Prison

Social Concerns
Saun Hough (left), associate pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Compton, Calif.,  hands reentry hygiene kits to Jerrel McCoy, lead community health worker at SHIELDS For Families. The church mobilized to create 3,500 kits for citizens released from prison by the state of California. Photo courtesy of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

United Methodists are urged to advocate for early release of vulnerable people in prisons or detention centers to stop spread of pandemic.
Evangelism
Mariatu Kogbaka, a former inmate at Freetown Female Correctional Center, shares her story during a thanksgiving service at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Feb. 9. Kogbaka was one of 27 women released on presidential parole in April. She said the Sierra Leone Conference's prison ministry played a significant role in securing her freedom. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone prison ministry advocates for inmates

Church group supports female prisoners with counseling, training while they are incarcerated and after they’ve been released.
Evangelism
The Rev. Oscar Nyasha Mukahanana, Harare East District superintendent, distributes Holy Communion to children and others at Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church in Manresa, Zimbabwe. The church, near Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, serves inmates, officers and their families. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Zimbabwe area plants church for prisoners, officers

Maximum Salvation United Methodist Church offers spiritual support and counseling to inmates, prison officers and their families.
Social Concerns
Silvia Munjoma, vice chairwoman for St. John’s Church and Society committee, helps unload donations for inmates at Mutare Provisional Remand Prison in Zimbabwe. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UMNS.

Church helps with prison food shortage

The United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Zimbabwe donates $14,000 worth of food and other supplies as prisons struggle to feed inmates amid country’s economic crisis.

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