Pastor

Evangelism
The Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira (center), officiates a ceremony to present motorbikes to five pastors of the Mutasa Nyanga District of Zimbabwe on July 20. Listening are the Rev. Tafadzwa Musona (left, in red), district superintendent; and the Rev. Duncan Charwadza (right, behind bike), Connectional Ministries director and Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Bishop. The motorbikes were a gift from Mutasa Nyanga Homelink, a group of church members originally from the district, who pool their resources to support the pastors. Photo by  Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Motorbikes ease travel for rural pastors in Zimbabwe

No longer walking many miles to reach parishioners, clergy will have more time to do actual ministry.
Mission and Ministry
Irene Chingwaru eats with two of her surviving children at Ngangu United Methodist Church in Ngangu, Zimbabwe, after Cyclone Idai ravaged the region in March. She and her husband lost two sons, ages 9 and 14, in the cyclone. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Pastors provide emotional support to cyclone survivors

Pastors in Zimbabwe are helping survivors of Cyclone Idai pick up the pieces physically and spiritually.
Local Church
The Rev. Paige Swaim-Presley (center) imposes ashes on the forehead of a student at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., during Ash Wednesday services in 2018. A grant from the Lilly Endowment to the United Methodist-related college will help women clergy in the South with mentoring and networking. File photo courtesy of Millsaps College.

Lilly grants help with clergy mentoring, networking

Nearly $70 million in grants support programs aimed at helping pastors thrive — including five grants to United Methodist organizations.
Social Concerns
Clergywomen receive leadership training from the Rev. Joseph Bituka during the Kivu Annual Conference in June. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Helping trauma survivors heal in the Congo

Clergywomen learn strategies for leading, evangelizing and counseling faithful in conflict settings.

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