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MALANGE, Angola — Several missionaries who died while serving in Angola are buried at the Quéssua complex. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0127, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0211.

MALANGE, Angola — Dr. Laurinda Quipungo works with patients at the clinic she runs at Quéssua Hospital. The clinic has two, rooms, six cots and a diagnostic room. The only medicine is in the cabinet. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0126, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0211.












MALANGE, Angola — Quéssua United Methodist Church before repairs began. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0125, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0211.

MALANGE, Angola — The choir sang during the dedication of Quéssua United Methodist Church here. Florida Conference funds are helping refurbish the church, which was damaged during Angola's civil war. The funds helped pay for a new roof and ceiling tiles, doorways, windows, tile for the floors, structural and exterior work, and other repairs. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0124, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0211.

MALANGE, Angola — Children at the orphanage received gifts from the Florida Conference staff that were delivered by Bishop Timothy and Melba Whitaker. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0123, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0211.





ENTERPRISE — The Florida United Methodist Children's Home is located here and houses 80 children with special needs. The kids raised enough funds to fill 123 shoeboxes with gifts for needy children around the world. Photo courtesy of Stephen Hartsfield, Photo #04-0122, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0210.



MALANGE, Angola — Staff of the Eastern Angola Conference are led by their bishop, the Rev. José Quipungo (front left),  in spontaneous dance and song in appreciation for a day off. The group accompanied Bishop Timothy and Melba Whitaker on a trip to the Kalandula Falls. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0121,  accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0208.

MALANGE, Angola — Children at the orphanage greet Bishop Timothy and Melba Whitaker during their late November visit. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0120, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0208.





MALANGE, Angola — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker (front) helps lay the cornerstone for Sango United Methodist Church while Bishop José (center) and Dr. Laurinda (right) Quipungo look on. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0119, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0202.

MALANGE, Angola — During Bishop Timothy and Melba Whitaker's visit, students at the Hope for the Children of Africa School received school kits provided by members of Florida Conference churches and assembled during the 2003 Florida Annual Conference Event. The kits finally arrived after many months of going through the shipping process. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0118, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0202.

MALANGE, Angola — Children at an orphanage here received toys and clothing given by Florida Conference Center staff members and delivered by Bishop Timothy and Melba Whitaker. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0117, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0202.


ARCADIA — Carry Hurst (left) and Martha Berube are two of about nine people working at Trinity United Methodist Church's disaster relief office to help meet the needs of Arcadia residents affected by this year's hurricanes. Photo courtesy of Don and Sherrin Larson, Photo #04-0116, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0204.




ARCADIA — A work team from Virginia makes repairs to Patricia and Jere Worley's home here. The work team was sent by Trinity United Methodist Church's "clearinghouse" for disaster relief. Photo courtesy of Don and Sherrin Larson, Photo #04-0115, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0204.

MADISON — Volunteers from the eight churches that form the United Methodist Cooperative Ministries of Madison County unload flood buckets at the Florida Conference United Methodist Depot of Madison. The cooperative ministry led the effort to get the newly established depot up and running, just in time for the unusally active portion of the hurricane season. Photo courtesy of Florida Conference United Methodist Depot of Madison, Photo #04-0114, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0200.

MADISON — Volunteers at the Florida Conference United Methodist Depot of Madison unload flood buckets and health kits sent from the United Methodist Committee on Relief the day after Hurricane Charley hit the state. The depot was ready to receive supplies just three weeks before. Photo courtesy of Florida Conference United Methodist Depot of Madison, Photo #04-0113, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0200.

ANGOLA, Africa — Quéssua was the spiritual and educational center of the United Methodist Church here and included a church, elementary schools for boys and girls, a college, a school of domestic sciences and a theological seminary. Florida Conference offerings are helping rebuild the church and other buildings in the complex that were damaged or destroyed during Angola's civil war. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0112, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0197.

ORLANDO — Participants of Conway United Methodist Church's deaf ministry here share their enthusiasm for ministry. Photo courtesy of Debbie Bennett, Photo #04-0111, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0196.






WAHNETA — The Rev. Hermes Hernandez (right) and Robert Lopez move furniture donations at Hernandez' church, Wahneta United Methodist Church Hispanic Mission here in the Lakeland District. The furniture will be given to area migrant workers affected by the season's hurricanes. Photo courtesy of Robert Lopez, Photo #04-0110, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0194.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Bishop Dick Wills (center) is presented with signs of the episcopal office during his installation service at Brentwood United Methodist Church here. Wills most recently served the Florida Conference as senior pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Ft. Lauderdale. Photo by Cathy Farmer, Photo #04-0109, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0192.

VITORIA, Brazil — (Left to right) Clergy spouses Candy Smiley, Crystal Barham and Jeannene Riddle talk with the director of AMART, far left, in the treatment center's meditation area. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0108, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0188.
















