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Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

Impacting Lives Around the World from Right at Home

10/26/2022
Reprinted with permission from Midwest Mission. This is Lois.   One of her bucket list items was to serve at and visit Midwest Mission. During the week of October 10, Lois, 93 3/4 years old, got to check off that item, serving with complete joy throughout the week.   Although this was Lois’ first trip to serve at Midwest Mission, she has been serving with Midwest Mission for a long time. Lois and her granddaughter use their God-given talents to make sewn items for Midwest Mission kits.    “My ...

Midwest Mission Asks for Supplies to Help with Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

Midwest Mission Asks for Supplies to Help with Hurricane Ian Relief Efforts

10/4/2022
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Midwest Mission, located just outside Chatham, IL, is working to provide disaster relief to those affected by Hurricane Ian. “Our Cleaning Kit supplies have been depleted. After sending relief to 14 US disasters this year, including the most recent flooding in Kentucky and St. Louis, we need help replenishing so we can get supplies to our partners who are ready to deploy the requested supplies,” says Executive Director Chantel Corrie.  “While we typically have 3,000 ...

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

Meal packing event makes 38,400 meals at Ankeny First's Christian Life Center

9/6/2022
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) aims to pack 8,400 rice meal bags that will feed 50,400 people in Ukraine, and is on the road packing meals at various locations throughout the midwest. Ankeny First United Methodist Church's Christian Life Center (CLC) hosted an event on August 27 where volunteers assembled 6,400 meal packs, getting them closer to their goal. The Ankeny event was open to anyone wanting to participate in a hands-on mission event. More than 175 individuals stopped ...

Challenges, Discouragements, Victories, Conquests, Frustrations and JOY!

Challenges, Discouragements, Victories, Conquests, Frustrations and JOY!

8/16/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Bruna Farat, serving as a United Methodist Church missionary in Costa Rica, has just celebrated her commissioning as a missionary in June with leaders of Global Ministries. Her family, husband Nouhou and two-year-old daughter, Hadassa, moved to Costa Rica nine months ago from Brazil where she was born, grew up and served in various ministry roles.    Working with three small rural churches she has faced many challenges but is thanking God for each of the churches and ...

UMCOR and CWS launch new menstrual hygiene kits

UMCOR and CWS launch new menstrual hygiene kits

7/28/2022
July 26, 2022 | ATLANTA For release: IMMEDIATE  Media Contact: Dan Curran for Global Ministries/UMCOR 770-658-9586 dancurran@curranpr.com  The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Church World Service (CWS) today launched a new joint menstrual hygiene kit initiative to provide essential health and dignity products to vulnerable communities across the U.S. The kits will be purchased and assembled by volunteers and supporters, and then distributed by UMCOR and CWS programs. The joint ...

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ready to jump back into action

Iowa United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ready to jump back into action

5/16/2022
Submitted by Beverly Nolte, UMVIM Co-Chairperson  The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee (UMVIM) has been restarted to offer assistance in making your mission work journey successful!. The Iowa United Methodist Volunteer in Mission Committee has all the information you need to successfully prepare, plan and pursue any mission experience. With a vote pending, Sandy Ashley and Beverly Nolte will serve as co-chairpersons through July 1, 2023. ​Phil Rogers is a liaison with ...

Easter greetings from UMC missionary, Bruna Farat Kakale

Easter greetings from UMC missionary, Bruna Farat Kakale

4/20/2022
Bruna Farat Kakale sends the following update while serving three churches in Cost Rica. During the Lenten season, we had weekday and weekend activities. Every Wednesday and Thursday, we went to a church to hold a special service where we discussed the importance of following in the footsteps of the Lord, denying oneself, giving, forgiving, and understanding the sacrifice of Jesus for humanity. This time with the churches reminded me why God called us and why we are taking the gospel from one ...

