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Order ending family separations welcomed

United Methodist leaders expressed relief at President Trump’s executive order ending the separation of parents and children apprehended crossing into the U.S. illegally.

But they cautioned that details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough.

“We welcome anything that reunites families but insist on a complete and humane approach to dealing with these cases of people seeking asylum in the United States,” said Bishop Scott Jones, who leads the Texas Conference and is a member of the Council of Bishops’ immigration task force.

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Zimbabwe students motivate others through partners for success

After United Methodists in Maryland offered him hope and a chance to succeed, Albert Mashambanhaka, 22, started paying it forward. His ministry — Partners for Success — reaches more than 250 secondary-level boarding school students from Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District in northern Zimbabwe. The students attend Mashambanhaka Secondary Mission School. 

Mashambanhaka credits much of his academic success to David Grant Booney, a member of Smithville United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, Maryland.

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Church’s ministry makes 'safe zone' for young people

A conversation with the Rev. Timothy Kirven begins with his enthusiasm level on high and rises up from there, as he talks passionately about the new Safe Zone ministry at Worship and Praise Church on Richmond’s East End.

But, then suddenly, the enthusiasm is gone, as he considers the recent past.

“I’ve probably done over 100 funerals for young people under the age of 25 over the last four to five years,” Kirven said.

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