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Daily Digest - June 12, 2018

 

"The ministry of focusing on couples is restoring the church. It’s giving strength to all other ministries in our church."The Rev. Jean Claude Masuka Maleka, on the marriage ministry he started at his congregation.

Jonas Assogba (center) grins as he tries to answer a question during a church version of the newlywed game at Nazareth United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The game marked the completion of a three-and-a-half month course on marriage. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

 

NEWS AND FEATURES

 

Missionary: To boost church, boost marriages

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire — A United Methodist missionary started a course to help married couples strengthen their relationships. Graduation featured a church version of The Newlywed Game. Heather Hahn reports, and Mike DuBose has photos.
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Singing the Gospel in Côte d’Ivoire

Northern Illinois Conference, World Council of Churches
Watching, praying over U.S.-North Korea summit

WHEELING, Ill. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been working with Bishop Sally Dyck and the Rev. Martin Lee on justice issues in the Korean Peninsula, took part in a pre-summit prayer service at First Korean United Methodist Church here. After the meeting between the U.S. and Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the top executive of the World Council of Churches gave thanks to God for “an important first step on the path to a more peaceful and secure future in the region.”
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Storm shuts down schools in Sierra Leone

BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — Classes at two United Methodist schools in Bo have been suspended following a severe storm that ripped off roofs and flooded classrooms. Phileas Jusu reports on efforts to reopen Njagboima primary and secondary schools.
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Congo hospitals concerned by growing malnutrition

BUKAVU, Congo (UMNS) — Poor nutrition is becoming a major problem in parts of the country due to the displacement of people following violence and natural disasters, according to Dr. Philippe Okonda Akasa, health operations coordinator with The United Methodist Church in East Congo. Philippe Kituka Lolonga reports.
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Virginia Conference
Church raises concerns about pipeline

NEWPORT, Va. — The Rev. Morris Fleischer can look out of his office window at Newport-Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and see the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. He and other members of the community are raising concerns about the dangers the natural gas pipeline could pose to water and local surroundings. Madeline Pillow reports.
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PRESS RELEASES
 


Methodist Federation for Social Action
MFSA selects new executive director

DETROIT — Bridget Cabrera has been named the new executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action and will be based at the unofficial advocacy agency’s office here. She currently serves as director of the Non-Profit Hub for McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española, New Mexico.
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COMMENTARIES



Bishops offer video for One Church plan discussions

WASHINGTON — The Council of Bishops is offering a video outlining the One Church plan as a resource for annual conferences as they prepare for the 2019 special session of General Conference. The bishops are recommending the One Church Plan as the best way forward for the future of The United Methodist Church.
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RESOURCES
 

The Upper Room
`An Age of Opportunity’ touts older adults

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Churches can tap into the older adult talent pool to help ministries grow. Richard Gentzler, director of ENCORE Ministries, explains how in a new book called “An Age of Opportunity.” Upper Room Books is the publisher.
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