Mothers

Global Health
A new water tank holds water reserves at United Methodist Irambo Hospital in Bukavu, Congo. The tank was installed to collect rainwater to use at the health center. “(The tanks) sometimes allow us to conserve water, especially during this dry season when water has become a scarce commodity in the city of Bukavu,” said Dr. Djimmy Kasongo, medical director at the hospital. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Irambo Hospital.

Water project lightens load for new mothers

With a grant from UMCOR, church installs rainwater collection systems at three health facilities in East Congo Episcopal Area.
Social Concerns
Women march in the 1913 Women Suffrage Procession in Washington organized by the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Methodist women played a significant role in the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Photo from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Methodists crucial in fight for women’s vote

The U.S. is celebrating the centennial of 19th Amendment’s ratification, securing women’s suffrage. Methodists were part of the struggle.
Mission and Ministry
Expectant mothers give Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa a tour of the vegetable garden they are tending at the Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The garden provides nutrition, exercise and an opportunity to learn skills they can use when they return home after delivering their babies. From left are: Resistance Maphosa, Marvellous Chimbidzikai and Sophia Chindondondo. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Hospital garden sows healthy care for expectant mothers

Old Mutare Mission Hospital now has a garden tended to by expectant mothers. The garden provides nutrition, exercise and an opportunity to learn skills they can use when they return home.
Social Concerns
United Methodist deaconess Cindy Johnson (right) walks to buy medicine with Isabél who traveled with her daughter from Nicaragua to Matamoros, Mexico, hoping to request asylum in the U.S. Kassandra, 16 months, was suffering from fever and weight loss while she and her mother waited for their turn to approach the bridge leading to Brownsville, Texas. Johnson, who makes regular visits to the makeshift camp, brought members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force for a firsthand look at the immigration situation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists respond to migrants at the border

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force saw United Methodists in action caring for migrants from around the world seeking asylum at border towns in Texas.

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