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Global Mission Fellow Bellarmee Milosi gives a tutoring session for children in  Tramo, Philippines, as part of the Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. With the current budget constraints, expansion of this successful young adult ministry is unlikely. 2018 file photo courtesy of Global Ministries.

Church agencies cope with new realities

The changing landscape caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty over the denomination’s future has created challenges for United Methodist agencies.
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Internally displaced people line up to collect food at Ebenezer Community United Methodist Church in Yaounde, Cameroon. With a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the church distributed food and other aid to those struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy Vischo Image.

Supporting the church amid pandemic disruptions

The United Methodist general agencies find new ways to support the church’s mission and its members despite challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
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The parking lot of the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville, Tenn., stands empty at midday on Friday, May 1, 2020. The agency announced it will lay off nearly one-fourth of its staff, partly due to declining sales in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Publishing house laying off about 70 workers

The United Methodist Publishing House predicts a loss of up to 50% in sales partly due to congregations suspending regular activities during the coronavirus.
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United Methodist missionary Tawanda Chandiwana (left foreground) is embraced by Thomas Kemper, head of the Board of Global Ministries, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines, after Chandiwana was released from a detention center and allowed to leave the country. 2018 file photo courtesy of Thomas Kemper, Global Ministries.

United Methodist agencies: 2018 was productive year

The denomination’s agencies also share priorities for 2019.

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