VITORIA, Brazil — Clergy spouses Candy Smiley, left, and Irina Brightly, greeting the director of the Methodist Association for Addictions and Treatment Center (AMART) drug rehabilitaion program for men, tour the facility here. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0107, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0188.

ORLANDO — Central Florida voters waited an average of an hour and a half to vote early at the public library here. The Rev. Lusby Burruss hopes they and those who head to the polls Nov. 2 will heed the conference's warnings about the dangers of gambling by voting against consitutional Amendment 4. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #04-0106, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0187.

WINTER PARK — The Rev. Lusby Burruss hopes early voters like these, who waited more than two hours at the public library here, will vote against the statewide ballot's Amendment 4 and it's efforts to put slot machines in various locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As the conference's anti-gambling chair, Burruss spearheaded efforts to encourage Florida United Methodists to vote against the amendment. Photo by Tita Parham, Photo #04-0105, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0187.

GAINESVILLE — Andrew Jenkins, a 33-year-old Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, models the T-shirt he designed and is selling to help raise money for the Florida Conference Storm Recovery Fund. Photo courtesy of Andrew Jenkins, Photo #04-0104, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0184.

LAKELAND — Florida Storm Recovery Center volunteer Amy Gill, left, helps field calls from people wanting more information about recovery efforts or ready to volunteer. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #04-0103, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0179.

MELBOURNE — Suntree United Methodist Church staff members Sam Dever and Kathy Froiseth update the church's marquee to let residents know help is there for them. Photo by Linda Becker, Photo #04-0102, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0178.

OKEECHOBEE — As with hurricanes Charley and Frances, mobile homes and other less sturdy housing in the area received the brunt of damage during Hurricane Jeanne. More than 600 homes were either destroyed or damaged. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0101,  accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0177.

OKEECHOBEE — Eloise Brown and other members of First United Methodist Church here prepare bags of food that will be taken out into the community and given to people trying to recover from Hurricane Jeanne. The area's food pantries are not operating-one closed and the other lost its roof during the storm. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0100, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0177.














CHONTALA, Guatemala — Mayan women here weave their wool into brightly colored and patterned textiles for sale through the Naomi and Ruth cooperative. Florida Conference clergy spouses visited the village in 2003. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0099, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0174.

ANDALUSIA, Ala. — Tom Hazelwood, right, director of emergency services for the United Methodist Committee on Relief, attended a Sept. 20 meeting with Alabama-West Florida Conference disaster leaders to help fine-tune the conference's efforts following Hurricane Ivan. Photo by Meredyth Earnest, Photo #04-0098, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0173.



WEST PALM BEACH — Members of United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches work on a roof in the community after Hurricane Frances, a Category 2 storm, tore through the community Labor Day weekend. Church relief teams went out to communities hard hit by the storm and dried-in houses, as shown here, where tarp is placed over a hole in the roof to prevent further damage. Volunteers also gave away ice, water and non-perishable food. Photo by Patti Aupperlee, Photo #04-0097, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0172.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Ivan blew the bricks off St. Paul United Methodist Church here, leaving the wood beneath damaged and exposed. Although damage assessments are not complete, Alabama-West Florida Conference disaster response workers say all the United Methodist churches in the Pensacola area were damaged. Photo by Meredyth Earnest, Photo #04-0096, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0171.

ANGOLA, Africa — Melba Whitaker, left, and Eastern Angola Conference Bishop José Quipungo rest during one of many visits to ministries and communities in Quipungo's conference. Whitaker was part of a three-preson team that visited the conference last January on a fact-finding and relationship-building visit sponsored by the Florida Conference's task force on the Council of Bishop's Initiative on Children and Poverty (BICAP) and Hope for the Children of Africa. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0095, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0169.
 














FORT PIERCE — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker, right, and Esquibel Duclona, lay leader of Fort Pierce Haitian United Methodist Church, survey the damage done to the church by Hurricane Frances during the Labor Day weekend. Whitaker began his new term as bishop of the Florida Area by visiting communities hit hard by hurricanes Charley and Frances. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0094, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0168. 
WHITE CITY — The Bible study room at White City United Methodist Church was almost completely destroyed by winds and rain from Hurricane Frances. The water that came in through the roof soaked much of the sanctuary carpet and the floors in the church’s two offices. The church is “not operating” and cannot hold services, according to its pastor, the Rev. Warren Bennett. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0093, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0164.











FORT PIERCE — Plaster, wood and light fixtures litter the chancel area of Fort Pierce Haitian United Methodist Church after Hurricane Frances blew through the community last week. The sanctuary also suffered broken windows and water damage to nearly everything inside. Despite the devastation of their worship space, members are finding ways they can minister to the community around them. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0092, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0162.
FORT PIERCE — A team of volunteers from Community United Methodist Church here unloads a truck of water, paper towels and other supplies. The church is serving as a relief center, but church leaders are having trouble finding enough volunteers to unload and distribute supplies or meet other community needs. Weariness from and the widespread impact of two hurricanes and fear of a third are the major factors contributing to the lack of help. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0091, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0161.




