Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Collins Etchi Ako, a United Methodist missionary serving in Congo, talks about some of the challenges he faces in his ministry. Ako visited Nashville in April. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Wesley’s words inspire Congo missionary

The Rev. Collins Etchi Ako spells out some of the hardships he is up against in his work in Africa.
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Members of the Ukrainian community and supporters gather for a peace vigil on the steps of the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville on Feb. 25. Photo by Mike DuBose.

Ask The UMC: How are United Methodists present in Ukraine

Methodism came to Russia in the late 19th century, and United Methodists to Ukraine by the end of the 20th century.
The Rev. Thomas Kim. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News

A lamentation with hope for Afghanistan

Watching the news of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan reminds the Rev. Thomas Kim of time he spent with missionaries there following his brother-in-law’s death in a bombing.
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Innocent Afful (third from left), a Ghanaian missionary who works with orphans and vulnerable children in Congo, has seen his job change during the COVID pandemic. Photo courtesy of Innocent Afful.

Missionaries cope with coronavirus challenges

Travel bans and fears of contracting COVID-19 complicated the service of United Methodist missionaries in 2020.

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