Children

Mission and Ministry
Texas Conference Bishop Scott Jones and the Rev. Jill Daniel (standing with Jones) visit with children and supervisors at the new Methodist Children’s Center in Linden, Texas. Jones has made child welfare a conference priority, and Daniel leads the conference’s effort to plant child care centers in underserved areas. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Conference takes on 'child care deserts'

Texas Conference partners with local churches to start child care centers in underserved areas, with a focus on literacy, health and discipleship.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Joel Hortiales (left) prays with Carlos Ivan Baran Hidalgo; his wife, Danelly Mazariegos Morales; and their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett Juliette, at the Camino de Salvación shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. The family fled violence in Guatemala and is hoping to pursue a claim for asylum in the U.S. Hortiales is a United Methodist missionary and serves as director of Hispanic/Latino ministries and border concerns for the California-Pacific Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: ‘I was a stranger…’

In September, a UM News team accompanied faith leaders from the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. See how the church is ministering to those in need through the eyes of photojournalist Mike DuBose.
Mission and Ministry
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Church builds shelter for orphans in Congo

The United Methodist Church recently built an orphanage in Kindu in the East Congo Conference to provide shelter for orphans formerly housed in foster homes.
Global Health
A few mourners gather outside the home of Lillian Chikomo in Harare, Zimbabwe, for her funeral. They sang softly while Simon Mafunda (center) helped make sure COVID-19 precautions were followed. Most people who would have attended the service in person paid their respects by driving by slowly in front of her home. Mafunda is lay leader of the Zimbabwe East Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

COVID-19 challenges congregations, families

With churches and schools in Zimbabwe forced to close doors at various times during the pandemic, finances and livelihoods have suffered.

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