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

Friday, October 2, 2009


Photo: Pilot flying supplies in the Democrativ Republic of Congo. Airplane mechanics are needed. Read more below, courtesy iamanet.org.


If not...Come Join Us! UMVIM Team Leader Training is great for anyone wanting to be a Team Leader some day or those who only wish to be a team member on a mission. This class will prepare you to manage those risks to your project success and give you a foundation that is helpful for conducting any mission project locally, nationally or internationally. You do not need to be a United Methodist Church member. You only need to have the desire to help others in service. Please spread the news of these classes to anyone you know who might be interested.

Already had the UMVIM Team Leader Training?
Please join us for an update with the new training material that includes the new Safe Sanctuary program, new insurance, new Conference policies, new international travel and security requirements, and more.
UMVIM Team Leader Trainings
Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30 - 4:30@ South Reno UMC 200 DeSpain Lane Reno, NV. 89501 (Attendees are responsible for their own lunch)Saturday, October 31st from 9 - 4@ Wesley UMC - San Jose 566 North Fifth St. San Jose, CA. 95112
To register for one of these trainings please contact the Ca-Nv Conference UMVIM Office at (916) 374-1584 or umvim@calnevumc.org with your contact information and the information of anyone else who will be joining you at the training. There is a cost of $29 that pays for your official GBGM Team Leader Manual and officially reserves your spot for the training.
To request a training at your location please contact the Ca-Nv Conference UMVIM Office at (916) 374-1584 or umvim@calnevumc.org
Please fill out your check payable to the "California-Nevada Annual Conference"memo line = "Team Leader Manual" and any names of those you might be paying forand mail it to:UMVIM / Ca-Nv Conference OfficeP.O. Box 980250West Sacramento, CA. 95758-0250

UMCOR Disaster Response Training
The weekend of March 26, 27 & 28, 2010
Stay at beautiful Camp Shasta, high in the SierrasTraining classes taught by UMCOR trainers and include:
· Early Response Team
· Care Team
· Basic Disaster Response
· Care For Children in Disaster
· Safe Chainsaw Use
To register for this UMCOR training please contact the Ca-Nv Conference UMVIM Office at (916) 374-1584 or umvim@calnevumc.org.
More details here: http://www.calnevumc.org/page.asp?PKValue=1191

*Prayer Requests for Future Teams

If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others,
let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing
mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Romans 12:8

Elk Grove UMC Team to the NEW UMCOR West Supply Depot, SLC, Utah:Sept. 28 – October 2. Pastor Kathy LaPoint-Collup will lead the first Cal-Nev Conference UMVIM team to the new UMCOR West Supply Depot! She will be joined by Giles Popish, Mary Popish, Glenda Groff, Bob Fossgreen, Deb Rowland-Bird, Suzanne Ward and Owen Mosburg of Elk Grove - Elk Grove UMC.

Los Altos UMC Relief Team to Casper, Wyoming: Sept. 28 – October 2
Bob Lee of Los Altos UMC will lead a quickly organized construction team to Casper Wyoming to serve those affected by flash flooding last July. He will be joined by Dana Kreiter, Hal Taylor and Richard Roy.

Care-A-Vaners construction team works in Wilseyville, CA (@ Camp Lodestar): October 4-9
Rod and Gloria Castor head up yet another group of nomadic volunteers who will go in mission, living out of their RVs while working on light construction and repair projects throughout the California-Nevada Conference. The Care-A-Vaners have worked this year at Laton UMC, The East Salinas Family Center. Mt Shasta and other locations this year—give us a call if you want to join them in this work.

Multi-Church Recovery Team to Vancleave, Mississippi: October 18-24
Bev Schier will lead a team of 17 volunteers to Camp Hope in Vancleave, MS. The churches sending volunteers are Federated Methodist Church of Placerville, Foothills UMC and Centennial UMC.

