Health

Mission and Ministry
Mistrust of the medical community has resulted in a shortage of African Americans willing to be research subjects for COVID-19 vaccine trials. United Methodist leaders in Louisiana are participating in COVID-19 studies in hopes of influencing more Black people to do the same. Coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; syringe image by Arek Socha, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Black people sought for COVID-19 vaccine trials

United Methodist leaders are encouraging Black church members to volunteer for vaccine trials to help fight the coronavirus.
Global Health
Angela Macherechedze, sister-in-charge of the family and child health unit at United Methodist Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, holds baby Prince Anotidaishe, the first child for 18-year-old Samantha Sibanda, who traveled more than 160 miles to give birth at the church hospital. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Missions’ doctors, nurses serve despite struggles

More patients turn to United Methodist hospitals, as Zimbabwe’s health sector remains paralyzed by labor strikes and a lack of supplies amid COVID-19.
Social Concerns
Perpetual Makadzange talks to her three children, (from left) 6-year-old Tizzelyn, 7-year-old Tanatswa and 12-year-old Tsepang, at their home in Zimunya, Zimbabwe. The United Methodist schools that the children attend remain closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News .

Pandemic leads more girls to early marriages

United Methodist schools in Zimbabwe see more early marriages, other risky behavior as schools remain closed amid COVID-19.
Church Growth
The congregation of the new Levuma United Methodist Church meets for worship in a corridor of a member’s home. Pastor Joseph Turay said he hopes to one day have a church large enough to accommodate all who want to attend. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Community project births new congregation

Development work helps United Methodism grow in rural Sierra Leone village and now members are setting their sights on a new church building.

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