospital in Dabou, Côte d'Ivoire, trains pharmacy and laboratory staff on how to deal with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Although there are no cases of the coronavirus in this city yet, the hospital is taking steps to avoid being caught off guard. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Church hospitals race to prepare for the coronavirus

United Methodist hospitals in Africa and the Philippines gear up to treat patients with COVID-19, including setting up isolation areas and gathering protective gear.

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