Hurricane Recovery Team to Galveston, Texas: October 24-31
Steve Elliott of Pleasanton - Lynnewood UMC will lead a construction team to Galveston to continue to serve those affected by hurricanes. He will be joined by Warren McGuffin of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC Roger Everett of Livermore - Asbury UMC as well as Joyce Suter, Larry Suter, Anton West, Doug Huey, Mary Ellen Huey, Beth Okurowski, Ginger McGuffin, Coleman Johnson, Cynthia DeLand, Ruth Coffing, David Hans, Kathy Hans, Cindy Jensen, Sharmyn Crawford, Dick Crawford, Alec Willis and Brian Lundberg.

For more information about any of the above contact, Phil Bandy & Eddie Frutchey
California-Nevada Annual Conference - United Methodist Volunteers in Mission
Mail: P.O. Box 980250 West Sacramento CA. 95798-0250 Office: (916) 374-1582 Fax: (916) 372-5544. Email: philb@calnevumc.org ; eddief@calnevumc.org or umvim@calnevumc.org visit: http://www.cnumcvim.org/


Sierra Leone - Summer 2010 - Exciting opportunity to participate in construction and health ministries! There will be two work teams, 2-1/2 weeks each during the period June 12 - July 15, 2010. Doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, laborers, ANYONE with a WARM HEART are invited! Contact Hope and Les Law at 303-642-3693, lhlaw@hope4salone.org; see attached brochure for more details.

Guatemala - Dental team, April 23 - May, 10 2010 - needs NON-MEDICAL volunteers to assist the dentists and to play with children who will be at the clinics with their parents. The team will be hosted by Salud y Paz. Contact P.J. Baldwin, dental@puravida.org, 303-989-3192, or Mark Ely, marcos@puravida.org, www.puravida.org/dental.

Guatemala - ODIM - Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya - Invites you to bring a medical and/or construction team! Betsy met recently with Director JoAn Dwyer and she thinks JoAn is awesome and well-organized! Work is in villages near Lake Atitlan. Contact JoAn at odimguatemala@gmail.com, http://www.odimguatemala.org/.

UMVIM Team Leader Training, Saturday, December 12, 2009, Broomfield/Northglenn area, 9 am to Noon - This is comprehensive training for those who would like to lead a domestic or international UMVIM team or would just like to learn more about UMVIM. Please contact Betsy Keyack, bkeyack@att.net, to register.

Disaster Preparedness and Response - There are great resources on the Rocky Mountain Conference Web site, including information about H1N1 at http://rmcumc.org/rmc/disaster-preparedness.html . To learn more about the UMCOR West Depot see http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/work/umcorwest/


An airplane owned by the Central Congo conference of the United Methodist Church crashed in early June. To get our missionary pilot Jacques Umembudi (Wings of Caring) back in the air, Steve Quigg and our other missionary pilots are going to work together to rebuild a plane that is out of service since it was confiscated by the military in South Congo. This will require a huge effort and we need some experienced airplane mechanics who would like to volunteer to assist this effort. The airframe has to be repaired and checked out and a new engine installed with prop, new rubber everywhere etc. This will also require some updating and restocking of the hanger and maintenance facility that Jacques uses. For more information, please email Landon Taylor at ltaylor@gbgm- umc.org.


For the first time, a service of commissioning of United Methodist missionaries, deaconesses, and home missioners will be broadcast live on> the internet. The service will take place on Tuesday, October 13, during the annual meeting of directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, in Stamford, Connecticut. The time is 7:00 p.m. EDT. There are 31 missionaries, seven deaconesses, and two home missioners to be commissioned. Additional details can be found online at> http://gbgm-umc.org/global_news/full_article.cfm?articleid=5534.

The webcast provides an opportunity for United Methodists to take part virtually in the sacred experience of blessing and commitment inherent> in Christian commissioning. The webcast can be accessed at http://www.ummissionaries.org/.


As expected, the assessment teams in the North Georgia Conference have come back with reports that the damage and need is much greater than originally expected, and they are in need of more teams. The North Georgia Disaster Response teams have been working diligently to set up housing accommodations for teams who will be traveling to the area. To learn more about sending UMVIM teams to the North Georgia Conference to deal with the recent flooding, please contact the official call center (located at the conference headquarters at Simpsonwood Retreat Center in Norcross) at 678-533-1443. The call center will be keeping lists of needs to match with the list of those who able to help.