United Methodist Women

Social Concerns
The Rev. Joel Hortiales, a United Methodist missionary with the Board of Global Ministries, visits with Lizbeth and her three children, Bridgette, 3, Caleb, 4, and Alvaro Jose, 10, at the Hosanna Refugio Para Mujeres, in Mexicali, Mexico, in December 2018. The family was part of a migrant caravan from Central America. The United Methodist Immigration Task Force is urging support for migrants living in sanctuary churches who have been fined by the federal government. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Immigrant in United Methodist church fined $214,000

Maria Chavalan Sut has been in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church since Oct. 1, 2018. Sut is one of several immigrants who received fines from the federal government.
Evangelism
Members of the Sierra Leone Conference prison ministry serve a meal to a detainee at Kingtom Remand Home, a facility for juvenile offenders, in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo by Saidu Samura, Sierra Leone Correctional Services.

Prison ministry delivers gifts, hope

Members of the Sierra Leone Conference, UMW missionaries visit young detainees at Kingtom Remand Home to celebrate Day of the African Child.
Violence
The United Methodist Women Association Cameroon hosts a workshop in Obala, Cameroon, to address gender-based violence in the country. Photo by Collette Ndobe.

Cameroon UMW confront gender-based violence

More than 50 women, representing diverse experiences and roles, gain knowledge to reduce vulnerability to violence and discrimination in a patriarchal society.
Local Church
Deaconesses pray during the commitment time and dedication of gifts and pledges to sustain the deaconess program at Harris Memorial College in Taytay, Philippines. Photo by Gladys Mangiduyos, UMNS.

Amid struggles, deaconess movement flourishes in the Philippines

Called to ministries of love, justice and service, more than 400 Filipina deaconesses — and their counterparts around the world — teach, preach and reach out to the marginalized.

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