Cross

The Power of a Cross

By Mariellyn Dunlap Grace

“Are you sure this is the place?” Pastor Hector Aguirre’s wife Berta asked in disbelief.

With no water or electricity, the location of Templo Aleluya, Piedras Negras’ newest Methodist congregation, was not exactly ideal. How would they even get people to come? As Pastor Hector began visiting his church’s new neighbors, a pattern emerged. Living in tiny shacks beside the railroad tracks, these people were hungry. So Pastor Hector and his family prayed for enough food to satisfy the hunger of everyone who came to church.

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Kamina Students to Attend Africa U

The Kamina Children’s Home in the Democratic Republic of Congo provides a home for children who have nowhere else to turn. Orphaned by disease or violence, these children face dim futures without the support of someone who cares. In a land where childhood dreams are often stolen by AIDS, malaria, or tuberculosis, the Kamina Children’s Home strives to provide a brighter future for its residents.

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Teaching English in the Congo

Mid-August, I returned from an educational mission trip to the North Katanga conference in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This trip was educational both for me and for my students. I stayed in the D.R.C. for six weeks teaching an elementary English course to a group of 20-30 adults. Many of my students were clergy who might be elected to the General Conference this spring. I was to prepare these pastors for their voyage to America.

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More than Just an Airplane

“If I take the Wings of the Morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”
- Psalm 139:9-10

Wings of the Morning is more than just an airplane. It saves lives. It saves souls. The North Katanga Conference, where this critical aviation ministry is located, is a geographically remote area of the Congo that is the size of Texas.  In a place where there are no paved roads, the main forms of transportation are walking and riding a bicycle.

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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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