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Vocational training transforms lives in Darfur

In volatile Sudan region, job training from UMCOR helps conflict-affected persons secure employment. ‘The training wound up giving me more than I expected.’ Read More

Mothers line up to present vouchers for insecticide treated bed nets.

Sierra Leone Video Diary: Distribution Friday

Volunteers put bed nets into the hands of young mothers who hope to protect their young children from mosquitoes carrying malaria. View

United Methodist Bishop Warner Brown (left) and the Rev. Adilson de Almeida (right) help unpack an insecticide-treated mosquito net at the home of Antonica José (second from right) in Bom Jesus, Angola. The family received the net as part of the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.; A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Working to end the sting of malaria in Africa

“Rethink” what you know about malaria. Find out what the church is doing to raise awareness and how your dollars have saved lives. Read More

The Men's Association of the United Methodist Church, Harare West District, sings during the 2013 Palm Sunday service in the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.; Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Cultural traditions enhance Easter

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christ’s Resurrection in diverse ways. Read More

Pond Branch United Methodist Church in Gilbert, South Carolinea, a small rural church, made a committment to build a school in the African village of Mzuzu, Malawi, Africa. Photo of child from Mzuzu. Courtesy of South Carolina United Methodist Advocate

From South Carolina to Mzuzu, with Love

Can one tiny, “sometimes-struggling” church make a difference to children halfway around the world? Yes. Find out how their commitment led to a new school. Read More

Participants in training with Global Ministries learn how to select quality Moringa leaves for drying and processing. Photo courtesy Mozart Adevu.

UMCOR equips communities to fight hunger

Program gives the hungry in places like Sudan and Liberia skills in sustainable agriculture. “Knowledge cannot be destroyed by war, stolen, or separated from the individual.” Read More

Dr Ibrahim Sallieu Kamara (center) and others work on limb exercise at the Physio-Therapy unit at the United Methodist General Hospital at Kissy in eastern Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Physical therapy in Sierra Leone brings normalcy

Physical therapy is winning national acclaim for the United Methodist General Hospital at Kissy in eastern Freetown. Read More

Sudanese women and children wait to get water from a borehole in Yei, Sudan. Photo courtesy of the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.

United Methodists offer hope in South Sudan turmoil

In midst of violence, “the church is still persevering and bringing life and Christ to people in South Sudan.” Read More

Remembering Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013

The World Methodist Council called him a "symbol of freedom, justice and peace." Learn about the late leader's church ties. Read More

Grants help prevent malaria in South Sudan

Thanks to two first-time grants, vulnerable people in malaria endemic South Sudan will get the training and medicine needed to prevent deaths from malaria. Read More

UMTV: Africa’s Miracle Tree

What plant can lower cholesterol, purify the liver, and prevent blindness? Learn how UMCOR helps farmers grow a nutritional powerhouse. View

Regional conferences take on social issues

United Methodists tackled hot-button topics like homosexuality, gun violence, divestment and immigration reform. Read More

Methodists salute Mandela

July 18 is Nelson Mandela's birthday. Deep spiritual roots, lifelong Methodist ties helped make South African icon a symbol for justice. Read More

Academy makes young African entrepreneurs

In an annual conference where one-sixth of the members are youth, United Methodists are reaching out in new ways. Read More

Audio: Nelson Mandela 1990 U.S. Speech

"When we were in prison, you did not forget us." In rare footage, Nelson Mandela speaks to interfaith leaders shortly after release from prison. Read More

Rare video of 1990 U.S. speech by Mandela

"When we were in prison, you did not forget us." Anti-apartheid activist speaks to interfaith leaders shortly after release from prison. View

U.S. envoy encourages Côte d’Ivoire students

"Practice, practice, practice," urges ambassador in visit with wife to United Methodist Secondary School. Read More

Mandela’s Methodist ties

Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela has had many connections to Methodism.A graduate of a Methodist boarding school where many future African leaders were educated, the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educators and formed a bond with a Methodist chaplain while in prison.As president of South... Read More

UMTV: Beekeeping Benefits Liberia

Joe Gatei sent his kids to school with honey sales. "God is answering my prayer, things are working well." See how UMCOR is changing lives. View

United Methodists ahead of malaria goal

Fundraising for Imagine No Malaria reaches June goal of $40 million early, more than halfway to final goal of $75 million by 2015. Read More

Aviation ministry gets new wings and a prayer

Slideshow: After United Methodists raised more than $2.1 million, supporters blessed plane bound for medical mission in the Congo. View

