WHY VOLUNTEER WITH UMVIM?

WHY VOLUNTEER THROUGH UMVIM?

1.UMVIM is an approved United Methodist ministry.

2. The mission projects are vetted and screened.

3. Volunteer teams can continue their relationship with the project site they served at via The Advance and missionaries.

4. All are welcome to serve.

5. Training, forms, insurance, etc. available

6. It's simple. Contact umvimwj@hotmail.com to get started!

Faith in Action

Faith in Action

Sunday, April 20, 2014

THE LORD HAS RISEN; RX/ROUND UP CONSULTATION; MISSION EVENTS; MISSION REUNION; SITES NEEDING VOLUNTEERS

 
BLESSINGS!  THE LORD HAS RISEN!!
 
 
 
 
 
UMVIM WJ hopes you all had a very blessed Easter.  May the rest of your year be filled with hope as you remember that Jesus has risen and lives in you!
 
RX / ROUND UP CONSULTATION - AUGUST 2014
 
 
 

 
The final touches are being put on the upcoming RoundUP + Rx Consultation, Aug 8-10, 2014, at Epworth Forest Camp and Retreat Center, North Webster, IN (midway between Fort Wayne South Bend, IN).  The event landing page contains the information on workshops, speakers, displays, etc.  Please go ahead and register.  Pictures of our guests and speakers will be added as they come in (!) Just an FYI - all five Jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinators will make an appearance and help with the workshops in one way or another!   We will have a Jurisdictional Coordinator's meeting with Una Jones following the RoundUP on Sunday afternoon.  For more information, please contact Lorna Jost at umvim-ncj@brookings.net.
 
 
MISSION EVENTS
 
 
 
Children Disaster Services Training - if you are interested in serving children after a disaster then please attend the training held by Children Disaster Services. Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing volunteers specially trained and certified to care for children who have experienced a disaster.  Using techniques that utilize toys that encourage expression, volunteers provide a calm safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster.  Although we are part of Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, our workshop is open to anyone over the age of 18.  Please visit our website for more information. www.childrensdisasterservices.org
 
Location and Dates
Victor United Methodist Church
106 East Main Street
Victor, New York 14584
June 13-14, 2014
 

 
 
 
 
Liberia Partner Summit, Nov 13-14, 2014. Please save the dates  and join us for this year's Summit: Thursday, Nov. 13 beginning with noon lunch on Thurs, Nov 13 and concluding with banquet and worship on the evening of Fri, Nov 14.  Nardin Park UMC,  29887 West 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI will host this year's event and is about 30 minutes from the airport.  More information will be available later this summer.  From Keith Zimmerman, Event steering committee member.
 
 
Global Partnership Summit, will be held at the Church of the Resurrection on May 14-16.  This is an gathering. The focus is on Central Asia, Honduras and Malawi, but the nature of the program will be "spot on" for ALL doing Missions and wanting to use the 50/50 Partnership Model... good for both Global and Local missions!!! Visit "In Mission Together"   and click on the Global Partnership Summit Icon. Registration here
 
 
 
June 20-22, 2014. Vietnam Consultation. Pastors Ut and Karen To left Vietnam as boat people back in the '70s. Thanks to some generous United Methodists, they received a college and seminary education and served churches in Michigan. About 10 years ago, they felt the call to return to their homeland and be our mission coordinators there. They have been developing house churches, orphanages, and other ministries ever since. We are bringing Ut and Karen to Richfield United Methodist Church, June 20-22 to explore a MN Conference partnership with Vietnam Methodist churches. From Lyndy Zabel, director of missional impact for the Minnesota Annual Conference.
 
 

"Blessed are the peacemakers." Matthew 5:9 Join United Methodist and Palestinian Christian leaders on Thursday and Friday, August 7-8, 2014 for Walking with Palestinian Christians... for holy justice and peace, co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and Ginghamsburg Church.  Through prayer, fellowship and study, we as United Methodists in partnership with Palestinian Christians will seek to put God's call to love all our neighbors into action for justice & peace. Brochure.  Registration.



National VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) list for April 2014 - check out all the places your UMC is working through volunteers and UMCOR! From Cathy Earl.


MISSION CELEBRATION AND REUNION





 
SITES NEEDING VOLUNTEERS
 
 
TEXAS, Granbury. The Central Texas Conference announces Granbury, Texas now receiving UMVIM teams - this is the site of the fertilizer plant explosion on April 17, 2013. Project coordinators anticipate that the rebuilding of Granbury, TX will take many years, so your repeated presence is welcomed. *We prefer VIM teams of at least five (5) people and up to twenty-five (25) depending on the available living arrangements. Therefore, if you have a team less than five (5), we will combine groups in an effort to reach the minimum number of five (5) team members. There MUST be a team leader for each team, preferably selected by the team members who will serve together. If you stay overnight, you will sleep at a site near Granbury. Your team will be placed where there is available space based on your size. There is no cost for teams who serve for the day without staying overnight. For all volunteers, the suggested DONATION per person per day is $15. This includes orientation, housing at a United Methodist Church or related facility if staying overnight, daily shower access, bottled water, and administrative costs. There is no required materials fee for this disaster; however contributions up to $100 per person can be accepted to help cover material costs. More information and Register here: http://www.ctcumc.org/pages/detail/2220. We appreciate you signing up to serve as a team or member of a REBUILD team to Granbury, TX. You will receive project location and housing information as soon as we have processed your information, including payment. If you have questions or comments, please email.
 
