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, February 11, 2010


Photo: The Great Wall of China. Read below to find out how you can volunteer there.

Please pray for the following teams:

Medical team to the Philippines: end of January through February
Rev. Paul Cabotaje of Stockton St. Paul’s UMC will once again lead a large medical/dental team to the Philippines. A list of volunteers was not available at the time of this posting.

Los Gatos UMC Team to Caconde, Brazil: February 2 - 20
Dave Wolf will return to Brazil with a team of 8 to continue construction and connectional work. He will lead and serve with John Lynch, Patricia Salem , Jesse Salem, Debby Freeman, Eliana Brown, Mariana Brown, Katherine Lim and Doug Freeman of Los Gatos UMC.

Immigration Task Force / Conference Team to Tuscan AZ. & Nogalas, Mexico – Feb. 3 - 7 This team will be learning about border ministries and bearing witness to Christ's love and concern for our immigrant brothers and sisters. Jola Bortner of Stockton - St. Mark's UMC will lead and serve with Linda Kuruhara of Fresno - Lindsay UMC, David Niu of Escalon UMC, Lilian Guansing of Morgan Hills - Almaden Hills UMC, Lydia Gutierrez of Fresno - San Pablo UMC , Phil Bandy of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC, Donna Wood of San Francisco, Park Presidio UMC, Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., Brenda Vaca of San Francisco - Nueva Vida and Katherine Kim of Santa Clara - Bethel Korean UMC.

Choir Team to the Philippines – February 10 - 22 Laddie Perez-Galang will lead and serve with Adonis Galang and Anthony Galang of Lake Park UMC, Ananias Ayroso of St. Joachim, Ruth Ayroso, Christelle Bacho, Christine Bacho, David Bacho, Cynthia Elliott, Jose Fajardo, Angelina Manalili, Arlene Manuson and Ricaldo Manuson of South Hayward UMC, Mizpah Candelaria of Fairfield - Community UMC, Jocelyn Concepcion of Faith Bible Church of Vallejo, Victor Enriquez of St. Elizabeth Church, Flora Salas and Peter Salas of Hayward - All Saints Catholic Church, and Blesilda Valera of San Francisco - Saint Augustine Church.

“Justice on the Border” Primetimers Team to McAllen, Texas – February 11 - 20
Nancy Eubanks will lead a team of Primetimers to McAllen, Texas. A list of volunteers was not available at the time of this posting.

Los Altos UMC Hurricane Recovery Team to North Gulfport, Mississippi – Feb. 13 - 20 Bob Lee & Leslie Carmichael will lead and serve with Claire Amsden, Anne Christensen, Carl Clemm, Josh Clemm, Brianna Conway, Carol Damonte, Dirk Damonte, Angela Eglen, Katherine Gaffney, Kirk Gould, Emma Halliday, Michelle Harvancik, Jenniw Madlem, Janice Maggiora, Barb Magner, Janet McDaniel, Yvonne Murray, Kathy Nahman, Susan Roberts, Cindy Ross, Dick Roy, Nancy Rust, Lissa Sheldon, Christopher Speer, JP Springsteel, Dana Stern, Suzanne Stern, Hal Taylor, Mark Taylor and Brian Wipfler of Los Altos - Los Altos UMC and Haati Nai of Salinas - First UMC.

Lafayette UMC joins Team From S. Carolina to El Centro, Costa Rica: Feb. 19 - 28
Joe Darrell will lead and serve with Lori Sawdon, Celeste Graham, Dale Newcomb, Judith Stillman and John Horner of Lafayette - Lafayette UMC.

Conference Site Assessment & Connectional Team to Cambodia: Feb. 20 – 28
Laddie Perez-Galang of Lake Park UMC will lead and serve with Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., Phil Bandy of Alamo - San Ramon Valley UMC, Connie Hunter and Fern Kaukonen of San Jose - St. Paul's UMC, Sam Vorn of Modesto - Centenary UMC, Howard Parker of Mt. Tam UMC and Stephen Lee of Alameda – Rising Hope.


CHINA Mission Discovery Team, June 15-30, 2010 has openings for a couple more participants. Targetting those youth and young adult leaders in conferences, districts and local churches who are interested in learning best practice methods of UMVIM team leadership.Click here for Full details. Write Lorna Jost for an application. New Deadline: Feb 19, 2009. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is one of the team leaders on this trip.

Lorna Jost UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator928 4th Street, Office #2Brookings, SD 57006umvim-ncj@brookings.netP:605/692-3390; Fax:605/692-0909