Montana Burning Video

UM Insight Screencap from YouTube

The devastation wrought by wildfires in the western United States over the past few years – along with United Methodists' efforts to cope with the effects – pose a long-term disaster recovery challenge for the region as great as hurricanes elsewhere. more

Sep 14, 2017 3:28 PM Local Church

Sierra Leone Relief

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

The Sierra Leone Annual Conference has pledged long-term aid to two communities stricken with many deaths and devastation from Aug. 15 floods and mudslide in the west African nation. more

Sep 11, 2017 2:57 PM Global Health


Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the U.S. mainland, survivors of Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas were giving thanks and praying for those in Irma's path. more

Sep 11, 2017 2:47 PM Local Church

SL Mudslide Ethel Sandy Volunteers

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

United Methodists have woven a "chain of caring" through the many tumultuous events of August, providing rescue and relief, standing up for justice, and bringing hope to wounded souls, writes Cynthia B. Astle. more

Sep 1, 2017 2:46 PM Views from a Ridge

SL Mudslide Children

Photo by Julu Swen, UMNS

As thousands of people are homeless from an Aug. 14 mudslide in Sierra Leone, United Methodists have increase efforts to provide relief for those affected by the disaster that killed more than 1,000 people. more

Sep 1, 2017 9:32 AM Global Health

Harvey Video

United Methodist Communications

Regional and local United Methodists help the United Methodist Committee on Relief provide immediate aid to those in need, such as the victims and evacuees of Hurricane Harvey this week. more

Aug 30, 2017 11:52 AM Local Church

Feeding Harvey Evacuees

Photo Courtesy of Josh Hale

With floodwaters near 20 feet high in spots and more torrential rain expected, United Methodists are beginning to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. more

Aug 29, 2017 5:27 PM Local Church

Island of the Son UMC

Rio Texas Conference Photo

As Texas congregations begin to report hurricane damage, church disaster response coordinators say the best way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey is to donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. more

Aug 28, 2017 5:15 PM Local Church

Sierra Leone Medical Response

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

With the help of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, United Methodists in Sierra Leone have stepped up to provide emergency medical services and grief counseling after a mudslide killed some 500 people. more

Aug 28, 2017 4:25 PM Global Health

Wolfe House Flooded

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Andrew Wolfe via UMNS

Some United Methodist clergy and their families have been rescued from floodwaters in South Texas from Hurricane Harvey, and the extreme weather event isn't over yet. more

Aug 28, 2017 4:03 PM Local Church

Mudslide Sierra Leone

Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS

United Methodists in Sierra Leone have lost family and friends in a massive mudslide and flooding that have killed some 400 people with another 600 people still missing. more

Aug 16, 2017 2:35 PM In the World

Aid in Philippines

Photo by the Rev. Israel M Painit via UMNS

Filipino United Methodists are assisting their fellow citizens from Marawi City, who have fled fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao. more

Jul 14, 2017 1:33 PM In the World

Champions Sign

NIC e-News Photo

The Northern Illinois and East Ohio conferences -- home sites of World Series contenders Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians -- raised some $70,000 for Haiti hurricane aid through competing donations to the United Methodist Committee on Relief. more

Nov 17, 2016 10:55 AM In the World

With the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians set to face one another in baseball's World Series, the Northern Illinois and East Ohio Annual Conferences have set up a challenge for United Methodists to give to hurricane relief. more

Oct 23, 2016 6:35 AM In the Church

Different Christmas

Photo Courtesy of Mike Slaughter

In response to what he believes to be the Holy Spirit's prompting, the Rev. Mike Slaughter reaches out to the head of United Methodism's global missions agency with an idea to aid refugees. more

Oct 2, 2015 11:14 AM Ministry with the Poor

Syrian Girl

Photo by Mstyslav Chernov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

United Methodist Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of Germany urges people to see migrants into Europe as people who bring gifts and skills, not as problems to be solved. more

Sep 15, 2015 12:56 PM Ministry with the Poor

Migrants Budapest

Photo by Daniel Peters for UMNS

While rejected and blocked in Hungary, refugees who make it to Germany United are helped by United Methodists who are working with others to offer services so that the newcomers feel welcome. more

Sep 4, 2015 11:21 AM Advocating Justice

Lebanon Refugees

Photo by Paul Jeffrey for ACT Alliance

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has pledged continued support for refugees in the Middle East, especially Christians from Syria and Iraq that are under particular threat. more

Aug 20, 2015 2:17 PM Global Health

Dog Sled

Photo Courtesy of Fran Lynch

Global Ministries church and community worker Fran Lynch offers a firsthand account of fires raging outside of Anchorage, Alaska. more

Jun 18, 2015 7:04 PM In the Church

Juarez Mission

Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS

Short-term missions are popular among American United Methodists and frequently accomplish much good, but sometimes these goodwill gestures actually complicate and sometimes block what's really needed, writes the Rev. Lisa Beth White. more

May 29, 2015 10:41 AM Global Nature