United Methodists prep for 2013 conferences

Amid serious deliberations, members also take time to celebrate in United States, Africa, Europe and the Philippines. Read More

UMTV: Pastor Leads Nigerian Women

One of first Nigerian female clergy, Musa Iliya helps girls be leaders, "see themselves as equally created in the image and likeness of God." View

Chabadza! Zimbabwe-Norway project pays off

Tradition of lending a helping hand results in new medical facility for mothers and babies and other projects on the boards. Read More

Zimbabwe preschool struggles but succeeds

'Ministering church' serves through preschool begun in 2009 with three teachers and operating from makeshift facilities in church hall. Read More

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Africa U. celebrates its first 20 years

“A dream dreamed in the 1800s is still coming true in 2013 at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe.” Read More

An educator from the Alliance Biblique de Côte d'Ivoire conducts a public health lesson on AIDS in the sanctuary at Jerusalem Parish United Methodist Church in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire in November 2008. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The untold story of African AIDS relief

Zimbabwean United Methodists lead way in caring for HIV/AIDS patients and talking about what has been taboo to discuss. Read More

Africa U. to celebrate 20 years of progress

More than 4,000 from 23 African nations have graduated since United Methodists built world-class university, fulfilling a dream from 1800s. Read More

East Africa audit ends, funds still suspended

Mission board panel says conference unable to provide 'reasonable assurances' that previous funds used for intended purposes. Read More

Kenya Youth Leader: Peter Karanja

Peter Karanja fled violence in his town, but found a church home at the United Methodist Church of Naivasha. Now his faith inspires others. View

Church responds to Mozambique flood

Heavy rains washed away homes, crops and livestock, affecting 140,000. Several church entities are rushing aid. Read More

New grant helps battle diseases of poverty

The United Methodist Church's efforts to battle malaria and HIV in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will get a boost, thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Read More

East Africa treasurer responds to audits

Charles Bamutya's public response follows move to set a lower salary for his bishop until accounting issues are resolved. Read More

Africa University host to continental summit

The World Methodist Evangelism Institute taps school as site for its global gathering on the African continent. Read More

‘Queen’ reigns over Liberian hospital

In addition to her duties as warehouse assistant at Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Ester Deline also serves as Ganta's 'queen.' Read More

A child is protected from mosquitoes that carry malaria by an insecticide treated bed net.

Malaria Documentary: Killer in the Dark

Imagine No Malaria is an effort by The United Methodist Church, to end preventable deaths by malaria in Africa. This documentary explores the problem and solutions that are saving lives. View

Agency lowers East Africa bishop’s salary

Unprecedented action will remain in place until Bishop Daniel Wandabula and his office are in full compliance following audit. Read More

Community health workers bring healing

In remote areas of Liberia with few resources, a team of volunteer health workers is often the only way villagers receive medical care. Read More

Ohio church sews quilts of love for Congo ill

Raising money to buy a new plane for Congo ministry wasn't enough for a congregation that also wanted a personal touch. Read More

Bees, snails, Moringa trees boost Liberians

UMCOR's program to teach sustainable agriculture and development makes an economic and health impact for West Africans. Read More

Sierra Leone students to fight malaria

Plan is for schoolteachers to train health club members who will spread knowledge to their peers, families and communities. Read More

Malaria fighter faces his son’s battle

Phileas Jusu's job is to help prevent the spread of malaria, which hit home recently when his own son was stricken with the disease. Read More

Low funds hurt church’s schools in Liberia

With no reliable salary, sometimes the only thing keeping teachers at Liberia's United Methodist schools is a dedication to their students. Read More

United Methodists fight malaria in Angola

On Friday, October 12, residents of Bom Jesus, Angola will receive 9,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets to help protect them from malaria. Read More

Church puts spotlight on Congo conflict

United Methodists join with others to get global focus on continuing atrocities and need to pressure neighboring Rwanda. Read More

Wandabula calls funds issue ‘mud-slinging’

Wandabula responds to moves by two United Methodist agencies to withhold funds in East Africa Conference after audits. Read More

Finance agency asks for E. Africa funds cutoff

Agency's board of directors also approves filing of formal complaint with College of Bishops against Bishop Wandabula. Read More

Judicial ruling sought on East Africa funds

Western PA Conference questions about use of mission funds in East Africa projects are part of controversy surrounding bishop's actions. Read More

Help end killing, says Congo bishop to U.S.

