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The Rev. Frances Helen Foley Guest speaks at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., after receiving a distinguished alumni award in June 2002. The three and a half years she spent in a Japanese prison camp with her missionary parents helped shape her ministry. File photo by Kenneth J. Guest.

For this pastor, storytelling became a ministry

The late Rev. Frances Helen Guest used her early experience in a Japanese prison camp to create a lifetime ministry promoting peace and justice.
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A member of United Methodist Women learns to make cloth menstrual pads at the group’s annual gathering in Camphor Mission, Liberia. The women have launched a new program to make reusable sanitary pads locally, so that girls from rural areas don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycles. Photo by Michael Boegley, The United Methodist Church in Liberia communications department.

UMW project helps rural girls stay in school

United Methodist Women in Liberia has launched a program to make reusable sanitary pads so that girls don’t have to miss school during their menstrual cycles.
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United Methodist Women regional missionaries Elmira Sellu (third from left) and Finda Quiwa (fourth from left) hold a lock box that is part of a new loan program for women during a four-day training in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The microfinance project, funded by United Methodist Women, is one of two empowerment programs the Regional Missionary initiative launched in September. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Empowering women through entrepreneurship

United Methodist Women in Sierra Leone roll out unusual microfinance program and entrepreneurship training for women.
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United Methodist Women coordinator Ethel Sandy talks to students at Albert Academy — the only United Methodist boys high school in Freetown, Sierra Leone — about the dangers of cheating on exams. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

UMW starts anti-cheating campaign at church schools

Cheating on high school exit exams is a national problem that has plagued Sierra Leone for decades.

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