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

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Fight Malaria; Volunteers Needed in Washington State

Photo: Ad for Nothing But Nets, courtesy www.umc.org


Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly challenged his readers to donate $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed net, and thousands of people have joined the campaign. The people of The United Methodist Church, along with Sports Illustrated, NBA Cares, the United Nations Foundation and several other groups, are raising funds to purchase bed nets to end malaria. You can join the cause and contribute money for bed nets that will keep children and families safe.

The children of Africa need you to help stop the spread of this disease. There are many different ways to prevent malaria. Bed nets, vaccinations, insecticide spraying and water treatment are important tools. Purchasing bed nets is an easy way for individuals to make a difference in combating this disease. At this time, no consistently effective malaria vaccine exists. Plasmodium, the parasite that carries the disease, changes rapidly and can become drug resistant. With your help, we can slam dunk this disease.

Stop malaria from scoring! Send a net. Save a life. Bed nets work in two ways: They stop mosquitoes from biting during the night and spreading the disease, and the insecticide on the net kills mosquitoes when they land on it.

Send a net. Save a life. You can save a life by making a $10 donation through The Advance (982015). It's that easy.
Cheerleaders are needed to spread the word and get everyone involved. Adopt the Nothing But Nets campaign as a mission project. Display your Nothing But Nets poster prominently in your church. Ask the pastor to receive a special offering during a worship service devoted to mission.
Lead a fundraising campaign to fight malaria. Order a game plan to get additional information. Go to www.umc.org for more info.

The UMVIM (Volunteers in Missions) program is accepting teams to assist with the clean up and continue the long term recovery of 2007 while needs are being assessed from the 2009 flood.

If you or your church is interested in sending a team, please contact Ronda Cordill UMVIM Annual Conference Coordinator (509-235-5466/509-993-6753 or r_cordill@hotmail.com) or Jim Truitt (253-630-1268 or jftruitt@comcast.net).