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Mission and Ministry
Graduates of the Ron Wilmot Comprehensive Seminary Secondary School in Nigeria gather for a class photo. On Oct. 16, they became the first graduating senior class of the United Methodist-supported school, which is named after a late missionary from Iowa. Photo by Daniel Garba, UM News.

Big day for United Methodist school, guesthouse

Northern Nigeria Conference celebrates graduation at school named for late Ron Wilmot, missionary, and dedicates new guesthouse for visiting volunteers.
Racism
A person reacts outside the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis after the guilty verdict handed down April 20 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. While expressing the sense that the verdict was just, United Methodist leaders urged continuing work toward dismantling widespread racism and systemic injustice against people of color. Photo by Carlos Barria, Reuters.

United Methodists react to Chauvin verdict

Church leaders praised the justice of the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd, but cautioned that much work lies ahead to overcome systemic racism.
Disaster Relief
The Rev. Catie Newman prays with John W. Weaver in front of a neighbor’s wind-damaged home while a United Methodist volunteer team makes emergency repairs to his roof in Marion, Iowa. Weaver’s mobile home was severely damaged during a derecho windstorm Aug. 10. Newman is the disaster response coordinator for the Iowa Conference.

Church leads storm recovery in Iowa

United Methodist volunteers are coming from all over Iowa and other states to help following an Aug. 10 derecho windstorm that left a 700-mile path of destruction.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop John Wesley Yohanna addresses the media during the commissioning of a borehole-drilling machine at The United Methodist Church’s headquarters in Jalingo, Nigeria. The rig will provide access to clean water in rural villages. Photo by the Rev. Ande Emmanuel, UM News.

New drilling machine boosts clean water efforts

The United Methodist Church in Nigeria’s purchase of a new borehole-drilling rig offers the hope of clean water for more people in rural villages.

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