One of the six television ads the United Methodist Church has been running since Sept. 6 is part of the expression called "Love Letters" and features God expressing the desire to "hear from" people who do not have a relationship with him. The ads will run for two weeks. Graphic provided by United Methodist Communications, Photo #04-0090, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0159.
LEESBURG — The Rev. Dr. Melton Ware, and his wife, Adelaide, stand beside plans for the prayer chapel opening at the Life Enrichment Center (LEC) here in March 2005. The Wares say prayer has been central to their lives, and they wanted to encourage visitors to the LEC to make prayer a focal point of their stay. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0089, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0157.
LEESBURG — Conference leaders break ground for the construction of a prayer chapel at the Life Enrichment Center here as the Rev. Cathy Thacker prepares to sprinkle water on the earth. Pictured are Bill Walker, Florida Conference lay leader (center), Leland McKown, Florida Conference trustee (left) and the Rev. Dr. Melton Ware, benefactor. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0088, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0157.
ARCADIA — The homes of many of Arcadia's Hispanic residents were either significantly damaged or destroyed Aug. 13 by Hurricane Charley, whose winds were so strong here that pieces of mobile homes were found in trees. Many families lost all their belongings along with their homes. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0087, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0154.





ARCADIA — Hispanic residents here make up 60 percent of the county's population of 32,000. Primarily citrus, construction or migrant workers, they have very little disposable income because the majority of their money is sent back home to their native countries, and most aren't members of a church family. Trinity United Methodist Church here is working to meet their spiritual, as well as physical needs, in the wake of Hurricane Charley by starting a Hispanic church for them. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0086, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0154.
ARCADIA — Queenie Williams sifts through clothes provided at Trinity United Methodist Church here during the church’s block party Aug. 21. The event was designed to bring the community together after the devastation left by Hurricane Charley Aug. 13. Youth from across the conference volunteered in the community that day and served as the event's hosts. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0085, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0153.






ARCADIA — Clint Mitchell, left, and Zack Yowarski take a break at Trinity United Methodist Church here Aug. 21 after clearing the debris Hurricane Charley left behind from residents' yards. Youth from churches throughout the Florida Conference volunteered to help storm victims in Arcadia and act as hosts for a barbecue/block party at the church. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0084, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0153.






ARCADIA — Florida Conference church members have been doing many activities in the spirit of National Neighborhood Day during the weeks since Hurricane Charley hit, such as serving meals to victims of the storm, which is what members of Trinity United Methodist Church here and many other churches in the conference have done recently. Serving food to residents, cleaning up neighborhood yards, providing water on a hot day—all are ways churches can participate in the Sept. 12 effort. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0083, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0152.


KISSIMMEE — The neighborhood around First United Methodist Church here looked very much like other parts of the state hard hit by Hurricane Charley, with telephone lines and poles wrapped up in downed trees. The church had signficant roof and water damage, with stained glass windows broken and blown into the sanctury. Photo by Dwight Oakes, Photo #04-0082, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0147.





ARCADIA — Mobile home parks here received the brunt of damage from Hurricane Charley. A number of trailers were completely destroyed, and homeowners, many of them area migrant workers, are left with little or no belongings. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0081, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0147.


PUNTA GORDA — Ice, food, water and hot meals were available for free at First United Methodist Church  here. While crews worked to repair damage to the sanctuary and other church buildings caused by Hurricane Charley, volunteers unloaded trucks of food and trunks filled with ice and distributed both to people in the community affected by the category four hurricane. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0080, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0149.






TALLAHASSEE — South Georgia Conference Bishop B. Michael Watson encouraged men attending the Men’s Rally for Christ to share their love of Jesus Christ with other men. The rally, held Aug. 14 at the Leon County Convention Center here, was centered around the theme “Under the Master’s Mandate” adapted from Luke 24:44. The rally is held once every two years and is a coordinated effort between the United Methodist Men of the Florida, Alabama/West Florida and Georgia conferences. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0079, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0143.
FORT OGDEN — Windows were blown out of the parsonage at Fort Ogden United Methodist church, and there is significant water damage inside. The church's pastor, the Rev. David Springer, had to remove all his belongings. Photo by Julie Bullerdick, Photo #04-0078, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0144.







FORT OGDEN — Fort Ogden United Methodist church has been closed off since Hurricane Charley hit because of the damage it sustained. The wind blew inside the sanctuary from one side of the building to the other, breaking through stained glass windows on opposite sides of the church, according to the church's pastor, the Rev. David Springer. The floor is tilting, and pews, Bibles and other items are turned over and scattered inside. It's not known yet if the church will be condemned. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0077, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0144.
MYAKKA — Myakka City United Methodist Church after the storm. The church is providing hundreds of meals each day to residents and helping the community cope with flooding. Photo by Richard Nussel, Photo #04-0076, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0146.




