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Making a Different World

Almost 10 years ago, a small group of us traveled to Kamina, DRC, to see what United Methodists in Ohio could do to support the vision of United Methodists in Kamina. At that time, Kamina was overrun with orphans and many folks in transition due to the ongoing war in the northeastern part of the country and the AIDS epidemic. There were people who were poor in Kamina. But there were also people who were starving, in all the ways you can name.  Kamina was a "village" of about 300,000 at the time.

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Mission Partner Orphanages in Financial Crisis

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” (James 1:27).

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, many children have been left parentless because of diseases like malaria, typhoid, and HIV/AIDS. In the Congo’s North Katanga Conference of the United Methodist Church, many of these children are cared for at the Kamina Children’s Home. Without the food, shelter, and education provided by the orphanage, these children would have little hope for the future.

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Healing Every Sickness

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures.

 

“The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated.” - Plato

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The Widow & The Orphan

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures.

 

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27).

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The Church in the Four Corners

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has entered into Covenant Relationships with four areas of the world: Congo, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia. These strategic partnerships include prayer support, financial giving, training and discipleship, and relationship-building across oceans, boundaries, and cultures.

 

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Blessed by Serving: Disaster Relief in West Ohio

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

“It almost restores your faith in people,” remarks Gordon Ginn, pastor at Grant Memorial United Methodist Church in Moscow, OH, where recent tornadoes severely damaged much of the town. Though he was in the hospital when the tornadoes hit, Pastor Ginn returned home the next day to find his church already serving meals to people affected by the tornadoes.

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The Homeless: Not Who You Expect

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

His name was Chuck.

To an outside observer, Chuck might seem like just another drain on the social service system. An alcoholic with very little income, Chuck relied on food pantries and other free community resources to survive.

A few days after Christmas, Chuck died alone.

With no family to speak of, the police called the only people they knew who cared about him: the staff at The Friendly Center, a community center in north Toledo with a vision that "no neighbor will go hungry, feel alienated, alone or powerless."

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