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The Rev. Neelley Hicks, director of United Methodist Communications’ ICT4D initiative (left), and Pierre Omadjela, special projects manager for United Methodist Communications (right), pose with UMConnect grant recipients. Photo courtesy of Pierre Omadjela.

Group texting program connects African United Methodists

After using texts to send health information during the Ebola crisis, new uses for such communication became apparent. Read More

Pastor Jucar Tabunan (right) receives a Freeplay solar radio from April Mercado as part of the 2016 Typhoon Haima disaster response. Photo courtesy of April Mercado, United Methodist Communications.

Church aids relief efforts in wake of Philippines typhoon

April Mercado, of United Methodist Communication’s ICT4D team, was in action immediately after Typhoon Haima made landfall, providing sources of electricity and technical assistance to aid relief efforts. Read More

District superintendents attend a two-day training in Freetown in basic computer skills Sept. 8, 2016. The training, organized by John Yambasu (left), was to equip the superintendents to use laptops donated by United Methodist Communications upon their return to their districts. Photo courtesty of Phileas Jusu, United Methodist Communications

New laptops help connect district superintendents in Sierra Leone

Clergy often had to travel long distances to check email at internet cafés. Thanks to a new church initiative, they can do it from home. Read More

The African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology explored how technology policy can further the rights and interests of women in Africa. Photo by Priscilla Muzerengwa.

Summit addresses technology barriers for African women

The African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology identified ways women are denied access to technology and actions to overcome those obstacles. Read More

Sierra Leone Conference lay leader, Anne Koroma (right), addresses Trebes Memorial United Methodist Church in Bo, Sierra Leone, on the roles of lay leaders in local churches. Associate lay leader, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, stands to the left of Koroma. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.

Training Lay Leaders: How Sierra Leone met the challenge – and you can, too

Necessity has been called the mother of invention. That proved true for lay leaders in Bo who created their own training session. Could your church do the same? Read More

Isaac Broune (left) and Joe Tueche Ndzulo handle the French desk during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. News reports from General Conference were transmitted via text message in four languages to almost 4,000 recipients in Africa. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Thousands of Africans received GC2016 news via text

A new texting program kept African United Methodists in the loop as General Conference was happening. Read More

Mike DuBose from United Methodist Communications and David Stucke of the Dakotas Annual Conference capture moments digitally during the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Newsroom brings General Conference’s story to the world

When the church’s top legislative body met in May, United Methodist News Service provided comprehensive coverage of their work, ensuring stories were reported quickly, objectively and thoroughly. Read More

‘Changing the game’ for a school in Zimbabwe

The Outernet – a project that provides free data via satellite -- brings 30,000 ‘books’ to rural schoolchildren. Dave Bonney reports on his visit to Zimbabwe and Helping Others Help Others. Read More

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Second Ebola prevention video produced in hopes of averting next outbreak

"Information is one of the great weapons in the fight against Ebola." United Methodist Communications teams with Chocolate Moose Media and UNICEF to create animated video, “Ebola: In Praise of... Read More

Transporting e-readers from Nashville to the Wembo Nyama Faculty of Theology in the Congo Central Conference involved removing fallen trees blocking the road. The e-readers will provide resources for theological education for pastors-in-training in the heart of the Congo.  Photo by Pierre Omadjela, UMNS.

E-readers transform theological education in Congo

A first-person account of the 600-mile inland trek to deliver e-readers and training to students and faculty at Patrice Emery Lumumba University in Congo. Read More

April Mercado: Without communication, there will be no food

When disaster strikes, she’s on the frontlines. Shareable video profile of special project manager shows how communications “relief” impacts disaster relief. Read More

Charlie Moore (left) and staff at the Methodist Mission School in Murewa, Zimbabwe, pose with the school's first e-reader. The Volunteer-in-Mission team from the Baltimore/Washington Conference is bringing 75 more e-readers to the school in March 2016.  Photo courtesy of Charlie Moore.

Church partners with Worldreader to help Zimbabwean students

A chance conversation at the Game Changers Summit technology conference led to a partnership to provide e-readers to an African school. Read More

Installing Solar Suitcase lighting at Shungu Clinic in Kamina, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Neelley Hicks, United Methodist Communications.

Surgery by candlelight: Solar lights save lives

Imagine that you are a doctor performing surgery and suddenly the room is plunged into darkness. Find out how a simple “suitcase” is transforming lives through technology. Read More

Global gadgets, small-town churches: Using the latest technology at home

At the 2015 Game Changers Summit, global experts showed how new technology is making a difference in developing countries. Can a local church use high tech at home? Yes! Read More

Maeghan Orton (center, in purple shirt) visits with villagers in Bumpe near Bo, Sierra Leone, about mobile phone technology. Orton is from Medic Mobile, a technology partner of United Methodist Communications. Several villages in the Bo district will receive new, insecticide-treated mosquito nets from the United Methodist Church's Imagine No Malaria campaign in the first planned redistribution to replace nets given in 2010. 2010 File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Women can be game changers through technology

Gender divides lead to digital divides and often women don’t get the important, life-changing messages they need to survive. Read More

The Rev. David Valera gives the sermon during morning worship at the United Methodist Communications Game Changers Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conference attendees encouraged to ‘change the world’

Communications technology can overcome cultural barriers and help those in need, attendees at the 2015 Game Changers Summit are told. Read More

Revi Sterling speaks about the empowerment of women through the use of communications technology during the United Methodist Communications Game Changers Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The church can help close the technology gap for women

“Women bear the biggest brunt of poverty, and if you don’t have access to information, you stay under-empowered,” said Revi Sterling at 2015 Game Changers Summit. Read More

The Rev. Neelley Hicks welcomes attendees to the United Methodist Communications Game Changers Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Ground-breaking technologies mean empowerment

2015 Game Changers Summit features leaders in using modern technologies to empower the poor. Read More

The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau of the Democratic Republic of Congo gives the sermon during opening worship at the Game Changers Summit at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

The Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau: Technology saves lives

From text messages on disease prevention to monitoring maternity patients, pastor has seen first-hand the impact of mobile communication. Musau will speak at 2015 Game Changers Summit. Read More

Revi Sterling: Technology gives women a voice

Revi Sterling is changing the game for women in developing countries, one cell phone at a time. “Women have a lot of things to say and often, only men have... Read More