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Thierry Muhindo, 17, a former street child, grooms a customer in Goma, Congo. Muhindo was taught to style hair by the Kivu Youth Peace Club. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UMNS.

Former street children in Congo find hope at peace club

United Methodist young people launched Kivu Youth Peace Club to help youth learn a trade and, more importantly, that others care. Read More

United Methodist deaconess Cindy Johnson (right) walks to buy medicine with Isabél who traveled with her daughter from Nicaragua to Matamoros, Mexico, hoping to request asylum in the U.S. Kassandra, 16 months, was suffering from fever and weight loss while she and her mother waited for their turn to approach the bridge leading to Brownsville, Texas. Johnson, who makes regular visits to the makeshift camp, brought members of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force for a firsthand look at the immigration situation. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

United Methodists care for migrants at Texas border town

Immigration Task Force saw United Methodists in action, aiding those seeking asylum near Brownsville. Read More

Members of Greers Chapel UMC in Magnolia, Arkansas offer a free laundry service to neighbors at through the Laundry Love ministry. Image courtesy of the Arkansas Conference.

United Methodists shower people with love through laundry

Greers Chapel in Arkansas offers free laundry service to neighbors.“It is amazing what clean clothes mean for someone and how it lifts their spirit.” Read More

Gedion Mawoneke, Benjamin Dhliwayo and Damion Mutinhiri assemble a bicycle. United Methodist Church’s St. John’s Circuit in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is helping those in the Deaf community learn skills through the Holy Bike Sales project. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe.

Projects empower Deaf community in Zimbabwe

The United Methodist Church is helping Deaf people in the Mutare area earn a living by assembling bicycles and rearing rabbits. Read More

Sunday school and Bible study rooms of the United Methodist Church building in San Esteban, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines were destroyed by Typhoon Mangkhut. Photo courtesy of Mildred Abella.

Picking up pieces after Philippines super typhoon

United Methodists were cleaning up and assisting others after Typhoon Mangkhut struck the northern part of the Philippines. Read More

U.S. Border Patrol agents run down a dirt road amid swirling dust stirred up by a helicopter during a search for people who had crossed into the United States illegally and were hiding in heavily wooded areas and sugar cane fields near McAllen, Texas. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Paths collide for immigrants, border agents

Get a unique perspective when United Methodist News Service follows border agents at the busiest station in the U.S. for apprehending undocumented immigrants and drugs. Read More

Unaccompanied minor migrants enjoy United Methodist Camp Colby in California. They point out their hometowns  on a large wall map. Photo courtesy of California-Pacific Conference.

Camp offers migrant youth fun, friendship

United Methodists in California host a summer camp for unaccompanied migrants. Their goal is to ‘show them welcome and shine God’s love on them.’ Read More

Members of Humboldt Park United Methodist Church in Chicago joined in an ecumenical Las Posadas procession. The re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for safe lodging carries special resonance for at least one family at the church. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Paula Cripps-Vallejo.

How an immigrant family found room at the inn

Las Posadas is the Mexican tradition of re-enacting Joseph and Mary’s search for safe lodging for Christ’s birth. For one family, the tradition has special resonance. Read More

The work by the Rev. Mary Downey, a United Methodist deacon and executive director of the Community Hope Center in Kissimmee, Florida, is the focus of the new film

Movie features plight of ‘hidden homeless’

The work by the Rev. Mary Downey, a United Methodist deacon and executive director of Kissimmee's Community Hope Center, is the focus of the new film "The Florida Project." Read More

Bishop Kasap Owan is leader of The United Methodist Church’s South Congo Episcopal Area. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishop grapples with great needs and growth

Bishop Kasap Owan leads more than 1 million United Methodists in Congo and Zambia. He aspires for them to become self-sustaining but needs help. Read More

Ndume Olatushani, a death row exonoree, is one of the artists whose work is included in Stations of the Cross opening in Washington during Lent. Using chicken wire, Olatushani molds the jumpsuits into prisoners bowed and writhing in agony from being confined. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Artist works to disrupt ‘cradle to prison’ pipeline

Ndume Olatushani is one of the artists whose work is included in Stations of the Cross opening in Washington during Lent. Read More

A young boy holds a d.light solar lamp at his home in the Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Wespath Benefits and Investments has invested about $30 million in solar projects, including d.light. Photo courtesy of d.light

Church investments take on climate change

The United Methodist pension agency is planning for a low-carbon economy. For investors, the agency says, the move makes good financial sense. Read More

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa and gloves to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. The hot cocoa is part of a nine-city campaign by Rethink Church to welcome and invite people to church. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Hot cocoa and a warm welcome

United Methodist Ambassadors of Cheer were offering hot cocoa to strangers at Penn Station in Baltimore, hoping to warm their stomachs and their hearts. Read More

Young people at Woodridge United Methodist Church hang a poster raising awareness of the issues of human trafficking. UMNS file photo by the Rev. Dave Buerstatta.

