French-language portal launches on UMC.org
United Methodist Communications has launched a French-language portal at UMC.org, the official website of The United Methodist Church. The URL is http://francophone.umc.org.
The new site provides resources, history, news and other information about the denomination, including details about General Conference 2016, the quadrennial legislative assembly set for May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon.
"Providing a French-language website presence is a starting point for how we are supporting the French-speaking church," said Dan Krause, general secretary of the agency. "United Methodist Communications also provides websites in English, Spanish (hispanic.umc.org) and Korean (koreanumc.org)."
The United Methodist Church has more than 12 million members throughout the world, including members in French-speaking countries, such as France, Switzerland, Côte d'Ivoire and Democratic Republic of Congo.
For the African communities, where information may be limited, access to the French-language portal is especially significant, says Côte d'Ivoire native Isaac Broune, French content intern at United Methodist Communications. Broune, a member of the French portal initiative team, is the lead translator for the site.
Press Center, United Methodist Communications, Nashville, Tennessee