Rethink Church
Global Health
Providing Aid, Improving Systems and Equipping Local Healthcare Providers Around the Globe
ALLEVIATING HUMAN SICKNESS
AND SUFFERING TOGETHER
We’re working alongside thousands of communities internationally, through more than 300 United Methodist hospitals and clinics, to tackle issues of clean water, maternal and child health, malnutrition, HIV and AIDS, and malaria. Our programs seek to increase access to clean water and better sanitation as a pervasive root cause of many preventable illnesses and death.
That's Church.
 
 
 
OPEN HEARTS

Dr. Vicki Morris, from Raleigh North Carolina, recently served Ebola patients who were sick and scared in Liberia, assuring each one, “God hears your prayers, God loves you.”
OPEN MINDS

A ministry called “Salud y Paz,” meaning “Health and Peace,” joins U.S. congregations with the indigenous Methodist church of Guatemala to establish clinics that meet critical medical needs.
OPEN DOORS

Parish nurses in congregations across the country are opening the church’s doors to care for people by offering vital health screenings and connecting people with needed resources in the community.
 
 
 

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”


ANNE FRANK
 
 
REACHING OUT TO THOSE ON THE MARGINS

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, understood the relationship between poverty and poor health. Wesley's practical theology challenged followers of Jesus Christ to reach out to those on the margins of society, heal them and send them back into their community for a greater good. Today The United Methodist Church provides health care and aid in more than 27 countries through hospitals, clinic work, parish nursing programs and other volunteer opportunities.
 
IMPLEMENTING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS

Unfortunately, many of the health issues Wesley faced still plague our planet today. Many people and communities throughout Africa, in particular, lack access to the basic rights of nutritious food, clean water, adequate shelter and essential medicines. Through drilling boreholes, building water-purification systems, and developing agricultural resources and adequate housing, we work tirelessly to help provide a better quality of life for others around the world.
 
EMPOWERING PEOPLE

Our holistic approach to health empowers people to take charge of their own lives and develops positive health-seeking behavior in the communities we serve. This strategy emphasizes education and the development of local resources so that improvements in public health are sustained over time. Our programs reach entire communities, especially the most vulnerable, and value local cultural practices as sources of generating lasting solutions to challenges of health and poverty.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In West Africa the Church is Uniquely Positioned to Fight Ebola


Dangerous community rumors spread that giving a blood sample at a hospital, for Ebola testing, was how the disease was contracted. “Most of the people who died from Ebola,” says one local nurse, “died from lack of information.” Now the United Methodist Church is launching an Ebola emergency response plan that is providing life-saving information to communities.
 
 
 

We Have Hope,
We Have People,
We Have Power



Moved by the conviction that we have the hope, the people and the power to facilitate change, the people of The United Methodist Church have a powerful history of joining together to respond to need around the globe. Today we’re more passionate than ever about equipping our local partners serving urban and rural areas to improve the health of their communities.

THAT'S CHURCH.
 
 
 





 

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