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November 15, 2012

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UMNS Daily Digest
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Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 15, 2012

"The teachers and administrators of the schools saw the team as tangible evidence that they had not been forgotten. Many go on mission trips and promise to return; this trip and this team illustrated to these special places that even an earthquake and church red tape cannot stop them from fulfilling their promise to return." - Gil Hanke, Hope of Hearing and United Methodist Men

Quilts of love for Congo ministry

KETTERING, Ohio (UMNS) - The congregation at Christ United Methodist Church, Kettering, Ohio, knows how it feels to be wrapped up in a "God-size" dream and see it come true. The church raised $117,000 and helped tip the scales to buy a new plane for an aviation ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But money wasn't enough; they wanted something more personal.
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Multiple faiths team up for Sandy relief

NEW YORK (UMNS) - Think of it as a new variation on 3M. United Methodist volunteers joined with Muslims and Mormons, and together, they removed muck and debris from flood-damaged homes in Rockaway, Queens. The Salt Lake City Tribune has the story.
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N.J. church sign points way to storm relief

DRAKESTOWN, N.J. (UMNS) - Like many other churches in the denomination's Greater New Jersey Annual (regional) Conference that were lucky enough to sustain power after the storm, Drakestown United Methodist opened its doors to the community. And the church's newly installed electronic sign - nicknamed "Ebenezer" - helped light the way for those in need.
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Hope of Hearing restarts in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (UMNS) - A three-member team led by Gil Hanke, top staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on United Methodist Men, conducted hearing tests on 415 children in three schools in this island nation. During the Nov. 3-10 trip, the team members fit 30 children with hearing aids and they made ear mold impressions for 55 children, who will receive hearing aids and batteries when a second team comes to Haiti in January.
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World Council of Churches seeks young communicators

NEW YORK (UMNS) - The World Council of Churches has positions for skilled and enthusiastic young communication professionals from WCC member churches and ecumenical organizations to be members of the 10th Assembly communications team. The goal is to offer a unique opportunity to work with a diverse team of communication professionals from around the world, as well as a chance for ecumenical formation.

The application process ends Jan. 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.oikoumene.org or email Linda.Hanna@wcc-coe.org.

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