Human trafficking is about people

Do we see others as fundamentally sacred or as potential servants of our agenda? How we answer will help determine the fate of human trafficking. Read More

With three Syrian refugee families standing behind her, Nora Basha, with the Syrian American Council of Indiana, speaks during a press conference before a Dec. 11 rally and candlelight vigil in support of Syrian refugee families. The event was held by the council at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Photo by Dan Gangler, UMNS

An interfaith welcome for Syrian refugees in Indiana

Christians, Jews, Muslims show support for Syrian families through rally, prayer vigil at Epworth United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Read More

Shades of Grace is a United Methodist congregation in Kingsport, Tenn. comprised mainly of homeless people. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Open Doors for the Homeless

“I’m not where I want to be, but thanks be to God, I’m not where I was.” Congregation offers Shades of Grace to those living on the streets. View

Like many refugees, this Syrian girl photographed in front of Budapest Keleti Railway Station on September 3, 2015, is far from home. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

German bishop on migrants: ‘Meet people, not problems’

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner shares how doing many little things together can make a big difference in ministry with Syrian refugees. Read More

United Methodists in Hungary are a part of Hungarian Interchurch Aid and have assisted in the refugee effort. Photo by Fekete Dániel, HIA-Hungary, ACT Alliance.

Welcoming the Stranger: Difficult and Necessary

The United Methodist Church in Europe and at the global level is responding to the migration crisis. See answers to some of the most common concerns. Read More

Migrants form a crowd at the Keleti pályaudvar train station Sept. 2 in Budapest while waiting passage to Germany, Austria and other wealthier countries within the European Union where the laws on refugee protection are better. Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

Churches find challenges, blessings in Europe’s migration crisis

'To seek asylum is one of the human rights,' says United Methodist bishop in Germany. As many migrants face death and abuse, some advocates are providing support. Read More

Participants surround Lou Stefan, a volunteer with Team Read, a program in Memphis, Tenn. that teaches foundational words to second-graders. Photo courtesy of Germantown United Methodist Church.

Coaches, kids make Team Read a strong church/school partnership

'I believe the service of churches in our public schools will be what saves them both,' says United Methodist Jackie Flaum, a head coach in the tutoring program. Read More

Dorothy Booker walks along the incomplete outdoor prayer pavilion at historic Gulfside Assembly in Waveland, Miss. Hurricane Katrina destroyed every building on the grounds in 2005. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Gulfside Assembly re-imagining future of historic site

Katrina hit just 16 days after Gulfside Assembly had celebrated opening the Norris Center, a $3 million building named for Bishop Alfred L. Norris. Read More

Earl Wollitt (right, foreground) casts his eyes upward during worship at Seashore Mission United Methodist Church in Biloxi, Miss. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Homeless shelter feeds bodies and souls

Hurricane Katrina destroyed Seashore Mission, but it has relocated and serves more than 200 meals, three days a week to the poor and homeless. Read More

Revi Sterling (second from left) works with NetHope, which specializes in improving IT connectivity in developing countries. Photo courtesy of Revi Sterling.

Revi Sterling: Changing women’s lives one cell phone at a time

Revi Sterling works with NetHope, focusing on IT connectivity for females in developing countries. 'Women have a lot of things to say and often, only men have the technology.' Read More

Oakwood (Minn.) United Methodist Church women serve snacks to new moms at the Early Childhood and Family Education Baby Shower. Photo courtesy of Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Congregation commits totally to church/school partnership

'Who would notice if you closed your church?' Minnesota parish answers bishop's query by adopting school with 700 students. And more. Read More

Pastors Willis Johnson (left) and Matt Miofsky (right) talk before services at The Gathering United Methodist Church in St.  Louis, Missouri.  Video image by United Methodist Communications.