WINTER HAVEN — A  professional bio-hazard clean-up crew works to minimize mold damage and growth at Trinity United Methodist Church here. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #04-0075, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0146.
BOWLING GREEN — The Lakeland District's Bowling Green community, like many in the strike path of the hurricane, is littered with debris from decades-old oaks and other trees either blown down or splintered in the storm. Photo by Caryl Kelley, Photo #04-0074, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0146.
ARCADIA — Volunteers at Trinity United Methodist Church here provide meals to a community badly shaken by Hurricane Charley. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0073, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0146.



FORT OGDEN — This house down the street from Fort Ogden United Methodist church here is unlivable after Hurricane Charley, with blown out windows and holes in the roof from planks ripped off by 130-plus mile per hour winds. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0072, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0146.
ARCADIA — Crystal, left, and Twanda Cooper receive bags of essential items at Trinity United Methodist Church here. The church has given hundreds of bags filled with food, cleaning supplies, bug spray and toiletry items to neighbors. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0071, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0145.









MYAKKA — Lisa Paul, right, assists her daughter with a meal at Myakka City United Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon. Paul said she heard the church was providing hot "thorugh word of mouth." "The hurricane was scary," she said. "It was my first one so I didn’t know what to expect. I’m glad it's over." Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0070, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0145.


ARCADIA — Ozel Martin stands in front of the remains of his mother’s carport at her Arcadia home. The carport was destroyed and the home's roof was damaged during Hurricane Charley. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0069, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0145.
ORLANDO — Hurricane Charley uprooted trees, cars and families Aug. 13 when it cut through the Cloverlawn neighborhood here. Trees blown down or splinterd by the storm fell on houses and powerlines, making some homes unlivable and forcing families to find places to stay to escape the heat. The conference is working to assess the assistance residents  across the state will need in the storm's aftermath. Photo by Julie Jo Adams, Photo #04-0068, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0142.


WINTER PARK — Aloma United Methodist Church in Central Florida's Winter Park community was one of about 40 conference churches to date filing claims for damage to their facilities caused by Hurricane Charley Aug. 13. The church's steeple blew off and the sanctuary's roof was damaged during the storm. Photo by Don Youngs, Photo #04-0067, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0142.

PUNTA GORDA — At Cleveland United Methodist Church here members gathered Sunday to inspect the damage to the church's property. Punta Gorda and other communities in the Ft. Myers District were some of the hardest hit, experiencing Hurricane Charley as a category four hurricane when it made landfall there. Photo by Jim Patch, Photo #04-0066, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0139.



PUNTA GORDA — Christ United Methodist Church here was one of a number of churches in the Ft. Myers District damaged by Hurricane Charley. Both the sactuary and education and offices buildings were affected. The hurricane made landfall in the Ft. Myers area as a category four hurricane. Photo by Jim Patch, Photo #04-0065, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0139.

ORLANDO — After making landfall in the Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda areas, Hurricane Charley traveled northeastward into Central Florida and up the I-4 corridor. Its eye passed over a number of Orlando communities, knocking old oaks into homes and powerlines. Photo by Julie Jo Adams, Photo #04-0064, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0138.

ORLANDO — Homes in the southeast area of Orlando were hard hit by Hurricane Charley, which knocked many of the neighborhoods' oaks into homes and powerlines and left many residents without electricity or water. Photo by Julie Jo Adams, Photo #04-0063, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0138.

ARCADIA — Trinity United Methodist Church here was just one of the many buildings and homes damaged during Hurricane Charley. It's also a point of operations for relief to the area, with church members providing food and water to residents affected by the storm. Arcadia is 20 to 30 miles from Port Charlotte, where the hurricane made landfall. Photo by the Rev. Dr. Larry Rankin, Photo #04-0062, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0138.

INAGUA, Bahamas — A member of Crossroad United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, acts out a Bible story for children participating in a nine-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 9-17 at the Methodist Church of the Bahamas here. A 14-member mission team from the church helped lead the VBS. Photo courtesy of Kathy McCulloch, Jacksonville District mission coordinator, Photo #04-0061, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0135.

INAGUA, Bahamas — Children sing together during a a nine-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) July 9-17 at the Methodist Church of the Bahamas here. A 14-member mission team from Crossroad United Methodist Church, Jacksonville, participated. The team also learned the island's children go to school in dilapidated buildings, with furniture that needs to be repaird and little to no school supplies, prompting the church to begin a school supply drive in its district. Photo courtesy of Kathy McCulloch, Jacksonville District mission coordinator, Photo #04-0060, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0135.







ALEJANDRA, Argentina — Luis Gallay's homestead includes several buildings, one that is more than 100 years old and whitewashed over dried mud. Gallay is a well-known natural healer, who grows "plants of every imaginable kind" on his property, according to Melba Whitaker. Whitaker and Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker met with Gallay while touring Uruguay, Argentina and Chile in July 2002. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0059, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0134.






