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September 21, 2012

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Friday, September 21, 2012

"Rwanda is killing our people. We want to make peace." - United Methodist Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the North Katanga Area to a U.S. House subcommittee.

Congo bishop to Congress: Help end killing

WASHINGTON (UMNS) - A United Methodist bishop from the Democratic Republic of Congo has made a heartfelt plea to the U.S. Congress to end the rapes and killings inflicted on his fellow Congolese. Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the denomination's North Katanga Area was one of three witnesses who spoke during a Sept. 19 hearing of the Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights Subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Haiti mission trip changes many lives

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (UMNS) -A group of more than 20 young adults from the Western North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference in March took on new roles as teachers at the John Wesley School in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
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New housing for Haiti earthquake survivors

MELLIER, Haiti (UMNS) - Enolia Pierre jingled freshly cut house keys in her hand, popping them into the air every now and again, and catching them in her open palm. As she did so, a smile of satisfaction spread across her face: she - and 12 other family members - finally had a place to call home after the 2010 earthquake, reports Linda Unger of the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
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Isaac volunteer disaster teams needed

BATON ROUGE, La. (UMNS) - The Louisiana Annual (regional) Conference needs mission teams ready to go to work in areas hard-hit by Hurricane Isaac, especially St. John the Baptist and Livingston parishes. "For response team members, the personal contact with survivors who have lost homes, jobs and loved ones provides us with the opportunity to share God's love in tangible ways," said the Rev. Don Cottrill, provost and director of connectional ministries for the conference.
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Dakota Marketplace battles hunger

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (UMNS) - For 29 years, the event now known as "Dakota Marketplace" has raised awareness to fight hunger around the world. Organizers hope proceeds from the Sept 22 event here will top the $200,000 raised last year. All United Methodist churches in Sioux Falls, plus several surrounding congregations, are involved, the Argus Leader reports.
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Inquiry urged on Pakistan's blasphemy laws

GENEVA (UMNS) - Participants in a Sept. 17-19 international hearing organized by the World Council of Churches are urging the Pakistani government to form an inquiry commission and take realistic and solid steps to stop abuses of the
blasphemy law that are causing "massive human rights violations."
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A nod to Wesley bobbleheads

THE WOODLANDS, Texas (UMNS) - Steve Beard, editor of Good News magazine, celebrates Wesleyan kitsch, including a visit to "the Graceland of Methodism's founder."
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