Health Ministries

Mission and Ministry
A symbolic wooden key to their new home in Maua, Kenya, is handed to Jackeline (second from left) and her grandmother, Martha, by William Graf (middle), William Bradford and the Rev. Donald E. Messer with the Center for Health and Hope. The home is one of four sponsored by former United Methodist Communications producer Shirley Whipple Struchen. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Donald E. Messer.

Constructing homes for AIDS orphans in Kenya

More than 350 homes have been built by teams in collaboration with Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya, and generous gifts through the Center for Health and Hope in Colorado are adding to that number.
Global Health
Dr. David Boan. Photo courtesy of the author.

Staying the course with vaccine access

A United Methodist church’s campaign to create equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines among poor countries has raised nearly half a million dollars, but challenges remain, so the campaign continues.
Global Health
Faith leaders from around the world discuss HIV issues facing young people at the 24th International AIDS Conference, July 29-Aug. 2 in Montreal. Pictured are (from left) Sr. Crina Cardozo, Human Touch, Goa; The Rev. Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Anglican priest in Uganda; Gibstar Makangila, executive director, Circle of Hope, Zambia; Dr. Susan Hillis, senior technical advisor, Faith and Communities Initiatives, Office of the Global AIDS Ambassador and Health Diplomacy; Gareth Jones, Youth Programme consultant, UNAIDS; Suki Beavers, director, Equality and Rights for All, UNAIDS; and an unidentified man. Photo by Don Messer.

Faith leaders hear of ‘lost ground’ on HIV

24th International AIDS Conference underscores the negative effect COVID-19 and monkeypox are having on efforts to curtail HIV.
Social Concerns
Toendepi Samson Marikasi sobs with grief over the loss of his wife, Alice Marikasi, 87, and her sister, Ellah Muti, 90, during a special memorial service at St. James Hwedza United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Pastor Daniel Luckson consoles him. United Methodist churches in Zimbabwe held services where people who lost loved ones during COVID-19 could gather to console one another and celebrate life — things they were unable to do during pandemic restrictions. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Ask The UMC: Valuing Life, Part 7 — Dying well: Caring for the dying and grieving

United Methodists receive and share Jesus' promise of abundant life even and especially in the face and aftermath of death.

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