faith stories

Evangelism
United Methodist clergy and church members witness the dedication of the Chin’ando prayer shrine in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UM News.

Celebrating women’s movement at historic prayer hill

Monument reignites the flames of revival started by Lydia Chimonyo, a United Methodist pastor’s wife, in the 1920s.
Social Concerns
Portia Kasuso, 11, tries her new hand-pedalled wheelchair during a United Methodist revival service in Murewa, Zimbabwe. The gift of the wheelchair was facilitated by the church’s Zimbabwe West Conference. Photo by the Rev. Taurai Emmanuel Maforo, UM News.

Wheelchair opens new doors for girl in rural Zimbabwe

Moved by 11-year-old’s spirit, Bishop Nhiwatiwa, local pastors make plea to help her obtain an education.
General Church
Betty Spiwe Katiyo of Zimbabwe delivers one of three Laity Addresses to the April 25 session of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Florida. Katiyo, a longtime lay leader in The United Methodist Church, died suddenly Aug. 10 after leaving the Commission on General Conference meeting in Lexington, Ky. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Zimbabwe lay leader dies at 63

Betty Spiwe Katiyo, who died suddenly Aug. 10, is being remembered as “amazing woman of God.”
General Church
The Rev. Wayne Coffin, a former member of the United Methodist Judicial Council, died July 4 at the age of 95. Photo by Kristin Van Nort, Oklahoma Conference; cropped by UM News.

Coffin, former Judicial Council member, dies at 95

The Rev. Wayne Coffin, Oklahoma Conference, served on The United Methodist Church’s top court from 1980-96.

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