Poverty

Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Social Concerns
Tendai Rebecca Gurupira, area coordinator for The United Methodist Church’s Ministry of Women, Youth and Children, holds a box with 100 chicks to be given out to women and girls in the drought-prone Masvingo District in Zimbabwe. The farming project is funded by an $8,000 grant from United Methodist Women. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

United Methodists respond to Zimbabwe hunger crisis

The United Nations estimates that half the population in Zimbabwe is food insecure due to persistent droughts and economic turmoil.
Social Concerns
A child scavenges for food in a garbage pit just outside the Hope for the Children of Africa School near Malanje, Angola, in 2006. The school was named for the United Methodist Council of Bishops' appeal that provided funds for its construction. World hunger can be wiped out by 2030 according to the Bread for the World Institute. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

2030 targeted for end of world hunger

World hunger can be wiped out by 2030 and has already decreased for seven straight years in the U.S., according to the Bread for the World Institute.
Multicultural Ministry
Graduates cut a cake to celebrate their completion of the Inua Partners in Hope vocational training program in Naivasha, Kenya. The program, a partnership between  Trinity United Methodist Church in Naivasha and First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla., teaches vocational and business skills to orphans and vulnerable young people. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Education equals hope for Kenyan orphans

Students learn vocational, business skills through Inua Partners in Hope program, an initiative of Kenya and Florida churches.

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