Isaiah 9:6 proclaims God's plan of salvation through the birth of the Christ child. Children are still a tangible reminder of God's hand at work in the world.
1A woman displaced in October 2008
by fighting between Tutsi rebel
forces and the Congolese government
took refuge in a church and
adjacent school in the eastern city of
Goma, where she plays with her
child. In violence fueled by profits
from the mining of conflict minerals,
1.7 million people are today
displaced by fighting in the Congo,
where some 5.4 million have died
since 1998 from war-related
violence, hunger and disease.
2A boy flashes a smile in the Cambodian village of Att Su. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
plays along the
beach in Gaza.
the sea, but
than 2 kilometers
gunboats. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
4A boy carries
firewood in the
but the poor
must use wood
and charcoal as
source. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
5Newly arrived refugees carry their
belongings through the Dadaab camp in northeastern
Kenya. Already the world's largest refugee settlement,
Dadaab has swelled in recent weeks with tens of
thousands of recent arrivals fleeing drought in Somalia. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
6This 13-year-old boy looks
through the remnants of
an artillery shell in Misrata,
Libya. His 15-year-old
brother lost part of his
hand when an abandoned
rifle grenade exploded
while he played with it. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
7A camper and
a moment before
zipline high in
the trees at
for children with
disabilities. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
8A girl enjoys her meal at the Good
Neighbor Settlement House in
Brownsville, Texas. The United
Methodist Women mission institution
provides free meals for families
in the U.S.-Mexico border town. Photo by Paul Jeffrey.
Our Purpose The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expend concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.