A new president in Zimbabwe after 37 years of what many called “a government of tyranny” is bringing hope said some United Methodists who are closely watching from inside the country. “President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a hard-working leader. He is a hands-on person. That is what the country needs at this point in time,” said United Methodist Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, episcopal leader in Zimbabwe. “I was privileged to be one of those among the leaders of the church who shook hands with the president at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Nov. 24.
On this World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee wants to thank each of you for your commitment to creating an AIDS-free world and for all the good work you do to eradicate stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV or AIDS. Bravo to each of you!
According to UNAIDS, 36.7 million people globally are living with HIV.
The good news is around 20.9 million people have access to the life-saving medicines. The challenge is ensuring the 15.8 million people in need of treatment secure it!
By the time students end up at Rougher Alternative Academy in Muskogee, Oklahoma, they are near the end of their academic rope. That was true for Bailee Allen who ran away from home and participated in gang activities in high school. Helping Bailee and her brother, Blayne, get back on track after difficulties in home and family life was Phillip Barnoski, 43, family and community coordinator at the academy and a member of Fife Indian United Methodist Church.
How often are Methodists called “those Wesleyan renegades”? If you’re watching “Poldark” on TV, you’ve heard those exact words — although in reference to fictional Methodists.
Students and faculty at the United Methodist university in Zimbabwe held classes as usual Nov. 15 as the military took control of the capital city of Harare and held President Robert Mugabe and his wife under house arrest. United Methodist conference staff reported church members are safe, too. Africa University in Mutare is about a four-hour drive from the capital city of Harare.
Now is the time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go on November 28. There are more than 600 church-related Advance projects and more than 300 United Methodist missionaries to choose from.
One of the great things about The Advance is that it allows you to invest your resources where your passion answers specific needs in the world, said Thomas Kemper, top executive with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.