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Mission and Ministry
Youth from the East Zimbabwe Annual Conference participate in team-building exercises as part of their training in learning to promote drug-free communities. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Zimbabwe church trains youth leaders to avoid drugs

Substance abuse is rising in Zimbabwe and the church has launched a campaign to teach youth to make healthier choices.
Global Health
Rachael Porter and the Rev. David Johnston adopted two children who came from a home with opioid addiction. Johnston serves as pastor of Concord United Methodist Church in Athens, W.Va.

Clergy embrace becoming foster parents

West Virginia has one of the highest rates in the nation of children removed from homes due to drug abuse, and one of the lowest rates of new homes for them. Clergy felt called to respond.
Theology and Education
Claudine Migisha (right) receives congratulations from Wehnam Dabale, upon her graduation from Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Migisha, from Goma, Congo, was part of the United Methodist-related school's 25th graduating class. Dabale is the university's international student advisor. Photo courtesy of Africa University.

526 Africa University graduates in 2019 class

New graduates of the United Methodist university come from 22 African countries, but share a passion for change.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Jessica Rooks, pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Co., speaks during a candlelight vigil following the school shooting on May 7. Photo by Ken Fong, St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

United Methodist churches offer aid after shootings

Two United Methodist churches located close to the STEM School Highlands Ranch opened their doors to grieving community.

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