ALEJANDRA, Argentina — Luis Gallay (left), a well-known natural healer in the area here, met with Melba and Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker in July 2002 while they were touring  Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Melba Whitaker called Gallay "one of the most unforgettable persons in my life." Also pictured is Dr. Doug Ruffle, a translator from the General Board of Global Ministries. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0058, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0134. 

In a statement issued last month Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker announced the superintendents of the conference's nine new districts, effective July 2005. Delegates to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event approved a cabinet proposal that reduced the number of districts in the conference from 14 to nine. Graphic by Michael Wacht, #04-0057, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0133. NOTE: A district map was published with e-Review Florida UMNS #0088 June 7. This current map reflects minor changes and is the latest.







ORLANDO — Children paricipate in Ebenezer United Methodist Church's summer program here, which included a first-ever computer lab the neighborhood's children used to play games and practice taking the Florida Comprehensive Aptitude Test (FCAT). The church hopes to continue offering the computer lab throughout the year if volunteers are found to staff the room. Photo by Margaret Kartwe-Bradley, Photo #04-0056, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0132.












DAYTONA BEACH — The Rev. Jeffrey Ice (center) stands outside the Bethune-Cookman College Performing Arts Center here with his daughter, Danielle, his wife, Laura, and the Rev. Roberto Perez after being ordained at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event. Ice credits Perez as one of the people who encouraged and supported him in leaving his days of drinking and taking drugs behind. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0055, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0130.

DAYTONA BEACH — The Rev. Jeffrey Ice (kneeling), pastor of Poinciana United Methodist Church, Miami, is ordained at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker. Ice began drinking at age 12 and eventually became a functioning alcoholic, but he turned his life around and committed it to Christ in 1994. He graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus in 2000. Also pictured from right to left are the Rev. Bob Bushong and retired Bishop J. Lloyd Knox. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0054, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0130.

CLAREMONT, Jamaica — Several members of the mission team from Beach United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Beach, play with the Jamaican children during their recent journey to the mountains of central Jamaica. Church members pictured are (from left to right) Emma Knopp, a student at Fletcher High School; Lynn Northup, an adult member of the team from Atlantic Beach;  Susan Tiller, an adult member from Ponte Vedra;  and Courtney Stahlman and Ashley Sweat, both Fletcher High School students. Photo by Chuck Kennedy, Photo #04-0053, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0128.















CLAREMONT, Jamaica — Andrew Davis, a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach and a student at Florida State University, assists two Jamaican children during Vacation Bible School here. Davis was a member of a mission team from Beach United Methodist Church, Jacksonville Beach,that spent 10 days in the mountains of central Jamaica. Photo by Chuck Kennedy, Photo #04-0052, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0128.

EASTERN ANGOLA, Africa — Funds from the Florida Conference will help rebuild bombed out buildings like these on the Quessua campus. Quessua is the missionary compound that included the theological seminary, a college, a large church, a hospital and an agricultural school and was destroyed. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0051, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0126.

ILLINOIS — Bunny Wolfe (right), the Illinois Great Rivers Conference's director of Missions & Outreach, announces the grand total of phone cards collected at that conference's 2004 annual conference event June 12. Also pictured is Navy Chaplain Bob Phillips (second from right), who blessed the cards and collection. The Illinois Great Rivers Conference leads the denomination in the collection of telephone cards for the military while on active duty. The Florida Conference's Jacksonville District has begun the ministry in its district and has invited the rest of the Florida Conference to participate. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Photo #04-0050, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0124.












LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Florida Conference delegates to the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference vote during Episcopal elections. Photo by Woody Woodrick, Mississippi Conference, Photo #04-0049, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0119.

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Florida Conference Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker presides over the discussion of the budget proposal brought before delegates July 13 at the 2004 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference by the jurisdiction's Council on Finance and Administration. Photo by Woody Woodrick, Mississippi Conference, Photo #04-0048, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0118.

MERRITT ISLAND — The Rev. Virginia Pearcy (left) shares a moment with office volunteer Joyce Andrade at Grace United Methodist Church here. A choking incident at her church has promted Pearcy to urge all churches to have members trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR and current first-aid kits that include barrier masks to be used during CPR. Photo by Jules Gurdgiel, Photo #04-0047, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0117.



LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Wills (right, front) and his wife, Eileen, after Wills is elected a bishop at the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Photo by Meredyth Earnest, Alabama-West Florida Conference, Photo #04-0046, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0112.





LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Wills (left, front) receives congratulations from members of the Florida Conference delegation to the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference after being elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Photo by Meredyth Earnest, Alabama-West Florida Conference, Photo #04-0045, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0112.

MOOREHAVEN — Jayson Street, left, demonstrates amateur radio to children during the American Radio Relay League Kids Day event at First United Methodist Church here last month. Jayson and his father, the Rev. Thom Street, pastor of the church, started Glades County's Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Services and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services when they moved to the area in June 2003. Photo by the Rev. Thom Street, Photo #04-0044, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0111.