Midwest Missions will be at AC2022 so you can

Midwest Missions will be at AC2022 so you can "Fill The Truck"

3/17/2022
Midwest Missions is sending their truck to the 2022 Iowa Annual Conference session on June 4-5 for drive-up and drop-off donations to "Fill The Truck!" Specific items they are asking for are donations of gently used non-electric tools, liquid dish soap, liquid laundry detergent, and liquid all-purpose cleaners. They will also be accepting any other donations they normally accept. Midwest Missions has a list of those items and kits on their website. In addition to the Midwest Missions' Fill the...

New beginnings—help a new missionary begin her career

New beginnings—help a new missionary begin her career

3/3/2022
Looking for a United Methodist missionary to support? Interested in helping a “new” missionary begin a mission career? Want to reach out and touch three small, rural Costa Rican churches as they restart worship and church activities? With the approval of Global Ministries, our Mission Education Committee offers United Methodist missionary Bruna Farát Kakalé, a young Brazilian woman with mission experience in Chile, Venezuela, and Niger. She has worked with indigenous people, supported local ...

Ingathering Hunger Grants are due March 15

Ingathering Hunger Grants are due March 15

3/1/2022
Iowa United Methodists are active in mission and outreach within and beyond their communities. Does your congregation have or support a local program to give hunger relief locally? A food bank? Serving community meals? Filling backpacks with healthy snacks? Every year, a portion of the giving received at our annual Ingathering is given back to programs right here in the state to help with various hunger-related projects. If your church is involved with a hunger project or wishes to begin a ...

News from Douglas E. Williams, Iowa missionary in Argentina

News from Douglas E. Williams, Iowa missionary in Argentina

3/1/2022
Douglas Williams, who served here in the Iowa Conference before going to Argentina as a Global Ministries missionary sent an email notifying that a big hail story went through  on February 23, 2022 in Mendoza causing a room and wall to collapse at Colegio Alberto Schweitzer.  Dear Friends, Mendoza is known for its generally great weather, but when it gets bad it gets really bad.  We have two events that stir up without a lot of notice. Rain/hail storms and the Viento Zonda which are high winds...

Bringing hope to those in the ruins

Bringing hope to those in the ruins

2/1/2022
By Beverly Nolte Hurricane Laura slammed the Lake Charles/Sulphur, LA area making landfall on August 27, 2020. Marching in after was Hurricane Delta on October 9, 2020, followed by a deep freeze of 16 degrees, the coldest in Louisiana in 119 years on February 15, that burst pipes throughout the area. Then by a deluge of 18 inches of rain in two days on May 17-18, 2021. And a tornado struck in October 2021, which left around 12 homes uninhabitable and exacerbated the already hundreds of persons ...

Be in mission with UMC missionary Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé

Be in mission with UMC missionary Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé

11/17/2021
Your opportunity to serve with a United Methodist missionary can become a reality! A Brazilian, Bruna Farát da Silva Mahamane Kakalé, now serves as a United Methodist missionary in Siquirres, Costa Rica. She is one of the newest assigned missionaries serving with Global Ministries. Kakalé is asking YOU and YOUR CHURCH to financially and prayerfully share in her mission work. Accepting Jesus Christ as a child, Kakalé vowed to follow Jesus faithfully with a desire to become a missionary. This ...

Ways to support United Methodist Ministries this Giving Tuesday

Ways to support United Methodist Ministries this Giving Tuesday

11/4/2021
Giving Tuesday is almost here, but where should you give your time or resources if you want to support United Methodist Ministries? The Iowa Conference has three ideas. 1. Give Local Talk with your pastor or your missions committee to see where your local United Methodist Church needs donations the most. You might find that they need volunteers for a meal coming up, or that they need to purchase coats for the homeless or school children in your neighborhood. This could be a one-time gift or ...

Important update from the In Mission Together team

Important update from the In Mission Together team

11/3/2021
In Mission Together (IMT) is the new Iowa Conference mission focus, taking the place of the Rainbow Covenant. IMT celebrates building relationships with people/programs/projects while prayerfully doing mission together at the local, conference, national and international levels. Partnering and volunteering helps us to better understand each other as we share time, talent and presence together in missions. By being faithful givers of financial resources and in-kind giving, we continue to provide...

