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Stories of how and where United Methodists are serving throughout the world; ideas for local church-based mission; ways to serve as volunteer and as short/long-term missionaries.

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In August 2016, Edna Rajan stacks cleaning buckets from the United Methodist Committee on Relief at a United Way warehouse in Lafayette, La. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

New UMCOR Sunday is March 26

It used to be One Great Hour of Sharing; now it is UMCOR Sunday. Here's why. Read More

'Live chidlike' ad campaign

New ad campaign features words of children

Children explain open hearts, open minds and oopen doors in new advertising campaign premiering now. Read More

Church helps struggling 5th graders thrive

United Methodists in Texas use Human Relations Day grant to help elementary students achieve their potential, prepare for later success in school. Read More

Kenya - football for slum youth

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

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Churches can reclaim role of promoting good health

Promoting healthy living locally to be among goals for 10,000 partner churches as part of The United Methodist Church's new Abundant Health initiative. Read More

Nigeria - mother and child at Mutum Byu Clinic

‘Our promise to children’ driving Abundant Health focus

United Methodists are uniting around a new global health focus -- Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children. It emphasizes child/maternal health and a 10-K Church Challenge. Read More

Teen MOPS -- Lafayette, Inc.

Teen moms get support, encouragement

Being a mom to a preschooler is hard. It is especially hard for a teenager who is still trying to grow up herself. A ministry called Teen MOPS (Mothers of... Read More

Physical fitness at Carson UMC in Iowa

Sweat is evidence of body stewardship

Pastor’s emphasis on physical fitness builds bodies -- and Body of Christ -- at Carson United Methodist Church in Iowa. Read More

Prayer at New Day  Camp

Camp: A gift for those with special needs

People throughout The United Methodist Church have a special calling to make sure all children and youth – including those with special needs – are able to experience camp. Read More

Health Fair - FUMC, Gilford, NH

Faith community nurses minister at grassroots

Faith community nurses focus on holistic care of the spirit and body, emphasizing health promotion and illness prevention. In United Methodist congregations, some nurses are members of church staffs while... Read More

Breaking the taboo: The church and mental illness

Churches are places of refuge, places where spiritual families can talk about anything -- even mental illness. But, even in church, stigmas continue and conversation about mental illness can be... Read More

support for transitioning foster youth

Arizona church helps foster youth transition to adulthood

Youth aging out of foster care programs face challenges when it comes to finding meaningful work. United Methodists in Arizona are providing cars, clothing and coaching. Read More

Brain Fitness Club

Alzheimer’s program boosts more than the brain

Activities exercising their bodies and their minds are offered to members of the Brain Fitness Club for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. 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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Body, mind and spirit connect to create abundant life

For abundant life, the three parts that make humans human -- body, mind and spirit -- will all be in harmony. Read More

‘AIDS is not over yet’: United Methodists continue fight

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. Each year, the observance brings people together to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and remember... Read More

Advent wreath - blue candles

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

The Rev. Scott McKenzie

Live gratefully, live generously

In a village in Malawi where families were starving, the Rev. Scott McKenzie experienced some of the most genuine generosity he's ever witnessed. He learned quickly that gratitude leads to... Read More

Moshashai, a Farsi Christian, translates during a Thursday Bible study group for refugees in the Messstetten Admission Camp. United Methodists and members of an Evangelical Community Church work with the refugees.

Being the hands of ‘Christus’ in Germany: Welcoming the stranger

Refugees are human beings. That, in short, is the reason United Methodists in Germany are welcoming Syrian (and other) refugees into their country and their churches, said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner. 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