2017: The Year in UMNS Photos

Students at the Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

A torn flag of Puerto Rico waves from a car a week after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS.
Bishop Karen Oliveto (left) meets Dixie Brewster (right) for the first time prior to the opening of oral arguments before the United Methodist Judicial Council meeting in Newark, N.J. Brewster is the petitioner questioning whether a gay pastor can serve as a bishop in The United Methodist Church. At rear is the Rev. Keith Boyette, representing Brewster before the council. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS
Yvonne Agduyeng (left) helps lead a German class for recent immigrants at the United Methodist Church of the Redeemer in Bremen, Germany. Agduyeng is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
The Rev. Matt Hall conducts a renewal of wedding vows service for Nick and Stephanie Houle atop Sugar Run Mountain, just off the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, Va. Hall serves as a United Methodist chaplain appointed to the trail community. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Rev. Jackson Henry joined several hundred others in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to protest a white-supremacist rally that was planned for Oct. 28 but later canceled. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS; Performers with the Nanumteo Dance Company offer an act of praise, “Peace Be With You,” at the March 23 dedication service for the new Asia regional office of United Methodist Global Ministries. Photo by Jacob Lee, UMNS; A group of members and pastors from Methodist churches in the San Juan area form a human chain to unload supplies at the Utuado church in central Puerto Rico. They are helping meet the needs of people who have not been reached by FEMA or federal aid organizations. Photo by the Rev. Gustavo Vasquez, UMNS; Peggy Busick (left), and her husband, the Rev. Blake Busick (far right), pray with the Rev. Katherine Shoen (second from left), associate pastor, Redwood Covenant Church, and Diana Tollerud, Salvation Army staff. The Busicks’ Santa Rosa, Calif., home was destroyed by the wildfires. Photo by Sue Larson, courtesy of the Rev. Blake Busick; Signatur Gospel Choir, whose members come from United Methodist churches in Oslo, Norway, sing at Centralkirken, a United Methodist church. The service was part of Norway's National Day celebration on May 17. Photo by Heather Hahn, UMNS.
Children sing and read scripture behind large letters spelling out Jesus as part of the celebration of placing the cornerstone for Casa de Paz United Methodist Church. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.
The United Methodist Church hit the road on “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” to deliver free hot cocoa to passersby as well as invitations to visit a local church and participate in a service project. The 23-day tour stopped in 21 cities across 16 states; more than 500 volunteers from local churches made the outreach campaign possible. Photo courtesy of Rethink Church.
An audience watches a re-enactment at the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee, N.C. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Freetown, Sierra Leone, shows the breadth of the area that was devastated by flooding on Aug. 14. Torrential rains led to a mudslide that resulted in hundreds of deaths. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.
Clergy from the Council of Churches of Sierra Leone lead worshippers to the bottom of Mount Sugar Loaf where hundreds of bodies are still buried under the rubble of a devastating landslide. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UMNS.
Agatha Muagura, a freshman agriculture student from Mozambique, speaks softly to the chicken she has selected to slaughter as part of a training exercise at the Africa University farm in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Relay games played with hula hoops are one of several Hulapalooza activities planned to promote Global Health’s Abundant Health initiative. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMCom.
Debris on this street in Everglades City, Fla., appears to go on forever. The city suffered damage from flooding and high winds from Hurricane Irma. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Students celebrate their new uniforms at Liuto Primary School near Madisi, Malawi. The uniforms were bought with donations from several United Methodist churches in Middle Tennessee. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Hundreds march for DACA and the Dream Act in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 5, ending outside the offices of U.S. Senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Amardeep Singh (left) ties a turban on Andrew Hogan, a Scout from Raleigh, N.C., during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W. Va. Singh is a volunteer at the Sikh Scouting ministry booth. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
United Methodist Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball blesses the elements of Holy Communion during the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W. Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Students hold signs of support at a ministry booth on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in response to the Oct. 1 shooting massacre. Photo by Susan Holden, courtesy of Desert Southwest Conference; Manuel Ixtan Gerõnimo, a member of the congregation at Iglesia Nacional Methodista Primitiva Fuente De Vida in Guatemala, said he has been planting seeds about Christ’s words from the Bible he has had for 40 years. Photo by Kathy Gilbert, UMNS; Representatives of The United Methodist Church in the Philippines joined other faith communities Sept. 21 in Manila to protest a wave of killings by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo courtesy of Rise Up for Life and For Rights; Matthew Marchetti (pictured and Oliver Carter, members of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, designed a web app, HoustonHarveyRescue.com, to help connect those in need with volunteer rescuers. Photo courtesy of Matthew Marchetti.
John Flomo, 66, has lived at the Ganta Leprosy and TB Rehab Center since he was 15 years old. The center is part of the United Methodist Ganta Mission Station in Ganta, Liberia. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Mike Toups and his wife, Tammy, are living with their five dogs inside the scout ministry building at Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas. They were flooded out by Hurricane Harvey. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Landmark cross at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Margaret Tagwira describes the nutritional advantages of chaya amid a field of the fast-growing vegetable, commonly known as "tree spinach," in Chivi, Zimbabwe. Tagwira directs the Chaya Project of Africa University, which seeks to introduce the South American plant in Africa. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Volunteers from South Roanoke (Va.) United Methodist Church help repair a flood survivor’s home in the Swinging Bridge community near Clay, W. Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Workers press palm oil by hand at the United Methodist Ganta Mission Station in Ganta, Liberia. Selling palm oil is a big source of income for the mission station, and they also provide palm plants and seedlings to the local community. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
Villagers greet visitors in Nkhafi, Malawi. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

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