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Daily Digest - February 27, 2015

"One of our strategies is to go to the community and train community health workers.... We train them to find the sanitation conditions that can most lead to the production of mosquitoes and help correct those conditions." — The Rev. Arlindo Romão on fighting malaria in Mozambique.

Dollars in the plate save lives in Africa

CHICUQUE, Mozambique (UMNS) — When you give a $10 gift to Imagine No Malaria, how does the money go from your local church to saving lives in Africa? The Rev. Arlindo Romão in Mozambique can attest to how those gifts add up, and how they do far more than buy insecticide-treated bed nets. Heather Hahn has the story.
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Pastor loses credentials after not reporting abuse

LONGMONT, Colo. (UMNS) — In a church trial, the Rev. Filimone Havili Mone of Salt Lake City was found guilty of disobeying the order and discipline of the church for failing to report suspected sexual abuse to authorities in a timely manner. Havili lost his United Methodist clergy credentials for the violation of both church and civil law, said a statement by the Rocky Mountain Conference.
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Methodists pray for missionary kidnapped in Nigeria

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Both the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and the World Methodist Council are praying for the safe return of the Rev. Phyllis Sortor, a missionary with the Free Methodist Church, who was kidnapped in Nigeria and is reportedly being held for ransom.
World Methodist Council Statement
Board of Global Ministries statement

United Methodists share MLK’s dream

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In honor of Black History Month, leaders in the U.S. civil rights movement talk about walking alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was the face of the civil rights movement throughout the 1960s until his assassination on April 4, 1968. Many United Methodists joined King in his march toward equality and continue to advocate for justice for all.
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Video features accomplishments of Claflin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — In conjunction with Black History Month, a new video on Claflin University, one of the oldest historically black colleges and universities in the U.S., highlights the 20-year tenure of its president and addresses the continued relevancy of such institutions. Claflin is supported by the Black College Fund of The United Methodist Church.
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Bringing communion to assisted living

MILLBROOK, Ala. (UMNS) — Thanks to a simple ministry of Millbrook First United Methodist Church, many seniors who are in full-time care can now experience one of the most sacred acts of being a Christian — Holy Communion. Mary Catherine Phillips of the Alabama-West Florida Conference has the story.
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Initiative transforming prisons

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Faith plays a central role in the Horizon Prison Initiative, which grew out of the Kairos Prison Ministry, says Jeff Hunsaker, director. The initiative was launched in Florida and has expanded to Ohio. Katelin Hanson has the story in Urban Faith.
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Lent quiz: To whom does Jesus say, “Get behind me, Satan”?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — During an encounter with one who was scolding him, Jesus responded by saying, “Get behind me, Satan.” Do you know to whom he said that?
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Looking ahead

Here are some of the activities ahead for United Methodists across the connection. If you have an item to share, email newsdesk@umcom.org and put Digest in the subject line.

Friday, March 6
United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits listening session — 11:30 a.m. EST. The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits invites plan participants and other constituents to address the board of directors during a listening session in Philadelphia. To be added to the agenda and for specific presentation requirements, contact Colette Nies by Feb. 27 at 1-800-269-2244 (extension 4296) or at cnies@gbophb.org. Details.

You can see more educational opportunities and other upcoming events in the life of the church here.