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Daily Digest: October 2, 2014

“The thick and evergreen forest was nowhere to be found. All of the trees were nowhere to be found. The place has turned into a semi-desert land area with all of the rivers dried up completely.” - Jefferson Knight on returning to Liberia after 13 years.

Creation care team brings global perspective

NEW YORK (UMNS) — Sotico Pagulayan knows firsthand how the acceleration of extreme drought and flooding in Cambodia has made life harder for many, including farmers. That is why she is one of six regional representatives on the creation care team organized by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Linda Bloom reports for UMNS.

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A dream come true for prison ministry

BRADENTON, Fla. (UMNS) — After nearly 40 years of helping ex-offenders get on their feet, Jim Russo Prison Ministries — founded by a former prison inmate — is opening a new center. Susan Green of the Florida Conference reports how the ministry has grown and is changing lives even after the death of its founder.

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CBS special looks at redemption after prison

NEW YORK (UMNS) — The Rev. Douglas Walker, National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform, United Methodist Board of Church and Society, is featured in “Crime, Punishment & Redemption,” a CBS-TV Interfaith Special airing Sunday, Oct. 5. The documentary looks at how the faith community is helping returning citizens and their family members put their lives back together after incarceration. Check local listings for broadcast time.

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Appalachian Trail chaplain nears end of trek

ALCOA, Tenn. (UMNS) — At age 69, the Appalachian Trail chaplain David Smith from Holston Conference is on target to complete his 2,200-mile, seven-month hike on Oct. 8. Annette Spence of the Holston Conference’s The Call has the story.

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How World Communion Sunday makes a difference

DAKAR, Senegal (UMNS) — As a community developer, Adolpe Lumuna Kimanwa tackled problems like poverty, inequality and food security issues. With the support of a scholarship funded through donations to World Communion Sunday, the student from the Democratic Republic of Congo plans to complete a master’s degree in economic policy and development management at the United Nations Africa Institute in Dakar. World Communion Sunday is Oct. 5.

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