Dear Friends, We invite United Methodists to be in deep prayer for Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq as they are driven from their homes, some herded into isolated encampments where they face death by starvation and thirst. The armed forces of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seem determined …
As continuing violence has increased tensions across South Sudan, United Methodist congregations there are providing both haven and hope. An email from Sebit Issaac, the assistant district superintendent for Yei, to the denomination’s Holston Annual (regional) Conference in the United States, noted that five people had been baptized on New Year’s Day.
A November typhoon left part of the Philippines in ruins, reminiscent of the 2004 South Asian tsunami, while in the United States, tornado-prone Oklahoma witnessed the nation’s widest tornado on record and Colorado floodwaters cut off mountain towns for days.
Just as Shelly Kerker was about to leave the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, IL last Sunday, the pastors told the congregation and staff they needed to shelter-in-place immediately. An F4 tornado touched down close-by, tearing up at least 1,400 homes in the community.