 
MISSOURI, Joplin. Dan Steska, MO DRC writes " We (UMC) are not present in Joplin, in terms of coordinating volunteers or construction, but we have given Rebuild Joplin a large grant to help them in their rebuilding process. We are also directing volunteers to contact them for mission trips. I also believe that a couple of UMC churches in the area may continue to host, also.  Contact information: Thomas Corley, Director of Development, Rebuild Joplin, O: 417.623.0065, C: 417.413.1585.

 
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

UPDATE ON MUDSLIDE IN WASHINGTON

 
 
UPDATE ON MUDSLIDE IN WASHINGTON STATE
 
 
 
 
From Jim Truitt:
 
 
Here's what I know as of this morning:
  • Mother nature still seems to be doing what she does best and is taking care of things herself. The river has cut a new channel, the water is flowing in a well behaved manner and has rejoined the river bed down stream. This dramatically reduces the probablility of a catastrophic release of water and consequent flooding.
  • They are still calling this the rescue/recovery phase while they look for survivors and those that didn't make it.
  • As we have seen in almost all disasters, there are more unaffiliated volunteers (SUVs) than the communities can handle. They turned away many of them yesterday and have put roadblocks on the roads leading into Darington. Only registered and specialized volunteers are being allowed in the slide area.
  • There have been no requests for ERT type assistance. Based on the information I have from the media, emergency agencies, people on the ground in Arlington and the VOAD, it is unlikely we will be asked to send ERTs into the area. If we are asked to respond, it will not be any time soon.
I know you are anxious to help. So am I. But, they don't need our support right now. They need people with search and rescue training, heavy equipment operators, chain saw operators, and dog teams.

Ok, so you and I can make a donation right? Yes we can. Please make it a monetary donation and not clothing or household goods. As we often see donations of goods are already creating a problem. The survivors and those affected by the slide need money for the essentials of life - food, gas, utility bills, lodging, etc. They don't need a toaster right now.
 
You can make a donation to the PNW Disaster Relief Fund by sending a check to:
PNW Conference Treasurer
PO Box 13650
Des Moines, WA 98198
If you want your donation to be used only for this event, put Oso Mudslide on the memo line.

Please keep all of those impacted by the mudslide in your prayers.  
Jim
 
To respond to this message, click umvimdisasterresponse@comcast.net


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NEWS ON MUDSLIDES IN WASHINGTON STATE; FUTURE TEAMS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES; CHILE GATHERING

 
After Mudslide
 
Before Mudslide


 
NEWS ON MUDSLIDES IN WASHINGTON STATE
 
 
Reported by Jim Truitt, UMVIM ERT Conference Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Conference (umvimdisasterresponse@comcast.net):
 
Here's what I know as of this morning:
  • Mother nature seems to be doing what she does best and is taking care of things herself. The river has topped the mudslide dam and is cutting a new channel. The water is flowing in a well behaved manner and has rejoined the river bed down stream. This dramatically reduces the probablility of a catastrophic release of water and consequent flooding.
  • No homes downstream of the mudslide have been damaged thus far. Upstream there are 7 homes with water up to the eaves. 
  • The town of Darington is cut off from the outside world. There is no road access, communications are down, and I'm not sure about power.
Here's what I've done in addition to notifying you:
  • I have sent emails to the pastors at Arlington, Stanwood and Darington to let them know we are available when they need us. I have not heard from any of them so far.
  • I have notified the Washington State VOAD and EOC that we have ERTs available when needed. The VOAD will work with the Snohomish County EOC to determine what support they need and when. Our partners on VOAD are communicating with each other to make sure we all know what we're doing or can do. I've had an offer from Catholic Community Services to join forces for muck-out and clean up if needed.
  • I have kept George Abrams and Stan Norman informed so the Disaster Response Team is fully aware of our actions.
  • I have talked to Rev. Daniel Foster, the Puget Sound DS, and informed him of our actions thus far.
There's not much we as ERTs can do right now. We can't respond until the Emergency/rescue phase is over and they say it's safe to enter. Looking at the pictures of the landslide, it appears it will be quite some time before 530 is open to traffic. In the meantime, I encourage you to be prepared to respond on short notice.


