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Missionary Tshala Mwengo Dies After Bus Accident

On April 9, the General Board of Global Ministries shared the sad news that Tshala Mwengo passed away. Tshala and his wife, Betty, had served at the Mujilla Falls Agricultural Project in Northwestern Zambia. He last itinerated in the Northern Illinois Conference in 2012 and visited the Annual Conference (click to read more). Sensing a…


Red Door Fund Update

Just one year ago, at a special session of the Annual Conference, we as the Annual Conference, voted to assist churches in our conference who were having trouble re-financing or repaying church mortgages whose rate of interest was onerous. In a wonderful confirmation of the connection we have as United Methodists and in an effort…


The Net Church faces difficult decision

Church planting is more of an art than a science. Three ingredients for a successful plant are the right planters, in the right place, at the right time. But even then there is no guarantee that a plant will take root, and then it requires discernment and a healthy dose of courage from the planters…

Tractor Blessing

Blessing of the Tractors

After a long, harsh winter, farmers in DeKalb County are ready to get out in their fields with a blessing. With the wave of an evergreen branch dipped in water, Montgomery resident and United Methodist pastor Rev. Jodeen Immer, (center), blessed farmers and ten tractors at Suydam UMC in Leland, Ill., on Sunday, April 6….