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Daily Digest: February 27, 2014

"When asked about what we did for orphans in Africa, we reply, 'It's more about what the orphans have done for us.' We saw how empowerment actually works." – Jason Byassee, senior pastor of Boone United Methodist Church.

Rwanda trip eye-opener for United Methodists
BOONE, N.C. (UMNS) – A team from Boone United Methodist Church made a two-week trip to Rwanda as part of a ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor) ministry to help orphans in Africa. What they saw and did gave them a new understanding of how to make a difference. The Watauga Democrat tells the story.

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Church and Society to install new top executive
CHEVY CHASE, Md. (UMNS) – The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe will be installed at 7 p.m. ET today (Feb. 27) as the new top executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. The event can be viewed live online, as can plenary sessions of the agency’s board of directors meeting from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday.

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South Carolina church makes a comeback
GEORGETOWN, S.C. (UMNS) – Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church was stunned nearly two years ago to find it was missing nearly a quarter-million dollars. The second blow was what happened to the money. Jessica Connor, editor of the South Carolina Advocate, tells the story of this church that climbed back through faith, commitment and forgiveness.

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UMCOR putting people first in Philippines work
CALOGCOG, Philippines (UMNS) – Following its strong commitment to provide permanent homes after a major disaster, the United Methodist Committee on Relief is working in Calogcog to help residents return to permanent homes after Typhoon Haiyan. David Tereshchuk explains what the organization is doing.

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Heifer works with church on poverty program
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) – Bethel United Methodist Church in Connecticut chose Heifer International’s Seeds of Change Initiative to help its members better understand hunger and poverty in the United States. The Seeds of Change Initiative helps farmers increase production, builds an infrastructure for selling their products and provides access to resources and financial assistance.

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Supporters walk for the homeless
ATHENS, Ohio (UMNS) – The walkers left from the First United Methodist Church for the 12th year to raise funds for Good Works, an organization that includes 20 different community-funded initiatives. The Athens News tells the story.

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University of Indianapolis OKs $50-million plan
INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) – United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis has approved a $50 million investment in the university and the neighboring community through a five-year plan of capital projects and educational enhancements. University President Robert Manuel said students, alumni, faculty, staff and community contributed to the planning process.

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Clarification
An item in the Feb. 26 Daily Digest on the progress of the United Methodist Human Rights and Investment Ethics Task Force should have said the two general agencies collaborating on the effort – Pension and Health Benefits and Global Ministries – received an update on the task force progress.

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