Dec. 3, 2018—Today, the International Day of People with Disabilities, Global Ministries joins with organizations around the world to promote awareness of the challenges people with disabilities face, and the responsibility that communities and the church have to remove barriers to social inclusion. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 1 billion people, or 10 percent of the world’s population, live with a disability.
Mary Johnston Hospital, Manila, Philippines, provides HIV prevention, testing and access to care.
When Wendy Bergeron gained custody of six of her grandchildren, now ages 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8, the Clarksville, Texas, woman faced enormous challenges.
Marie Ngombe’s healthy newborn is one in a million.
By Jim Beam from American Press
Motorists traveling along Country Club Road who have seen the “Doc in a Box” banner and two seagoing containers in front of St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church have to be wondering what it’s all about. Continue reading
When Jean Shailunga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) contracted cholera, he was more fortunate than many of his neighbors in the rural community of the North Katanga Province. The change-maker for Shailunga was the 16-day cholera treatment he received at a Kizanga United Methodist health center. Health facilities in North Katanga are few and far between and often not equipped with medicines and supplies.
The United Methodist Church’s Abundant Health Initiative promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well-being for all. Global Ministries’ Global Health Unit aims to create abundant health in economically vulnerable communities, in this case, by protecting mothers and their small children.
By Gladys P. Mangidoyos*
Talking about health and wholeness is essential. Doing something about it is even more important, United Methodists meeting in Manila, Philippines, learned recently.
BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka – A $3 mosquito net can mean the difference between life and death for people in Sri Lanka. However, that amount equals three days’ wages for many. Thanks to a local nonprofit and financial support from Global Ministries, families have hope for survival.
In April almost 200 people from more than 30 churches participated in the New York Annual Conference Hulapalooza at Mt. Vernon First UMC!
The event boasted “joy-filled” worship, resource tables, several workshops and many activities for people of all ages. Healthy and delicious snacks kept them moving and concluded the Hulapalooza event that was both fun and spirit-filled.
LAKE ATITLÁN, Guatemala—Whether she gave birth at home or in a hospital, Michaela Mendoza Chaves had extreme difficulties delivering all three of her children.
To celebrate World Health Day on April 7, 2018, the Abundant Health initiative of The United Methodist Church launched Hulapalooza. Churches in New York, South Carolina, and Zimbabwe participated in this exciting, new health event. Continue reading
“Focusing on our health benefits us in many different ways,” says Marie C. King, of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. “If we’re not healthy enough to get out and walk, we’re not healthy enough to come to worship … or to be involved in the community and socialize with each other.”
Only at the United Methodist Day of Health will you find a hula hoop circus artist, United Methodist clergy, and other health enthusiasts gathered in one room.
Jose Miranda and his family lived in a neighborhood where drugs were very easy to access. Both of his parents were heavy drinkers and had difficulty holding jobs. Continue reading
Global Ministries partner, Medical Teams International, diagnosed baby Brenda with severe malnutrition and malaria and intervened to provide medicine and nutritional supplements. Continue reading
Maria Santos Baquiax, a young married mother of two, lives in the Santa Apolonia area of Guatemala. Continue reading