Poverty

Social Concerns
Perpetual Makadzange talks to her three children, (from left) 6-year-old Tizzelyn, 7-year-old Tanatswa and 12-year-old Tsepang, at their home in Zimunya, Zimbabwe. The United Methodist schools that the children attend remain closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News .

Pandemic leads more girls to early marriages

United Methodist schools in Zimbabwe see more early marriages, other risky behavior as schools remain closed amid COVID-19.
Mission and Ministry
The Nyadire Social Committee distributes food to families at The United Methodist Church’s Nyadire Mission in Mutoko, Zimbabwe. The Nyadire Connection, an all-volunteer group founded by individuals from a network of United Methodist churches in Pittsburgh, raised more than $25,000 for food relief at the mission. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Donations pour in for church hospitals, missions

United Methodist hospitals in Zimbabwe receive protective gear for front-line workers, while mission families get food relief from Nyadire Connection.
Mission and Ministry
Ruth Moreno (in red sweatshirt) and her brother, Lino, make their way to school as the sun rises behind them on the Santa Fe Bridge over the Rio Grande in Juárez, Mexico, in November 2019. They made the two-hour cross-border journey each school day to attend the United Methodist Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, Texas, before in-person classes were halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Surviving tribulations part of school’s history

Lydia Patterson is struggling with COVID-19 and a closed border, but the president of the United Methodist school said, “We have seen worse.”
Social Concerns
Jolie Mwaidi (right), leader of Kivu United Methodist Women, harvests cassava leaves in her garden in Bukavu, Congo. Joséphine Angel helps collect the crop. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Pastors ‘make friends with the soil’ during lockdown

Church leaders in Africa turn to farming during the pandemic to supplement income and help members and others struggling with food insecurity.

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