Pastors fight racism, move forward after Ferguson

A year after racial tensions exploded in a small town, two United Methodist faith families say their commitment-and their connection-is stronger. Read More

Dare, a black Labrador, finds new friends through Paws and Play at Jefferson Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas. Photo Courtesy of East Heights United Methodist Church. Edited for

Paws and Play: Church/school program benefits kids

Three canine “volunteers” from East Heights United Methodist Church provide comfort for students. “They seem to feel safe telling the dogs what they are feeling.” Read More

Grateful students from Dover (Florida) Elementary School thank volunteers from St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Brandon, Florida. Photo courtesy of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. Edited by

Procession of Hopefulness: Church/school partnerships

Programs provide a safe haven for teens, much-needed tutoring, driver education and more, allowing United Methodists to “bless and empower both children and churches.” Read More

Rev. Will Shewey carries in the donated meal that will be served before worship at Shades of Grace in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee. Photo by Annette Spence, courtesy of the Holston Conference.

The least of these: Church serves ‘forgotten community’

Located in a former store, church's congregation is 50 percent homeless and provides meals, showers, prayer and acceptance. “This church is amazing. They don’t judge.” Read More

Can train is among entries created by businesses in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, for community-wide competition benefitting the conference's food pantry mission. Photo courtesy of Western Pennsylvania Conference.

‘Can creations’ benefit food pantry in Western Pennsylvania

Businesses in Connellsville crafted unique sculptures using cans for a friendly community-wide competition. Proceeds support area food pantries. Read More

Dakota Wesleyan University senior Brent Matter volunteers for the Weekend Snack Pack Program. Photo courtesy of Dakota Wesleyan University.

Dakota Wesleyan students, faculty take a bite out of hunger

Dakota Wesleyan University, which has emerged as a global leader in solving hunger issues, was recently recognized at the United Nations. Read More

Food drive logo courtesy of the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Football challenge spurs friendly ‘food fight’

Friendly rivalry between the Pacific Northwest and the New England Conferences during Super Bowl XLIX will mean food for meal programs, high-needs schools. Read More

Jonathan Palant, music minister at Kessler United Methodist Church, leads rehearsal for a performance of

Music minister steps out with Street Choir

Jonathan Palant recruits opera star to sing with ecumenical choir and homeless ensemble in “Street Requiem.” Read More

Intercept Human Trafficking logo, courtesy United Methodist Women.

Help ‘intercept’ human trafficking during Super Bowl

Thousands will travel to Phoenix for the big game, but many will be there by force. Find out how United Methodist Women plan to ‘huddle’ to help combat human trafficking. Read More

The Rev. David Scavuzzo, lead pastor at Strongsville United Methodist Church, and church member Sue Puffer have helped organize a summer camp for abused and neglected foster children (Bob Sandrick/Northeast Ohio Media Group).

Camp for foster kids includes birthday cake

Rev. David Scavuzzo says church program will include parties for children who may have never had one - and the loving message that 'God has a purpose for their lives.’ Read More

Professional driver Geneva Williams poses with Fast Track 2 Success students during their visit to a hot rod race track. Photo courtesy Grace Community United Methodist Church, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Motor sports program puts kids on ‘Fast Track 2 Success’

Church’s youth initiative, supported by Human Relations Day offering, teaches life skills as well as science, engineering and mathematics through cars and fun. Read More

Thousands of refugees stream across the Tigris River from Syria into Iraq. Photo by Galiya Gubaeva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Syrian refugees: ‘Anonymous Holy Families’

With millions of people displaced in Syria, Iraq and other areas of unrest, many families are facing a cold winter without homes. Find out how the church is helping. Read More

Heart hands. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

UMC #GivingTuesday is Dec. 2

When United Methodists are united, we multiply the impact. Be part of a global movement to begin the holiday season with a focus on helping others. Read More

Boy harvests okra on his family's farm in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Grassroots International.

UMCOR helps keep food, and family farmers, safe

The United Methodist Committee on Relief is helping families fight for their land in Brazil and elsewhere. Read More

Food packaging for Society of St. Andrew. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

September is National Hunger Action Month

The U. S. will throw away 133 billion pounds of food this year alone. Find ways your congregation can take a stand against hunger. Read More

Resident of tent city in Greenville, South Carolina with puppy. Photo by Jessica Connor, the South Carolina Advocate.

Being real: Relationships serve people in poverty

One woman’s journey into a tent city reveals real stories of the homeless, and how ministry workers bring hope of a new life. Read More