A community coffee group and garden ministry provide mission partnerships with local communities

A community coffee group and garden ministry provide mission partnerships with local communities

8/6/2021
In the fall of 2017, a store in Floyd, Iowa, closed that had been a local gathering spot for people to have coffee, refreshments, do puzzles, play cards, and just socialize. Members of Floyd, Grace United Methodist Church realized that many of those people who came to coffee would miss the socialization time it had provided.   “They were elderly people, recently widowed, those who couldn’t drive out of town or had experienced the loss of family. They enjoy these times together,” said Wynona ...

Mission Education Team update

Mission Education Team update

7/26/2021
The Mission Education Committee has a new leader in Sue Hattel of Dubuque. Sue will serve as the chair of this committee and as the Iowa Conference Secretary for Global Ministries. She had held this position about 12 years ago so with her interest in mission is willing to assume this role again. Sue is a laywoman who attends St. Luke’s UMC in her home city. The contact information for Sue is: shattel220@aol.com, 563-599-4497. In Mission Together (IMT) is the new mission focus of the Iowa ...

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

#StillinMission featuring Rev. Doug Williams

6/18/2021
Rev. Douglas Williams, a former clergyman from the Iowa Conference, has been serving as a United Methodist Missionary in Argentina. Williams has many friends and supporting churches in Iowa and was here in 2018 for itineration. Due to Covid-19 and the travel bans, he has been unable to return to visit his supporting churches.  Now there is an opportunity to meet with him in a program from Global Ministries called “#StillinMission.” These are monthly episodes that feature United Methodist ...

Join virtual conversation with missionaries from around the world

Join virtual conversation with missionaries from around the world

4/12/2021
Despite the pandemic, United Methodist missionaries remain deeply engaged in work around the world. Normally, many of them “itinerate” each year to visit the churches and individuals that support them in ministry. COVID-19 has stopped most travel, but that doesn’t mean the missionaries aren’t available to meet virtually because they are #STILLINMISSION. Each month, UMC Global Ministries hostS four missionaries in a conversation with laity and clergy throughout the church to share the joys and ...

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

Journey to South Sudan for Mabaan Flood Relief Rescheduled

4/5/2021
Submitted by Beverly Nolte Originally scheduled for December 19, 2020, Pastor Aaron Limmo and Maya Dinga were prepared to travel to South Sudan to purchase humanitarian items for those affected by the Indian Ocean Dipole floods in 2019. Word from South Sudan two days prior to departure told of in-fighting among tribal groups in Mabaan County where they were to visit. The decision to postpone the trip was made. Now, after indications of stability and peace efforts, the men have rescheduled ...

MUMM plans to get back on the road

MUMM plans to get back on the road

3/5/2021
Submitted by Cherie Miner, Director, Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) cminer5068@gmail.com As your church prepares for summer, remember that Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) is here to help. Although Coronavirus canceled our plans last year, we’d like to forge ahead this summer, albeit with some changes.   If you’re not sure what MUMM does, take a look at this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZZa37gE-nM&feature=youtu.be   Feel free to share it during ...

Updates on United Methodist Missionaries related to Iowa

Updates on United Methodist Missionaries related to Iowa

1/13/2021
From Rev. Doug Williams serving in Mendoza, Argentina The Albert Schweitzer School finished the school year on Dec. 8 with in-person final classes as ordered by the governor of the province. Our churches are still only worshipping virtually through Mendoza had a gathering in the plaza in front of the church to sing Christmas songs. In San Juan, we had a special gathering Saturday in the sanctuary to record the Sunday service at which we presented Maria Milagros who was born during our lockdown. ...

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

Bruna Farat Kakale prepares to begin mission in French Guiana

11/13/2020
By: Beverly Nolte United Methodist Missionary from Iowa, Douglas Williams continues his ministries in Argentina during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Several missionaries heavily supported by Iowa churches are Katherine Parker (Nepal), Dr. Emmanuel and Florence Mefor (Zimbabwe) and Jane Kies (Zimbabwe). Larry Kies (Zimbabwe) recently retired and now serves as adjunct professor at Africa University. Global Ministries continues commissioning new missionaries to be from “everywhere to everywhere!” One ...

