WHY VOLUNTEER WITH 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
10 STEPS TO HAITI - WHAT TO DO NOW TO GET READY TO SERVE; UMCOR IN HAITI; CALIFORNIA-PACIFIC MISSION FESTIVAL
10 Steps to Haiti
1. First, continue to give financially to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. You can give online at this link.
2. Second, share with your friends and neighbors the value that a donation to UMCOR represents. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to Haiti recovery. Money is flowing to Haiti now and the needs for funds will only grow over time – so ask them to donate to UMCOR and continue to give regularly in the future. Form a task force in your community to grow this effort and keep it going.
3. Third, educate yourself about the unique role of UMCOR, an organization that is already on the ground, assisting in relief efforts and saving lives. Read more here: United Methodist Giving Tops $1 Million for Haiti. Continue to follow the news from our Conference and other UMC websites and share the actions of our Church with your congregation, family, friends, and community. Visit www.umc.org/haiti for all of the most up-to-date national and conference-wide news, blogs, and video and audio stories from within the United Methodist Church. In addition, customizable print ads, web graphics, and other resources are available there for downloading. Get the latest news on UMVIM's response to the situation in Haiti at www.umvimwj.blogspot.com and our own Conference website.
4. Fourth, work with your church to provide an immediate outlet for hands-on volunteering and for recruiting people for future UMVIM teams to Haiti. Encourage your church to make UMCOR health kits. The tens of thousands of kits which were on hand will all be gone this week – and we must develop a steady stream of materials to keep the kits coming. All materials from our Conference should be sent to the UMCOR West Office and Depot, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605. You will find instructions for completing health and layette kits at this link. (Even though the reference is to Sager Brown, the instructions apply to the UMCOR West depot in Salt Lake City, as well.) Recruit people outside your church to join your effort. NOTE: We need someone in our Conference to serve as a hub for collecting items from other churches – someone to receive kits and materials which we will transport to Salt Lake City in massive truckloads.
5. Take an UMVIM trip to the UMCOR depot in Salt Lake City, specifically so you can scope out the facility and prepare yourselves to lead your own UMVIM team back to the depot in the near future. (Consider these future teams to the depot as UMVIM training for your church and community, laying the groundwork to prepare them for future trips to Haiti.)
6. Sixth, commit to leading or joining a team to Haiti in the months and years ahead. The recovery effort in Haiti will take years. Annual Conferences soon will begin to work on long-term recovery plans to provide guidance as to how this response will unfold. Watch for future communications about this. Get your name on the list for future teams by contacting Heather Wilson, UMVIM Western Jurisdiction Coordinator at email@example.com, who is working with the UMVIM Annual Conference Coordinators and to stay informed about plans. Watch for an announcement soon about a web link that will enable you to register on line.
7. Seventh, prepare yourselves physically and financially for the task ahead. If you have not completed an UMVIM trip in the last year (and haven't filled out the new forms), get yourself updated as a volunteer using the new process and the new forms. Once you complete the new process, by the way, you will never have to fill out the forms again. So go on that diet you planned to start anyway, and stick to your exercise program (you have one, right?). Develop a travel and expense funding plan for yourself (donors and savings) for the next two years. Save your vacation time and make arrangements at work for your absence. Develop a local support team to help sustain you in this effort.
8. Eighth, prepare yourselves spiritually for the task ahead. Discuss this matter with your pastor and with God. Pray – the need for prayer continues! Pray for the Haitians who are injured and who have lost loved ones, pray for the rescuers, and pray for those who are working behind the scenes to coordinate the massive relief and recovery effort.
9. Ninth, recruit, train, and prepare your teams technically for the mission ahead. Get yourself into UMVIM team leader training if you have not had the class in the last two years. Refresh and upgrade your ability to manage the people, tasks, and ministry of this undertaking. Check on our UMVIM website for an UMVIM Team Leader training event near you. Enroll in one or more of the UMCOR training classes on March 26, 27, & 28 (2010). These training classes include: Emergency Response/Care Team, Basic Disaster Overview, Care for Children in Disaster, Case Management, and certified Chainsaw Training. Begin training your team, have a kick-off meeting, develop funding plans for your team, and organize your church and community to support the team.
10. Tenth, say a special prayer lifting up the families of the UMCOR and UMVIM officials who gave their lives in Haiti: Clint Rabb, Sam Dixon (Top Mission Executive Dies as Result of Earthquake Injuries), and the family of a fellow UMVIM volunteer (Dallas Volunteer Dies From Injuries in Haiti Quake).