FUTURE TEAMS/VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNTIES
 
 
Honduras:  May 23-May 31, 2014.  Medical mission to Limon, Honduras needs physicians, PAs, NPs, RNs, and other medical professionals.  Others are welcomed to assist with Bible stories and crafts.  For more information, please email Lou Altman at laaltman@netscape.net
 
 
  
Kenya:  July 11-18, 2014.  Medical mission needs medical and non-medical persons.  For more information, please email Lynn Renne at Irenne@aol.com
 
 
 
  
Russia:  June 12-25, 2014.  LAVIM Mission to Ekaterinburg, Russia.  Construction and Bible School during week in  Ekaterinburg.  1-1/2 days in Moscow and 1-1/2 days in St. Petersburg.  For more information, please contact James Gillespie at wgilles293@aol.com 
 
 

 
 
 
CHILE GATHERING
 
 
 
If you are interested in learning more about mission work in Chile and/or to celebrate the wonderful ministry that is in Chile, please attend the Chile Gathering in Santa Cruz, CA, Sept. 5-7, 2014.  If you are interested, please contact Beryl and Stan Moore at chile-gathering@cox.net.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A SHOT OF UMVIM WJ BY THE NUMBERS - CAL-NEVADA CONFERENCE; VOLUNTEER IN LIBERIA; ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING; NO MALERIA FUNDRAISER


 
BY THE NUMBERS
CAL-NEVADA CONFERENCE

 
 
 In 2013, the Cal-Nevada Conference UMVIM volunteers included 54 teams, 520 participants, 112 congregations, served in 14 countries and accounted for 3200 days of service!!!  Congratulations to the Cal-Nevada Conference for being such an amazing witness to God's love through UMVIM!!
 
 
TEAM TO GANTA HOSPITAL - LIBERIA
 
 
Medical VIM Team for Liberia, November 1-15, 2014.  The Oklahoma United Methodist Conference Volunteers in Mission is planning for a medical team to go to Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Liberia from November 1-15, 2014. The goal of the team will be to work with the health professionals at the hospital and to observe Community Based Primary Health Care at the Nenhwaa Project that serves 110 communities in the region.
 
All are invited but dentists, family practitioners/internists, nurses, and surgeons are particularly welcome. Cherian Thomas, M.D. from the Kingswood Institute of Mission will coordinate and accompany the team.  For more information please contact Lori Foster at lfoster@okumc.org.
 
 
ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING - MARCH 30, 2014
 
 
 
One Great Hour of Sharing will take place on March 30, 2014.  Please contribute to this vital offering which secures UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) administrative costs thus allowing 100% of your donations to go directly to the designated funds.  For more information, please visit www.umcor.org.
 
 
IMAGINE NO MALERIA FUNDRAISER
 
 
 
World Malaria Day Dinner
 
Join us for an Imagine No Malaria Interactive Dinner Experience hosted by the community of St. Paul's United Methodist ChurchSunday, April 27, 2014
3 pm - 8pm
Elks Club, San Bernardino
2055 Elks Drive, 92404


Tickets are $40 per person
RSVP (909) 889-3609
Ask about sponsorship opportunities and full table reservations

 
 
 



Friday, March 7, 2014

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR BRAZIL MEDICAL BOAT TEAM; SERVE IN FIJI; ALASKA NEEDS SKILLED VOLUNTEERS; PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TO RECEIVE 120 YOUTH


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MEDICAL BRAZIL BOAT TEAM
 
 
 
Four team members are still desired to fill a team to serve in Manaus, Brazil on the Wesley Medical Boat on the Amazon River. No medical experience is needed.  The dates for this mission July 10-20, 2014.  If you are interested please contact Don Skillman at donskillman24@gmail.com.  Families and youth are welcome!!!!!
 
 
 
SERVE IN FIJI AS A VOLUNTEER
 
 
 
 
 
Volunteers are needed to serve in Fiji at the Methodist Church Navuso Farm an agricultural project.  Volunteers typically serve for 10 days.  Youth are welcome with a chaperon/parent!  If you are interested please contact Viri Batiratu at vsbyou@yahoo.com or 916.756.7280.
 
 
 
ALASKA NEEDS SKILLED VOLUNTEERS
 
 

 
 

 

June 2 - September 15 looking for 14 team of 12 members each that are skilled in the areas of construction, plumbing, electricians, and carpentry.  FEMA will pay for round trip airfare and the state will provide food and housing.  Additionally, FEMA will provide the tools!  If interested please contact Jim Truitt at umvimdisasterresponse@comcast.net.
 
 
 
PACIFIC NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TO RECEIVE 120 YOUTH IN MISSION
 
 
Pacific Northwest Conference will be receiving a team of 120 youth from the Dakotas who will engage in a Seattle Immersion Experience and serve at several local mission project sites in the Seattle area.  If you are interested in taking a youth group to also experience this mission opportunity please contact Ronda Cordill at r_cordill@hotmail.com.
 
 
CAMBODIA EYE CLINIC TEAM FROM CAL-NEVADA FEB. 2015
 
 
 
Cambodia Eye Team will be serving in February 2015.  Volunteers must come from the Cal-Nevada conference.  If you are interested please contact Phil Bandy at philb@calnevumc.org.