Poverty

Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Ruth Marsh (right) comforts Angi Rogers, a guest in the day shelter at Trinity United Methodist Church in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Rogers had not been feeling well and Marsh settled her in a Sunday school classroom to get some rest. “Everybody here takes care of me and each other,” Rogers said. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Churches see lots of need this Advent

Many congregations and affiliated nonprofits in the U.S. are stepping up efforts to help low-income people squeezed by inflation and affordable housing shortages.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Paul Matheri (right), program director for Inua Partners in Hope and district superintendent in Naivasha, Kenya, issues a laptop to a graduate during a graduation ceremony in September. The vocational program provides orphans and vulnerable young people with hands-on job skills and startup kits or capital in their fields of specialty. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Kenyan orphans find hope in vocational education

Participants, ages 17 to 22, learn life skills to support themselves financially and overcome poverty and insecurity.
United Methodist Women
Steve Fleming visits with daycare students Malakhai (left) and Melody at Bethlehem Centers of Nashville (Tenn.) Fleming is the center’s chief executive officer. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Helping people ‘from womb to tomb’

A ministry of United Methodist Women, Bethlehem Centers offer programs to people of all ages, from child care to senior clubs.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Joel Hortiales (left) prays with Carlos Ivan Baran Hidalgo; his wife, Danelly Mazariegos Morales; and their 3-year-old daughter, Scarlett Juliette, at the Camino de Salvación shelter in Tijuana, Mexico. The family fled violence in Guatemala and is hoping to pursue a claim for asylum in the U.S. Hortiales is a United Methodist missionary and serves as director of Hispanic/Latino ministries and border concerns for the California-Pacific Conference. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: ‘I was a stranger…’

In September, a UM News team accompanied faith leaders from the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Mexico on visits to migrant communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. See how the church is ministering to those in need through the eyes of photojournalist Mike DuBose.

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