God bless you.
Director of Volunteers in Mission
UMCOR executives Melissa Crutchfield and Sharad Aggarwal crossed the border from Dominican Republic into Haiti late last week to begin an official assessment of damages in Port-au-Prince, including unreached and underserved communities in outlying areas.
UMCOR is working with the Methodist Church in Haiti to provide immediate relief and conduct ongoing relief and recovery operations that include food distribution, access to clean drinking water, medical assistance, and the rebuilding of homes and schools.“We lost quite a few churches and schools that are important to the Methodist Church,” Rev. Gesner Paul, president of the Methodist Church of Haiti, told United Methodist News Service.
The Methodist Church also is continuing its search for missing church members who still may be trapped under the rubble. The quake killed as many as 200,000 people and left some 1.5 million homeless, according to news reports. Help UMCOR reach those most vulnerable with your gifts to Haiti Emergency, UMCOR Advance # 418325
SATURDAY, March 13, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Anaheim First United Methodist Church
1000 S. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
THEME: “Food: Mission Possible”
Rev. Mark Ullrickson
Mission Mall? Yes! Displays? Yes!
Focus Presentation will feature programs and agencies from each district that are addressing the issue of food and hunger.
At 11:30 there will be a break to receive communion at EXACTLY the same time the Hawaii District will be doing so.
There is NO REGISTRATION FEE!
Instead, bring at least 7 items of food. Each District Director will be responsible for distributing the donations in their district.
(Hawaii will do their own)
LUNCH will be a “simple” soup meal for a donation, in keeping with the theme. No program after lunch.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
NEWS FROM UMCOR DEPOT SALT LAKE CITY; HAITI VOLUNTEER INFO FROM FROM INTERIM HEAD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES
I am writing on behalf of the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s UMCOR West Office and Depot which has been in operation since June 1, of 2009. We are a ministry that gathers, assembles, and sends disaster relief kits all round the world to the most vulnerable of populations. Along with UMCOR Sager Brown, UMCOR West is the second disaster relief depot. Except for Alaska and Hawaii, every western state has sent a work teams to UMCOR West to participate in our important ministry. You can find out more about our mission by going to UMCOR.org.
This last week has been particularly difficult for all of the UMCOR staff as a result of the earthquake in Haiti. As you may know, the Rev. Sam Dixon who was the head of UMCOR, along with the Rev. Clinton Rabb, head of mission volunteers, were killed in the earthquake. Your prayers for the UMCOR staff, the families of Rev. Dixon and Rev. Rabb, and for the people of Haiti are coveted during this grieving process.
On a more positive note, the people of Utah have responded powerfully to the call to help the people of Haiti. We have been working with hundreds of volunteers to assemble and send aid to the people of Haiti. Our first shipment of around 23,000 health kits will be sent from our warehouse in a few days!
As a result of this tremendous volunteer response, we are now running critically low on our disaster relief materials and we call on you to help. If you would like to help restock our warehouse in preparation for more supplies being sent to Haiti and other destinations you can:
Give financially through the Advance (gbgm-umc.org/Advance/ ) which is a powerful giving program in United Methodist Church. One hundred percent of the money donated goes toward the project you pick. Each mission project is assigned a number. The Advance number for both UMCOR West and UMCOR Sager Brown – our two UMCOR Depots – is #901440.
Consider putting together disaster relief kits at your home church. All of the information to assemble kits can be found at www.umcor.org. If you choose to make kits at your home church we ask that you please focus on two kits, the Health Kit and Layette Kit. They can be sent to UMCOR West, 1479S 700W, Salt Lake City, UT, 84104. .
Thank you so much for your support and faithfulness! It is the work of United Methodists like you that makes a difference in the lives of people around the globe.
Rev. Brian Diggs, Director UMCOR West Office and Depot
REQUEST FROM BISHOP JOEL MARTINEZ REGARDING HAITI VOLUNTEERS
This is a follow-up to an earlier memo in which I said that the time was not right for sending volunteer teams, or even individual volunteers, into Haiti for post-earthquake service.
I am here repeating that request with renewed emphasis.
We know that the church seeks to respond to the great crisis in Haiti. We are in touch with many persons and groups wanting to reach out in tangible ways to provide relief for suffering people there. We have already received an outpouring of inquiries and offers for volunteers to provide a variety of services.