POMPANO BEACH — Ricki Kirk, right, and her husband, the Rev. Doug Kirk, attend the ordination service of their friend Margaret Matthews last year. Kirk, a teacher, helped change a state law that enables clergy spouses to carry their years of service from one school district to another. "...I am just happy that other ministers wives will not have to go through what many of us did in the past, always going back to 10 years of service," she said. Photo courtesy of Ricki Kirk, Photo #04-0043, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0110.

DAMBA, East Angola — Children of the refugee village here stand in front of one of the village's mud houses. About 10,000 people live here after relocating during the country's 30-year civil war. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0042, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0109.












DAMBA, East Angola — Large plastic tubs of food are brought by the children here to the altar during the worship service's offering time. The food is given to the pastor to help support him and his family. Pastors in the Eastern Angola Conference do not receive a salary. Photo by Melba Whitaker, Photo #04-0041, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0109.

DAYTONA BEACH — The Rev. Aldo and Celia Martin accept a certificate of years of service at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event's retirement service. Aldo Martin retired from his most recent position as superintendent of the Lakeland District after 48 years of service to the United Methodist Church, some under harsh conditions in his native country, Cuba. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0040, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0108.







 

ORLANDO — More than 100 people attended a recent fund-raising luau at Trinity United Methodist Church here. The church's pastor, the Rev. David Juliano, said the event attracted a significant number of residents from the surrounding neighborhood and children and families from the preschool located on the church's campus. Trinity is preparing to begin its second year of the NCD process and has already made inroads into reaching new people in its community, according to Juliano. "Our minimum factor was need-oriented evangelism," he said. "All of these things, signs of revitalization, are directly related to need-oriented evangelism." Photo by Bob Wadeck, Photo #04-0039, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0107.

DAYTONA BEACH — Delegates to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event June 3-6 here voted on a number of proposals, including one to increase clergy members' financial responsibility for their health-care costs. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0038, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0105.





IMMOKALEE — Cecil Howell, a member of First United Methodist here, stands next to a tractor on his Immokalee tomato farm. He has been farming tomatoes since 1979 and produces 300 acres of tomatoes in both the spring and fall. Howell is against the Taco Bell boycott because he says not all tomato farmers treat their workers badly and many provide at least minimum wage. Photo courtesy of Cecil Howell, Photo #04-0037, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0100.

IMMOKALEE — Agricultural farm worker Romeo Ramirez (left) talks to Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) staff member Julia Perkins at the CIW office here. Ramirez, a native of Guatemala, went undercover in a Lake Placid citrus farm to uncover human rights violations, earning him the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Humanitarian Award. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0036, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0101.


















DAYTONA BEACH — United Methodists attending the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event June 3-6 here and who participated in the Celebrate Jesus mini-mission June 4 get to know area residents at the Family Fun Day held on the beach the next day. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0035, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0095.

DAYTONA BEACH —United Methodists churches set up booths on the beach as part of the June 5 Family Fun Day at the band shell here. The event was the culmination of the Celebrate Jesus mini-mission that took place June 4 of the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman College here. Delegates canvassed areas of Daytona Beach to introduce residents to the love of Jesus Christ and invite them to the day of fun. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0034, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0095.

DAYTONA BEACH — Area residents join United Methodists June 5 for a Family Fun Day at the band shell here. The event was the culmination of the Celebrate Jesus mini-mission that took place June 4 of the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event at Bethune-Cookman College here. Neighbors were treated to free food and the music of bands from around the conference, plus a chance to learn more about the conference’s churches and their ministries. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0033, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS#0095.














DAYTONA BEACH — The Rev. Luc Dessieux spends a few moments with Judith Pierre-Okerson, also a native of Haiti and chairwoman of the conference’s Refugee Ministry team, before being ordained an elder June 6 at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event here. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0032, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0094.


DAYTONA BEACH — Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker addresses clergy retiring and the 2004 class of ordinands June 6 at the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event here. “I’m happy for all of you today,” he said to the ordinands during the ordination service. “This is a joyful day. I pray that, by God’s grace, you will make the most of your ministry.” Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0031, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0092.

DAYTONA BEACH — Referencing the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event’s “A Light to the Nations” theme in his evening sermon June 3 Bishop José Quipungo told delegates the light does not go out when the conference ends. He said the light “is always, is forever; it is not one day, one week, month or year.” Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0030, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0087.

DAYTONA BEACH — The Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans (far left), former superintendent of the Miami District, leads delegates to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event here in a breakout session June 3 to discuss proposals recommended by the Conference Table. Photo by Geoff Anderson, Photo #04-0029, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0091.



DAYTONA BEACH — Candles flicker on the altar inside the Prayer Garden in the Performing Arts Center at Bethune Cookman-College (BCC) here. Organizers say many people returned to the tranquil setting to center themselves throughout the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event, held June 3-6 at BCC. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0028, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0090.









