Mission and Ministry

Theology and Education
Lent is a journey of preparation for following the way of Jesus. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is Lent and why does it last forty days?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday.
Mission and Ministry
Jecinta Nairesea, 12, holds her 2-year-old daughter, Dorcus Nchorira, outside Trinity United Methodist Church in Gilgil, Kenya. The young mother was among those who attended the church’s youth camp in December. Jecinta, who was forced to marry at age 9, now attends Trinity Mission Girls High School. Photo by Faith Wanjiru, UM News.

Church in Kenya fights against female genital mutilation

Trinity United Methodist Church in Gilgil has created a new way of allowing girls to move ceremoniously from childhood to adulthood without undergoing the cut.
Social Concerns
Helene Bataku (in orange dress), a member of Mwambangu United Methodist Church in Fizi, has learned to read and write at a new vocational center led by The United Methodist Church in Fizi, Congo. She said the center offers women new opportunities and a chance to catch up to their peers. Photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

Church helps train marginalized women, youth

More than 100 women and 50 youth are receiving weekly training at a new vocational center that was built through a collaboration between The United Methodist Church in East Congo and the Congolese government.
Theology and Education
The Rev. Danson Maganga from Tanzania takes notes during a United Methodist e-Academy weeklong training session in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of the new e-learning program is to equip people for ordained and lay leadership in rural communities. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Theological e-Academy is ‘game changer’ in East Africa

A new Methodist e-learning program was launched in December in Kenya after a weeklong training for leaders of United Methodist East African theological colleges.

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