Central Conferences
The Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira, Zimbabwe Episcopal Area, talks about The United Methodist Church’s plans for existing land in Africa during an agricultural summit held Jan. 13-16 in Johannesburg. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

African agriculture summit sparks new ideas, plans

Gathering draws together people of different perspectives and backgrounds to discuss how The United Methodist Church could make better use of the land.
General Church
Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu speaks during the United Methodist Africa agricultural summit Jan. 13-16 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

Agriculture a ‘game changer’ for church in Africa

The church has the potential of becoming self-sustaining if it develops its vast land into viable commercial enterprises, said Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu.
Social Concerns
Mango seedlings ready for planting in Jalingo, Nigeria, are sheltered under thatch from the hot sun. Photo by Sharon Adamu Bambuka, UMNS.

Nigerian United Methodists plant 20,000 trees

The trees, including acacia, eucalyptus, orange and papaya, are expected to protect degraded environments, safeguard habitats and enhance rural livelihoods.
Social Concerns
Shamiso Musapenya, Estery Mahapare Ngorima and Tendai Muganho plant a tree in an effort to combat deforestation in Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS

United Methodist member creates Environmental Buddies Zimbabwe

A nongovernmental organization founded by an Africa University graduate is collaborating with the government on a sustainable forestation program aimed at mitigating tree removal.

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