DAYTONA BEACH — Delegates kicked off the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event June 3 at Bethune Cookman-College here with afternoon laity and clergy sessions and evening worship featuring Bishop José Quipungo of the Eastern Angola Conference preaching the sermon, a special offering collected to help that conference rebuild its churches and ministry, and communion. Photo by Geoff Anderson, #04-0027, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0089.
One of the goals of the Florida Conference Cabinet's redistricting proposal was to make each of the nine new districts as equal as possible in terms of the number of churches and church members within each district. Delegates to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event approved the proposal June 5. Graphic by Michael Wacht, #04-0026, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0088.







Delegates to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event approved a cabinet proposal that reduced the number of districts in the conference from 14 to nine. Each district is a new entity, but the move to nine allowed the cabinet to preserve seven of the old districts intact as the base for new districts. Graphic by Michael Wacht, #04-0025, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0088.
NOTE: This new map reflects the work of the cabinet prior to the 2004 Florida Annual Conference Event. There may be minor changes as Florida Area Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker consults with district superintendents on the final structure.
LAKELAND — Delegates at the 2003 Florida Annual Conference Event help assemble school kits as part of the gathering’s Children’s Harvest outreach ministry. A total of 3,000 kits were sent to the Eastern Angola Conference. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0024, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0078.
WEST PALM BEACH — (Left to right) Kelly Brill, Sal Galati, Peggy Willits, Sara Wiggins and Sara Parente discuss their roles as C.R.O.S. mentors during a training session. Photo by Nashika Jackson O’Gilvie, Photo #04-0023, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0077.















PITTSBURGH — Soulforce members line both sides of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the 2004 General Conference with signs of protest. Soulforce is an advocacy group that opposes the church’s stance on the homosexuality issue and affirms full and equal inclusion of gays and lesbians in the life of the church. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0022, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0074.








PITTSBURGH — A peaceful protest of demonstrators weaves its way through the main assembly hall during the morning plenary sessions May 6 at the 2004 General Conference here. The group included clergy and laity and was led by Soulforce, an advocacy group that opposes church doctrine toward gays and lesbians. They walked through the hall twice, singing songs and holding banners high above their heads. In a sign of solidarity many delegates stood as the group protested. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0021, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0074.

PETIT-GOAVE, Haiti - The Rev. James Trainer's niece, Joyce Trainer, center, is surrounded by children at God's Littlest Angel Orphanage here. Trainer and his brother and sister-in-law visited her at the orphanage in late March. They took supplies for the 70 children who live and go to school there. Photo by the Rev. James Trainer, Photo #04-0020, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0073.

PITTSBURGH - Florida Conference delegates consider the issues before them three days into the 2004 General Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center here. Florida's delegation is among 998 delegates and more than 1,000 visitors from across the globe participating in the denomination's highest lawmaking assembly. The gathering ends May 7. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0019, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0066.
  
 
  

 

 

ORLANDO - Mike Standifer (left), director of the Florida Conference Council on Ministries' summer camp ministry, talks with Michel D'Annecy, executive director of the camps and retreat center for nearly 10 years, after the March 13 Conference Table meeting at First United Methodist Church here. The meeting examined a proposal that will be voted on at annual conference to reorganize the conference camps and retreat center. Photo by J.A. Buchholz, Photo #04-0018, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0051.

 

BAGHDAD - Haven Whiteside visits with clerical students at Abu Hanifa Mosque here. Whiteside said he discovered Muslims aren't any different from Americans-they want the best for their families and children. Photo courtesy of Haven Whiteside, Photo #04-0015, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0043.
 
 
  
BAGHDAD - Barbed wire surrounds the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Baghdad. It is surrounded by 10-foot high concrete walls and razor wire and is guarded by guns and tanks. The hotel has just one entrance and multiple security check points. Photo by Haven Whiteside, Photo #04-0016, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0043.
    

 

BAGHDAD - A woman looks down on Karrada Avenue here after a bomb killed two civilians. The bomb was intended for United States soldiers on patrol. The soldiers escaped, and an Iraqi interpreter was cut by broken glass. Photo by Haven Whiteside, Photo #04-0017, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0043.

TITUSVILLE - Society of St. Andrew volunteers load citrus picked from trees in Brevard County Jan. 31 during the largest gleaning project of the year. More than 450 volunteers collected grapefruit, limes, lemons and oranges, which were distributed to the needy throughout the state. Photo by Brian Backus, Photo #04-0012, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0041.

 


  

TITUSVILLE - Volunteers load citrus gleaned from area homeowners' trees at College Park United Methodist Church here as part of the Society of St. Andrew's Jan. 31 gleaning event. Kathy Forth, the ministry's Florida program coordinator, said 138,000 pounds of fruit was gleaned in Orlando, with another 130,000 pounds collected in Brevard County. The grapefruit, limes, lemons and oranges were distributed to the needy throughout the state. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0013, accompanies
e-Review Florida UMNS #0041.

