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Football promotes health among Kenyan slum youth

Ministry with slum youth in Kenya combines fun of learning football skills with education about health issues and ways to improve health. Read More

E.C. Tyree Health and Dental Clinic-Wichita, Kansas

Clinic offers care for the whole person

For 30 years, the E. C. Tyree Health and Dental clinic has emphasized medical care, prevention and patient education. Read More

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Make Advent a countercultural experience

"Be countercultural when preparing for Advent," advises the Rev. Carol Cook Moore. She recommends several strategies for laity and clergy to provide a haven for worshippers and community members during... Read More

Mary Johnson Feeding Program - Philippines

Bowls of hope feed kids’ bodies, moms’ spirits

Answering call to begin feeding program for children takes Filipino nurse Marisel Tondo from Mary Johnston Hospital to streets of Manila -- and continues the tradition of women in mission. Read More


Ministry with* focuses on partnerships

A growing number of United Methodist conferences and congregations are partnering with those they serve in an effort to create more vibrant communities and address the root causes of poverty. Read More

Commentary: Syrian refugee crisis challenges us to respond

Displaced people are among the least of our brothers and sisters and a reminder that we still live in a broken world. Read More

Oakwood (Minn.) United Methodist Church women serve snacks to new moms at the Early Childhood and Family Education Baby Shower. Photo courtesy of Oakwood United Methodist Church.

Congregation saves itself—and its community

Minnesota finds its purpose as it adopts an elementary school and shares Jesus' love with"the neediest kids of our community." Read More

Teens discover hope through Youth First

A church, business internships, a school district and a state grant are giving high school students their first jobs and putting them on a path to college and bright futures. Read More

Church leads Team Read

Team Read teaches children foundational words and prepares other United Methodists to support young readers. Read More

A Procession of Hopefulness

Annual conference initiatives are leading more congregations to develop close ties with public schools in their community. Read More

UMCOR is ...

Current and former leaders describe UMCOR as the humanitarian agency of The United Methodist Church prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Read More

In 1995, children Hazima Dervisic (left) and Minela Hisic pass time with Mahina Kunic at the Slivjak Collective Center in Zenica, Central Bosnia. Volunteer-in-Mission teams for UMCOR repaired housing and assisted in community service programs there.

UMCOR celebrates 75 years of compassionate response

UMCOR's creation in 1940 was a bold step for a new church striving to forge a Christian identity faithful to the gospel. Read More

Through the Saranam ministry at Central United Methodist Church, Albuquerque, N.M., children meet new friends in a new community.

Celebrating all God’s children

Across the United States and around the world, United Methodists "preach good news to the poor" through a variety of ministries. Ministry with the Poor is one of the denomination's... Read More

Angeline, 12, works in the computer lab at the Thomas Food Project. She says she wants to be able to write and research because there are a lot of things she wants to know.

The Thomas Food Project

What began as a routine mission trip to build a school in Haiti has become a blossoming ministry for Warren McGuffin. Read More

Stepping up to the SNAP Challenge

According to Feeding America, food insecurity—a lack of dependable access to enough food to sustain a healthy life—is a reality for one in six Americans. Read More

Students focusing on children in poverty

United Methodist collegiate ministries on campuses across the United States will engage in ministries related to children and poverty throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Read More

Encircled in Love

Poverty isn't just financial or a lack of money, explains Christina Tellis of Dayton, Ohio. It's also a lack of resources and relationships. Read More

Children’s Ministry Resources

Resources for developing ministries with children living in poverty Read More

College Spotlight: Ferrum College

Since 2010, a group of Ferrum College students have annually entered into a covenant relationship with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Miss. Read More

College Spotlight: Rust College

In 2003, Rust College saw a need for housing revitalization in its city of Holly Springs, Miss. Read More