April 3, 2020

    When St. Francis of Assisi turned his back on worldly wealth and walked out of his village, he left all his possessions behind.  As he left the city he saw a leper standing on the edge of the path. He walked past him…and then walked back and embraced the leper.  He...

April 2, 2020

           Philip Yancey in his book THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW tells about Dr. Paul Brand, a leprosy specialist who works all over the world on that ancient disease which has killed so many.  The greater pain of leprosy comes from the outside, the pain of rejection impose...

April 1, 2020

     One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway in the midst of a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young wh...

March 31, 2020

    Joan Laney recalls that while growing up in Korea as a daughter of missionaries, the Koreans had a special way of responding to requests for directions.  The helpful Korean would drop what he was doing and accompany us most of the way to our destination.  We found...

March 30, 2020

Pastor Jim Ozier’s adopted son got into drug problems as a teenager.  Even after several treatment programs, he still could not shake the addiction.  Finally in desperation he attempted to commit suicide and almost succeeded.  When he regained consciousness, he was ter...

March 27, 2020

    Going down some old cement steps, I noticed an ant carrying a leaf on its back.  The leaf was many times bigger than the ant.  Then the ant came to a big crack in the cement that it couldn’t cross.  The ant stopped a moment.  I wondered if the ant would turn back o...

March 26, 2020

     During World War II a Protestant chaplain with the American troops in Italy became a friend of a local Roman Catholic priest.  In time, the chaplain moved on with his unit and was killed.  The priest heard of his death and asked military authorities if the chaplai...

March 25, 2020

  Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s “color barrier,” he faced jeering crowds in every stadium.  While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error.  His own fans began to ridicule him....

March 24, 2020

     Grayce L. Weibley of Media, Pennsylvania writes: “We are never alone.  Sometimes when night closes around me and I begin to feel the first wisps of loneliness, I like to read the 23rd Psalm—not just for its lovely, soothing quality, but because it makes me recall...

March 23, 2020

   The journalist John Gile, in one of his books, writes: “My 4-year-old daughter has a magic body.  I told her so and it’s true.   Recently she fell off a swing and cut her hand.  No big deal.  We just gave her hand a good washing, applied a band-aid, and gave her a h...

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April 3, 2020

    When St. Francis of Assisi turned his back on worldly wealth and walked out of his village, he left all his possessions behind.  As he left the city he saw a leper standing on the edge of the path. He walked past him…and then walked back and embraced the leper.  He then turned and continued on his journey.  He looked back one final time, and the leper was gone.  For the rest of his life, St. Francis was convinced that lepe...

April 2, 2020

           Philip Yancey in his book THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW tells about Dr. Paul Brand, a leprosy specialist who works all over the world on that ancient disease which has killed so many.  The greater pain of leprosy comes from the outside, the pain of rejection imposed on its victims by the surrounding community.

           Dr. Brand tells about a bright young man in India whom...

April 1, 2020

     One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway in the midst of a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her.  The man took her to safety, got assistance for her car, and helped her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry.  She wrote...

March 31, 2020

    Joan Laney recalls that while growing up in Korea as a daughter of missionaries, the Koreans had a special way of responding to requests for directions.  The helpful Korean would drop what he was doing and accompany us most of the way to our destination.  We found that even when the person didn’t know the way, they would try to figure it out by walking with us, and then turn around and retrace their steps....

March 30, 2020

Pastor Jim Ozier’s adopted son got into drug problems as a teenager.  Even after several treatment programs, he still could not shake the addiction.  Finally in desperation he attempted to commit suicide and almost succeeded.  When he regained consciousness, he was terribly disappointed that he had failed.  He told his parents that he would do it again and would succeed.  Both of his parents had been through the Walk to Emmaus...

March 27, 2020

    Going down some old cement steps, I noticed an ant carrying a leaf on its back.  The leaf was many times bigger than the ant.  Then the ant came to a big crack in the cement that it couldn’t cross.  The ant stopped a moment.  I wondered if the ant would turn back or proceed into the crack without the leaf.  Instead, the ant put the leaf across the crack and then crossed the crack by walking across the leaf.  On the other s...

March 26, 2020

     During World War II a Protestant chaplain with the American troops in Italy became a friend of a local Roman Catholic priest.  In time, the chaplain moved on with his unit and was killed.  The priest heard of his death and asked military authorities if the chaplain could be buried in the cemetery behind his church.  Permission was granted.  But the priest ran into a problem with his own Catholic Church authorities.  They...

March 25, 2020

  Jackie Robinson was the first black to play major league baseball. While breaking baseball’s “color barrier,” he faced jeering crowds in every stadium.  While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error.  His own fans began to ridicule him.  He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered.

    Then shortstop “Pee Wee” Reese came over and stood next to him.  He put his arm a...

March 24, 2020

     Grayce L. Weibley of Media, Pennsylvania writes: “We are never alone.  Sometimes when night closes around me and I begin to feel the first wisps of loneliness, I like to read the 23rd Psalm—not just for its lovely, soothing quality, but because it makes me recall the reassuring experience of a young American sailor during World War II.  He was a wireless operator on a ship far out at sea.  One night, feeling lonely in his...

March 23, 2020

   The journalist John Gile, in one of his books, writes: “My 4-year-old daughter has a magic body.  I told her so and it’s true.   Recently she fell off a swing and cut her hand.  No big deal.  We just gave her hand a good washing, applied a band-aid, and gave her a hug.  In a day or so the cut was gone, vanished without a trace.

    “Some cynics will say, ‘That’s not magic.  There’s a Latin...

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Press Release: UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC

UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC Clergy and lay leaders from the three Central Conferences of Africa, repres...

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