Let us introduce you to Rust College

Let us introduce you to Rust College

10/15/2020
Rust College is the oldest of 11 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) related to the United Methodist Church. The Iowa Annual Conference has had a special relationship of encouragement and support with Rust College for many years and would like to introduce or reintroduce the Iowa United Methodist family to why Rust is so unique.      Rust is located in northern Mississippi and serves a student body where a significant percentage of students are the first in their families to ...

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

A Quilter's Heart for Missions

9/6/2020
Submitted by Linda Porter The women of Archer United Methodist Church met September 2, 2020, for the first time since March, 2020. A portion of our program was devoted to our activities we had accomplished during the pandemic. One of our dear members, nonagenarian Betty Johnson, crafted several quilts which she had lovingly stitched throughout the spring and summer. She graciously decided to donate each baby quilt, doing so in her typical quiet and unassuming manner, by giving them to another ...

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides

Global Ministries Missionary Larry Kies provides "virtual visits" during summer 2020 itineration

7/2/2020
Larry Kies, a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries and an Iowa native who serves as technical advisor to the Africa University Farm in Zimbabwe, Africa and was scheduled to present at the Teaching Session at the Iowa Annual Conference in June 2020 and to visit supporting churches in Iowa during the summer of 2020. Both have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel bans but with the support of Global Ministries, Kies will be able to "Virtually Visit...

It’s about relationships

It’s about relationships

3/5/2020
Submitted by Linda Rowe*   A group of 11 Davis County residents led by Clayton Eakins returned once again to the area of El Negrito, Honduras, for a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip in January. Team members were: Eakins, Steve and Donna Olinger, Linda Rowe, Butch Priester, Steve Davidson, Penny Warren, Julie Griffin, Marisela Sanchez, Lynn Roberts, and Mary Jo Johnson.   “Sitting outside in a church service the last night we were there, I looked around at all that has happened...

In Mission Together (former Rainbow Covenant) reporting due February 15

In Mission Together (former Rainbow Covenant) reporting due February 15

1/22/2020
The time has come to turn in your first IN MISSION TOGETHER missions reporting form for your church. This replaces the Rainbow Covenant form and it’s a new way of reporting. We hope you’ve attended one of the many explanation and training meetings that have been held around the Conference. You’ll be reporting both your GIVING and your SERVING information.   The new In Mission Together report form that replaces Rainbow Covenant is here.   In Mission Together encourages United Methodist Churches ...

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

Take Noisy Offering to benefit MUMM

1/21/2020
Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM) has been working within the Iowa Annual Conference for 22 years with a  mission to make disciples of Christ in rural Iowa. In that time, they’ve helped communities recover from disasters and rebuild; offered Bible studies, camp and Vacation Bible School (VBS); helped families with basic needs and shared God’s love through everything they do. Currently, they serve in the Southeast, South Central and Southwest districts. MUMM has been largely supported ...

An Offering to Eliminate School Meal Debt

An Offering to Eliminate School Meal Debt

12/23/2019
This year, the Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation are hoping to give hundreds of families in Ames a very special Christmas present with its Advent-Christmas offerings. “Our goal is to send every child within the Ames Community School District back to school after Christmas break without any meal debt,” says Jodi Smith-Risdal, Chair of the church’s Sending to Serve cluster. “When we started this campaign, that was right around $47,000, so this is a pretty big ask. It’s ...

Ingathering marks 40 years in mission

Ingathering marks 40 years in mission

11/2/2019
Mission Ingathering, formerly known as Thanksgiving Ingathering, marked forty years of making a difference on Saturday, November 2.  “The Mission Ingathering is a way for Iowa United Methodists to address humanitarian problems locally and around the world, including hunger, poverty, and disaster,” according to the Ingathering statements.  It’s a way “to show the love of Christ to the world’s people by ministering to their needs.”   What began as a small collection of blankets, kits, animals, and...

Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors celebrating 20 years of ministry

Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors celebrating 20 years of ministry

10/17/2019
Iowa Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month, and you are invited. The board of Iowa JFON is encouraging everyone to join to learn about its history as well as the plans for the future of JFON in our state.  Iowa Justice For Our Neighbors is a non-profit organization, welcoming low-income immigrants of all faiths into churches and communities by providing free, high-quality immigration legal services, education, and advocacy.  Established by the United ...

2019 In Mission Together trip to Nigeria

2019 In Mission Together trip to Nigeria

7/8/2019
By: Linda Rowe Bloomfield, Iowa For those who have traveled to Nigeria in the past as part of the Iowa Nigeria Partnership (INP), and all those who have contributed in any way, here is the latest update. We are now part of the In Mission Together program and are continuing with some of the ministry Iowa started.   My fourteenth trip to Nigeria since 2005 was very eventful as always. I traveled with Dorothy Halvorsen from the Great Plains Conference and Kathryn Witte, the coordinator for The ...

Packing meals for the hungry

Packing meals for the hungry

2/7/2019
A team of nine Conference Center staff members spent a morning volunteering at Meals From the Heartland and packaged 4,104 meals on Jan. 29. "Our mission is to empower people to save the starving, so it's those people who come in and give up their time to package meals, just like you did today that make this organization go," said Susan Bunz, Executive Director of Meals From the Heartland. "Last year we engaged over 75,000 volunteers, we would never be able to do what we do without the people ...

Altoona UMC mission-minded

Altoona UMC mission-minded

7/26/2017
The Altoona United Methodist Church has a tag line that reads "your place to connect." The church is doing just that by sharing their love and resources with others through missional giving.   “Unlike most United Methodist churches we have a special emphasis on missions,” said Pastor John Gaulke. “We do a Thanksgiving dinner every year and give all the proceeds away to missions.”   Barely paying bills to helping others Altoona UMC did not always have the funds to help others. More than 20 years ...

Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

Christ UMC provides 'Huts for Haiti'

5/23/2017
By Brian K. Oliver* What do 100 servings of lasagna, an Iowa made grain bin, and a play about a missing Boston cream pie have to do with helping people in Haiti with safe housing?  Everything, if you are at Christ United Methodist Church’s dinner theater to raise funds for the South Tama County Huts for Haiti project. The Huts for Haiti project began with Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama and other area churches, including Living Faith UMC in Tama and Christ UMC in Toledo, were soon ...

Mission accomplished

Mission accomplished

4/24/2017
By: Lynn Calvert, Iowa Conference UMW President It all started with an idea….a dream really. How to get women and youth of all ages to participate in an ACTION project, to understand that United Methodist Women are relevant at all ages, to learn from each other and appreciate all of God’s gifts to each of us.  To demonstrate Faith, Hope and Love in Action!! The plan became clear to offer an Intergenerational Mission Trip in 2017 for individuals in 6th grade and older.  On March 11, 2017, a ...

Small church, big impact

Small church, big impact

3/14/2017
by Roxanne Strike Sometimes, it’s easy to feel forgotten. Small, rural churches in Iowa can sometimes feel like they’re on the brink of closure, forgotten by their communities. In the US, some communities even feel forgotten, stuck in time as the world flies past them. That feeling is sometimes what brings communities together.   Webster United Methodist Church in Eastern Iowa employs a less-than-full-time pastor. The rural church, though small, continues to be mighty and fights on for its ...

Here we come, Jalapa

Here we come, Jalapa

3/2/2017
By Beverly Nolte   Click here to see more images from the trip! Fourteen Iowans flew south of the border to the land of coffee, corn and tobacco—Nicaragua. From Bloomfield to Lake Park, Gray to Wilton, this United Methodist Volunteer in Mission team was laden with sewing machines, a variety of vegetable seeds, school supplies, a large replica of Noah's Ark, as well as work tools...all part of the luggage. Tucked in between Panama and Honduras, Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in ...