While we are encouraged by this spirit of support, we strongly advise that teams and others not set out for Haiti at this time. There will be great need for short-term and long-term volunteer mission groups in due course—for
medical care, rebuilding, and responses to many other needs. However, the current state of Haiti is not conducive to the safety and welfare of the volunteers; security is a major concern; infrastructures are shattered. There is little access to water, power, fuel, and even roads.
An UMCOR Team is on the ground, coordinating with relief partners on appropriate courses of action. As you know, the United Nations (representing government) and the Red Cross go into to massive disaster areas first. This is long-established international protocol. Church-related and other relief organizations follow. Objectives of our initial team include the assessment and organization
for the reception of volunteers.
In collaboration with jurisdictional coordinators of UMVIM, we are making a registry of potential individual volunteers and teams. The time for volunteers will come and their assistance will be
In the meantime, the best way for congregations and individuals to respond to the Haiti crisis is by supporting the work of UMCOR. Not only are funds needed but also health kits. Please direct persons to http://umcorhaiti.org/.
I will be glad to receive your questions arising from this memo, and I pledge to keep you informed on our relief operations in Haiti.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Bahamas Methodist Habitat Transports UMCOR StaffThanks to mission aircraft transportation services provided by Bahamas Methodist Habitat (BMH), a US-based nonprofit organization, UMCOR staff persons Melissa Crutchfield, international disaster response executive, and Edgar Avitia, a Global Ministries executive, arrived in the Dominican Republic over the weekend when all commercial airlines were sold out. Crutchfield and Avitia are assessing relief needs and coordinating relief distribution efforts with on-the-ground partners.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
The executive officer of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) was part of a group of mission and relief specialists trapped by the collapse of the Hotel Montana. Other persons in the group of five, including two more from the General Board of Global Ministries, were rescued and were back in the U.S. by the morning of January 16. The group was pinned down for more than 55 hours.
Dixon was reportedly alive in the hotel ruins on the morning of January 15. Confirmation of his death before rescue was conveyed to Global Ministries through several sources, including eyewitnesses from a Methodist guest house in Port-au-Prince, where Dixon and his colleagues had been staying. Frequent press reports throughout the day on January 15 asserting his safety were incorrect.
He and the Rev. Clint Rabb, head of the United Methodist Office of Mission Volunteers, and the Rev. James Gulley, a former missionary and now consultant to UMCOR, were at the hotel for meetings with representatives of other organizations, making plans to improve medical services in Haiti.
"Sam Dixon was a tireless servant of the church of Jesus Christ on behalf of all of us," said Bishop Joel N. Martinez, interim general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries. "His death is an incalculable loss to Global Ministries, UMCOR, and our worldwide ministry of relief to God's most vulnerable children. Our directors and staff extend their condolences to Sam's wife, Cindy, their children, and their wider circle of friends and colleagues."
Bishop Janice Huie of Texas, president of UMCOR, said that Dixon "was an extremely gifted minister of the Gospel. He lived his life following the commandments of Jesus to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and love the least of these - all over the world. Jesus is holding him dear, and we are in prayer for his family."
Dixon was a native of North Carolina where he served for 24 years as a pastor. He moved to the General Board of Global Ministries in 1998 to serve as director of field operations of the non-governmental agency (NGO) section of UMCOR. He then became head of the United Methodist Development Fund and moved up to head the unit on Evangelization and Church Growth. Dixon was tapped to head UMCOR in 2007.
He was officially a deputy general secretary of Global Ministries assigned to UMCOR, where he oversaw programs of emergency relief, long-term disaster recovery, economic development, health services, and peace-building.
Dixon was educated at the University of North Carolina and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He was a member of the North Carolina Annual (regional) Conference of his church. He and his wife have four children and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother and three sisters.
Additional details, a profile, and tribute to Dixon will be forthcoming.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Reports from Haiti indicated that three staff members of the General Boardof Global Ministries have been found and are alive after 55 hours in therubble of the Hotel Montana in Haiti. Sam Dixon, head of the UnitedMethodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Clint Rabb, leader of the missionvolunteer office, and James Gulley, an UMCOR consultant were among a groupof persons found on the evening of January 14.
They were in Haiti to extendhealth ministries when the earthquake struck on January 12. We understand that Dixon and Rabb both sustained injuries and were beingtaken at midnight to the hospital. We thank all who joined with us in prayer. Further bulletins will be issuedas information become available. The people of Haiti continue to suffer in the wake of the strong earthquake.The work of relief and rehabilitation will take many months. Please join us in that effort.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
UMVIM, WJ continues to hear reports of devastation in the Port-au-Prince area. At this time, the Haitian government has indicated that it will be mid-March before UMVIM teams will be able to enter. While the desire to offer immediate help is universal among Christians, please know that waiting is the most faithful witness we can offer at this time.
