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Daily Digest: January 31, 2014

"Our goal is to make this nation the best it could be in health delivery services. ... There is no other option available to us than bringing healing to our people." — Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu, speaking of Kissy UMC Hospital.

Kissy UMC Hospital improving health care in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — The United Methodist General Hospital at Kissy is improving the lives of Sierra Leoneans in multiple ways. United Methodist Communicator Phileas Jusu looks at two improvements. Physical therapy — which started as a volunteer service — is winning national acclaim, and a $750,000 maternity building addition has doubled maternal bed space to 50.
The physical therapy unit
The maternal health care unit

Story of healing takes Arkansas teen to Super Bowl

HOPE, Ark. (UMNS) — Nate Carter, a member of First United Methodist Church, almost saw his football dreams disappear like the 70 pounds he lost during the month he spent in the hospital. His story of recovery from a life-threatening illness and return to the gridiron won an NFL essay contest, and he is now heading to the Super Bowl. Amy Forbus of the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference shares Carter's story and how his church family helped his recovery.
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Does God care who wins the Super Bowl?

DES MOINES, Wash. (UMNS) — Patrick Scriven, director of communications and young people's ministries in the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference, worries when some fans or players even jokingly pray to God for a win. "Prayer is one of the most public ways by which we communicate our theology," he writes.
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Farewell to Marine who 'fixed everything' for 6 decades

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (UMNS) — It's difficult for all congregations to lose a longtime and valued member. United Methodist Church parishioners tell MorristownGreen.com that Joe Replogle, who passed away just before Christmas, could "build something that works from what seems to be just a pile of parts."
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Liberian president asked to keynote international college gathering

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia and 2011 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 International IAMSCU Conference in Hiroshima, Japan. Johnson Sirleaf is a United Methodist and the first elected female head of state in Africa. IAMSCU, the International Association of Methodist-related Schools, Colleges, and Universities, includes more than 800 Methodist educational institutions around the world.
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Correction

The item below ran Tuesday, Jan. 28 with incorrect information. Here is the corrected item:

Jennifer Ayres, director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, is the author of the new book "Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology." The book explores the link between food and the Christian faith.
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