"Rwanda is killing our people," United Methodist Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda tells U.S. House subcommittee at hearing. Read More

Adding skills to end malaria in Africa

Conference sponsored by Imagine No Malaria and hosted by UMCOR teaches health board members fine points of maintaining initiatives. Read More

Emerging S. Sudan now faces malaria battle

United Methodists are working to help newest nation in world as it puts behind 50 years of one war only to fight another. Read More

Grandmother builds orphanage in Africa

Grandparents Day is Sunday. Kay Oursler joined the Peace Corps at 65 and felt God's call to become "Bibi" (grandmother) to orphans in Tanzania. Read More

Communications key to future, Africans told

Africa University vice chancellor encourages United Methodist communicators to use all available channels to reach communities. Read More

Pan-Africa Summit trains health boards working with malaria

Representatives of in-country health boards charged with overseeing governance of malaria programs throughout Africa are gathered this week in Accra, Ghana for the Pan-Africa Summit. The participants, made up of doctors, community health workers, educators and malaria program coordinators will receive follow-up training in effective program planning, financial management, and... Read More

Claremont multifaith plan praised by Africans

African General Conference delegates praise Claremont Lincoln University, which partners Christian, Jewish and Islamic schools. Read More

Mission agency suspends funds to East Africa

Global Ministries acts after independent audit panel says conference must 'accept responsibility' and put in place 'internal controls.' Read More

Sierra Leone celebrates life of evangelist

107-year-old 'Pa' Ndanema remembered as a simple, humble man who lived his life among the people of eastern Freetown he served. Read More

Symbols of past and future in Liberia church

Congregation of Miller McAllister church in Ganta Mission wrestles with changes to exterior of building that is a piece of history. Read More

Africa U. students become mission interns

United Methodist generosity provides education and improves future of many young people. Read More

African students urged to be entrepreneurs

Africa University's 20th graduating class is told, 'Let this not be the end of learning. Make this the beginning.' Read More

UMTV: Father’s Adoption Story

United Methodist dad recalls the dramatic circumstances that saved one baby's life and changed his family's future. View

UMTV: The Art of a Lost Boy

James Makuac is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. He knows all too well the hardships faced by his fellow refugees, and paints to tell their story. View

GC2012: Prayers for peace in Nigeria

General Conference prays for victims of the recent bombings that killed many as delegation worries about friends, families. Read More

Imagine No Malaria showcases success

On World Malaria Day 2012, Imagine No Malaria is celebrating progress against the mosquito-borne disease and calling for a renewed commitment to end preventable deaths from malaria. Read More

‘Mrs. Africa U.’ Nancy Mikell Carruth dies

Africa University pioneer Carruth submitted legislation to establish The United Methodist Church's first university on the African continent. Read More

African’s path from Islam to Christianity

Born into a Muslim world, Sierra Leone district superintendent recalls her difficult, often dangerous journey to God. Read More

Better child nutrition brings economic gain

UMCOR, Church World Service join '1000 Days' movement focusing on effects of malnutrition. "Food is the first medicine." Read More

Africa becomes theology professor’s passion

Through Africa University connections, Otterbein professor forges connection with Muslim women in Malawi. Read More

Sowing promise for developing countries

Foods Resource Bank spins cash from crops into food security as farmers and churches make a global difference. Read More

Home nourishes body, soul of Nigerian young

Born out of the Hope for Children of Africa initiative, this mission of the United Methodist orphanage is still expanding. Read More

Oklahoma church sends Bibles to Congo

United Methodist pastor at General Conference hears story of pastors without Bibles and starts effort to send God's word. Read More

Transforming the lives of African orphans

ZOE Ministry's work is mutually beneficial, says director, who sees a "glimpse of Jesus" in the lives of the young people. Read More

9/11 Memories: Arlette Kitenge

From Rwanda, Arlette Kitenge had been in the U.S. for one year when terrorists struck on 9/11. View

Hope for Inmates

Chaplain champions the HOPE program, a support group in which prisoners write letters to children in Africa and send money for school fees. View

Mother for African Orphans: Kay Oursler

Kay Oursler is a person whose life has had many different chapters. Now the Arkansan lives in Tanzania most of the year to fulfill a pledge to help orphans. View

Malaria video in Times Square

Right now, in the heart of New York City, a message of need is being broadcast to more than 1.5 million people who pass through Times Square every day. Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, is airing a video message to underscore the urgent need to fight... Read More

Malaria Lab Fights Killer

Andrea Henkel is a scientist with personal reasons to Imagine No Malaria. She got malaria in Togo and children close to her died from the disease. View

