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Women of the Congo Arise

United Methodist Women in the East Congo Episcopal Area are helping rape survivors emerge from misplaced blame and isolation. In this place often called the “rape capital of the world,” brutal sexual assaults are not crimes against one person – … Continue reading

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Global Communications through a Basic Handset

In 3 weeks, 12 countries participated, with 9 admins sending over 80k SMS to 3,300+ people. Continue reading

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No Greater Gift

Set out for Kindu at the crack of dawn in Kinshasa, and on the way saw Bishop Gabriel Unda at the airport transfer in Kisangani. Upon arrival in Kindu, Matt Crum, Pierre Omadjela and I were greeted by a UMC Conference delegation – we could see them as we were getting off the plane. Much development is going on around the airport – with buildings and businesses and better roads. Pierre said,

“We just need peace and then we can build.” Continue reading

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The Toll of Ebola upon Communities

Ebola is hurting more than the body. It strikes at the chord of humanity that seeks to live as one usually does – touching those we care about. The role of the church is to continue to speak with an active voice…to amplify the voices of those who are least heard among the often shallow, meaningless voices of the day. Can we overcome? Continue reading

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the light shines brightest…

This morning I had the chance to meet with a friend and her two children at United Methodist Communications about the difference solar power can make for parts of the world without electricity. Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Poverty

Speech given at United Nations, InfoPoverty World Conference, April 11, 2014: It is a privilege to speak here today at the 14th InfoPoverty World Conference. My name is Neelley Hicks, and I am the Director of ICT4D Church Initiatives at … Continue reading

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Skype by Candlelight

I regularly work with people who live in the Congo, even though I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Last week, I got on Skype at a scheduled time to meet with Betty Kazadi Musau. Just as we had planned, she was online and we began catching up on her work with a computer lab in Kamina. She mentioned that electricity was out, which shocked me – how could we be meeting without electricity? Continue reading

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If a tree falls…

In Mitwaba DRC, a tornado struck on Nov 19 and people have been suffering there without any outside assistance. Joseph Mulongo manages Friendly Planet Missiology and is crying out as loudly as he can for help. Continue reading

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One Response

As the traditional relief of food, clean water, shelter and medical care started pouring in, so have ICTs that power communications relief in connecting resources with needs and those who are hurting. United Methodist Communications is working with experienced relief groups who’ve responded in this way – NetHope, World Food Programme/Emergency Telecommunications Cluster – so the church can respond effectively to its communities – both in relief and recovery. Continue reading

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“You reached me where I was.”

Mobile phones seem to be everywhere in Africa, and they’re keeping people in touch with health, education, banking, and community empowerment. Continue reading

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