Those who desire to offer volunteer support should contact Heather Wilson at umvimwj@Hotmail.com. As the Western Jurisdictional UMVIM Coordinator she is working with the Annual Conference UMVIM Coordinators in collecting information from those who are interested in traveling to Haiti to assist in the recovery effort. When we have more information about scheduling a mission trip to Haiti, we will then contact the people on that list with the details.
In the mean time, there are three ways to help.
First, continue to give to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief. You can give online at this link. UMCOR is already on the ground, assisting in relief efforts and saving lives.
Second, work with your church to complete UMCOR health kits. These kits will be invaluable in the next few months, as UMCOR works to offer healing to many, many people. You can find instructions for completing health kits at this link.
Finally, pray. The relief effort in Haiti will take years, and the need for prayer continues. Pray for the Haitians who are injured and who have lost loved ones, pray for the rescuers, and pray for those who are working behind the scenes to coordinate this massive effort.
We ask, also, that you say a special prayer lifting up the families of the three UMCOR and UMVIM officials missing in Haiti: Clint Rabb, Sam Dixon, and James Gulley. As we work to provide support, our hearts are heavy. You can find more information about this situation at the website for the United Methodist Church.
As always, you can find the latest news on UMVIM's response to the situation in Haiti at umvim.org.
UMVIM WJ Coordinator
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
earthquake in Haiti. UMVIM, WJ (UMVIM Western Jurisdiction) continues to monitor the situation as reports come in.
In times of great disaster, it can be quite difficult to watch from
the sidelines. We have spoken with many people asking how they can
help. During these initial hours and days, there are three ways in
which you can help the people of Haiti.
First, pray for Haiti and for those involved in the rescue efforts.
It is our prayer that God's hand is on those searching for survivors,
and that God's peace is with those who have lost loved ones.
Second, give generously to UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on
Relief. UMCOR is always among the first on the ground in these
situations, and the last to leave. You can donate online at http://secure.gbgm-umc.org/donations/umcor/donate.cfm?code=418325&id=3018760
. 100% of your donation will be used directly for disaster recovery
efforts and humanitarian aid in Haiti. You can give to UMCOR Advance #418325 Haiti Emergency.
Third, begin to make Health Kits to ship to the UMCOR Depot in Salt Lake City, UT or to Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA. The contents of these kits can be found at http://www.umcor.org/.
in Haiti in the coming days. Please know that while it will be a
while before Haiti is ready for regular UMVIM teams, UMCOR is already
providing aid to the Haitian people.
Friday, January 8, 2010
FUTURE TEAMS TO CAMBODIA VOLUNTEERS WANTED; BIRCHWOOD CAMP IN ALASKA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS, CAMP ON THE BOULDER IN MONTANA WELCOMES TEAMS
If you have teams that are interested, please contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org or at While we may need one team to help counsel Faith Adventure Camp, we have a great need for groups who wish to do construction/projects around camp. We need several work teams to help complete our new log cabin meeting space on camp. We began the building last summer—the exterior is mostly completed, it has a roof, etc. We will be finishing the interior this summer (floors, doors/windows, electrical, shingles, putting in wood stove/heating, landscaping, etc) and we need skilled work teams to help complete the project. If you have teams that are looking for a project or destination this summer, please direct them to us!
If you have teams that are interested, please contact Lori Staats, UMVIM Coord. for Alaska at email@example.com or Stephen Sweezey at firstname.lastname@example.org
TEAMS NEEDED IN MONTANA AT CAMP ON THE BOULDER
CAMP ON THE BOULDER, Kent Chittenden, 3916 Boulder Rd, PO Box 47, McLeod, MONTANA 59052, Phone#406-932-6314. Email: email@example.com, Website: www.campontheboulder.org. Variety of camp fix-ups. Lodging provided at camp. Small and large groups accepted. Many dates available. Please come help us recover from logging for fire protection, reduce forest fuels by piling branches, rebuild trails hurt from logging, also regular camp work like washing dishes, painting, mowing, patching roofs, picking up rocks, etc. Free time for mini golf, archery, low ropes course, Frisbee golf, craft cabin, camp store, sand volleyball, hiking, fishing, etc. J, S, F, individuals, and RV –all welcome!