Phillipines Jurisdiction

Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan poses with the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist pastor in the Philippines, after Ordeniza was released from jail. The local pastor was among those arrested and detained for two and a half days after trying to rescue tribal children who were fleeing from a village that has been a target of military operations. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan.

Filipino pastor arrested ‘rescuing’ Lumad children

Eighteen people, including the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist, were detained and charged with kidnapping and human trafficking by local police.
Mission and Ministry
Families gather at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines, to pay tribute to victims of drug-related violence during a memorial service on All Saints’ Day. Photo courtesy of Juliet Solis.

Filipinos call for justice at All Saints' Day gathering

United Methodists host ecumenical prayer event to remember victims of drug-related killings.
Mission and Ministry
Church leaders and supporters pray with United Methodist missionary Miracle Osman (center, wearing white shirt) upon her arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi, after she was allowed to leave the Philippines. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Last of detained missionaries arrives home

Miracle Osman, a United Methodist missionary, is greeted in Malawi by family and church members after leaving the Philippines.
Social Concerns
A cross with candles calls for justice and peace at a prayer vigil led by the Rev. Francis Fajardo at Wesleyan University-Philippines for slain mayor, Ferdinand Bote. Bote, mayor of the General Tinio in Nueva Ecija province, was gunned down July 3. Photo courtesy of Clarafe Gonzales & Sergio Arevalo.

United Methodist mayor shot dead in Philippines

Filipino United Methodists strongly condemn the July 3 killing of Mayor Ferdinand Bote.

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