Overcoming Poverty

Social Concerns
Motorists line up to purchase fuel in Harare, Zimbabwe. Power shortages in the country are affecting United Methodist hospitals, schools and churches. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Energy crisis takes toll on Zimbabwe church

Daily power outages are affecting The United Methodist Church and its related ministries, including hospitals and schools.
Evangelism
The Rev. Elizabeth McVicker, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, visits and prays with the homeless during the Sunday Fellowship Breakfast. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Utah church welcomes homeless, loves diversity

Small church with big heart supports missions at home and around the world.
Mission and Ministry
Members of The United Methodist Church’s Prison Ministry in Sierra Leone hand out food and drinks to inmates at the female correctional center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, as part of its Christmas outreach program. Photo courtesy of Saidu Samura, Sierra Leone Correctional Service.

Prison ministry makes Christmas brighter for inmates

Church members bring gifts, hope to women and juveniles incarcerated in Sierra Leone.
Poverty
Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance.

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