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Addendum to Where in the world are United Methodists - Part 1

 

1. In which English city can you find the oldest Methodist chapel in the world?

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The correct answer is Bristol.

Considered the cradle of the early Methodist movement, The New Room was built by John Wesley in 1739. He preached often from its pulpit and also used the center to assist and educate needy members of the community. It is still used for services today, making it the oldest Methodist chapel in the world.

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2. Which of these countries is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands?

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The correct answer is the Philippines.

Home to Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco, who was named the United Methodist of 2016 for his work to help protect and feed hundreds of Filipino farmers, the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines cover a total of 115,831 square miles across the Pacific Ocean.

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3. In what U.S. state can you attend a United Methodist church by kayaking down a river?

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The correct answer is North Carolina.

The United Methodist church in Bryson City gives new meaning to the phrase “River of Life” through its unique ministry to visitors via the Nantahala River in western North Carolina.

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4. True or False: Fishermen in the Congo use elaborate nets made of wood.

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The correct answer is True.

The United Methodist Church’s newest episcopal area is in the eastern area of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the church is flourishing. For more than 200 years, area fisherman have fed their families by constructing giant wooden nets that hang on large scaffolding over Stanley Falls in the Congo River. The tribal chief decides who gets the prime fishing spots.

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The United Methodist Church is thriving in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read about the challenges and blessings facing this community of churches in East Congo: The long journey to peace.
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5. In which country is the northernmost United Methodist church located?

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The correct answer is Norway, where the town of Hammerfest boasts the northernmost United Methodist church in the world. Approximately 10,000 people live in the community, which is north of the Arctic Circle.

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6. Which West African country celebrated 100 years of Methodism and is vital to chocolate lovers everywhere?

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The correct answer is Côte d’Ivoire (French for Ivory Coast).

The Ivory Coast leads the world in production and export of cocoa beans. The country supplies one-third of all the cocoa beans used in the manufacturing of chocolate. Now that’s a lot of chocolate bars!

Côte d’Ivoire is also the place where evangelist William Wade Harris preached in Grand Bassam, bringing the foundations of The United Methodist Church in 1914. In 2014, United Methodists in Côte d’Ivoire created this joyous music video called “The Buzz” to celebrate 100 years of Methodism in their country.

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7. Which U.S. state is home to the Mayo Clinic and a United Methodist church with a pizza oven on its lawn?

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The correct answer is Minnesota.

Rochester is the home of the world famous Mayo Clinic, a medical facility known for teaching and innovative treatment. Hamline Church in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area offers a new spin on sharing the “Bread of Life” with their neighbors by sharing freshly baked pizza from its outdoor oven.

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8. What African country is home to both the largest waterfall in the world and Africa University?

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The correct answer is Zimbabwe.

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is twice the height and one and a half times the width of Niagara Falls, making it the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Zimbabwe is also the location of Africa University. Established by the worldwide United Methodist Church in 1988, Africa University develops leaders whose skills and personal values enable them to serve and transform their communities.

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is twice the height and one and a half times the width of Niagara Falls, making it the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Its source is the Zambezi River and the falls are shared by the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Established by the worldwide United Methodist Church in 1988, Africa University develops leaders whose skills and personal values enable them to serve and transform their communities.

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9. Which island country in the Caribbean resembles a crocodile and is home to 400 Methodist churches?

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The correct answer is Cuba.

Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo” due to its shape like a crocodile. Today, the Methodist Church in Cuba is thriving with more than 400 churches throughout 80 per cent of the municipalities. The Methodist Church in Cuba shares a separate, but close bond with The United Methodist Church.

Today, the Methodist Church in Cuba is thriving and unique, with more than 400 churches throughout 80 per cent of the municipalities. The Methodist roots in Cuba date back to 1898, when a Florida bishop from the Methodist Episcopal Church South sent missionaries to Cuba. Although the Methodist Church in Cuba is not presently part of The United Methodist connection, the two groups share a close bond.

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10. Where was the first Methodist meeting place in America located? 

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The correct answer is Strawbridge Shrine in New Windsor, Maryland.

Robert Strawbridge was the first Methodist lay preacher in America. An immigrant from Ireland, Strawbridge and his wife Elizabeth were farmers who opened their home to ministry and planted the seeds of Methodism in the New World. The Rev. Francis Asbury acknowledged in his journals that this was the birthplace of American Methodism.

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