Central Conferences

Disaster Relief
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Alert: Bishop calls for prayers as volcano erupts in DRC

More than 5,000 United Methodists are fleeing Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, in the wake of a volcano. Bishop Gabriel Unda asks for prayers.
General Church
The three European central conferences of The United Methodist Church covering 32 countries and 10 time zones are making plans for a proposed denomination-wide split. Four bishops (clockwise from top left), Edward Khegay, Christian Alsted, Harald Rückert and Patrick Streiff, have drafted next steps should a separation plan win General Conference approval. Image courtesy of the bishops.

Europeans make plans for separation

Under a proposed separation plan, some European churchgoers expect to remain with The United Methodist Church while others join a new traditionalist denomination.
Evangelism
Bishop Benjamin Boni and Lydie Flore Magba, Central African Republic ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, initial the framework agreement for technical and economic cooperation in education between The United Methodist Church in Côte d’Ivoire and the Central African Republic. The agreement aims to revitalize the Central African education system, which has been disorganized by years of successive socio-political and economic crises. Photo by Isaac Broune, UM News.

Côte d’Ivoire church to help build schools in central Africa

The initiative aims to replicate the United Methodist schools model of Côte d’Ivoire by building 12 school complexes in 12 cities in the Central African Republic.
The Rev. Paul Nyagomo (left), pastor in charge of four United Methodist churches in the Marange District, visits with 79-year-old Agness Takodza in Mutare City, Zimbabwe, after delivering her medication. Seated with Takodza are her grandchildren, Nomsa (6) and Lessley (7), and Gift Takodza. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Motorbikes keep pastors moving during COVID-19

Donations help rural pastors in Zimbabwe stay safe as they conduct vital ministries during the coronavirus pandemic.

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