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66 archived articles posted in 1999 found
January

12 articles found for January, 1999.

Map of Sierra Leone
August 7, 1998, was the first time in modern African history that terrorists took their bombing campaign to sub-Saharan Africa. According to the State Department and U.S. intelligence, those suspected of setting up the bombs that simultaneously destroyed the U.S. embassies in both Kenya and Tanzania are associated with militant exiled Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden.
Date posted:Jan 29, 1999


The Reverend Denver Stone, a longtime missionary in Southeast Asia, has been named director of United Methodist Church (UMC) activities in Cambodia for a one-year term. Stone, who served 31 years in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, will begin his assignment in late February, said Dr. David C. Wu, Assistant General Secretary for Connectional Relations at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). Dr. Wu heads the unit's Cambodian Mission Initiatives team, which selected Stone for the new post.
Date posted:Jan 28, 1999


Participants in Youth Conference
Darrick Smith, a 24-year-old youth leader from California, presented a workshop called "How to Defeat Social Discrimination" at a January conference for youth in Texas. Sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries, the youth conference was called "I Can Be Heard Represent!" It was held January 15 to 19, 1999, in New Braunfels, Texas. Youth from all over the United States who were served by the Community Developers program attended the conference.
Date posted:Jan 28, 1999


Bishops of two Methodist denominations in Sierra Leone are reported to be in hiding following the fighting which has caused significant destruction and danger in the capital of Freetown. The Rev. Joseph Wagner of Indiana received word Jan. 25 that United Methodist Bishop Joseph Humper was safe in an undisclosed location. Bishop J.O. Moshopeh Pratt, leader of the West African Methodist Church, also is in hiding, according to his daughter, Joya Pratt, who lives in Maryland.
Date posted:Jan 26, 1999


The latest Muslim-Christian bloodshed in Indonesia could hinder plans to build a Methodist hospital in Sumatra by making would-be donors shy away from investing in the strife-ridden country, according to the Rev. Dr. Robert Howerton of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM).
Date posted:Jan 26, 1999


Crisis in Sierra Leone #2 
Bishop Joseph Humper
Limited phone service has been restored to Freetown, Sierra Leone. We have received unconfirmed reports of messages from Freetown indicating that personnel at the church's Kissy Eye Clinic in Freetown are safe. However, we have not been able to make direct contact with Bishop Joseph C. Humper (right) or other United Methodist Church leaders in the city.
Date posted:Jan 25, 1999


January Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas 
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS)--Huddled under the parsonage stairs, clutching his 5-year-old daughter, Libby, Kevin Lyon rode out a thunderous tornado that turned much of Arkansas upside down Jan. 21. His wife, Donna, took cover in a closet with sons Joshua, 6, and Stephen, 13.
Date posted:Jan 25, 1999


United Methodists pray, raise funds  for Sierra Leone
United Methodists prayed for the people of Sierra Leone as fighting continued Jan. 13 in Freetown, the capital of the West African country. "We have not been able to establish contact with Bishop (Joseph) Humper or with any of our church members in Sierra Leone because of telecommunications interruptions caused by the chaos," reported the Rev. Randolph Nugent, top executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York.
Date posted:Jan 14, 1999


Churches can take steps to prevent arson 
John W. Oxendine, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner for Georgia, is urging churches to take precautions in the wake of five recent church burnings. He offers these tips for preventing arson and making churches more secure.
Date posted:Jan 06, 1999


Contact: Rev Troy Benitone (618) 654-1354 General Board of Global Ministries team charged with studying successful models of ministry that reflect the various faces of the United Methodism for the year 2000 already has received more than 50 nominations of churches. The team is seeking even more nominations of churches to be considered as models of effective ministry.
Date posted:Jan 06, 1999


"Bread without butter, tea without sugar," the Reverend Jafete said about the quality of life for villagers of this poor community where he serves as pastor in Chicuque, Mozambique. "We have grown accustomed to a lack of any extras," he said with a slight edge of humor in his voice. Taking on a serious tone, he added, "But it is the children for whom we appeal— these little ones so desperately in need of help." It is the children of Teles Orphanage to whom he refers.
Date posted:Jan 05, 1999


In Azerbaijan as elsewhere in the former Soviet Union, decent health care is hard to come by. Unsanitary conditions in hospitals and clinics, a severe shortage of medicines, poor lighting in wards, even requests for under-the-table payments for medical treatment, have plagued the country's already inefficient, Soviet-style health care system.
Date posted:Jan 05, 1999


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