Mission and Ministry

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Asylum-seekers from Lebanon are greeted by Federica Brizi and Francesco Piobbichi of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (center) upon their arrival in Rome in August 2017. The group obtained legal visas through the Humanitarian Corridors program of the federation, the Synod of Waldensian and Methodist Churches and the Community of Sant’Egidio, run by Mediterranean Hope. Photo courtesy of Mediterranean Hope.

Small churches play big role for refugees in Italy

Italian religious groups, including Methodists, have created a legal, safe pathway for Syrians and other vulnerable asylum seekers to resettle in Italy and the work is expanding.
Mission and Ministry
More than 350 United Methodist missionaries serve in more than 65 countries around the world.

Ask the UMC: How many missionaries are there?

More than 350 United Methodist missionaries serve in more than 65 countries around the world.
Mission and Ministry
A Cessna T210 piloted by Rukang Chikomb flies through the skies over Congo in 2008. Part of the Wings of the Morning aviation ministry of The United Methodist Church, the program provides life-saving access to isolated rural communities. The photo was taken from another plane, a Cessna P210 piloted by Gaston Ntambo, that is part of the same program. File photo by Paul Jeffrey.

Missionary pilot continues lifesaving work

Rukang Chikomb talks about the joys, challenges he faces in his work with The United Methodist Church’s Wings of the Morning aviation ministry.
Mission and Ministry
Women fill plastic containers with water at “Source Lokole,” a rehabilitated spring near the United Methodist Mission Lokole in Mikelenge, Congo. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Tearfund helps church rebuild Congo water source

After rebels destroyed a spring in Mikelenge, women walked great distances in search of water for drinking and daily use.

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