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Daily Digest - October 16, 2015

“Children under 5 are the most vulnerable. If you did random testing of most people in the area, many would have malaria. They just aren’t all sick.” — Ronald Nyabereka, one of two doctors at Nyadire United Methodist Hospital.


 

Health care in rural Zimbabwe

NYADIRE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — The hospital at Nyadire United Methodist Mission, along with six satellite clinics, provides much-needed care for an isolated rural area. The hospital serves about 150,000 patients a year, with an annual budget of between $120,000 and $130,000 – depending on income and donations. Vicki Brown has the story.
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UMW grants support maternal, child health

NYADIRE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) — In 2015, United Methodist Women granted more than $1 million to U.S. and international partners for programs that save the lives of women and children. Projects supported by these grants include training midwives in Zimbabwe, community health workers in Mozambique and birth attendants in Haiti.
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See how midwives save lives
 

Ministry idea: Snapshots of vitality

LANSING, Mich. (UMNS) — United Methodist churches across the Michigan Area are witnessing to their faith on the pages of Facebook. Kay DeMoss collected these images of vitality that may remind many United Methodists of the ways their churches are at work in the world.
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Conference archives gets makeover

SAN ANTONIO (UMNS) — The Rio Texas Conference archives recently got a makeover, moving from “dumping ground” to a much more organized space. The three-day blitz effort was done with the help of archivists from the North Texas Conference and Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, the conference reports.
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Ebola booklet brings hope

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A fact-filled booklet distributed by United Methodist pastors and lay leaders in Africa provided information to help control the 2014 Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 11,000 lives. A partnership among Discipleship Ministries and Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health in Nashville produced the booklet.
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10 commandments for a ‘Martian’ church

CASPER, Wyo. (UMNS) — The hit film "The Martian" offers lessons for congregations struggling in a difficult environment says the Rev. Rebekah Simon-Peter in United Methodist Ministry Matters. "The church has a history of thriving when the chips are down,” she writes.
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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.

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Webinar "Create a Passion for Community Ministry in Your Church" — 7 to 8 p.m. EDT. This webinar will offer practical advice on teaching, community listening, engaging lay leaders, and highlighting ministry opportunities in creative ways. Details.

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