Board of Global Ministries

General Church
United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, on July 1, 2018, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. 2018 file photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries.

Finding strength in the worldwide church family

After a decade of service, Thomas Kemper leaves the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries with stronger international ties.
General Church
Internally displaced people line up to collect food at Ebenezer Community United Methodist Church in Yaounde, Cameroon. With a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the church distributed food and other aid to those struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy Vischo Image.

Supporting the church amid pandemic disruptions

The United Methodist general agencies find new ways to support the church’s mission and its members despite challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
The emergency medical team at Shiprock Indian Hospital in Shiprock, New Mexico, models the Tyvek suits and N95 masks donated by the Desert Southwest Conference’s Early Response Team. The hospital serves the Navajo Nation, which has more than 1,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Photo courtesy of Gail Ringelberg.

Helping Native communities amid COVID-19 crisis

United Methodists provide protective gear, money for food ministries as Native Americans struggle during pandemic.
Mission and Ministry
The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio, has adapted its food ministry during the COVID-19 outbreak. People used to be able to enter the All People’s Fresh Market and get their own goods, but now they’re asked to drive up and volunteers will bring food boxes to their cars. Photo courtesy of the Church for All People.

Ohio church alters produce giveaway due to COVID-19

Social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic have not prevented The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus from continuing to provide support and hope to its community.

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