Ministry

Central Conferences
Jean Tshomba (center) hands food and other supplies to an internally displaced person from Bijombo, Congo, in front of New Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Uvira. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Church helps internally displaced people in Congo

Fleeing tribal conflicts, more than 2,500 refugees find shelter and hope, thanks to The United Methodist Church, UMCOR.
The Revs. Shannon E. Sullivan, Emily Peck-McClain, and Lauren Chafin Lobenhofer.

Commentary: Gender and effective church leadership

Three United Methodist clergy write that separating out leadership roles by gender harms all of us.
Social Concerns
Silvia Munjoma, vice chairwoman for St. John’s Church and Society committee, helps unload donations for inmates at Mutare Provisional Remand Prison in Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church helps with prison food shortage

The United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Zimbabwe donates $14,000 worth of food and other supplies as prisons struggle to feed inmates amid country’s economic crisis.
Social Concerns
Children pray during a Christmas party at the Door of Hope Salvation Army shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. Migrant children who are staying with their mothers at the shelter joined with kids from the neighborhood and volunteers from the Methodist Church of Mexico in the celebration. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Christmas story crosses all borders

Children enjoy a Christmas party at shelter for migrants, and the Las Posadas tradition demonstrates border walls cannot contain the story of Christ's birth.

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