First-time volunteer at 91
We are all called to serve others. There are no rules for when or where, and no age limits. Meet a volunteer whose stamina might surprise you.
Congo Pilot Medical Missions
Meet the son of an African bishop who found his calling in the cockpit of a rescue plane.
Rasmus’ Church Growth Tips
Pastor Rudy’s challenge: make the most of 52 Sundays a year. His church grew from 9 members to 9,000. The secret: “Don’t bore ‘em!”
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.
Women’s Spirituality Club
Members focus on one self-improvement goal each year. From different faiths, they take on topics like prayer and the Sabbath.
Success Secrets of Young Pastor
One 25-year-old loves his church so much he has become the lead pastor for two congregations.
One Year Later: Haiti Quake Survivor
The Rev. Jim Gulley was trapped for 3 days under the Hotel Montana. The tragedy served to strengthen his resolve to change lives in Haiti.
Church Adopts Haiti
Bronwen and Bill Pope adopted two sons from Haiti. Now their friends at church make clothes for children affected by the earthquake.
Sermons For Truckers
Wilma Foreman first preached to a washer. Now her sermons are on CDs at truck stops “to reach people nobody wanted to reach.”
Kalamazoo Rethinks Christmas
Volunteers welcomed 1,500 neighbors with a warm meal, warm clothes and a warm feeling.“We’re a little church doing a big thing.”
Modern Shepherd at Christmas
Herding is one of the world’s oldest occupations, and shepherds are some of the key figures in the story of Christ’s birth.
UMTV: Holiday Warmth for Armenia
“Coats for Carrie’s Kids” honors the memory of a missionary. Friends sent winter wear for 400 kids in 11 remote villages. “Carrie would be proud.”
Microloans for Christmas
A college student asked his peers to give small gifts to support a Zimbabwe farmer. Donations buy chickens, dig wells, and pay school fees.
Holiday Wreaths for Veterans
Some volunteers in Texas have chosen to honor soldiers' sacrifices with a special holiday tradition.
Church Gives Home Makeovers
Ohio had 90,000 foreclosures in 2009. The Church For All People saw opportunity in the vacant properties. “It’s reclaiming our neighborhood.”
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