Imagine No Malaria mobile app

On World Malaria Day, The United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign is using technology to fight mosquitoes with the launch of a new mobile application that keeps mosquitoes away and also raises funds for the fight against malaria. Read More

Documentary helps fight malaria

Imagine No Malaria, a ministry of The United Methodist Church, has produced a documentary to increase awareness and action against malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 45 seconds. Read More

Congo Pilot Medical Missions: Gaston Ntambo

Meet the son of an African bishop who found his calling in the cockpit of a rescue plane. View

Malaria Ravages Congo Poor

George Clooney's malaria made news but in Africa, the disease is ever-present. The UMC offers aid but it came too late for one woman's family. View

Our Family Adoptions: Jilma Meneses

After a mission trip to the Congo, an attorney adopts a child and starts agency to help 100s of children find homes in the U.S. View

Child Mortality Rates Declining Worldwide

United Methodist efforts to provide better health care, accessibility to clinics, and bed nets could be factors contributing to the decline. Read More

Radio station impacts Ivorians

Information can make difference between life and death. Read More

Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game.

From now through January 31, 2010, Nothing But Nets supporters can donate $10 or more and get two complimentary tickets to an NBA game, subject to availability and participating teams. Read More

United Methodists elect bishop for Sierra Leone

The Rev. John K. Yambasu, has been elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. Read More

Africa University Requests Financial Support

Zimbabwe's economic crisis shows few signs of easing, and United Methodist-related Africa University has issued another urgent call for financial support from the denomination. Read More

United Methodist Church, partners launch life-saving campaign in Côte d’Ivoire

The people of The United Methodist Church and their partners worldwide helped Cote d'Ivoire's National Program in the Fight against Malaria launch an integrated health campaign November 11 that will vaccinate 3.5 million children in Côte d'Ivoire (formerly Ivory Coast) and blanket the country with bed nets to stop the... Read More

Nothing But Nets Campaign Helps Deliver Life-Saving Bed Nets to Children in Côte d’Ivoire

The people of The United Methodist Church will join with the United Nations Foundation to support the delivery of over a million insecticide-treated bed nets to families in Côte d'Ivoire. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Urges Candidates to Stop Divisive Rhetoric

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, President of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, today called on U.S. presidential candidates to stop their divisive rhetoric and focus on issues important to Americans in the final weeks of this year's campaign. Read More

Nothing But Nets To Aid Refugees in Africa

The Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign has announced a new initiative to help eliminate malaria deaths in the next generation. Responding to an urgent and immediate need, Nothing But Nets is working with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to send long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets (bed... Read More

Zimbabwe’s Economic Woes Create Urgent Funding Need

Operating in a nation beset by economic and political crises, Africa University has issued an urgent plea for United Methodist congregations to fulfill their 2008 financial obligations to the Zimbabwe-based school. Read More

Young Fund-Raiser Scores $50K for Mosquito Nets

If someone asked seven-year old Katherine Commale what she did on her summer vacation, her answer would have to be "a lot!" But Katherine hasn't just been swimming at the pool and playing with her brother Joseph. Read More

The Hope for Africa Children's Choir sings during the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Many of its 23 members are orphans who have lost their families to civil war violence or AIDS.

Uganda children’s choir awes General Conference

Young singers find answered prayer, love and peace during General Conference visit. Read More

Theological education in Africa gets boost

Proposed $2 million boost will not be final until General Conference approves the churchwide budget. Read More

United Methodist Bishops Janice Riggle Huie and Benjamin Boni speak to reporters during a press conference at the 2008 United Methodist General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

United Methodists formally admit Côte d’Ivoire

The West African conference receives full rights and responsibilities and becomes the largest regional conference in the global church. Read More

Malawi district becomes missionary conference

New missionary conference has a "tremendous level of ministry," says Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa. Read More

Distance learning center launched in Mozambique

Hailing a new era for higher education in Africa, supporters dedicate a distance learning center as a satellite campus of Africa University. Read More

United Methodists Score $3.35 Million For Nothing But Nets

The people of The United Methodist Church have raised more than $3.35 million for the Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign since its launch in November 2006-enough to cover the cost of 335,000 nets. Read More

Online Game Offers New Opportunity to Send Nets, Save Lives

World Malaria Day is April 25.Now and throughout April, there's an easy new way to help eliminate malaria deaths in Africa and raise more money for nets through the Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign. Read More