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Daily Digest: June 5, 2014

“Sierra Leone is swimming in malaria. There is not a single corner that is not affected.” — Dr. Alhaji Sayani Turay, medical officer of the Bo District in Sierra Leone.

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Partners strive to help Bo become malaria-free
BO, Sierra Leone (UMNS) — The United Methodist Church works with Dr. Alhaji Sayani Turay, medical officer of the Bo District, and other anti-malaria groups, such as Nets for Life, to rid the area of the disease.

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Poll: Making disciples tops sexuality as church priority
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — When it comes to issues facing The United Methodist Church today, same-sex marriage ranks far down on the list. That’s according to a new survey of United Methodists across the United States. Nearly 4 in 10 United Methodists said the first or second most important issue facing the church is “creating disciples of Christ.” The poll found sexual orientation and same-gender marriage was listed as a top concern among 11 percent of members.

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North Texas to IRD: Don't use member addresses
RICHARDSON, Texas (UMNS) — The North Texas Annual Conference has passed a resolution demanding the advocacy group cease using mailing list information bought from UMR Communications Inc.

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Preacher not guilty in wife’s death
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (UMNS) — A judge on Wednesday, May 28, found Terry Greer, a former United Methodist pastor, not guilty by reason of insanity in a shooting that killed his wife and wounded his daughter. Greer has been assigned to a state mental hospital. He is on involuntary leave from all pastoral duties and not receiving any pay or benefits from the North Alabama Annual (regional) Conference. Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett expressed hopes that people will continue to pray for everyone involved in these tragic events.

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Counseling service aids kids with hydrocephalus
MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — A participant in the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s Women of Color Scholars program now uses her pastoral counseling service to work with about 100 children suffering with hydrocephalus. Vicki Brown reports on how Mazvita Machinga helps combat superstitions about the brain condition.

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Russian church hosts teen club
SAMARA, Russia (UMNS) — Since January, Samara United Methodist Church has hosted a Christian Club, called “Teenager,” for young people ages 10 to 16. Irina Shestakova reports for The UMC in Eurasia.

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LDS Scout repairs United Methodist church roof
KEARNS, Utah (UMNS) — A photo series from the Deseret News shows how an Eagle Scout and member of the Latter-day Saints is helping re-roof a building owned by Trinity United Methodist Church, where his home school group meets each week.

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Engaging your mission field
CONWAY, Ark. (UMNS) — How can churches answer the call in Matthew 28 to go make disciples while also heeding the call in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, and visit the prisoner? The Rev. Bob Crossman, a United Methodist new church strategist with Path One, offers guidance in a column for the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.

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