Wilton UMC continues mission in the new year

Wilton UMC continues mission in the new year

2/2/2017
The Wilton United Methodist Church has continued its mission-minded living into 2017. At the end of Advent season, the church raised more than $7,000 to donate to purchasing water pumps and pump maintenance training. This year, 24 people affiliated with the church volunteered at Sager Brown UMCOR Depot in Baldwin, La., leaving Iowa Jan. 21 and returning Jan. 28. “We have a very committed, mission-oriented church,” Lanette Morgan, team leader for the mission trip, said about the large group. “We...

Mission minded church continues fundraising tradition

Mission minded church continues fundraising tradition

1/30/2017
The United Methodist Church in Wilton, a small town 13 miles north of Muscatine, has a longstanding tradition of fundraising and mission work. The members of the Wilton church have raised money for mission trips and mission work for several decades. This past Advent season, the members once again kept the tradition going.   “The United Methodist Church of Wilton is very passionate about mission work and also very generous in their financial giving,” said Pastor Mike Agnew. “They have been a ...

Dancing With the Dominicans

Dancing With the Dominicans

2/25/2016
By: Pastor Lori Shannon Gray United Methodist Church Ah, the joys of an Iowa winter!  In January while many of you dealt with the drudgery of scooping snowdrifts, chiseled ice from your windshields, or watched your breath freeze, I, along with seventeen others, traveled to Samana’ in the Dominican Republic, dined on rice and beans, swatted pesky mosquitos and slathered on sunblock. We represented the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission which annually sends a team outside the United States to...

Help MUMM with Holiday Giving

Help MUMM with Holiday Giving

11/3/2015
It’s that time of the year when many of us begin to think about holiday giving. And MUMM is no different. As we travel during the summer, we meet kids whose families are strapped trying to make ends meet. Often that means food is scarce, not to mention clothes, books, toiletries and so many things the rest of us take for granted.  So this time of year, we check back with the churches we partnered with for Vacation Bible School to see if they have families they need help providing for during the ...

Beans to Mission: An Uplifting story

Beans to Mission: An Uplifting story

8/14/2015
From beans to mission: the story of an extroverted church   Evangelism can come in many different forms – some of them quite surprising. For Grand View United Methodist Church in Dubuque, one of those unusual methods of evangelism is in the form of a bratwurst booth at the Dubuque County Fair. “We think that Jesus may not run the brat booth, but he would probably hang out there with the people,” says Reverend Tom Shinkle. “The Brat Haus that we run is not a money-making operation. We’re in the ...

Thrive’s Food Truck 5K to support Homeless Youth Center

Thrive’s Food Truck 5K to support Homeless Youth Center

8/10/2015
Do you love 5K runs? Do you love food trucks? Do you love to help a good cause? Then you’re in luck, because on Saturday, September 26 at the Valley View Aquatic Center in West Des Moines, all three come together in one great event with The Food Truck 5K. “It’s a 5 ‘o’ clock race, so it’s going to start in the evening. Right before dinner you get a run in, then you get to eat right afterwards,” explains Rev. Jennifer Hibben of Thrive UMC, which is hosting the event. She also notes that “This is...

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

500 Dresses For Girls in Nigeria

3/17/2015
There are a million ways to make a difference in the world, if you only have the desire and the will to do it. In the case of sixth-grader Hannah Curtis, it just took some pillowcases, a sewing machine, and determination. Listen to Hannah talk about making 500 dresses Click here to see additional images of Hannah and the pillowcase dresses  Hannah loves to sew. And not long ago, when she and her mother were trying to think of a good project to work on, they discovered that many girls in ...

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

A Sermon, Socks and Underwear

2/24/2015
At Aldersgate UMC in Urbandale, a city of some 40,000 people located in the Des Moines metro area, the Advent season came alive in a special way this past year when members of the congregation were called on to bring desperately needed gifts to the local homeless in Des Moines. Aldersgate Lead Pastor Jon Bailey likes to work with the church’s worship committee to find ways to connect the congregation to each sermon series in a tangible way. “The series was supposed to be about focusing on the ...

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