ORLANDO - Volunteers gleaned 138,000 pounds of citrus from area homeowners' trees Jan. 31 as part of a Society of St. Andrew gleaning event, according to Kathy Forth, the ministry's Florida program coordinator. Another 130,000 pounds was collected in Brevard County. The grapefruit, limes, lemons and oranges were distributed to the needy throughout the state. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0014, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0041

 

 

 

PORT ORANGE - An information area is set up in the foyer of First United Methodist Church here. The church's ability to reach out to visitors resulted in more than 400 people visiting the church last year alone, with 25 percent becoming members. Photo by Anita Sholtes, Photo #04-0011, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0037.

ST. PETERSBURG - Volunteers Margaret Linn (left) and Elizabeth Bartelt help 5th-grader Chris Chittarath with his homework during an after-school program at Children of the World Preschool. Photo by Anne L. Hall, Photo #04-0010, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0029.


 

WINTER HAVEN - The Rev. Dr. Geraldine McClellan (center), superintendent of the Gainesville District, was among the Florida Conference cabinet members who presented the "Connecting for Transformation" restructuring proposal and spent time listening to the reactions of laity and clergy at the latest Conference Table gathering. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0008, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0028.

The Feb. 1 consecration of Ebenezer United Methodist Church's new facilities featured the first-ever performance by Ebenezer's Anointed Praise Dance Ministry and included two baptisms and a new member joining the church. The Revs. Geraldine McClellan and Jeff Stiggins, superintendents of the Gainesville and Orlando districts, respectively, helped the congregation celebrate its new campus and officially open the church for worship and service. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0007, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0027.

 

 

 


 

WINTER HAVEN - The Rev. Bert Blomquist, superintendent of the Tampa District, stands in front of a map of the proposed new district structure for the Florida Conference. The proposal, called "Connecting for Transformation," would reduce the number of districts in the conference and encourage churches to work together in new ways. Photo by Michael Wacht, Photo #04-0009, accompanies
e-Review Florida UMNS #0028.
KEY WEST - A balloon artist visiting Wesley House's Inez Martin Child Care Center here last October makes hats and toys for the children. The Center serves approximately 70 children from birth to 5 years old and is the largest child-care program in Key West. Most of the children are from working, low-income families who comprise the backbone of the local tourist industry. The program also serves the largest number of foster children in Monroe County. Wesley House operates two child-care programs in Key West, both of which offer full nutrition and school readiness programs. Teachers emphasize the development of fine and gross motor skills, self-help skills, social and emotional skills, and language and communication skills. Photo by Wendy Nunn, Photo #04-0005, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0020
  
  
  
MIMS - NOMADS volunteers Joan Meyer (left) and Zoe Lawhorn (right) tackle a painting project at Mims United Methodist Church in the Melbourne District. NOMADS volunteers provide their own transportation to a project and are self-sufficient while on a site working. They volunteer to work on any mission's project designated by the host group. NOMADS is a program area of the General Board of Global Ministries' Volunteers in Mission. Photo by Joyce Meyer, Photo #04-0006, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0026.

 

PAISLEY - Members of Paisley United Methodist Church's junior youth group pose with one of the prayer blankets they make and send to people who are sick. The group began making the blankets less than a year ago and has been inundated with requests. They have sent blankets across the country and globe, as far away as Israel. Photo by Claire Puertas, Photo #04-0003, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0010.

FORT MYERS - First United Methodist Church here opened its doors to the community last fall when it began its 40-day journey through the popular book "Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. The church gave away 1,000 copies of the book and formed 44 small groups, through which participants searched to discover meaning and purpose in their lives. The initiative was sponsored by Saddleback Church in California. Photo by Carl Scharfenberg, Photo #04-0004, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0012.
 
   

KISSIMMEE - Homeless brothers Jim (left) and Bob Steele show off their Christmas gift bags from the youth at First United Methodist Church, Kissimmee. The youth distributed more than 40 bags filled with candy, soap, socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes and other personal items. The church has opened the doors of its fellowship hall for more than 20 years to serve as a homeless shelter, providing a warm place to sleep and a hot meal for homeless men and women. The church also offers a weekly dinner followed by a worship service called Sunday Night Alive for the homeless each Sunday at 6 p.m. Photo by Dwight Oakes, Photo #04-0001, accompanies e-Review Florida UMNS #0003.

MOZAMBIQUE  - This teacher residence building and accompanying outhouse are part of the newly opened Henderson Middle School in Mozambique. Two classroom buildings and bathrooms are now open to serve students in north Mozambique. The Florida Conference raised $250,000 to fund the school, which was named in memory of the late Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson and in honor of his widow, Dorothye. Photo courtesy of Bishop Joao Machado, Photo #04-0002, accompanies
e-Review Florida UMNS #0007.

 

  
  
  





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